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These nomads from AP's Krishna district will vote for the first time -T Appala Naidu

ghts and the importance of our vote,” he added, claiming that nearly half of the newly enrolled voters had only recently become eligible to vote. The volunteer group had focused on the six maNDAls of Nagayalanka, Koduru, Machilipatnam, Pedana, Bantumilli, and Krithivennu, where they covered 1,520 families with a total population of 4,597. In 2016, the group had registered a society — Krishna District Yanadi Girijana Aikya Sangham &md

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A short history of data -Nikhil Menon

recently, amidst growing scepticism regarding India’s official statistics, more than a hundred scholars comprising economists and social scientists released a statement decrying the fall in staNDArds of institutional independence, suggesting political interference as the cause. Kaushik Basu, a former chief economist of the World Bank, also recently bemoaned the declining credibility of India’s official statistics. Please click here to

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Lead in PVC pipes is poisoning India's drinking water, but govt's done nothing in 2 years -Malavika Vyawahare

;the potential adverse health effects due to presence of lead in water flowing through PVC pipes”, action be taken “expeditiously”. It directed the environment ministry to set staNDArds for the use of lead in PVC pipes within four months from May 2017, and come up with a phase-out plan. The response from the government, though, was far from expeditious. Please click here to read more.

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The electoral bonds scheme is a threat to democracy - Gautam Bhatia

t important — is that of anonymity. Neither the donor (who could be an individual or a corporate) nor the political party is obligated to reveal whom the donation comes from. This undercuts a fuNDAmental constitutional principle: the freedom of political information, which is an integral element of Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution (the free expression clause). Please click here to read more.

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Disempowering gram sabhas -Chitrangada Choudhury

as “the responsibilities and authority for sustainable use, conservation of biodiversity and maintenance of ecological balance.” A key 2009 regulation actualised gram sabha powers by maNDAting that all forest diversion proposals and compensatory and ameliorative schemes be presented in detail to the relevant gram sabhas to award or withhold its free, prior, informed consent, and also be preceded by the settlement of all rights under the

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131 CAs back Modi govt on economic data, question motives of scholars who criticised it -Remya Nair The CAs, led by Manipal group chairman T.V. MohaNDAs Pai, have labelled the allegations made by the 108 economists and social scientists ‘baseless’. New Delhi: Days after 108 economists and social scientists accused the Narendra Modi government of altering or withholding unfavourable economic data, a group of 131 chartered accountants (CAs) defended the government and questioned the scholars’ political motivation

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Campaign to move focus away from nationalism to 'real issues'

oyment, education, hate crimes and growing inequality, said leaders of the coalition. They blamed Opposition parties for being passive and unable to reverse the “hijacking of the election ageNDA”. ‘BJP playing politics’ “The BJP is playing politics with martyrs and we want to question that and recall the full vision of those martyrs. What was Bhagat Singh’s vision for the country? It went beyond national secu

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Govt. committed to maintain credibility of statistical organisations, says senior official

-PTI NEW DELHI: The government is committed to maintaining the credibility of statistical organisations and the NSSO employment data would be released by month-end, a senior official said MoNDAy as he dismissed concerns about alleged political interference in statistical data. The senior government official's comments come against the backdrop of as many as 108 economists and social scientists alleged "political interference" in stat

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No onion and garlic in midday meals -Tanu Kulkarni

-The Hindu Karnataka signs MoU with Akshaya Patra FouNDAtion Bengaluru: The State government appears to have backtracked on its stand that onion and garlic be introduced in mid-day meals served to students. It has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Akshaya Patra FouNDAtion (APF), a subsidiary of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), despite the latter&r

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PM health scheme supports fraud: Congress

p to Rs 5 lakh for a premium of only Rs 1,100 a year The Congress on Saturday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much-hyped health scheme, Ayushman Bharat, was built on the wrong fouNDAtion, allowed corporates and private hospitals to mint money and incentivised fraud. The party also dubbed false the government’s claim that over 10 crore families will get insurance cover up to Rs 5 lakh for a premium of only Rs 1,100 a ye

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