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Maneka Gandhi writes to PMO opposing cash provision in lieu of ration -Amrita Madhukalya

officially as Take Home Ration (THR), marking perhaps the third time the ministry has officially spoken against it. A decision to implement the provision in ten vulnerable districts was passed at the National Nutrition Council's inaugural meeting on April 18, chaired by NITI Aayog vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar. Gandhi was not present at the meeting. After the meeting of the Council, Gandhi expressed her apprehensions to the Prime Minister's Office and

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Aadhaar not must for cover

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The Union health ministry on Thursday said Aadhaar cards were not required for treatment under the National Health Protection Scheme, but guidelines released by the Centre suggest that beneficiaries can seek treatment only once without the 12-digit biometric identity. The ministry said a notification "being issued" enables implementation agencies to ask beneficiaries for their Aadhaar card to authenticate id

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Cloak on RTI bill -Anita Joshua

e best RTI Acts in the world. NOBODY should bring any changes in it. WE need better implementation. Focus on that," he tweeted amid fears that the government was trying to dilute the law. The National Campaign for Peoples' Right to Information has decided to mobilise opinion against the bill in collaboration with groups like the National Alliance of Peoples Movements, Anti-Corruption Team, More »

Govt drops incentives given for UPI transactions -Mayur Shetty

r each of 20 transfers in a month with a minimum value of Rs 100. There were similar incentives for achieving milestones in volume. Although the scheme was scheduled to end in March next year, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) came out with a notification on July 3, modifying the scheme with effect from July 1. Banks say this could lead to a customer service issue as many were transacting with the incentives in mind. Please click

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Ayushman Bharat scheme underscores issues with SC's interim orders in March -Asheeta Regidi

he Courts reopened and news on the Aadhaar verdict is awaited, a Union health ministry notification issued on 4 July has confirmed that Aadhaar will be mandatory for the ‘Ayushman Bharat’ National health insurance scheme. While details of the scheme were out in June, the new notification also sets a deadline for enrolment for those without Aadhaar on 31 March, 2019.  Unfortunately, the notification also classifies this scheme as a Sec

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Monsoon fingers crossed -GS Mudur

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The National weather agency has predicted above-normal rain over eastern, central and northwestern India between July 19 and 25 amid concerns that one-third of the country has received deficient rainfall so far this monsoon season. Rainfall data released by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Friday show that swathes of eastern and northern India have rainfall deficits, ranging from 23 per cent below normal i

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Setting up a social media hub will be like creating a surveillance state, says SC

-PTI Bench issues notice to Union government on a plea against the project to track “digital media chatter from all core social media platforms” The Supreme Court on Friday took a strong note of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s decision to set up a social media hub for monitoring online data, observing that it would be “like creating a surveillance state”. The court said the government wanted to tap citizens’ WhatsApp messages and sought

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New Save the Children report reveals insecurity of teenage girls from the outside world, but are our homes safe enough?

ss the full report A question that could be raised here is whether our homes are really safe for teenage girls. According to the latest available Crime in India report, which is brought out by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), out of the total rape cases recorded in 2016 (viz. 38,947) under Section 376 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 376 of IPC read with Section 4 & 6 of POCSO Act, in almost 94.6 percent of cases the offenders we

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India heading for comprehensive healthcare crisis: Amartya Sen

rly three times as much by China. We reap as we sow, and cannot expect to get what other countries achieve by allocating much more resources -- as a proportion of their respective levels of the gross National product-- to healthcare," Sen writes in his elaborate foreword to "Healers or Predators? Healthcare Corruption in India", which will be launched here on Thursday. Sen, a recipient of the Bharat Ratna in 1999, further claims that

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Why Indian women don't want to work -Monika Halan

rticipation in the Indian labour force shows that Indian women are preferring to stay at home rather than come out to work. In an excellent piece, Farzana Afridi and Kanika Mahajan deep dive into the National Sample Survey 2011-12 to show that it is actually married women that show a dramatic fall in workforce participation. Instead of joining the workforce as the Indian economy grew from $284.3 billion to $1.8 trillion and per capita income grew from

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