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Ragpickers hit hard by GST -Mohit M Rao

might have adverse consequences for the environment. But with the tax rate on recycled plastic shooting up from 5.5% to 18% post-GST, ragpicking as a livelihood seems to be turning unviable, with atteNDAnt impact on the urban environment. Take the case of Nagaratna and her self-help group (SHG) at Mahadevapura. Nearly a month post-GST, the Mahadevapura Mahila Okkuta, a collection of 17 SHGs that collects and segregates waste in Garudacharpalya, is

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1,211 police stations in India do not have working telephones and 260 have no vehicles, data shows -Abhishek Dey

e numbers differ significantly from corresponding figures collected from the previous year. Data collected by the Bureau of Police Research and Development shows as many as 1,211 police stations &NDAsh; about 8% of India’s 15,555 police stations &NDAsh; do not have a functional telephone. The data, which was collected by the bureau for its upcoming annual report on police organisations in India, a

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Centre privacy U-turn

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The Centre in a U-turn today told the Supreme Court the right to privacy can be a fuNDAmental right subject to certain limitations, and said it wanted a "smaller bench" - instead of the current nine-judge constitution bench - to decide whether the Aadhaar scheme violated that right. Attorney-general K.K. Venugopal, the country's top law officer, made the concession after the bench of Chief Justice J.S. Kheha

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Crop Insurance: A flagship scheme that may flatter to deceive -Harish Damodaran

r all kharif or monsoon season foodgrains and oilseeds, while 1.5 per cent for rabi winter crops and 5 per cent for annual commercial and horticultural crops, is the lowest they can hope for. The SI &NDAsh; the maximum amount insurance would pay in the event of damage &NDAsh; is equal to the “scale of finance” or loan limit fixed by banks for the crop concerned covering its estimated production

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Gujarat floods: 18 of a family killed, toll rises to 119

team are engaged in the rescue and relief operations, and are being aided by 10 IAF choppers in Banaskantha. The Bhavnagar-Ahmedabad highway was flooded after several villages near Dholka were inuNDAted following release of 1.24 lakh cusecs water from the Dharoi dam. Ahmedabad collector Avantika Singh Aulakh said at least 3,858 people in 20 villages had been taken to safer locations in the district. Three days after their village, Dabhipura in

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Privacy can't override right to food through Aadhaar, Centre tells Supreme Court -Dhananjay Mahapatra & Amit Anand Choudhary

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that even if privacy was assumed to be a fuNDAmental right, it could not attain a status higher than the right to food ensured through Aadhaar for 270 million impoverished people. A nine-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar tried its best to elicit a direct "yes" or "no" reply from attorney general K K Venugopal to the l

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ISKCON told to include eggs in menu

-The Hans India Amaravati: Taking serious note of non-implementation of prescribed menu of mid-day meal scheme in several schools, the government has decided to make it a maNDAtory on providing three eggs per week for each student studying in government-run schools  across the state as part of providing nutritious food for the children. Considering the report of National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) the government has directed the DEOs t

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Prof. Devesh Kapur, director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania, interviewed by Anuradha Raman (The Hindu)

is important. In that sense higher education should be elitist. It should not be elitist by who enters, but in its intellectual ambitions. To push the frontiers of knowledge, you have to have high staNDArds. The idea that you get grace marks to pass… what does that mean? Even the role of the courts. In fact, you could argue that if you look at the judges and many of the ways they write the judgments, it shows you what ails our education system.

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Supreme Court quashes appointment of 1.78 lakh teachers in UP junior schools -Amit Anand Choudhary

lifications as fixed by Centre under Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act. A bench of Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit held that their jobs could not be regularised at the cost of fuNDAmental right of children to free quality education by duly qualified teachers. The court, however, said that they should be given opportunity to be considered for recruitment as teachers if they have now acquired the requisite qualification. It also al

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In value terms, country produces more dung as compared to beef or pork

A recent one-liner about the achievement of the present Central government goes like this: bovine has become ‘divine’ during NDA’s rule. But why do such jokes originate? Media reports suggest that unprecedented aggression has taken place during the recent months in the name of the peaceful looking animal &NDAsh; cow. Mob lynching and killings by fringe groups have been reported fro

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