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The SDG India Index -- Can bold global ambition be translated into effective ground reality? -Mitu Sengupta The Index is a good start, but future developments will need to be watched with a critical eye. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious declaRation of global aspiRations, ranging from eliminating poverty, hunger, and violence against women to providing legal identity and equal access to justice to every person in the world. Adopted unanimously by the 193 UN Member St

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Retrieve Bodies Of Meghalaya Miners'; Even A Finger Or Bone, Say Families

-PTI The district administRation and rescuers have told the families that the body could disintegrate if it is pulled out and that it would be difficult to retrieve it. Shillong: The families of four of the 15 miners trapped inside a 370-foot-deep coal mine in Meghalaya on Saturday urged rescuers to retrieve a decomposed body spotted by divers so that they can perform the last rites. The Navy divers had detected on Wednesday the decomposed

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E-buses to hit Kerala roads next month -S Anil Radhakrishnan

-The Hindu Electric buses to be revamped after Sabarimala season THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala State Road Transport CorpoRation (KSRTC) will launch 10 zero-emission and noiseless air-conditioned battery electric vehicles (BEVs) on the Thiruvananthapuram- Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram route from February 1. The environment-friendly Olectra-BYD’s electric bus, manufactured under the ‘Make in India’ initiative and wet-leased

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Shut for 3 months for Kumbh, UP tanneries face losses, cancelled orders -Avaneesh Mishra

around 130 of its 249 registered tanneries ordered shut due to the Kumbh Mela and the production at others cut by half. One month into the order, and with 60 more days to go till they can begin opeRations, after the Kumbh Mela ends, the owners say their overseas orders for leather products are moving to other markets, in primarily Pakistan and Bangladesh. At least 2 lakh people are employed in these units. Most are daily-wage workers and migrant

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Meat shops will be 150 metres away from religious places in Delhi: SDMC

cence fee for meat shops from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000. It also made it mandatory to procure a no-objection certificate from the area councillor for licence. New Delhi: The South Delhi Municipal CorpoRation (SDMC) Friday approved the meat policy, which states that there should be at least 150 metres between meat shops and a religious place. The proposal, passed during the standing committee meeting, also increased licence fee for meat shops from Rs

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Forward caste quota is an act of appeasement, despeRation and failure -TK Arun

nment jobs and seats in institutions of higher learning represents political opportunism and amounts to admitting failure to create economic dynamism that would generate quality jobs and meet the aspiRations of young India. To create an additional quota of 10 per cent for those with an annual income less than Rs 8 lakh and with landholding less than five acres of land, the Constitution would need to be amended. The amendment would, further, need to

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The pulse of Indian agriculture -Devesh Chaturvedi

ices to the farmers for their produce, strengthen market mechanism and make pulses affordable for the economically and socially backward households. As a first step, action was initiated in collaboRation with the States under the National Food Security Mission to increase the production of pulses. Adoption of quality seeds and model agricultural practices through extension programmes were given priority. The overall objective was to reduce the gap

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Farmers bear the burden of deflation -Harish Damodaran

s  (oilseeds, cotton, jute, silk, tobacco, raw hides, fodder, natural rubber, flowers, etc) during the last two years, compared to the corresponding rise in the all-commodities WPI. The deceleRation in farm produce prices under the Modi government’s tenure can be broadly ascribed to three factors. The first has to do with a crash in international agri-commodity prices. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization’s food

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The coast is unclear: on the 2018 CRZ notification -Kanchi Kohli & Manju Menon

unities generates ?48,000-?75,000 crore for the economy, with almost no support from governments in the form of subsidies. A government that has performed dismally on its promise of employment geneRation should avoid taking away the jobs of people engaged in this sector. Yet, that is exactly what this notification seeks to do. The misfortune of the fisher communities is their lack of effective political representation. Even though at least 75 MPs a

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Learning to compete: on Skill India -Santosh Mehrotra & Ashutosh Pratap

tion before the next round of India Skills is held. There are five pillars of the skills ecosystem: the secondary schools/polytechnics; industrial training institutes; National Skill Development CorpoRation (NSDC)-funded private training providers offering short-term training; 16 Ministries providing mostly short-term training; and employers offering enterprise-based training. From which training programmes and NSQF courses did participants come to th

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