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MSPs should have an expiry date, but job is tough: Arvind Subramanian

h all these things are (although) many of these things work, they should not remain forever. There must be expiry date." Subramanian, an on-leave senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for InterNational Economics, further said, " MSP policy not only favours cereals, but de-facto favours cereal producing regions. It widens regions disparity." Please click here to read more.

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Not sure about data in foreign reports on air pollution deaths: Environment Minister -Amitabh Sinha

-The Indian Express Government policies could not be framed solely on the findings of interNational reports, he maintained. EVEN AS he acknowledged that the health impacts of air pollution were “real” and “dangerous”, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave on Friday contested some of the numbers presented in a new global report, which has identified India as the worst affected country and attributed more than a million

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Hit by note ban, Bundelkhand's sons come home to more misery -AM Jigeesh

-The Hindu Business Line They rue voting for BJP in the 2014 LS polls, and swear by Mayawati’s BSP now Jalaun (Uttar Pradesh): The reverse migration triggered by demonetisation has possibly reversed the BJP’s political fortunes in this backward and poverty-stricken region of Bundelkhand. Coupled with agrarian distress, demonetisation-induced reverse migration is pushing voters away from the BJP in the ongoing elections. While the SP-Congress alliance is the frontrunner for

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Budget unmindful of income inequality -MA Oommen

promote continuing convergence towards income, health and education. No budget so far has ever thought of it, leave alone strategised it. That in the early Nehruvian era, the ruling party, the Indian National Congress, debated the niceties of the terms ‘socialist’ and ‘socialistic pattern of society’ threadbare is indicative of the significanceattached to envisioning a common goal for the Indian economy at that time. In orde

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Set up mechanism to delete sex determination ads: SC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu ‘Order to Internet giants is to make search engines responsive to Indian law’ The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered three Internet giants — Google, Microsoft and Yahoo — to immediately set up their own in-house expert bodies to keep tabs on and delete online pre-natal sex determination advertisements. The court said the intent of the order was to make these search engines “responsive to Indian law.” Section 22 of the Pre-conception and

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Budget and agri-commodity trading: Searching for a spot in the future -Pravesh Sharma & Raghav Raghunathan

ss of the announcement. The second signal from the Budget is more ambitious, relating to integration of the spot and derivatives (futures and options) markets for farm produce using the electronic National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) platform. It is tempting to believe that the government has tacitly accepted that e-NAM is not actually firing — enthusing neither farmers nor traders — and, hence, this reinvention of the portal as a bridge

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Why Modi govt is handing out a raw deal to small and marginal farmers -Sayantan Bera

e markets only compounded the problem. When farmers in Chhattisgarh were dumping their tomatoes by the roadside and protested by giving away vegetables for free to baffled customers, residents in the National capital of Delhi were purchasing tomatoes at over Rs.20 per kg. The electronic National agriculture market, or eNAM, launched by the centre last year as a solution to price risks did not help them.

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The devil is in the fine print -Yogendra Yadav

uo; would achieve exactly the opposite. Ranging from redundant to sinister, these proposals would rob the system of whatever little transparency and accountability that it has today. Worse, they draw National attention away from a series of electoral funding reforms that the Election Commission and democratic reform activists have been asking for a long time. All the four elements This might sound like the usual oppositional and alarmist reactio

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Only NCERT books at all CBSE schools -Manash Pratim Gohain

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: CBSE schools will have to use NCERT textbooks from the 2017-18 academic session. The move to make National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) study materials mandatory for all Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools across the country is expected to standardise the curriculum across schools in the country. The decision was taken at a review meeting chaired by Union minister for human

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Nutrition and public health: Here's why eating wisely is a must -Vivian Fernandes

amount as the orange variety. Bajra and ragi are rich sources of iron and zinc among cereals. These nuggets have been gleaned from the Indian Food Composition Tables, released by Hyderabad’s National Institute of Nutrition (NIN). It is the first major revision after 45 years and contains original data for 528 key Indian foods and 151 discrete food components. Key foods are those that supply 75% of the population’s nutrients. They are de

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