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Environment Pollution Control Authority shuts NCR rice mills -Parshant Krar

-The Economic Times CHANDIGARH: Around 500 mills across Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan will have to stop opeRations from November 4, under directions of the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority. EPCA has asked all biomass and coal-based industries in the National Capital Region to remain closed to help keep a check on air pollution. The measure will not only affect NCR’s mills but also farmers in paddy-growing

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Under Modi's Crop Insurance Scheme, Premiums up 350% But Farmers' Coverage Stagnant -Kabir Agarwal and Dheeraj Mishra

paid as on October 10, 2018 was Rs 31,613 crore. For 2014-15 and 2015-16, when the National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIS) and Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (MNAIS) were opeRational before getting subsumed under the PMFBY, the gross premium collected was Rs 10,560 crore. And total claims paid, at Rs 28,564 crore, was in fact more than the premium collected. Please click here to read more.

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Reconsider decision to suspend rice mill opeRation: Exporters' body

New Delhi: All India Rice Exporters Association (AIREA) on Sunday requested the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority to reconsider the plan to extend the ban on rice mill opeRations in the National Capital Region (NCR) till Monday. “Due to the current restriction coinciding with peak paddy procurement season, all the paddy is lying in mandies and shellers, at high moisture and is only going to affect adversely the tr

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Is genetically modified food really safe? -Rajat Chaudhuri

ent campaigner earlier, I have closely studied the material put out by those who support GMOs as well as the reasons for countering such optimism. It is well-known that powerful multinational corpoRations control the global business of GM crops. As expected, the pro-GMO camp has come up with a variety of justifications to push this technology into the market. The website, citing an analysis of 1,783 studies on the safety

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Punjab farmers get innovative, turn paddy stubble into fertiliser -IP Singh

rvesting enters the last stage with just one-fifth of the crop left to be cut in fields. Paddy stubble management, however, continues to be vexatious issue, both for the farmers and the state administRation. The lack of gap between harvesting paddy and sowing wheat and increased time and high cost of operating subsidised straw management machines have left farmers keen to stop burning stubble with no choice. However, some farmers are using innov

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BHIM UPI, RuPay swipe Mastercard, Visa -Shishir Sinha

that allows real-time fund transfer using a single identity, typically a mobile number or a name. Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is an instant payment system developed by the National Payments CorpoRation of India (NPCI), an RBI-regulated entity. UPI is built over the IMPS (Immediate Payment Service) infrastructure and allows for instant transfer of money between any two parties’ bank accounts. RuPay is a card payment mechanism just like Maste

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Administrative laxity is responsible for failure to check air pollution

as well as the frightening noise levels that have been experienced in most parts of the country in defiance of the Supreme Court’s caveats during Diwali reaffirm the sorry fact that the administRation is usually found wanting even when it has to implement the directives from the top court. The consequences of such institutional pussyfooting are there for all to see. In Calcutta, the selling and bursting of banned crackers had not been rooted out

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Study finds unemployment rate at 6.9%, a 2-year high -Rajesh Chandramouli

ot recovered,” the CMIE study said. “The small improvement in labour statistics seen in September turned out to be short-lived. October statistics point to a continuation of the deterioRation in labour markets seen earlier,” the think-tank said. The estimated number of persons employed during October 2018 at 397 million was 2.4% lower than the 407 million persons employed in October 2017. “This sharp fall in the employmen

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Rajan backs Urjit on differences with Centre, says RBI board role worrisome, shouldn't intervene in ops

rjit Patel’s predecessor Raghuram Rajan has come out in support of professionals leading the central bank, stating the regulator’s board should only ensure governance, not intervene in opeRational decisions. “The RBI’s board is not an opeRational board. It is not led by professional supervisors or central bankers. These are all people from different walks of life whose main role i

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Three schools from Delhi have made it to the nationwide list of top 12 government schools -Janane Venkatraman

by taking up odd jobs. But even as the dropout rate in Delhi government schools has been increasing, from 2.9% in 2014-15 to 3.4% in 2016-17 ( study), with worse results in municipal corpoRation schools, the RPVVs don’t have any dropouts. “Children want to do more than just study from textbooks. The ‘more’ is what we provide,” says Shivani. “They get clean water and nutritious food like dal chawal, daliy

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