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Making people their own cops by Sreelatha Menon

formation about how they are being denied the benefits of the schemes meant for them. Something comes between entitlements and beneficiaries when it comes to social sector schemes. It is not neceSSArily corruption or greed of the providers. It is the ignorance of the beneficiaries. If one were to drive through villages from Raipur to the borders of OriSSA, or for that matter any village in the cen

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“Gyan Vani radio plays vital role in empowering rural masses”

adurai Kamaraj University on Saturday, Mr. Alagiri said that at a time when commercialisation had become the central element among the FM radio stations, the launch of Gyan Vani would send across a meSSAge to broadcasters to turn around to knowledge and information sharing rather than crude commercialisation. He also asked the people to make use of the programmes aired through Gyan Vani. He inaugurated the Free Education Scheme of MKU to support poor

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Grow more rice with fewer inputs and save the environment for free!

ate's rice area is under SRI management. SRI is being practiced in other states too like Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in South India, and sporadically followed in few Eastern states like Tripura and ASSAm. The state of Tripura has more than 70,000 farmers practicing SRI presently. Some of the NGOs who have promoted SRI in India are WASSAN (

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Cost of right to education: Rs 1.78 lakh crore

by the Centre and states from the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan fund. This brings the demand down to Rs 1.28 lakh crore. The ministry expects that in the 12th Plan nearly Rs 60,000 crore will be allocated to SSA. But this will still leave the effective demand to Rs 68,000 crore. Then again, Centre will have the tough task of persuading the states to step forward to share the cost of fulfilling the commitment. On Friday, HRD ministry sent the proposal to

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U.S. Award for Mallika Dutt

asis and women. She considers abuse of women as the most serious form of human rights violation in India. She heads 'Breakthrough,’ an international human rights organisation that spreads the meSSAge of social justice through popular media.

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Blowing The Whistle by Prashant Bhushan, VK Shunglu, Arvind Kejriwal, Madhu Bhaduri

corpene Submarine deal case, where the Citizens Forum Against Corruption comprising of a number of highly respected retired government officers, like the former Navy Chief Adml. Tahiliani, former AmbaSSAdors of the Government of India, former Secretaries of the government, etc., wrote to the CBI to investigate the corruption in the Rs.18000 crore Submarine purchase contract in which large amount of evidence and documents were published by Outlook maga

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How to Minimise Displacement through Alternative Patterns of Development by Bharat Dogra

ly increase poverty, these are also a threat to peace and democracy. Unfortunately it has been taken for granted by many senior policy-makers that large-scale displacement is unavoidable and neceSSAry in the course of development. It is this myth which is responsible above all for pushing millions towards misery. It is possible to think of several alternative patterns of development which will help to reduce the possibilities of displacement to a

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We can fight climate change if we care by Shankari Sundararaman

ngness on the part of the Western countries to share technologies of cheaper fuel and energy with the developing world — this will reduce their dependency on fossil fuel and yet provide the neceSSAry energy options to continue with their economic growth. One of the approaches to addressing the issue of climate change is to increase the number of stakeholders. Within individual countries, the possibility of decentralising the issue by includ

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SRI method doubling rice output

JAMUGURIHAT, Sept 6 – At a time when the cultivators of ASSAm are spending their days in hopelessness and agony because of the long spell of drought, a new method of cultivation named SRI has brought a ray of hope to them as by this method Ahu rice production can be doubled. This new method of cultivation SRI (System of Rice Intensification) brought from Madagascar, has yielded desired results from experiments in A More »

Troubled Waves by Adeline Bertin

ultimately cell membranes break. "This leads to a certain oxidative stress, caused by too much oxygen showing the presence of toxins," Kohli said. Researchers said this study was neceSSAry in view of the increase of electromagnetic radiation from phones and cell phone towers in the natural environment and its possible impact on ecosystem processes and environmental health. Another member of the team, Ved Prakash Sharma, found ra

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