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A Budget that goes nowhere -C Rammanohar Reddy

fuel growth Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is mistaken if she thinks her first Budget is going to revive a slowing economy. The economy grew by just 5.8% in real terms in the last quaRTEr of 2018-19. Yet, the Union Budget for 2019-20 assumes that the economy will grow this year by 12% in nominal terms, or by 7-8% in real terms. How can that dramatic a turnaround take place? Only if there is a sharp pick-up in investment — privat

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India's workforce has fewer women than it did six years ago -Janaki Shibu and Rosa Abraham

government released the official Periodic Labour Force Survey report on May 31. Understanding the survey The Periodic Labour Force Survey report, released after many controversies, provided quaRTErly estimates on labour market indicators by gender, education and caste. In 2017, the Periodic Labour Force Survey had replaced the National Sample Survey Office’s Employment Unemployment Survey that had been conducted every five years since 197

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A scheme for farmers that has not reached most farmers -Bhim Reddy & Abhishek Shaw

san also falls short of Odisha’s Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme, which includes even poor rural households that do not own land. Though the first quaRTErly instalment, for the December 2018-March 2019 period, was to be provided in the last financial year, the benefits of PM-Kisan have not reached farmers in most parts of the country. With kharif cultivation activity under way already, the scheme&rsquo

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Retired officials, veterans and academics remind Election Commission of transgressions

mission of India) to leave unexplained. “In the interests of ensuring that this never happens again, the ECI needs to pro-actively issue public clarifications in respect of each of these repoRTEd irregularities, and put in place steps to prevent such incidents from occurring in future. This is essential to restore the people’s faith in our electoral process.” At one point, the letter quotes an article by an academic to say &ldq

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Homelessness highlights the inequality behind GDP growth numbers -Debarati Bhattacharya

Homelessness has fatal consequences. Unnatural deaths peak during summer, winter, and the rainy season. Homeless women run the risk of being assaulted and/or abducted. Several instances have been repoRTEd wherein rash driving has claimed the lives of pavement dwellers. More often than not, homelessness is the result of the failure of institutions to provide for citizens living in poverty, experiencing domestic conflict/violence as well as those who

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Industry needs 'national innovation system' -Santosh Mehrotra

products is under the skin, in the parts inside the assembled products. And, even deeper, in the machines and tools that make the part.” The argument, often made by Indian economists and impoRTErs, that to grow a sector one must enable it to get the best and least expensive inputs it needs, is short-sighted. So, to build technological depth in our industries, we must foster the production of electronic hardware, and machine tools, and capital

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Leprosy diagnosis alert -GS Mudur

advice by at least three months or whose healthcare providers delayed treatment by a month were at risk of disabilities, including deformities in their hands, feet or eyes. The study, suppoRTEd by the Indian Council of Medical Research, has underscored the need for health authorities to conduct disability audits and enhance awareness about leprosy and the risks of delayed diagnosis. “We need disability audits of every lepro

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Start with preventive care -Prathap C Reddy

fact, they are doctors’ companions right from the time he or she decides to enter the medical profession. I would urge every doctor to bear this in mind. No medical professional should be disheaRTEned by the recent incidents of violence against members of the fraternity. I was pleased to see the support of fellow professionals, citizens and the government towards the fraternity’s call for stronger laws to ensure its safety. Developments

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Agricultural reforms and urban accountability key to water management -Joydeep Gupta

coming the new normal. The pictures of people again queueing for hours at the few taps in urban slums, or farmers again placing their water jars on bullock carts or tractor trailers and spending a quaRTEr of the day in search of just drinking and cooking water are no longer new. Nor is it shocking any longer that the upwardly mobile in the Indian cities of Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Gurgaon, and Delhi spend INR 20,000 (USD 290) a month to bu

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Centre Announces 'One Nation, One Ration Card' Plan for PDS Beneficiaries

e with food secretaries and other officials of state governments, representatives of the Food Corporation of India, the Central Warehousing Corporation and all the State Warehousing Corporations, repoRTEd Indian Express. To Express, Paswan said that the plan hinged on the availability of point-of-sale (PoS) machines in all PDS shops. “PoS machines are available at all PDS shops in various states like Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and a few other ot

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