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Aadhaar or else -Jean Dreze

-The Indian Express In Jharkhand, ABBA was first made compulsory for PDS users in Ranchi district in August 2016. By June 2017, it was maNDAtory in about 80 per cent of the ration shops across the state. This meant, of course, that Aadhaar itself was compulsory — no Aadhaar, no food. Recent events in Jharkhand shed some useful light on the damage done by compulsory biometric authentication in the Public Distribution System (PDS). This i

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Unutilised forest wealth generates huge revenue for Rajasthan's tribals

n found to provide sustainable sustenance for the area's tribals by enabling them to sell -- for a staggering Rs 189 crore ($29 million) in the last two years -- minor forest produce (MFP) that is abuNDAnt in the area and has remained unutilised for almost nine decades. According to officials, collection of MFP such as amla (wild gooseberry), fruit of the mahua (butter tree), musli (Chlorophytum Borivilianum), harad (Terminalia chebula), baheda (Te

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Dengue patient dies, parents billed Rs 16 lakh for 2 weeks in ICU -Durgesh NaNDAn Jha

he family of a seven-year-old dengue patient almost Rs 16 lakh for 15 days in the ICU, but the girl died while being shifted from Fortis to Rockland Hospital. Union health minister J P Nadda on MoNDAy assured the bereaved family of action in the matter following an uproar on social media sites. Fortis denied any wrongdoing. It said all staNDArd medical protocols were followed in treating Adya Singh a

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How Long Can India's Farmers Subsidise the Nation? -Kirankumar Vissa The farmers have done their job. The nation has failed to deliver them a decent income in return. Farmers are coming onto the streets across the country &NDAsh; in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and now from all states into Delhi. As the agitations intensify and take a national character, it is necessary for the nation to understand what is driving them. Are they asking for the sky, simply for

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Centre should waive farmer loans across country, not just in election-bound states: Yogendra Yadav

-IANS New Delhi: Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav on MoNDAy demanded that the central government waive loans of all farmers across states, addressing a farmers' rally in the national capital. "We have two demands, one that the remunerative prices should be production cost plus 50 percent, which was recommended by the Swaminathan Commission and promised by Narendra Modi," Yadav said. "And second demand is a one-time waiver o

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Thousands of farmers protest in Delhi -Soumya Pillai

-The Hindu Thousands of farmers gathered at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on MoNDAy. Banners and flags of different organisations were waved, but what brought them together was a common demand — a one-time complete waiver of farmer loans and fair prices for their produce. Under a common umbrella of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) around 184 farmer groups from across states such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madh

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Aadhaar data is fully safe, assures UIDAI

-PTI NEW DELHI: The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said on MoNDAy that Aadhaar data is completely safe and secure. Aadhaar number, it said, is not a secret number and it is to be shared with authorised agencies if one wishes to avail a certain service or benefit of government welfare schemes or other services. "Aadhaar data is fully safe and secure and there has been no data leak or breach at UIDAI," the authorit

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Egg on the boil! Prices shoot up 40%

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Hit by tight supply in the many states, egg prices in the country have increased by up to 40 per cent. Poultry Federation of India President Ramesh Katri on MoNDAy said, "the prices have jumped by up to 40 per cent to Rs 7-7.50 per piece in retail markets in most parts of the country, hit by tight supply." He added that the upward trend would continue in coming months as egg production is likely to be l

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Delhi,NCR towns need to fight air pollution together -Shivani Singh

efore failing to enforce blanket road rationing, compliance of even basic anti-pollution measures was impossible in the NCR because of poor infrastructure. The Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) maNDAted by the Supreme Court to counter air pollution was meant to be an effort in regional cooperation. The entire National Capital Region (NCR), which sees the worst winter pollution in northern India, was to tackle this health emergency together. But

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90% MPs yet to adopt a village in phase-3 of PM plan -Subodh Ghildiyal

nchayat in his constituency to be turned into a model of development. The scheme provides for no separate budget but aims at convergence of ongoing government schemes to improve infrastructure and staNDArd of living in villages. The timeline laid down that Phase-1 would finish by 2016 and two more gram panchayats would be developed by 2019. In what seems an expression of concern, the Union rural development ministry presented the lack of progress in P

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