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Sangh arm slams Niti -JP Yadav

he weaker sections of the society.... Niti Aayog has succeeded in giving an anti-labour face to the government...," the country's largest trade union said in a resolution passed at its three-day National conference in Kanpur that ended yesterday. The labour arm of the RSS, the ruling BJP's ideological parent, also suggested that the "Government should rethink whether or not to keep such a defective institution in the name of (a) 'think ta

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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 &

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India's pulse dilemma -Uttam Gupta

e (MSP) of pulses by over 15 per cent (for instance, the price of lentil (masur) was raised from Rs 34,000 per tonne to Rs 39,500 per tonne) and also promised the farmers an entire produce at MSP via National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd and other State agencies. It also decided to build a buffer stock of two million tonnes. These measures were intended to incentivise farmers to take up the sowing of pulses on a large sca

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

. When it was launched in 2010 by the Union women and child development ministry, it was called the Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana. After coming to power in 2014, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance government dropped “Indira Gandhi” from the scheme. PMMVY is the latest scheme to be renamed. Since 2014, over a dozen schemes have been launched or re-launched across ministries that have been prefixed with Pra

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Cropping Monsanto's patent rights -Vivian Fernandes

generations. Diversity is essential for food security. With these objectives, the law gave conservers of traditional varieties a share of the gain, should these be commercially exploited, through the National Gene Fund to be set up and managed by the PPFVR Authority. The ASG’s contention is that the Patents Act, as amended in 2002, has a list of exclusions. It does not allow plants and animals, including seeds, varieties and species to be pat

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Arhar roots traced to MP

ists have identified Madhya Pradesh as the centre of origin of this nationwide staple legume and discovered genes they say will allow the expansion of pigeonpea cultivation. Scientists at the InterNational Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) near Hyderabad and their collaborators in Australia, China and the US yesterday announced the results of a new study that has traced the origin and migratory pathways of pigeonpea and sever

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Criminalising Forest-Dwellers Has Not Helped India's Forests or Wildlife. It's Time for a New Deal -Meenal Tatpati and Sneha Gutgutia

dwelling communities for engaging in traditional activities in protected areas and reserved forests, the government should use them for co-management. In a circular released on March 28, 2017, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) ordered the directors of all tiger reserves to refrain from recognising the rights of forest dwellers within critical tiger habitats. Since its enactment in 2006, the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional F

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Maharashtra farmer's strike to time with 3-year anniversary of Modi govt -Abhiram Ghadyalpatil

for novel ways of protests during the same period to embarrass the BJP. On 22 May, Swambhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS), currently an ally of the BJP in the state and a constituent of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, launched a ‘self-atonement march’ from Pune to Mumbai on 22 May, to ‘atone for the blunder of allying with the BJP and supporting Narendra Modi’. Raju Shetty, SSS founder and Member of Parliament from

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An unequal burden -Sujatha Byravan

s signed in December 2015 in an attempt to limit the release and the effects from greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. Ahead of the meeting, various countries developed and submitted pledges or National commitments, referred to in climate parlance as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which are effectively the actions each country is now required to take. The Conference of the Parties-22 (COP

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