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Maharashtra heads towards a drier drought -Nidhi Jamwal

According to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, more than 20,000 villages in the state are facing drought-like conditions. Marathwada region seems worst affected. The state government has already staRTEd field-based drought assessments and calculations of crop yield losses in affected talukas. An official drought announcement is expected by month-end and the state government may also approach the Centre for drought relief. Crop loss Last kharif

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HRD ministry seeks EWS data for entry level classes at private schools

ment (HRD) ministry has sought data on the number of vacant seats that exists for children hailing from economically weaker section/disadvantaged group (EWS/DG) in entry level classes such as KindergaRTEn, nursery and class 1 at private schools across the country. “I have asked states to provide data on the number of vacant EWS seats. Once we obtain the data, we will analyse what can be done to ensure that these candidates make the bes

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No small change this -TV Jayan

prevalent in the Indian hinterland, even though their grip on rural credit market has loosened considerably in the last 2-3 decades, thanks to the advent of microfinance institutions (MFI), which staRTEd mushrooming in India by the 1990s. The late blooming of microfinance as a concept in India is an irony considering that there is a shining example from the neighbouring Bangladesh how micro-credit can bring about a substantial difference to the li

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Privatisation Harms Poor and Needy, Says UN Poverty Expert -Subodh Varma

s and further marginalising those living in poverty, according to a hard-hitting new report. The report was transmitted to the UN General Assembly on 19 October. Philip Alston, the UN Special RappoRTEur on extreme poverty and human rights, criticised the extent to which the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and even the UN itself have aggressively promoted widespread privatisation of basic services, without regard to the human rights imp

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Widespread privatisation marginalises the poor: UN report -Maitri Porecha

e UN itself have aggressively promoted widespread privatisation of basic services, without regard to the human rights implications or the consequences for the poor. Philip Alston, the UN Special RappoRTEur submitted his report to the UN General Assembly and said, “Privatising the provision of criminal justice, social protection, prisons, education, basic healthcare and other essential public goods cannot be done at the expense of throwing rights

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Bid to escape blame for tragedy on tracks

ussehra event, nor was permission sought from the civic body, officials said a day after a train mowed down 59 revellers during a Ravan Dahan near Amritsar. Residents of the area, Joda Phatak, asseRTEd that the event, which involves the burning of Ravan’s effigy, had been going on at the spot for at least 20 years. But Amritsar municipal commissioner Sonali Giri said: “Nobody was given permission for organising the event; nobody had

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Major crimes down 25-70% in Delhi this year, claim cops

down. According to the police data, 1,639 cases of rape were registered till September 30 in 2018 as compared to 1,673 rapes last year in the corresponding period; 2,535 cases of molestation were repoRTEd against 2,610 cases in 2017. Similarly, 357 murders were repoRTEd this year against 385 murders till September 30 last year; 487 murders were repoRTEd betwe

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This gel can protect farmers from toxic pesticides -Dinesh C Sharma

ic polymer. In lab studies, rats treated with poly-Oxime gel survived pesticide treatment, whereas rats with no gel or sham gel showed symptoms of poisoning or died. The results of the study were repoRTEd in journal Science Advances on Thursday. The gel does not act like a physical barrier, but it acts like a catalyst to deactivate organophosphate. An oxime could hydrolyze multiple organophosphate molecules, one after another. And it can do so at t

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