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Publishers fear red tape, censorship, Govt gets a warning -Ritika Chopra

-The Indian Express New and tough rules on ISBN prompt global body to react THE HRD Ministry risks losing its role of distributing International StaNDArd Book Numbers (ISBNs) to publishers in India amid complaints of red-tapism and fears of censorship by the government. On March 29, in a letter sent to Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey, the ISBN International Agency warned that it is “seriously considering” revoking t

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India fails to protect property rights of indigenous and rural women, says report

-Down to Earth None of the 30 low and middle-income countries analysed met the staNDArds of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women In what could be a wake-up call to global conservation efforts, a new report by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) says that legal protections for indigenous and rural women to own and manage property are missing in India and 29 other low and middle-income countrie

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Maharashtra govt reviews measures for prevention of malnutrition death in tribal areas

take necessary precautions for preventing various diseases whcih occur during the monsoon. Additional Chief Secretary of Health Department Dr. Vijay Satbir Singh, Principal Secretary of Finance, VaNDAna Krishna, Tribal Department Secretary Manisha Verma, Women and Child Welfare Secretary Vinita Singhal, Secretary of Rural Development Asim Gupta. Along with Palghar, Nandurbar, Amravati Collectors, Zilla Parishad CEO, various officers and NGOs workin

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Farm policy: Dis-ease of doing the business of agriculture -Pravesh Sharma

ion — would enable large-scale mobilisation of capital, technology, machinery and inputs. Apart from realising the true productivity potential of now-fragmented land holdings, it can lay the fouNDAtions of an agro-processing revolution to create millions of unskilled/semi-skilled jobs. The Centre’s current draft model land leasing law is too restrictive and not ambitious enough to achieve the above vision. Please click here to read more

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Centre renames maternity benefit scheme, adds Pradhan Mantri to it -Moushumi Das Gupta

-Hindustan Times The Centre has renamed the Matritva Sahyog Yojana - a scheme under which pregnant and lactating mothers get Rs 6,000 for the first live birth - as Pradhan Mantri Matritva VaNDAna Yojana (PMMVY) in yet another instance of the Prime Minister’s name being prefixed to a government programme. Government sources said the name of the scheme, which was cleared by the Union cabinet last week, was changed to make it more appealing

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Job creation in high-growth India should be a top priority -Harsh Mander

k for 2-6 months annually. Of these, 77% are resident in rural areas and more than two-thirds of them migrate in desperate search of any kind of work to urban areas. Some estimates show that about 35&NDAsh;40 million labourers &NDAsh; almost half the number of casual labourers outside agriculture could be seasonal migrants. Please click here to read more.

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Cropping Monsanto's patent rights -Vivian Fernandes

future through monopoly” defeating the “intent of the government to regulate cottonseed under the PPVFR enactment.” He wants widely-used traits like Monsanto’s to be “StaNDArd Essential Patents (SEPs) where everyone has got a right of access but not for free and has to pay as decided by the regulator.” The ASG has submitted that “PPVFR Act is a complete code balancing the interests of all stakeholders like

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Arhar roots traced to MP

dy is the first to provide genetic evidence to trace its domestication roots to Madhya Pradesh. It has also suggested that pigeonpea domestication spread centuries ago from India to present-day UgaNDA and other parts of eastern Africa from where India now imports pigeonpea to meet its domestic demand. The study, based on whole genome resequencing of 292 pigeonpea varieties from 23 countries, is expected to help scientists develop superior pigeon

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Greenpeace lauds Bihar's organic farming initiatives

nment's decision to give priority to organic farming. "This initiative will prove sustainable for the agriculture and food security in the long run," a Greenpeace official said here on MoNDAy. According to the organisation, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed the state's Agriculture Department officials to give priority to organic farming, and said it should be the basis of agicultural roadmap. Please click here to read m

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