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Children have the right to eat eggs, Onions and garlic -Dipa Sinha

-Down to Earth The midday meal scheme for schoolchildren is increasingly getting politicised, as the upper class elite wants to impose its own religious/food beliefs on malnourished children Most countries in the world now have some programme that provides midday meals to schoolchildren. School meals have been widely hailed for their multiple benefits — they increase enrolment and attendance, particularly of children from vulnerable groups; contribute to reduce “classroom hun

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Why are Karnataka's schoolchildren unhappy with the mid-day meal? -Archana Nathan

-The Hindu Iskcon’s Akshaya Patra Foundation refuses to add Onion or garlic to the meals it provides even though the children crave the familiar taste Tabarak, a 14-year-old boy in Devarjeevanahalli, a locality in central Bengaluru, would rather walk home at lunch break to quickly grab a bite than eat the free meal served at school. “He finds the school food too bland,” says his mother, standing in the narrow passage of their

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NDA trounces agrarian crisis to win rural areas -Jitendra

nd retail inflations were at 3.8 and 2.2 per cent respectively. It spoilt the mood in the farm sector, with farmers holding protests to seek a fair price for their produce. From wheat to potatoes and Onions, they dumped their harvest on the road as market rates dipped to a low that could barely recover 30 per cent of their investment. Data since July 2018 shows the inflation rate of primary food items has plummeted below zero. This deflation of pri

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National Institute of Nutrition stands by its report on no Onion, garlic in its meals

-The Hindu 'Fruits, vegetables can be used interchangeably' New Delhi: The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) said on Tuesday that it stands by its findings certifying mid-day meals without Onion and garlic provided by the Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF) in Karnataka schools as compliant with nutritional norms laid down by the State government. The response from the institute follows an open letter from experts asking it to withdraw its re

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Cash transfers are fine, but low prices are the problem: Farmers -Jayanta Roy Chowdhury

ne, but main issue is agricultural prices which make farming unremunerative. NEW DELHI: Ishwar Singh is a worried man. The furrows in his brow below his once white turban have deepened. He planted Onions in his two-acre farm near Sonepat this winter and got what he believed was a bumper crop. That should have made him a happy man, but a bitter wrangle at the local Mandi over prices, which he feels are a “conspiracy”, has left him deeper

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Drought keeps brides off Maharashtra's Solapur village -Priyanka Kakodkar

-The Times of India SOLAPUR: Mahesh Lahoo Garad, a 28-year-old Onion farmer from Ranmasale village in drought-struck Solapur, has been waiting for a bride for three years. But each time a prospective bride's family visits his home, they do not return. "They see how their daughters will have to struggle to fetch water. So they don't come back to take the talks further," says Mahesh. "It looks like I will have to migrate to find a

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Farm income support, a silver bullet? -Radheshyam Jadhav, Vishwanath Kulkarni, Rutam Vora, V Sajeev Kumar, KV Kurmanath, TV Jayan and A Srinivas

Hindu Business Line After failed efforts to placate angry farmers, the Centre and various States have launched income-support schemes. BusinessLine reports Let’s rewind to mid-2017, when Onion farmers in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, took to the streets. The protests spread like wildfire to Madhya Pradesh. In northern Karnataka, pulses growers were up in arms against crashing prices. Minimum support prices were not holding up. Flustered govern

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No Onion and garlic in midday meals -Tanu Kulkarni

-The Hindu Karnataka signs MoU with Akshaya Patra Foundation Bengaluru: The State government appears to have backtracked on its stand that Onion and garlic be introduced in mid-day meals served to students. It has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF), a subsidiary of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), despite the latter’s refusal to use the two ingredients.

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Swaraj is the kisan's birthright and he should have it -Harish Damodaran

r putting their interest above everybody else has been seen even more so under the present regime. One of the Narendra Modi government’s first decisions, in July 2014, was to bring potatoes and Onions under the ECA’s purview, empowering states to impose limits on stocks held by individual traders. Besides, restrictions on exports — via fixing a minimum price below which shipments couldn’t take place — were clamped from ti

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