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Marginal & small holdings undergo increased fragmentation & contracted size between 2010-11 and 2015-16, indicates latest Agriculture Census

12.74 percent), followed by Andhra Pradesh (11.85 percent), Rajasthan (11.12 percent), Kerala (11.02 percent), Meghalaya (10.90 percent), Karnataka (10.78 percent) and Nagaland (10.50 percent). FouRTEen out of 36 states/ UTs viz. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal accounted for nearly 91.03 percent of total number of op

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Women From Himachal Pradesh Protest, Demand Better Medical Facilities According to patients’ accounts, the 108 helpline either did not respond, or the condition of the ambulance was repoRTEd to be ‘not fit’ to ferry patients. The All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) staged demonstrations on December 10 in Shimla outside the district commissioner’s (DC’s) office, against the deteriorating health facilities for women in government hospitals in Himachal

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Fields of ferment -Ashok Gulati

bly election verdicts should occasion a rethink on loan waivers, MSP raises The results of the elections to state assemblies should be a humbling experience for the BJP. Political pundits have staRTEd analysing the verdict, since the reasons for the BJP’s defeat have important implications for the parliamentary election of 2019. One factor that is being flagged by analysts is farm distress. Farmers across the country are not happy with wh

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Loan waiver promise tipped the scales in favour of Congress in Madhya Pradesh

mber 15 and December 8, an official said. The paddy procurement was 4.30 lakh MT between the same period last year. The procurement carried out by the MP Civil Supplies Corporation was also repoRTEdly negligible, though its chairman Hitesh Bajpai did not provide any figures. "Farmers held back their paddy produce knowing if they sell it off, their payment under Minimum Support Price (MSP) would be deposited in their accounts by governmen

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No signs yet for escape from cycle of farm distress

en their homes and land in 45 taluks. While the state had targeted 74.69 lakh hectares for sowing in the Kharif season for 2018, actual sowing was done in 66.69 lakh hectares and sprouting was repoRTEd in just 27.36 lakh hectares, which is 41 per cent of the sown area. The successive crop losses have pushed farmers under heavy debt burden and the delay in implementing loan waiver is turning them restive. Please click here to read more.

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HC questions Maharashtra on job ads

and Justice MS Karnik was hearing a bunch of public interest litigations and petitions opposing and supporting the new legislation granting 16% reservation to the Marathas. Advocate Gunratan SadavaRTE, appearing for one of the petitioners opposing the reservation, said the government had violated the ceiling of 50% reservation set by the Supreme Court. He also said that only 32% was left for the open category and informed that the State had commenc

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An invitation to corruption? -Suhrith Parthasarathy

The Electoral Bond Scheme inhibits the citizen’s capacity to meaningfully participate in political and public life Early this year the government introduced an Electoral Bond Scheme purpoRTEdly with a view to cleansing the prevailing culture of political sponsorship. But the programme’s failings have been so blindingly obvious, and its consequences so utterly devastating to rectitude and transparency in government, that even O.P. Ra

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Now, farmer gets 51 paise per kg for his onions, sends money to Maharashtra CM

said, showing the sale receipt. "There is a drought-like situation in my area. How I am supposed to run my house and repay my loans with these paltry earnings?” he said, speaking to repoRTErs. “I did not get good price though my onions were of good quality. So I sent Rs 216 to Maharashtra chief minister in protest,” he said. Please click here to read more.

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Rajasthan's Unorganised Gems and Jewellery Industry May Want to Punish BJP -Shruti Jain

s and households who bore the brunt of the twin economic policies are resolute in their decision to vote the BJP out of power. The once prosperous gems and jewellery sector works on processing impoRTEd raw material (rough) to be expoRTEd as finished stones. Apart from the organised gemstone cutting and jewellery factories, there is a sizeable cottage industry where households are involved in contract man

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