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Rural FMCG consumption lowest in the last 7 years: Nielsen -Suneera Tandon

com * The slowdown was more pronounced in northern India * Rural India contributes 36% to overall FMCG spends New Delhi: Consumption in rural India fell to a seven-year low in the September quaRTEr, growing at a slower pace than that witnessed in urban areas, in a sign that prolonged agrarian distress, uneven rainfall spread, and stagnant rural incomes have hit sales of branded packaged goods, market researcher Nielsen said in its qua More »

Lending to small units fell in Q1, says MSME report

-The Hindu Business Line Credit risk is building in auto MSMEs, says Pulse report Mumbai: There was a marked slowdown in commercial credit growth in the quaRTEr ending June 2019 along with a marginal deterioration in asset quality, according to the seventh edition of TransUnion CIBIL-SIDBI MSME Pulse Report. The total on-balance sheet commercial lending exposure in India declined to Rs.63.8 lakh crores in June 2019 from Rs.65.5 lakh crores

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Explained: Why NCERT's preschool curriculum wants focus to be on mother tongue -Mehr Gill

released its preschool curriculum on Monday. Among the recommendations is that preschoolers be taught in their mother tongue or home language. The council defines preschool education as education impaRTEd to children in the age group of 3-6 years, before they advance to class I. Also known as pre-primary education, it is provided in any of the settings including anganwadis, nursery schools, preschools, preparatory schools and kinderga More »

Produce orders related to shutdown and detentions in Kashmir: SC to Centre

of restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir were not placed on record. The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to produce orders concerning the shutdown and detentions in Jammu and Kashmir, repoRTEd Bar and Bench. The three-Judge Bench of Justices NV Ramana with R Subhash Reddy and BR Gavai was hearing a petition filed by Kashmir Times Editor Anuradha Bhasin challenging the restrictions placed on media and communications in the Valley. The

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Plight of cotton farmers still unresolved -Sachin Kumar Sharma & Abhijit Das

-The Hindu Business Line The WTO hasn’t got the US to cut its cotton subsidies. This has hurt developing nations and distoRTEd global trade in the commodity Recognising the importance of cotton in agriculture development, poverty reduction and international trade, World Trade Organization (WTO) observed World Cotton Day on October 7. While this initiative is laudable, it does not conceal the harsh reality that the WTO has failed repeated

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An economics for the poor -Himanshu

among the biggest laboratories of these experiments with several experiments on diverse themes such as literacy, nutrition, health, micro-finance and so on. The RCT approach has its share of suppoRTErs as well as critics. While it has enamoured a large number of development economists for its simplicity, where inferences on what works or not are drawn from field experiments, it has also been criticised for reducing the study of poverty to small in

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Nobel winner Abhijeet Banerjee's advice to govt: Make policies that work; govt teachers are overpaid

work for the people. Indian-American Nobel prize winner economist Abhijeet Banerjee on Monday said that the government should make policies that work for the people, TV news channel CNBC TV-18 repoRTEd. There is a willingness to announce policies that sound good and serve the political purpose dictate their nature, he also said in an interview after receiving the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics along with the other two economists Esther Duflo and Mi

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Extreme weather events destroying our economy in a big way, indicates official data

treme natural events was 25,066 in 2010, 23,690 in 2011, 22,960 in 2012, 22,759 in 2013, 20,201 in 2014 and 10,510 in 2015. Latest available data shows that lightening was responsible for almost a quaRTEr (viz. 2,641 deaths) of all deaths caused by extreme natural events in 2015, whereas 29.6 percent of such deaths were caused by 'other natural causes' in the same year. Floods, exposure to cold and heat stroke caused 8.0 percent, 10.9 percent and 18.2

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