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UNDP report lauds India's strides in reducing poverty in past decade

2005-06 and 2015-16, India has halved its Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) — an index that looks beyond income poverty to take into account deprivations in health, education, and living staNDArds — 54.7 per cent to 27.5 per cent. According to MPI 2018 released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, there are 271 million fewer poor people in India in this period. The

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Looking for a new version of MGNREGA -Ashwini Kulkarni

programme. The reasons are specific. For example, recurring work on farms is almost not measurable, so this is like opening the floodgates to leakages. This will not create productive assets as is maNDAtory, according to the Act. Moreover, MGNREGS is meant to be an additional employment opportunity in addition to the opportunity to earn farm wages during the kharif season. But the question is: Hasn’t MGNREGS’ objective been to help the

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Dry Bundelkhand gets rain bounty, acreage up by 5% to 1.1 mn hectares -Virendra Singh Rawat

-Business StaNDArd The total kharif crop acreage in UP now stands at more than 9 Mn Ha, including 6 Mn Ha of paddy and 1.7 Mn Ha of pulses Lucknow: Bountiful rainfall in arid Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh has not only ended the drought spell of previous years but has also translated into the kharif acreage rising by almost 50,000 hectares this year. The area under different kharif (summer) crops across 7 Bundelkhand districts has been

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What ails the Indian banking sector? -Pronab Sen

ion, it should not forestall the search for other causes, which may be just as important. The cause I argue that much of the problems currently being faced by the banking sector arise from a fuNDAmental change that occurred after 2002. Prior to that, Indian banks mainly had two types of loans: (a) working capital loans to production entities, firms, and farmers (76% of banking portfolio); and (b) retail term loans to households for housing, and

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Backlog burden of Supreme Court, from Aadhaar to Ayodhya -Vishnu Padmanabhan and Sriharsha Devulapalli

Court. From Aadhaar to Ayodhya, the apex court is poised to deliver verdicts that could change the Indian society. However, beyond the headline cases, the court is also hearing several other, more muNDAne cases. This is part of a broader trend in increased Supreme Court activity that has seen nearly two million cases disposed and more than 50,000 judgements delivered since its inception. A disposed case is when all court proceedings are complete a

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Cabinet clears Rs. 3,466 crore dam improvement project

a, Jharkhand (Damodar Valley Corporation) and Uttarakhand (Uttarakhand Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited) that would benefit from the project. In lieu of the funds, dam managers would have to adhere to recommeNDAtions by the CWC as well as subject themselves to six monthly reviews by the World Bank and an audit by an independent French agency, said an official in the Union Water Ministry, who did not wish to be identified. Please click here to read more.

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Maitreesh Ghatak, Professor of Economics at London School of Economics, interviewed by Tathagata Bhattacharya (National Herald)

rsquo;s projected growth for 2018 from 7.7% in its April 2017 report, to 7.4% in its July 2018 update to the WEO. The talk of 8.2% growth in the first quarter of the new financial year is misleading &NDAsh; as the economy recovers from the twin shocks of demonetisation and messy implementation of GST, there are bound to be quarters where growth will appear high as the economy catches up with trend growth, from which it went on a downward swing in 2016

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The life and death of Kedar Singh JiNDAn -Gaurav Sarkar

hough there is a school nearby as well as a Block Education Office, not a single person is ready to speak.” The case Malpani is referring to is the murder of Dalit RTI activist Kedar Singh JiNDAn (43) that took place on September 7 at Bakrash village in Sirmaur District’s Shillai Block, Himachal Pradesh, around noon. A ‘one-man army,’ JiNDAn, who was also a practising advocate at

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Despite Multiple Flaws, Centre Is Rushing the Bhavantar Scheme for Farmers -Sudhakar Gummula

The Narendra Modi government announced three new schemes for farmers under one umbrella scheme named PM-AASHA, aimed at ensuring minimum guarantee prices for the farm produce. These three schemes &NDAsh; Price support scheme (PSS), Pilot of Private Procurement & Stockist Scheme (PPPS) and Price Deficiency Payment Scheme (PDPS) &NDAsh; involves two ways of payments to farmers. The first two involve ph

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