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Climate change could cause 29% spike in cereal prices: leaked UN report -Nitin Sethi

isrupted globally, the study warns. Report to be officially released in August “The rate and geographic extent of global land and freshwater resources over recent decades is unprecedented in Human history,” a report authored by UN’s panel of scientists from across the world on climate change is set to inform. Business Standard reviewed a leaked copy of the draft report sent to the governments of 197 countries. The report warns tha

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The price of a good cuppa -Soumitra Ghosh

e estimate, the plantations employ about three lakh permanent daily-wage workers. However, despite their large numbers, the issues of tea plantation workers, such as labour standards and violation of Human rights, hardly get any space in the media, let alone being discussed in policy circles. As the plantations are located in remote places, the narratives of deprivation remain confined to these alienated enclaves. Our independent survey in 30 tea

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The escape from freedom -Avijit Pathak

-The Indian Express Normalisation of surveillance destroys what sustains a civilisation — Human interaction filled with trust, care. Even though Delhi Government’s decision to install CCTV cameras in school classrooms has generated an interesting debate, it is important to see beyond the classrooms, and reflect more intensely on the meaning of living in a society that normalises and sanctifies surveillance. As an ideology that seek

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Sewer deaths: Centre calls for quick response units

he official said the workers had not been given protective gear, training or backup support by their employers. He said while mechanical cleaning should be promoted, there were some instances when Human entry into sewers and tanks could not be avoided. “Therefore, to implement the provisions of PEMSRA Act, 2013 regarding hazardous cleaning of sewers/septic tanks, it is advised that States/Uts/ULBs [urban local bodies] should set up an ERSU

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Ecological perils of discounting the future -Kalvakuntla Kavitha

aster”, a pointer to how the encroachment of lakes and river floodplains has driven India’s sixth largest city to this ineluctable situation. The Chennai floods are a symbol of consistent Human failings and poor urban design which are common to most urban centres in India if not urban centres across the world. Now, Chennai is in the midst of another crisis — one of water scarcity. Unlike issues such as traffic congestion or crime

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Midday meals left 900 children ill

dard food since 2016 More than 900 children were reported ill across the country with zero fatalities due to the consumption of mid-day meals in the past three years, according to officials of the Human Resource Development Ministry. The Ministry had received 35 complaints from 15 States and Union Territories (UTs) regarding substandard food quality in the same period. “A total number of 930 children were reported ill and none of them d

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A Happy Class -Uma Vishnu

cts, six were from Rajasthan, with Nagaur (70.53%), Dholpur (70.11%) and Dausa (68.49%) the Top 3. Besides, in the Performance Grading Index for school education (2017-18) prepared by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and released earlier this year, Rajasthan ranked the highest in ‘learning outcomes and quality’, scoring 168 out of 180 points. The trigger for much of this churn is classrooms such as Mittal’s. Behind Mi

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Death by digital exclusion? : on faulty public distribution system in Jharkhand -Shiv Sahay Singh

f kg of rice. His ration card was cancelled in 2016 for reasons that are still not clear. As a result, the tribal had not received any foodgrain under the public distribution system (PDS) since then. Human rights activists claim that Soren, from Mahuadanr village in Dumka district of Jharkhand, died of starvation on November 11, 2018. The government denies this. Jian Kisku and his wife Rasodi Hembram live in similar conditions next door. The couple

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Lifting 271 mn out of poverty in 10 yrs, India fastest, Jharkhand No. 1 area: UN -Shalini Nair

incidence and intensity of poverty. The global MPI tracks 101 countries on deprivations across ten indicators in health, education, and standard of living. Developed in 2010 by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), it looks beyond income poverty and tracks poverty in terms of the deprivation faced by people in their daily lives. The report stated: “Among selected countr

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The malaise of malnutrition -Thomas Abraham

lnutrition, which is being passed on from generation to generation. Mothers who are hungry and malnourished produce children who are stunted, underweight and unlikely to develop to achieve their full Human potential. The effects of malnourishment in a small child are not merely physical. A developing brain that is deprived of nutrients does not reach its full mental potential. A study in the Lancet notes, “Undernutrition can affect cognitive

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