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Social activists and political leaders demand for transparency in voting process

acy is too precious to be left to machines. To ensure the democratic nature of the country, the 2019 election should be done through the ballot system”, said Manish Tiwari, Spokesperson, Indian National Congress. He was speaking at a meeting along with Ali Anwar - MP, Rajya Sabha, Amarjeet Kaur- CPI, DP Tripathi- NCP, Dr Sunilam, Ex MLA, National Convener, NAPM, Gauhar Raza- scientist, Kavita Krishnan

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Labour Bureau's new report indicate layoffs of casual & contract workers in Q1 of 2017-18

11,179 units (or establishments) in 8 sectors from all the states/ UTs in the country. The field work for data collection for the present QES was carried out during July 2017 to September 2017 at the National level. Out of 11,179 units, about 11,157 units canvassed were common to both rounds of QES i.e. previous (with reference date as 1st April, 2017) and present (with reference date 1st July, 2017). The eight sectors covered are manufacturing,

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National meet on doubling farmers' income opens on Monday

so far as achievement on its ambitious plan of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, is organising a two-day brainstorming meet of various stake-holders, including farmers and farmer bodies. The National conference, scheduled from Monday, would be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, apart from his cabinet colleagues and top government officials. According to SK Pattanayak, Union Agriculture Secretary, the primary objective of the meeting

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To Harvest Enterprise -Lola Nayar

er of up to Rs 100 crore came as a relief to the thousands of farmers who are members of around 4,000 such companies in the country.  In December 2017, a sizeable number of farmers gathered at a National conference org­anised in Pune were found to be unaware that the FPOs were liable to pay taxes under the Companies Act, rev­eals B. Dasaratha Rami Reddy, secretary general of the Consortium of Ind­ian Farmers’ Associations (CIFA)

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7 mn jobs in FY18? An 'independent study' with government's hand-holding -Somesh Jha

yees’ Provident Fund (EPF) subscribers. Since this database is not in the public domain, the Aayog acquired the data from the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation’s (EPFO’s) National data centre office in Hyderabad and passed it on to the authors — Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore Professor Pulak Ghosh and State Bank of India (SBI) Chief Economist Soumya Kanti Ghosh — who arrived at their estimates o

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Centre, states to discuss how to ensure MSP for farmers

ting of state governments early next month to discuss a mechanism so that farmers get MSP," Pattanayak told PTI on the sidelines of a conference on food security organised by the Vivekanand InterNational Foundation. Stating that the Centre is open to all suggestions from stakeholders, he said the ministry is studying the model adopted by Madhya Pradesh and Telangana governments. While Madhya Pradesh is paying farmers the difference between

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Too clever by half? -Venkatesh Athreya

least in form. He made the point that “all Economic Surveys bear the imprint of the incumbent Chief Economic Adviser”. He also made the following observations: “Inspired by the InterNational Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook, this Survey departs structurally from its predecessors and presents its output in two volumes. Volume 1 discusses the outlook and prospects as well as a number of analytical chapters addressing topica

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Chhattisgarh: Maoist-hit areas don't have toilets, but get the ODF tag -Dipankar Ghose

Mangal Ram’s own gram panchyat, Pulod, with 60 homes, is located deep inside Bijapur’s forests. He lives there with his wife and five children. The 15-km road linking Pulod to Matwada, on National Highway 63, has been dug up 29 times by alleged Maoist cadres. Jaigur gram panchayat is 3 km away, on the other side of a rivulet. The bridge over it was destroyed several years ago, and villagers now walk across a thin cement pole to get to t

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Incredible children and their flying minds -Saba Naqvi

e a government school and if they fall ill, it’ll be a government dispensary (and many Indian children will die from highly curable diseases). We should be ashamed, but we are always talking of National pride. That’s why I was touched and rejuvenated after visiting a government school in Delhi — somewhere between the crowded ITO crossing and New Delhi Railway Station. It’s called Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya and is one of the 54

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Arun Jaitley hasn't fulfilled his promise to farmers. So why is he pretending like he has? -Yogendra Yadav

e the finance minister’s name very carefully. He is “Jaitley”, and not “Jaitlie”. I bow to India’s Parliament and note that the spelling of his name is a matter of National interest. Now I wait for Parliament to settle a matter of much lesser interest: did the FM lie to Parliament? When it does, I would like it to consider the case of the FM’s big announcement on the farm produce prices in his budget speech.

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