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Environment Pollution Control Authority shuts NCR rice mills -Parshant Krar

Rajasthan will have to stop operations from November 4, under directions of the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority. EPCA has asked all biomass and coal-based industries in the National Capital Region to remain closed to help keep a check on air pollution. The measure will not only affect NCR’s mills but also farmers in paddy-growing states as mills restrict purchase of basmati to check losses in processing season. Mill

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Under Modi's Crop Insurance Scheme, Premiums up 350% But Farmers' Coverage Stagnant -Kabir Agarwal and Dheeraj Mishra

insurance companies – private and public – collected a gross premium of Rs 47,408 crore. Total claims paid as on October 10, 2018 was Rs 31,613 crore. For 2014-15 and 2015-16, when the National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) and Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS) were operational before getting subsumed under the PMFBY, the gross premium collected was Rs 10,560 cror

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Reconsider decision to suspend rice mill operation: Exporters' body

All India Rice Exporters Association (AIREA) on Sunday requested the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority to reconsider the plan to extend the ban on rice mill operations in the National Capital Region (NCR) till Monday. “Due to the current restriction coinciding with peak paddy procurement season, all the paddy is lying in mandies and shellers, at high moisture and is only going to affect adversely the trade and industr

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Is genetically modified food really safe? -Rajat Chaudhuri

as an environment campaigner earlier, I have closely studied the material put out by those who support GMOs as well as the reasons for countering such optimism. It is well-known that powerful multiNational corporations control the global business of GM crops. As expected, the pro-GMO camp has come up with a variety of justifications to push this technology into the market. The website, citing an analysis of 1,783 studies

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Tribal farmer reaps it rich in 'sama' cultivation

yaguda village on Friday. The festival was organised by Agriculture Department, Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sadhikara Samstha, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, Sanjeevini Rural Development Society, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources and Watershed Support Services and Activity Network (WASSAN). The yield in broadcast farming was only between 2 and 2.5 quintals. Because of transplantation, weeding twice and using ‘jeevamrutham’

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BHIM UPI, RuPay swipe Mastercard, Visa -Shishir Sinha

ased payment interface that allows real-time fund transfer using a single identity, typically a mobile number or a name. Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is an instant payment system developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), an RBI-regulated entity. UPI is built over the IMPS (Immediate Payment Service) infrastructure and allows for instant transfer of money between any two parties’ bank accounts. RuPay is a card payment me

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Fake currency network intact -Vijaita Singh

But forensic reports say notes are of poor quality, security features not copied Two years after demonetisation, the fake currency notes seized so far are not of a high quality, a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found. Another Home Ministry official said the network of same fake currency operators was still intact as two years ago, that pushed fake notes from the Bangladesh border. But there was not much evidence to link

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18 newborns die in Jorhat hospital -Anup Dutta

the past nine days prompting the health department to order a probe into the incident. The probe is to be headed by the director of medical education. A representative of Unicef (United Nations InterNational Children's Emergency Fund) is scheduled to visit the hospital on Saturday. JMCH principal and chief superintendent Debajit Hazarika confirmed the deaths of the babies and said an internal inquiry headed by JMCH head of the department of paedia

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2 years of demonetisation: Whopping 60% Indians say black money is back to full scale -Pragya Srivastava

pee currency notes presently in use will no longer be legal tender from midnight tonight, that is 8th November 2016,” Modi said. “The five hundred and thousand rupee notes hoarded by anti-National and anti-social elements will become just worthless pieces of paper,” he added. Now after two years, the jury is back with a judgment on demonetisation: A whopping 60% Indians said that black money in the country has not died; in fact, i

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Day after Diwali, Delhi's air turns 'hazardous'

Court order and burst firecrackers before and after the 8pm to 10pm time frame in many areas, the authorities said. The overall Air Quality Index (AQI) PM 2.5 was recorded 805 at 6am today in the National capital. Several areas in the city recorded AQI over 900, Anand Vihar at 999, area around US Embassy, Chanakyapuri at 459 and area around Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium at 999, all under 'hazard

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