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The spirit of mahua -Diya Kohli

ke place in the grey market, often directly from the brewers themselves. There are age-old perceptions about the consumption of mahua, associating it with deep inebriation, moral laxity and tribal Poverty. This perception continues to influence the way the government looks at mahua. There is a ban on the sale of mahua in government-regulated shops in many states as it is neither bottled nor branded. Rahul Srivastava, an anthropologist who runs U

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Natural disasters cost India $80 billion in 20 years: UN report -Pradeep Thakur

gone up by more than 151%. Mami Mizutori, head of UNISDR, said: "The report makes it clear that economic losses from extreme weather events are unsustainable and a major brake on eradicating Poverty in hazard exposed parts of the world." She emphasised on the need for countries to capture economic losses which can help in disaster mitigation, saving lives and livelihoods. "In the period 1998-2017, disaster-hit countries reported

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India ranks 147th in Oxfam world inequality index

tries analysed, describing the country’s commitment to reducing inequality as a “a very worrying situation” given that it is home to 1.3 billion people, many of whom live in extreme Poverty. “Oxfam has calculated that if India were to reduce inequality by a third, more than 170 million people would no longer be poor,” the index notes. “Government spending on health, education and social protection is woefully low

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How state can support farmers in a smarter way -Ashok Gulati and Prerna Terway

sanitation, and even housing. If he could include in this list of rural investments, agri-research and development (R&D) and quality education also, it can pay off handsomely in terms of reducing Poverty and propelling agri-growth at a much faster pace than has been the case so far. This is a clear cut message of the book. Most countries around the world support agriculture to ensure food security and/or enhance farmers’ income. India is

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The Bitter Plight of Bengal's Tea Garden Workers -Tanmoy Bhaduri

is touted as the country’s second largest employer, but also an industry that undermines labour rights and deprives workers and their families of the most basic needs. There’s widespread Poverty, malnutrition, human trafficking and starvation death: obvious factors underscoring the desire for a better life. The availability of basic facilities like healthcare and education is also poor. It was during the mid-1990s when small growers be

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Jharkhand lacks universal pension coverage, allege civil society activitists

ari Shakti Sanghatam). The oral and written testimonies presented by the participants threw light on the havoc created by pensions. They highlighted that people who are not identified as below-the-Poverty line (BPL) or earn more than a measly Rs 875 a month in rural areas are not eligible for most state social pensions. Further, at least 5 cases of starvation deaths in the last one year alone in Jharkhand can be attributed to the mandatory impositi

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More Equal Than Others -Usha Ramanathan

-The Indian Express The Aadhaar judgment divides the people of this country into those receiving state assistance, and others. The former will get socio-economic rights if they do as they are asked to do. Privacy is a luxury they can ill afford. The signs were there from the beginning. The poor were part of the marketing strategy for promoting a project that would require people to enrol in a database that would be used as an “identity platform” on which businesses could be

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UNDP report lauds India's strides in reducing Poverty in past decade

-The Indian Express According to MPI 2018 released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, there are 271 million fewer poor people in India in this period. New Delhi: In the decade between 2005-06 and 2015-16, India has halved its Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) — an index that looks beyond income More »

'Rationalising subsidies, improving infrastructure could revive agri-sector' -Kiran Pandey

-Down to Earth For every million rupees spent on agricultural research, 328 people are pulled out of Poverty. In contrast, the same amount spent on power subsidies brings only 23 people come out of Poverty. The message is clear. With the Union elections only a few months away, the Centre should prioritise capital investments over populist subsidies to deliver on its promise of strengthening the farm

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