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Stay on Mahanadi projects

directed the Chhattisgarh government to halt work on 31 projects along the Mahanadi river that environmental groups fear will reduce the downstream water flow in Odisha. The Calcutta bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued a stay order on the projects, a mix of dams, barrages, irrigation channels among them, at various locations along the Mahanadi before the river enters Odisha's Sambalpur district. The Mahanadi river water has emerge

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Pan-India wage plan

o are currently outside the ambit of the Minimum Wages Act. The bill is likely to be introduced in Parliament during the monsoon session which concludes on August 11. The Centre will revise the National minimum wage every two years. The frequency of the wage revision could become every five years if dearness allowance is included in the wage. Industry isn't too happy about the idea of a universal minimum wage. Assocham secretary general D.S.

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ISKCON told to include eggs in menu

datory on providing three eggs per week for each student studying in government-run schools  across the state as part of providing nutritious food for the children. Considering the report of National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) the government has directed the DEOs to strictly implement the prescribed menu in the mid-day meal and has also decided not to exempt  any agency or institution like Akshaya Patra foundation, ISKCON etc on 

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At employment exchanges, rise in applications but less than 1% get jobs -Sunny Verma & Sandeep Singh

h had only 6.88 lakh registrations. With the exception of Gujarat, where employment exchanges have consistently clocked an over 30 per cent success rate at providing placement to job seekers, the National average of placement across exchanges stood at 0.57 per cent — or just 3 persons employed per 500 who applied in 2015. No state other than Goa has been able to cross the 1 per cent mark (number of placements managed against the total number

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Rajya Sabha brainstorms on agrarian crisis

d the government for its new insurance policy, which, he alleged, benefited only private companies. The Congress leader also alleged that there was corruption in the Food Corporation of India and the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India. Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Verma said successive governments had failed to address the issues plaguing the sector. He sought adequate budget allocation and use of technology for ef

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Prof. Devesh Kapur, director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania, interviewed by Anuradha Raman (The Hindu)

edly, then over time there is erosion and — I want to emphasise this — this is across political parties. The Left, the Socialists, the caste-based parties and the regional parties and the National parties, all have to share the blame for this. If you think of universities, especially public universities, as public institutions, what is amazing is that one cannot think of a single political party that had the least vision of higher educa

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Tomato prices soar to Rs. 100/kg in Delhi-NCR on short supply

-PTI New Delhi: Tomato prices have risen to around Rs. 100 per kg in the National capital market as supplies from major producing states have been disrupted because of heavy rains. Mother Dairy is selling tomatoes at Rs. 96 per kg here through its 300 retail stores ‘Safal’, while online grocery platforms like Big Basket and Grofers are offering this key vegetable at nearly Rs. 100 per kg. Local vendors are selling tomatoes in th

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In value terms, country produces more dung as compared to beef or pork

is context, the Inclusive Media for Change team has made an attempt to find the following facts related to India’s livestock economy: * The latest available data from government’s own National Accounts Statistics 2017 (NAS) show that ‘milk group’ outweighed ‘meat’ in terms of its proportion in total value of livestock output (at constant 2011-12 prices). Although ‘milk group’ constituted over 65 perc

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Dealing with malnutrition: Why Indian women must eat with families -Charu Bahri

ouseholds, but among the rural poor it makes women and children, some of the weakest in the world, hungrier and sicklier, sparking a cascade of slow development, eventually implicated in holding back National economic progress. “Particularly among the rural poor, food distribution in households is not based on need,” reads Right to Food in India, a 2003 paper of the Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad. “The breadwinn

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Govt mulls LPG-like subsidy transfer for PDS foodgrain -Dipak K Dash

said the beneficiaries' failure to buy the foodgrains from the e-PoS enabled ration shop would result in no transfer of the subsidy for the next month. This will also ensure that beneficiaries under National Food Security Act don't use the subsidy amount for anything else. "In case of cooking gas subsidy, the consumer has a connection from a particular LPG supplier and government transfers the subsidy through the supplier concerned. But in ca

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