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Spike in sexual harassment plaints to NCW this year -Ambika Pandit

nts pertaining to sexual harassment at workplace since 2015. The numbers have been increasing with each passing year with a visible spike this year with over 750 complainants approaching NCW for redreSSAl till October. 14 complainants came forward just in the last one month after the #MeTooIndia campaign took social media by storm.As the number of complaints pertaining to workplace harassment are on the rise and they reflect a wide range of conce

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'Extend Vishakha norms to religious institutions'

nstitutions. The Vishakha guidelines introduced by the apex court in 1997 were evolved into a parliamentary law called the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and RedreSSAl) Act of 2013. The petition filed by advocate Maneesh Pathak said religious institutions also have women employed there other than those working on a voluntary basis. “If the Vishakha Guidelines are extended to these religious institutions, i

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Swaminathan gets 1st World Agriculture Prize

tituted by the nongovernmental Indian Council of Food and Agriculture, Naidu said “like we have most favoured nation, we should give most favoured status to agriculture.” Agriculture renaiSSAnce is the need of the hour, he added. Please click here to read more.

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FSSAI claims your moong, masoor dal is poisonous! Here is the full report

Canada and Australia--where the production is at an all-time high--that find their way in our kitchen are seriously laced with toxic ingredients. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has warned the consumers to stop having these daals regularly as laboratory testing found high traces of chemicals in the final samples. It included herbicides like Glyphosate, which is a weed killer mostly used in the farming community to get rid o

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Bangladesh question looms over Citizenship Bill -Vijaita Singh

cerns if acknowledging the minorities from Bangladesh as “persecuted minorities” would hurt relations with the neighbouring country. Another member said the draft legislation had unneceSSArily led to a volatile situation in the northeast as ASSAm faced violent protests on Tuesday. There has been a strong resistance to the Bill in BJP-ruled ASSAm

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Indu Bhushan -- CEO of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) -- interviewed by Bindu Shajan Perappadan (The Hindu)

t, several ground-level surveys were carried out, research and planning was initiated, and a robust IT department was set up. The sheer scale at which Ayushman Bharat was to be rolled out made it neceSSAry that we create a strong foundation on which we can operate, build and grow. The idea was to reach out to the poorest families who have no health cover. The bottom 40% is the group that we want to cover. Since the scheme was announced, we have 79,

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Lip service to labour rights -Indira Hirway

small and big factories. Scant data These workers are from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and even from as far as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, ASSAm and Karnataka. Employers send contractors to distant unexplored places to gather labour at the lowest possible wage rate. For example, a new township in Gujarat being promoted by a large industrialist is to be built with workers from A More »

Time women farmers got a better deal -Purvi Mehta

e extension workers are predominantly male. Given that these workers are any farmer’s first point of contact and work as a conduit to access knowledge on credit, inputs, and other skills neceSSAry for successful production and marketing, it becomes neceSSAry that this key facilitative network is gender-neutral. Please click here to read more.

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Researchers warn Kerala of more landslides -Vinson Kurian

ded by Thomas Oommen, geoscientist and Associate Professor at the Michigan Technological University. Shutter opening The survey was carried out by a US-based Geotechnical Extreme Events ReconnaiSSAnce (GEER) team funded by the National Science Foundation at various flood and landslide-affected regions of Keala. It said the opening of shutters of over 35 dams during the peak of the rainfall event had intensified the flooding. Since most of the

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The India that does not shine is bigger than the India that does -Anup Sinha

poorest of the poor. All will be well because everyone will benefit materially. Hence the government’s role would be to facilitate markets and the private sector, by reducing and removing unneceSSAry regulations and restrictions. This has been the story of economic reforms pursued by all governments in India since 1991. Reforms are measures to make markets function more easily. Governments always insist that they want to let markets be, until el

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