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Children have the right to eat eggs, onions and Garlic -Dipa Sinha

-Down to Earth The midday meal scheme for schoolchildren is increasingly getting politicised, as the upper class elite wants to impose its own religious/food beliefs on malnourished children Most countries in the world now have some programme that provides midday meals to schoolchildren. School meals have been widely hailed for their multiple benefits — they increase enrolment and attendance, particularly of children from vulnerable groups; contribute to reduce “classroom hun

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Why are Karnataka's schoolchildren unhappy with the mid-day meal? -Archana Nathan

-The Hindu Iskcon’s Akshaya Patra Foundation refuses to add onion or Garlic to the meals it provides even though the children crave the familiar taste Tabarak, a 14-year-old boy in Devarjeevanahalli, a locality in central Bengaluru, would rather walk home at lunch break to quickly grab a bite than eat the free meal served at school. “He finds the school food too bland,” says his mother, standing in the narrow passage of their

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National Institute of Nutrition stands by its report on no onion, Garlic in its meals

u 'Fruits, vegetables can be used interchangeably' New Delhi: The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) said on Tuesday that it stands by its findings certifying mid-day meals without onion and Garlic provided by the Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF) in Karnataka schools as compliant with nutritional norms laid down by the State government. The response from the institute follows an open letter from experts asking it to withdraw its report on AP

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No onion and Garlic in midday meals -Tanu Kulkarni

-The Hindu Karnataka signs MoU with Akshaya Patra Foundation Bengaluru: The State government appears to have backtracked on its stand that onion and Garlic be introduced in mid-day meals served to students. It has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF), a subsidiary of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), despite the latter’s refusal to use the two ingredients.

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Mid-day meals row in K'taka: Terminate Akshaya Patra's contract, demand activists -Dr. Nimeshika Jayachandran

ued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MoHRD). The organisation which has been providing midday meals to over 4 lakh children for several years now, is being required to include onion and Garlic in preparation of its meals. Akshaya Patra is an NGO which is one of the largest providers of midday meals to children in the state of Karnataka, and is declining to accept the current proposal by the MHRD, as it believes in preparing ‘satvik

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Desert blues -AM Jigeesh

lsewhere It has been a long summer for Anirudh Meena. The farmer from Kota in Rajasthan is still waiting for the government to financially compensate his brother Hukumchand Meena’s family. A Garlic farmer, Humukchand took his life in May, after the price of the bulb came crashing down, leading to heavy financial losses that he could not deal with. “The government promised that his family would be given some compensation. But we haven

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With Prices Hitting Rock Bottom, Garlic Could Sway Polls in Rajasthan, MP -Kabir Agarwal

rt and are likely to make it difficult for the BJP to return to power, especially in Rajasthan. New Delhi: On October 25, while addressing a rally in Jhalawar, Rajasthan, Rahul Gandhi spoke about Garlic prices hitting rock-bottom in the region. Prices had fallen to Rs 2 a kilogram, he said. In Madhya Pradesh too, Gandhi spoke about falling Garlic prices. In fact, he began the poll campaign in June fr

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In Poll-Bound Madhya Pradesh, Farmers' Anger Grows Despite A Good Harvest -Lola Nayar

see, it’s just mounds of soybean—in the open and under tin-roof platforms. There are other crops too, mostly pulses like urad and black bean, black channa, and spices such as fenugreek or Garlic. On another day, in another time, auction day would have meant happy tiding for the peasants, the day of encashing months of hard work. But not toda­y. Farmer after farmer share woes about falling prices and rising inp­uts. But mostly about

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In Madhya Pradesh's theatre of farm rage, BJP puts its money on crop insurance -Ravish Tiwari

Ghatiya and Alot Assembly segments — spread across Sehore, Rajgarh, Dewas, Ujjain and Ratlam in the state’s Malwa region — the slump in crop prices, especially those of soyabean and Garlic, emerge as a major issue. These areas witnessed powerful farm unrest, and led to deaths in police firing in Mandsaur last June. What is interesting, though, is the vocal support for the BJP from farmers who have benefitted from the PMFBY. For th

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Madhav Gadgil, noted ecologist, interviewed by Nidheesh MK (

of information. Once, I had to spent three days in a tribal village near Tapi river. I really wanted to understand how they live; so I lived in their huts and ate what they ate—millet bread and Garlic chutney. But soon, I realised it was a bit too much and the villagers out of sympathy promised to feed me melon from their fields. When we went to the melon farm, we saw an engineer collecting hafta (bribe). So, every year, when the melon farms are

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