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The great Finance Bill trick -Niranjan Sahoo

didates and shell out millions for candidates to back their causes. India is not immune to such pernicious influence. As vividly captured in the Radia tapes and a series of high- profile scams and scaNDAls ,notably 2G and Coalgate, quid pro quo is becoming a norm, not an exception. Please click here to read more.  

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Adityanath, No Stranger To Criminal Cases, Promises Safer UP -Milan Vaishnav

has scrutinized the affidavits submitted by the newly elected Members of the Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) in the five states where elections recently concluded. These affidavits, which have become maNDAtory thanks to a 2003 Supreme Court judgment in response to litigation filed by ADR, contain details pertaining to candidates' financial assets and liabilities, criminal records, and educational qualifications. Of the 689 MLAs analyzed across the fi

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State of Agriculture in India -Tanvi Deshpande

of the country, lack of access to formal agricultural credit, limited procurement of food grains by government agencies, and failure to provide remunerative prices to farmers. * Some of the recommeNDAtions made by committees and expert bodies over the years include bringing in agricultural land leasing laws, shifting to micro-irrigation techniques to improve efficiency of water use, improving access to quality seeds by engaging with the private sec

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How new law marks paradigm shift, gives mentally ill many clear rights -Abantika Ghosh

184 at the postgraduate level. Across the country, there are 502 seats in MD Psychiatry. There are no PhD courses in psychiatry, and a little over 100 seats in diploma courses. Back in 2009, E MohaNDAs of the Elite Mission Hospital in Koorkkenchery, Thrissur, wrote in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, “A meta-analysis of 13 epidemiological studies consisting of 33,572 persons reported a total morbidity of 58.2 per 1,000. Another meta-analysis

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Supreme Court reserves judgment on pleas seeking appointment of Lokpal

aid that even though the Lokpal Bill was passed by the Parliament in 2013 and came into effect in 2014, the Lokpal is not being appointed by the government deliberately. He said that the Lokpal Act maNDAtes that the Lokpal should be appointed expeditiously. On December 7, 2016, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to place before it a copy of the report of a parliamentary standing committee suggesting amendments to the Lokpal law, and sought to k

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Illegal slaughterhouse crackdown: UP strike hits Delhi hard, meat supply down -Parvez Sultan and Abhinav Rajput

stan Times New Delhi: Meat traders’ strike in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh has halved Delhi’s supply and sent the prices soaring, with mutton selling for Rs 500 a kilo in some areas on MoNDAy. Traders at Ghazipur, Delhi’s only slaughter house and biggest wholesale meat market, said they were not getting cattle from Uttar Pradesh, the biggest suppliers of animals, which had led to buffalo and goat meat costing at least 25% more.

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Arun Jaitley rules out help for farm loan waivers to states; Yogi Adityanath, Devendra Fadnavis in a spot

had demanded that the government announce a loan waiver for farmers across the country as was done by the UPA in 2006 and not just for Uttar Pradesh where the BJP has returned to power with a major maNDAte. The clarification from Jaitley came in this context. There has been demand for loan waivers from states such as Rajasthan and Punjab too. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and made a strong pi

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Tamil Nadu's Amma canteen concept catches on in other states -Nikita Doval

state. The nomenclature varies from state to state; so in Rajasthan it is the Annapurna Rasoi Yojana where breakfast is served for Rs5 and lunch for Rs8. In Madhya Pradesh, it is christened the DeeNDAyal Canteen; in Andhra Pradesh, the NTR Anna Canteens and in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi canteens were launched in January where the state aims to provide a wholesome nutritious meal for Rs10. Whatever the names, the end objective is the same, to meet the nut

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Govt can make Aadhaar must for opening bank accounts: SC -Dhananjay Mahapatra

-The Times of india NEW DELHI: The Centre's plan to make Aadhaar a basic identity document got a shot in the arm when the Supreme Court on MoNDAy said it would not be wrong on the part of the government to make the unique ID maNDAtory for opening bank accounts, getting mobile connections or passports. The court clarified that its earlier interim order asking the government to make Aadhaar optional o

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Govt likely to keep MGNREGA labour budget for 2017-18 unchanged -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

-Business StaNDArd Pending labour wages by the end of 2016-17 could be around Rs 3,000-4,000 crore For the second year running, the Centre is likely to approve a labour budget of around 2.2 billion person-days under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).   The labour budget, for 2017-18, could be enhanced as well, if more demand is generated owing to drought or insufficient rainfall in any part of the coun

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