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No worries, government assures dairy industry on RCEP -Jitendra

would require a support of around Rs 8-10 per kilogram of milk if the government allows import of dairy products from New Zealand and Australia under RCEP The Union government would not take any dECIsion against the interests of homegrown cooperatives and private dairy companies as far as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was concerned. This was the assurance given by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry to represent

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India in no shape to benefit from RCEP -Biswajit Dhar

sectors has consistently spoken against joining this agreement, arguing that import competition would adversely affect them. It is difficult to objectively assess the claims of Indian enterprises, espECIally because the negotiations are held in complete secrecy and the terms of engagement in the RCEP are not known. This is the most confounding aspect of all FTAs, including the RCEP. Each participating government claims, without exception, that these a

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DECIsion to import onions reflects the government's anti-producer bias -Kabir Agarwal

The move itself reveals a deep-seated pro-consumer and anti-producer bias that has been, in large part, the reason for the agriculture economy being in doldrums. New Delhi: The government has dECIded to import onions from ‘Pakistan, Egypt, China, Afghanistan or any other origin’, according to a Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation Limited notifications. Some concerns were raised about importing from Pakistan. “And why i

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Order banning 5 pesticides issued -Shishir Arya

essed by state agriculture minister Dr Anil Bonde, a notification to impose a temporary ban on five pesticide formulations was issued on Thursday. The ban will be in force in Amravati division, espECIally Akola and Yavatmal districts for 60 days. Bonde had signed the order over a week ago, but the order had not reached the department’s offices down the line. The issue was reported by TOI on September 19, and also pointed out to the ministe

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Can we prevent rural suicides? Yes, it is possible, says a recent WHO-FAO publication

es to reduce the harmful use of alcohol; * early identification, treatment and care of people with mental and substance use disorders, chronic pain and acute emotional distress; * training of non-spECIalized health workers in the assessment and management of suicidal behaviour; * follow-up care for people who attempted suicide and provision of community support. Age-standardized suicide rate across countries Chart-1 shows that the age-standar

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No GST relief for automobiles

n products like automobiles and biscuits that had been clamouring for a rate rationalisation in view of falling sales. Among many procedural changes, the Council arrived at an ‘in principle dECIsion’ to link Aadhaar with registration of taxpayers under GST and examine the possibility of making Aadhar mandatory for claiming refunds. To factor in the creation of Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh, suitable amendme

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Will our farmers be thrown out like stateless immigrants?

an two hectares each. They account for around 47 per cent of the operational land holdings. Banks are encouraged to lend to these farmers through the programme of priority sector lending as well as spECIal programmes of financial inclusion. Disappointingly, more than half the small and marginal farmers continue to be left out of the ambit of formal finance. Whatever little the banks can cover, it is disparately distributed across states, with ones in

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Courts of injustice -Prashant Bhushan and Cheryl D'souza

an executive order in 1964 in contravention of Article 323B of the Constitution, which requires the legislature, by law, to provide for adjudication of matters by tribunals. The matters that can be dECIded by the tribunal, listed within the Article, do not include citizenship. “Judicial experience” was an essential appointment criteria for its members, as stated in the 1964 order. However, the eligibility was relaxed in June 2019 by a not

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For the demographic dividend -Amitabh Kundu

ia’s total fertility rate (TFR) has declined from 5.9 in early Sixties to 2.4 to 2010-15. TFR is defined as the total number of children to be born to women in her lifetime by the current age spECIfic fertility rates. By 2025-30, it will fall to 2.1, sliding further to 1.9 during 2045-50. As per the National Family Health Survey (NFHS), India’s TFR declined from 2.7 in 2005-6 to 2.2 in 2015-16. When the TFR touches 2.1, which is called rep

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Finance Ministry wants 2 'PM Kisan' instalments paid by month-end -Shishir Sinha

was limited to small and marginal farmers (roughly 86 per cent or 12.5 crore farmers with cultivable landholding up to 2 hectares).   However, government, in its first Cabinet dECIsion during second term, dECIded to expand the coverage to all farmers, which means around 14.5 crore farmers will get the benefit. The government has allocated ?87,217.50 crore for the current year. It beca

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