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RB Barman, former Chairperson of National Statistical Commission, interviewed by TK Rajalakshmi (

011-12. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs 21 [MCA21] data on the corporate sector are a major improvement, but such data were not available for the period before 2009. There were other changes as repoRTEd in “Changes in Methodology and Data Sources in the New Series of National Accounts Base Year 2011-12” published by the CSO. However, with the help of a systematic approach to maintenance of data, which could relate Annual Survey of Indust

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Jobs and gloom -Jayan Jose Thomas

nuary, two members of the National Statistical Commission (NSC) quit, citing, among other reasons, the delay in publishing the official data on employment for 2017-18. In the same week, the media repoRTEd that the unemployment rate in India in 2017-18, according to the yet-to-be released data, was 6.1 per cent, which would make it the highest unemployment rate recorded in the country in the 45 years since the gathering of such data by official agencie

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The pitfalls of a cash income support scheme -Prabhat Patnaik

-The Telegraph For staRTErs, it would alter the prices at which such support was calculated for ensuring a basic real income With Rahul Gandhi’s announcement of the Congress’s “historic decision” to adopt an income guarantee scheme, the idea of a universal basic income, mooted in the Economic Survey two years ago, has suddenly got a fillip. It appears attractive at first sight: its universality avoids the discrimination

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Families of Farmers who Committed Suicide Protest in Punjab Assembly

i: A total of 919 farmers have committed suicide in Punjab in the last two years. On Tuesday, the families of some of the deceased farmers protested at the Vidhan Sabha in Chandigarh, The Tribune repoRTEd. Around 100 families who had gathered under the aegis of the opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) raised slogans and carried placards against the ruling Congress government. The son of a farmer who allegedly took his own life due to indebtedness a

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What Adivasis of Odisha Could Teach Urban Indians in the Age of #Metoo -Parul Abrol

go. “Adivasi women in Odisha had no culture of wearing blouses,” he recalls. “They wore short skirts and beaded necklaces. The local district collector found it inappropriate and staRTEd distributing sarees and blouses to the Bondas. Since they didn’t know what to do with them, they sold these in the weekly haat.” When the state officials sanction such policies, it legitimises the eroticisation of Adivasi woman. Sarang

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Crumbs for farmers -R Ramakumar

t current and constant prices—up to the first half of 2018-19. The sectoral deflator rose between 2005-06 and 2009-10 and then fell sharply after 2010-11, even turning negative by the second quaRTEr of 2018-19. In other words, the economics of agriculture under the UPA-2 and NDA governments’ tenures was marked by the presence of acute disincentives. Please click here to read more.

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How police in Delhi, UP scripted a social media success story -Mahender Singh Manral

to the group, which has become an informal way for police to get prompt help from counterparts in other states. Nagaland and Lakshadweep are yet to find representation in the group. The duo who staRTEd the group — Delhi Police Inspector Raj Pal Dabas and UP Police officer Vinod Singh Sirohi — earlier ran a group called ‘Hum Panchhi Ek Daal Ke’ on WhatsApp till 2012, before moving to Telegram in 2013. It has grown from 40 mem

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Every drop matters -Kevin James & Shreya Shrivastava

a hospital in Chhattisgarh turned away a woman in dire need of blood as it was unavailable. She died on the way to the nearest blood bank which was several hours away. Yet, in April 2017, it was repoRTEd that blood banks in India had in the last five years discarded a total of 2.8 million units of expired, unused blood (more than 6 lakh litres). Vigil after collection To prevent transfusion-transmitted infections (TTIs), collected blood needs t

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