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'FPOs need sustained support'

oted a national level consortium to help the FPCs realise their goals and lead the efforts to enhance farmers’ income. Noted agricultural economist and former director, National Agricultural Innovation Project Mruthyunjaya said that disruptive technologies have to be used to drive growth in agriculture. He stressed the need for more studies on FPCs to reduce the knowledge gap as well as cause, consolidate and extend new gains. KAU Vice-Cha

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Reality of impunity, rhetoric of human rights -Maja Daruwala & Devika Prasad

-The Hindu Isolated Innovations are not enough to stop cases of custodial torture In May 2017, addressing representatives from countries at the UN’s Human Rights Council, the then Attorney General of India said, “The concept of torture is completely alien to our culture and it has no place in the governance of the nation.” Last week in Sitamarhi district, Bihar, two families received the bodies of their two sons from the p

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The pillar stands -PC Mohanan

e outside the organisations where they work and leads to better coordination among them. We should be thankful to the foresight of the post-Independence administration for these simple administrative Innovations. Please click here to read more.

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Missing the gender-infrastructure link -Simrit Kaur, Sanchita Joshi & Vaibhav Puri

quo; (Goal 10) and “peace, justice and strong institutions” (Goal 16) with scores of 90, 71 and 71 respectively. However, the performance has been abysmal on goals pertaining to industry, Innovation and infrastructure (Goal 9, henceforth Infra-9), sustainable cities and communities (Goal 11) and gender equality (Goal 5), with scores of 44, 39 and 36 respectively. The performance of gender equality is particularly lamentable, given the i

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Jean Dreze, the Belgian-Indian economist, interviewed by Ujjawal Krishnam (National Herald)

sed to develop the rural economy for the benefit of small and marginal farmers. Instead, most farmers in Jharkhand grow much the same crops with the same techniques as they did one hundred years ago. Innovation and diversification do not happen so easily on their own, they require active promotion. Most people can catch a fish or collect mushrooms, but making a good business of it can be quite difficult without various forms of public support. The

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Policy must tackle not just dissatisfaction of large farmers, but distress of most vulnerable -Bina Agarwal

-The Indian Express To address farmers' woes, we need a multi-pronged strategy of income support, government investment, and institutional Innovations, and not a one-size-fits-all approach. The two main policy interventions repeatedly discussed in recent months to tackle farmer distress — loan waivers and minimum support prices (MSP) — treat all farmers (large/small, male/female) alike. But farmers are heterogeneous. They differ e

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For these farmers in Bihar's Jamui, hope is 27-years-old -Santosh Singh

Till nearly two years ago, Suhawan Singh Rathore from Bihar had the world before him. He had completed his Masters in Development at the Azim Premji University in Bengaluru, and started working as an Innovation officer at a private firm in Bhubaneswar. But then, he had a change of heart. And now, he is back home in Naxal-hit Jamui, helping a collective of paddy farmers battle a cycle of debt and distress by planting additional, organic vegetable cr

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Law on medical devices has waited 12 years -Ritu Sarin

was no need to bring in an exclusive piece of legislation to govern medical devices. Their logic: having a separate legislation will bring in “more control” and “curtail growth and Innovation” in the fast-expanding medical devices industry. The new Rules were circulated in 2017 and notified on January 1, 2018. The 241-page guidelines laid down the fundamental design and manufacturing requirements for 594 medical devices, an

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Censoring online content is not easy any more -Jayadeva Ranade

f society, accusing governments of violating their fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution. The other powerful argument against censorship is that it inhibits access to knowledge and stunts Innovation. At the same time, governments today are confronted with complex situations where threats to human life and society have got magnified. This is more the case when a country is flanked by hostile neighbours. In India, for example, terrorism a

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Three schools from Delhi have made it to the nationwide list of top 12 government schools -Janane Venkatraman

o;s PT teachers. Science teacher Sadaf Fathima shows us a keychain printed in the shape of her name. The lab is the school’s pride and joy, set up as part of the Central government’s Atal Innovation Mission. Nearly 10,000 schools across the country applied for the grant, and RPVV-Rohini was among those to bag it in the first round. Food, water, lessons The one-year-old lab has sparked an interest in science among students, helping al

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