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No tax refund, no working capital: How GST is hurting Indian exporters -Mayank Jain

. Delays in processing tax refunds under the new Goods and Services Tax regime has locked up the funds of exporters, hurting their businesses and affecting their ability to be competitive in interNational markets. On September 19, a delegation of exporters met Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia, who is heading a committee set up to look into the GST-related issues that India’s export sector is facing. During the meeting, the Federation of

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Not Doing Away With Hot Meals For Children Under ICDS, Centre Clarifies -Anoo Bhuyan

ked food such as ‘nutrient packets’, ready-to-cook food or cash. “There has been a lot of discussion on this. But there is no plan to remove hot cooked meals. It is a part of the National Food Security Act,” said women and child development ministry secretary Rakesh Srivastava. “The role of anganwadis in cooking hot meals for children and women is specified in Section 5 and 6 of the Act. The central ministry provides o

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Centre to police: Nudge people to achieve goals of demonetisation -Srinath Rao

aper. Mumbai: The Union Home Ministry has written to police forces across the country to assess their efforts to encourage citizens to move to cashless transactions and curb fake currency and anti-National activities, so that “the objectives of demonetisation are fully accomplished”. The Home Ministry’s letter, titled “Implementation of pending recommendation of DGsP-IGP Conference (2014, 2015 & 2016)”, was sent

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Forget fast growth, India is barely holding on. Just look at the data -Chaitanya Kalbag

grave peril. The government cannot sustain this level of stimulus for very long, unless the private sector rediscovers its animal spirits and revives investment. In a speech early this year at the National Council for Applied Economic Research, eminent economist Vijay Kelkar said: “Public expenditure is grounded in taxation, and taxation is a considerable use of coercion. For this reason, we should be very careful when spending public money.&

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India Scores Lowest Among BRICS on Health Sustainable Development Goal Index -Swagata Yadavar

g BRICS nations. SDGs are universal targets including ending poverty, hunger and inequality, improving access to health and education among others for all countries by 2030. Created by the interNational research collaboration Global Burden of Disease, the SDG index calculates the performance of countries on 37 health-related targets of SDGs including under-five mortality, neonatal mortality rate, alcohol consumption, rate of tuberculosis and acc

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India now has 3rd highest number of cancer cases among women -Sushmi Dey

tment cost for late-stage cancers is 1.5 to 2 times higher than the cost for early-stage cancers. In fact, the mortality to incidence ratio, which is a key indicator for measuring effectiveness of National cancer control programmes, is the worst in India for key women-specific cancers when compared to global peers. Please click here to read more.  

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Draft social security code: Will it help informal workers? -Sharmila Kantha

or (Pachouri 2014). Of the country’s 473 million workers as of 2011-12, over 90% are informal workers, without recourse to social security such as pension, medical care, or other benefits (InterNational Labour Organization (ILO), 2016). There are as many as 44 Central laws and numerous State laws governing employment. Many of them are outdated, and confusion prevails over issues such as definitions of common terms like ‘worker’ an

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Maneka Gandhi Clashes With NITI Aayog on Replacing Food With Cash Transfers -Anoo Bhuyan

transfers. She also said the government will shift the focus of the policy from administering food to administering nutrition. The move is at odds with recommendations by the health ministry, the National Food Security Act and Supreme Court orders. It is, however, in consonance with the NITI Aayog’s recent recommendations from a 114 page document, ‘Nourishing India’, released earlier this month. Where Gandhi differs with NITI

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India's Unique Enigma of High Growth and Stunted Children -Awanish Kumar

s child nutrition is concerned,     Secondly, sanitation which includes provision of safe and clean drinking water and, in the case of India, the practice of open defecation. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 (2015-16) suggests that about 52% of all Indian households defecate in the open. The share for rural India was much higher at 63%. The proportion of women between the age group 20-24 years who were married before the

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Indian economy in a tailspin: What went wrong -Asit Ranjan Mishra and Gireesh Chandra Prasad While investment demand was anyway weak when the NDA came to power in 2014, private consumption has also started decelerating due to demonetisation New Delhi: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won a landslide in the 2014 general election with the promise of fast-tracking economic growth and creating jobs. It replaced the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government that was mired in corruption scandals and had m

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