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Is genetically modified food really safe? -Rajat Chaudhuri

alter the genome of plants and create what are called genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is fraught with risks. This is because among other things, no independent, long-term study on the effect on Human health have been done which proves beyond doubt that GM food is safe for Human consumption. While researching my recent novel on eco-disaster, The Butterfly Effect, and as an environment campaigner earlie

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Protect the little helpers -Mohit M Rao

sidering that nearly 70% of tropical crop species are dependent on pollinators for optimal yields. The decline of moths, bees, butterflies, hoverflies and other pollinators is undeniably linked to Human activity: large tracts of natural habitats have been cleared for monoculture cultivation, while the use of pesticides and fertilisers is pushing out nature’s little helpers. In a series of studies at the University of Calcutta, researchers hav

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Poverty in all its faces -C Rangarajan & S Mahendra Dev

o make any tangible difference on the ground. Amidst the din caused by the story of rising billionaires, the message on India’s poverty decline in the recent report of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative has been lost. UNDP and Oxford University released the report on Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2018. This report covers 105 countries. The MPI is based on 10 indicators: Health, child mortality, years of schoolin

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India's wealthy barely pay taxes -CP Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh

further limitation is that data are only available up to the last large sample survey that was undertaken in 2011-12. Predictably, income inequality estimates reveal greater inequality. The India Human Development Surveys of 2004-05 and 2011-12, which provide longitudinal information on a reasonably large sample of households, suggest a Gini coefficient of 55 per cent, which is not only much higher than that for consumption, but also similar to co

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Bring CBI, NIA & IB within RTI ambit, says info panel chief -Rumu Banerjee

Act helps bring in accountability in government departments. Currently, 20-odd investigative agencies are outside the ambit of the RTI Act, subject to exceptions like allegations of corruption and Human rights violations. It includes agencies like IB, RAW, DRI, para-military forces like BSF and CRPF as well as Assam Rifles, CBI, NIA, NSG and others. These are part of a list of exempt agencies in the Second Schedule of Section 24 of the RTI Act.

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GDP and jobs not good at tango -Basant Kumar Mohanty

the need to persist with challenging reforms that can provide more opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty and spread prosperity more widely”. Kamal Karanth, co-fonder of Human resource company Xpheno, said the development would encourage foreign companies to invest in India, which will create more jobs. But Santosh Mehrotra, chairperson of the Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University

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What has driven India's poverty reduction? -Arjun Srinivas

ack absolute and relative, vis-à-vis other countries, progress in India’s battle against poverty. One such measure has been developed by the Oxford University-based Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), which release something called Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for 105 nations. The MPI is a more holistic measure because it considers dimensions of health, education and living standards and its India result

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Our New Hate-Crime Database: 76% Of Victims Over 10 Years Minorities; 90% Attacks Reported Since 2014 -Alison Saldanha & Karthik Madhavapeddi

airperson of the 20th Law Commission of India and former chief justice of the Delhi High Court; Chaman Lal, Padma Shri, former director general of police and former special rapporteur of the National Human Rights Commission; Maja Daruwala, senior advisor to the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative; and Mrinal Satish, professor at the National Law University, Delhi, and executive director of the university&r

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India's BIMARU states developing but not catching up -Rukmini S

ltidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is a relatively new composite index that seeks to fix some of the conceptual and statistical problems with United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) widely used Human Development Index (HDI). One major criticism of the HDI was that it is too strongly determined by its income component.The MPI, created by Sabina Alkire and James Foster of the Oxford Poverty and Human De

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India's progress against multidimensional poverty -Francine Pickup

rity basis (the international poverty line), found that poverty declined from 21.6% to an estimated 13.4% between 2011 and 2015. The 2018 update to the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDPs) Human development index (HDI) said that between 1990 and 2017, Indias HDI value has increased by nearly 50%emblematic of the countrys remarkable achievement in lifting millions out of poverty. And, according to perhaps the most comprehensive measure of

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