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Go easy on potatoes, not proteins, interNational panel says -GS Mudur

-The Telegraph Not time yet for Indians to lose sleep on meat diet New Delhi: An interNational panel has released the first scientific targets for healthy diets worldwide through sustainable food production that will require Indians to increase their protein consumption and curtail their intake of potatoes. The panel, the EAT-Lancet Commission, has determined that daily healthy diets should contain at least 35 per cent calories from whole g

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The SDG India Index -- Can bold global ambition be translated into effective ground reality? -Mitu Sengupta

opted unanimously by the 193 UN Member States in September 2015, the SDGs are meant to guide global development efforts for 15 years, from 2015 to 2030. India was an influential player in the interNational negotiations that produced the SDGs, voicing critical developing country concerns and pressing developed countries to clarify their obligations. India’s interventions shaped many aspects of the SDGs, including the geographical scope of the

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E-buses to hit Kerala roads next month -S Anil Radhakrishnan

-The Hindu Electric buses to be revamped after Sabarimala season THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will launch 10 zero-emission and noiseless air-conditioned battery electric vehicles (BEVs) on the Thiruvananthapuram- Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram route from February 1. The environment-friendly Olectra-BYD’s electric bus, manufactured under the ‘Make in India’ initiative and wet-leased by the KSRTC for 10 years, is being deployed

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States must compete with each other on the basis of good governance: NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman

re is good news that States in the country are beginning to take NITI Aayog’s rankings on social and economic parameters seriously,” he said while addressing a meeting at the Chennai InterNational Centre here. Ranking of States based on parameters such as water, health, nutrition and school quality education, among others, has paid dividends. District hospitals will also be included in the parameters list soon. NITI Aayog SDG India I

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One Egg per Student Proves 'Too Expensive' for Jharkhand Government -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

The Wire earlier reported how Jharkhand and Tripura were among the few BJP-ruled states that distributed eggs in MDM scheme. Overall, there are 11 BJP-ruled states that do not serve eggs despite the National Institute of Nutrition making it compulsory under the mid-day meal scheme. There are three other states in which BJP is a coalition partner, and three non-BJP states, which do not serve eggs under the scheme. There are 12 states in the country

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The pulse of Indian agriculture -Devesh Chaturvedi

duce, strengthen market mechanism and make pulses affordable for the economically and socially backward households. As a first step, action was initiated in collaboration with the States under the National Food Security Mission to increase the production of pulses. Adoption of quality seeds and model agricultural practices through extension programmes were given priority. The overall objective was to reduce the gap between domestic demand and produ

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ASER 2018: In Math, education survey finds a growing gender divide -Sukrita Baruah

lly considered a difficult subject, and the stereotypes could play into them being neglected and not receiving the attention they need,” she said. But all is not bleak for girl students. The National numbers show that girls “read better” than boys. Girls between 8 and 10 years start off with an edge over boys in basic reading, the report states – only 33.2 per cent boys surveyed in this age group could read a Class II textbo

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Farmers bear the burden of deflation -Harish Damodaran

e in the all-commodities WPI. The deceleration in farm produce prices under the Modi government’s tenure can be broadly ascribed to three factors. The first has to do with a crash in interNational agri-commodity prices. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization’s food price index (base year: 2002-04=100) soared from 89.6 in 2002 to 229.9 in 2011. Subsequently, it eased somewhat to 209.8 in 2013 and 201.8 in 2014, before c

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The coast is unclear: on the 2018 CRZ notification -Kanchi Kohli & Manju Menon

-The Hindu The Coastal Regulation Zone notification of 2018 increases the vulnerability of coastal people to climate disasters The National Democratic Alliance government has unleashed several extremely unimaginative developmental policies that target areas that have retained some degree of ecological value to turn them into sites for industrial production. This is despite evidence of the damaging effects of such policies. The latest instance

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Learning to compete: on Skill India -Santosh Mehrotra & Ashutosh Pratap

-The Hindu Skill India needs a sharp realignment if it is to meaningfully transform people’s life chances In 2013, India’s skill agenda got a push when the government introduced the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). This organises all qualifications according to a series of levels of knowledge, skills and aptitude, just like classes in general academic education. For instance, level 1 corresponds to Class 9 (because voc

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