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Adityanath, No Stranger To Criminal Cases, Promises Safer UP -Milan Vaishnav

989. By 1991, that figure had jumped to 31 percent and has remained in that ballpark ever since. The two spikes the state has witnessed - in 2002 (51 percent) and 2012 (45 percent) - appear to be aberRations. Interestingly, both have coincided with periods of Samajwadi Party (SP) rule, which was widely known by its "Goonda Raj" moniker. Third, while the share of MLAs with criminal cases has declined in these five states, there has actuall

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Farmers wilt under fodder, water crisis in Karnataka -Vishwanath Kulkarni & Anil Urs

ragi and no rearing of silkworms,” says Shivaraju, another farmer. The village tank is being de-silted under the MNREGA rural employment scheme, and most of the villagers are engaged in the opeRations. As Karnataka reels under the impact of its fourth consecutive drought, the production of key crops such as paddy, sugarcane and even the staple ragi has taken a hit, affecting the output and resulting in a price spiral. “Even sugarcane l

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Arun Jaitley rules out help for farm loan waivers to states; Yogi Adityanath, Devendra Fadnavis in a spot

egard. He clarified that the Centre will not adopt a selective approach by helping one state and not the others. The move is likely to put even BJP governments, including Devendra Fadnavis administRation in Maharashtra and the newly elected one under Yogi Adityanath in Uttar Pradesh, in a spot. "This issue (loan waiver) has cropped up in several states. The Centre has its policies for agriculture sector under which we provide interest subve

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Tamil Nadu's Amma canteen concept catches on in other states -Nikita Doval

d that the expenditure on Amma canteens crossed Rs100 crore in Chennai though the revenue continues to be far less than that amount. “These programmes are important because of the lifestyle, migRation, job compulsions of people,” says Kar. It is a point Sinha is in agreement with, taking it a step further. “In Chennai, children of domestic workers come to eat at these canteens. The mother doesn’t have time to cook and instead o

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Govt can make Aadhaar must for opening bank accounts: SC -Dhananjay Mahapatra

onal only related to obtaining benefits under social welfare schemes. Even among such schemes, the court had allowed the Centre to insist on Aadhaar for programmes such as MGNREGA, gas subsidies, PDS Rations and Jan Dhan Yojna. "Minus the benefits under social welfare schemes, we think the government can insist on Aadhaar as identification document. If someone wants to open a bank account or get a mobile phone connection, it can insist on Aadh

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Govt likely to keep MGNREGA labour budget for 2017-18 unchanged -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

next financial year, while person-day is a unit of measurement based on an ideal amount of work done by one person in one day.   The officials said a greater emphasis would be laid on the geneRation of durable assets through water conservation, irrigation projects and farm ponds.   Pending labour wages by the end of 2016-17 could be around Rs 3,000-4,000 crore, which, the officials said, would be cleared within the first fortnight of fi

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How many Indians have Internet? -Aarati Krishnan

million) Internet subscribers in September 2016. Based on a population count of 127.7 crore, it translates this into 28.77 Internet subscribers per 100 population. This is the ‘Internet penetRation’ number that often gets cited in articles on digital India. But that’s a wrong interpretation of these statistics. TRAI data captures the number of Internet connections in India and not the number of households with Internet access.

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Scholar bats for inclusive democracy -Dev Raj

nal conference on "Bihar and Jharkhand: Shared History to Shared Vision", organised by Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) to mark the conclusion of its yearlong silver jubilee celebRations. Siddhartha Varadarajan, founding editor of The Wire, chaired the session. Three lectures and six technical sessions were held on Day II of the five-day conference that President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated on Friday. The conference will conti

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Meat row? CM Yogi Adityanath enforcing laws that existed for years -Priyanka Singh

news of meat shops being closed down across UP, what the government is doing is simply enforcing rules regarding slaughter and transport of animals. These rules were hardly wielded by municipal corpoRations so far. Under the Uttar Pradesh Municipal CorpoRation Act, 1959, it is a mandatory service of local bodies to provide fresh and hygienic meat to people while ensuring construction and regulation of s

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Tamil Nadu: Lion's share of bank loans against gold, villages fall prey to loan sharks -Arun Janardhanan

, Ramesh Babu did not respond to queries sent by The Indian Express. Quoting the RBI’s Basic Statistical Returns (BSR) data, D Thomas Franco, the leader of the All India Bank Officers ConfedeRation, India’s largest bank officers’ body, says that as of March 15, of the total bank credits, the under-Rs 25,000 loans made up just 0.5 per cent and loans below Rs 2 lakh only 7.7 per cent. “Whereas, 11,000 borrowers have got 31.5 p

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