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Pan-India wage plan

ees across the country. The Code will consolidate four different wage-related laws: the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the Payment of Wages Act, 1936, the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, and the Equal RemuneRation Act, 1976. The new code will also cover employees who draw more than Rs 18,000 a month who are currently outside the ambit of the Minimum Wages Act. The bill is likely to be introduced in Parliament during the monsoon session which concludes

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Gujarat floods: 18 of a family killed, toll rises to 119

dnesday when 18 bodies — all close relatives — were recovered from a river bank, taking the flood related death toll since the beginning of monsoon to 119. The toll may go up as rescue opeRations are on. Villagers in Khariya watched in disbelief as the bodies were found one after another from the slush and placed in a line. The victims, all from the OBC Thakor community, included eight women and an eight-year-old girl. Khariya was am

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At employment exchanges, rise in applications but less than 1% get jobs -Sunny Verma & Sandeep Singh

e Gujarat comes on top in terms of providing placement through exchanges, it isn’t the top state when it comes to the number of job-seekers. That’s Tamil Nadu with more than 80 lakh registRations with employment exchanges in first nine months of 2015, as against Gujarat which had only 6.88 lakh registRations. With the exception of Gujarat, where employment exchanges have consistently clocked

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Rajya Sabha brainstorms on agrarian crisis

. Mr. Singh also targeted the government for its new insurance policy, which, he alleged, benefited only private companies. The Congress leader also alleged that there was corruption in the Food CorpoRation of India and the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing FedeRation of India. Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Verma said successive governments had failed to address the issues plaguing the sect

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Prof. Devesh Kapur, director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania, interviewed by Anuradha Raman (The Hindu)

with a skewed sex ratio, one where people, the young people, have ostensible credentials but no real skills or knowledge because of how bad our education system is. So they have expectations and aspiRations which are not going to be met. If you were very poor like in the past, life was short and brutish. But not now. And then add to it employment in the face of technological change which in every area requires fewer workers. All of this is coming tog

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In value terms, country produces more dung as compared to beef or pork

er that the beef industry is certainly not considered as an illegal economy by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation that produces the NAS. In fact, beef output is taken into consideRation for national income accounting. Please click here to read Statement 8.2 of NAS 2017. * Although ‘poultry meat’ constituted over 8.0 percent of total value of livestock output annually since 2011-12, ‘mutton’ constituted

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Govt mulls LPG-like subsidy transfer for PDS foodgrain -Dipak K Dash

del for public distribution system (PDS) of subsidised foodgrains. The beneficiaries will get the subsidy amount in advance in their bank accounts and they will have to buy the foodgrains from any Ration shop, which has got the electronic point of sale (e-PoS) devices. The food ministry recently sent three trainee IAS officers (assistants) to assess the ground situation in Ranchi where a pilot is likely to be rolled out. This initiative will ens

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Why your arhar dal cravings just may need to be capped, but not soon -Nanda Kasabe

g of these varieties. Interestingly, urad continues to command prices near MSP and therefore farmers have shown a preference for urad over other pulses, according to Yogesh Thorat, MD, MahaFPC, a fedeRation of farmer producer companies in Maharashtra. According to most estimates, prices of pulses are likely to remain below MSP this season and therefore most of the procurement in the coming season is likely under the Centre’s Price Support Sch

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Tiger reserves: Economic and environmental win-win -D Balasubramanian

igates climate change. Vidya Venkat has written more about it in this newspaper of April 17, 2016. What all does a tiger reserve offer? The 2017 paper above lists the following: (1) employment geneRation, (2) agriculture (incidentally the famous IR-8 rice was discovered from the wild rice plants found in one such reserve), (3) fishing, (4) fuel wood, (5) fodder and grazing, (6) timber, (7) pollination of plants, (8) kendu leaves, (9) carbon storage

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Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana -- a good scheme with flawed implementation, says CSE's latest report

;s the PMFBY all about? The Government of India launched the PMFBY in the kharif season of 2016 to help farmers cope with crop losses due to unseasonal and extreme weather. The scheme came into opeRation from April 1, 2016. It has replaced the National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) and the Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS). The Weather-Based Crop Insurance Scheme (WBCIS) remains in place, though its premium rates have b

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