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NREGA v minimum farm wages: How jobs Act is losing out to funds crunch -Shalini Nair

se of only a rupee. A year later, the wages hit a new low after the Nagesh Singh Committee’s report was turned down. In a first, 10 states witnessed no increase in wages, The Indian Express repoRTEd on April 1. An average 2.9% increase across the country in April 2018 made no difference to the wages of workers in Bihar, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Mizoram. Five states includi

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Higher arrivals pull onion prices down to new low -Vishwanath Kulkarni

-The Hindu Business Line Bengaluru: With onion prices at their lowest level in calendar year 2018, expoRTErs said the Centre should bring back incentives to ship out more bulbs, to help stabilise prices and provide better returns to farmers. As the harvest of the rabi onion crop gains pace across the key producing regions of Maharashtra and Karnataka, prices have declined drastically, leaving growers in tears. At Lasalgaon, the largest onion m

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ATMs run out of notes: Here's the reason behind the massive cash crunch -Somesh Jha

miniscent of demonetisation of high-value currency notes one-and-a-half years back. States, including Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur and Telangana, have repoRTEd shortage of cash at ATMs. A stock-taking analysis submitted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) found that the rate of cash withdrawal was much higher than the rate of cash deposits in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pr

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Undo the wrong -Faizan Mustafa

ided to file review petitions. Kerala too has filed a separate review petition. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured that dilution of the special provisions will not be permitted. There is a conceRTEd effort to reach out to Dalits and appropriate Ambedkar, though the fact remains that the BJP-ruled states are the worst in terms of atrocities against Dalits. The bench of Justice A K Goel and Justice U U Lalit, while admitting the review petition

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Crime against women on the rise in UP, says Yogi government -Aman Sharma

oked by the police in an FIR, but got out on bail. The younger girl was shot as she was a witness to her sister’s murder. This is just a continuation of a series of crimes against women r epoRTEd from UP even as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who holds the Home portfolio as well, conceded in a written answer to the legislative assembly last month that such crimes had indeed risen in the past one year. As per this answer given on March 13,

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Vegetables produced in Kerala safe, says Agriculture Department

anad and Kottayam were hundred percent free of pesticides. The Agriculture Department had launched the ‘Safe to Eat vegetables’ campaign following complaints that vegetables ‘impoRTEd’ from neighbouring states contained pesticide residues. A team of government officers who visited farms in Tamil Nadu also confirmed the charge. The state government had also taken up the issue with Tamil Nadu officers. Please click here to

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Big-note hoarding habit contagious

ges hands. "Our internal estimates suggest that in the states like Bihar, Gujarat and southern states, the income velocity is far less than the national average. The other states have also staRTEd facing issues as there has been a 'domino effect' whereby any possible tendency to hoard cash may have spread to other states," the report said. The report by the SBI, which is fast becoming an apologist for the beleaguered Narendra Modi gove

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Cash crunch continues in many states, but banks say situation improving

-Hindustan Times Empty ATMs and complaints repoRTEd from Patna to Haridwar. ATMs in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Gujarat ran empty on Wednesday, but banks said cash flow had improved a day after people in many parts of India struggled to get money in their hands. Public lenders State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank, Canara Bank and privately owned Axis Bank said in separate statements that only few of their ATMs were wit

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Cash shortage likely to get worse in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai as ATMs run dry

e RBI's constant pressure towards 'digital economy'.   "We are facing a cash crunch. We are facing difficulty, don't know what to do," claimed a resident in the national capital, repoRTEd ANI.   At a given time, around 8 per cent of the country's ATMs are out of cash. Sources said at the country's biggest public sector bank SBI - that comprises 25 per cent of India's ATMs - about 16 per cent of the ATMs are running dry. In some

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Can goats secure livelihood for small and marginal farmers?

ote, tribal and ecologically vulnerable areas. Giyasilal Saini, a poor farmer in semi-arid Alwar, Rajasthan was struggling to feed his family as a pond that irrigated his field dried up. Until, he staRTEd following the example of farmers from Jaitpura village who shifted to goat-rearing, and in three years Saini’s herd grew from 20 to 80-strong. Please click here to read more.

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