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In replies to RTI queries, snapshots of information panels' Health

-The Indian Express Several commissions were either not functioning or functioning at reduced capacity as posts of Commissioners, including those of Chief Information Commissioners, were vacant during the period under review. A recent study to assess the performance of Information Commissions (ICs) by non-government organisations Satark Nagrik Sangathan (SNS) and Centre for Equity Studies (CES) has found several shortcomings in their functioning, which impact the effectiveness of the Ri

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Treat labour in construction work as formal sector, says Supreme Court -Amit Anand Choudhary

of social welfare laws and provide benefits like paid maternity leave, provident fund and minimum wage. The court directed the Centre to frame a scheme to ensure workers receive proper education, Health, social security, old age, disability pension and other benefits necessary to live a dignified life. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta expressed concern over the Centre and states not addressing the plight of construction worke

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Only 18% of Maharashtra's cropped area is irrigated; we should not be surprised at the distress -Siraj Hussain It is nobody’s case that problems of agriculture can be fixed by soil Health cards, loan waivers, crop insurance or e-NAM. The five-day long march of 30,000 farmers from Nashik to Mumbai has touched a chord with urban India. Even though some said they were implementing the agenda of ‘urban Naxalites’, the pictures of poor tribals and farmers, men and women, old and young, walking in heat, many without shoes, will

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India is consuming banned GM food owing to lack of regulations

The Coalition for a GM-free India has complained to the FSSAI with pictorial evidence asking them to remove such products from the market and fix liability on those involved. On December 29, Union Health Minister JP Nadda, in the Parliament, admitted that since 2007, GM soybean and canola oils are being imported in India without the approval of FSSAI, which is tasked to regulate food to ensure that it is safe for human consumption. This happened

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Passport plea behind Aadhaar extension -R Balaji

till 2020, the authorities had cancelled it after she failed to furnish an Aadhaar card. Grover said she wanted a new passport book to visit Bangladesh and attend a conference on gender rights and Health in Dhaka on March 19 and 20. Datar told the court that although Grover had mentioned the apex court's earlier orders against Aadhaar being made mandatory, the regional passport office refused to accept her plea. He said the passport authoriti

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Loan waiver no solution, make farming viable: Swaminathan -Ravish Tiwari

ss farming is made viable.” “I am not against loan waiver. But loan waiver is not a solution to the problem. I am all for loan waiver if it is part of a strategy to revive the economic Health of farming,” Swaminathan said, suggesting that “apart from writing off loans, the focus should be to ensure how the loan is repaid. For this, farming economics needs to be fixed.” The agriculture expert underlined the need for

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Right to live includes right to die: Supreme Court -Dhananjay Mahapatra and Amit Anand Choudhary

the apex court, was delivered by a constitution bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A K Sikri, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan. It empowers a person of sound mind and Health to make a 'living will' specifying that in the event of him/her slipping into a terminal medical condition in future, his/her life should not be prolonged through life support system. The person concerned can also authorise, through the will, any r

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UP Budget: Farmers and Marginalised Sections Neglected

, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal. Only in the domain of rural development and Health UP's allocation is slightly higher than the average of funds allocated by 18 States. While for rural development, UP allocated 5.9% of its total budget, the rest of the 18 states allocated 5.6%. The edge in allocation for More »

Is the Peasantry in the Tiny State of Himachal Heading For a Major Crisis? -Tikender Singh Panwar

data from various sources, a large portion of the earnings is spent on providing essential services which have either been privatised or commoditised by the government itself. These services include Health, education, electricity and even water. Land is an important issue in the state. Only 11 % land (5,43,365 hectares) is tillable. The average land per holding is less than 0.5 hectare. This cannot be remunerative in the given situation. People ha

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GDP numbers have brought cheer, but Indian economy needs a more even path to growth -Radhika Pandey, Amey Sapre and Pramod Sinha

er GDP growth figures for October-December 2017. The new numbers have added some cheer to the disappointing state of affairs in the economy. The aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) registered a Healthy growth of 7.2 per cent, while the gross value added (GVA) at constant prices posted a growth of 6.7 per cent (Q3: 2017). To take a broader view, the 2nd AE (2017-18), an annual estimate, pegs GDP growth at 6.6 per cent, as against 7.1 per cent

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