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Decision to import onions reflects the government's anti-producer bias -Kabir Agarwal

eing in doldrums. New Delhi: The government has decided to import onions from ‘Pakistan, Egypt, China, Afghanistan or any other origin’, according to a Metals and Minerals Trading CorpoRation Limited notifications. Some concerns were raised about importing from Pakistan. “And why import from Pakistan? Is the Indian farmer a bigger enemy?” farmer leader Raju Shetty was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. But those

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Order banning 5 pesticides issued -Shishir Arya

ersons had died due to poisoning. The order issued by the department of agriculture says that a proposal to ban the pesticides permanently was submitted to the Central Insecticides Board and RegistRation Committee (CIB-RC) on March 27 last year. The central government is still reviewing the proposal. In view of the hazardous nature of the pesticides, and repeated incidents of poisoning, it is an urgent need to ban further sale and distribution duri

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Can we prevent rural suicides? Yes, it is possible, says a recent WHO-FAO publication

rdous pesticides, along with advice and training about low-risk alternatives; * requiring data on human risk assessments, particularly in relation to acute toxicity when ingested, for national registRation of new pesticide products; * facilitating the registRation and use of low-risk pesticides; * strengthening inspection and other regulatory control; * being aware of the conflicting agendas of differen

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No GST relief for automobiles

-The Hindu Aadhaar link for registRation proposed Panaji: From October 1, taking the family for a holiday is set to become a more economical affair, but the consumption of energy drinks will become more expensive, following a marathon meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council that lasted nearly nine hours on September 20.   While the tax rates were tweaked up or down for several goods and services, the Council left the rates

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Explained: How the latest corporate tax rate cut impacts the economy -Udit Misra

erm. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s announcement to cut corporate tax rates on Friday morning was a welcome surprise for the Indian economy that has been struggling with growth deceleRation. According to reports, the government has cut the corporate tax rate for domestic companies to 22 per cent (inclusive of all cesses and surcharges) for domestic companies from the existing 30 per cent. What’s more, new domestic manufacturi

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Govt proposes to hand over EPFO corpus of Rs 10 lakh crore to a central body

he EPFO, the labour minister will no longer be the chairman of the board, as per the proposal. The ministry has circulated a fresh draft of the social security code which will merge, simplify and Rationalise the relevant provisions of the existing eight central labour laws and create a central board of trustees to administer these schemes. It has proposed that the government create dedicated funds for all three schemes that will be administered by

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Will our farmers be thrown out like stateless immigrants?

thora of schemes aimed at financial inclusion, only 40.9 per cent of small and marginal farmers have so far been covered by the banking system. Small and marginal farmers are defined as those with opeRational land holdings of less than two hectares each. They account for around 47 per cent of the opeRational land holdings. Banks are encouraged to lend to these farmers through the programme of priority secto

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Telling Numbers: International migrant count slopes downward in India

nal Migrant Stock 2019. While the size of the Indian diaspora in other countries was reported in The Indian Express on Thursday, the exhaustive dataset also showed striking trends in international migRation into India. The number has been consistently going down in the last three decades; from 75.9 lakh in 1990, the international migrant population is 51.5 lakh in 2019, the dataset showed. The United Nations said in a statement that these estimates

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India is the top source of immigrants across the globe

-The Hindu A UN report reveals that one-third of all immigrants come from 10 countries India has emerged as the leading country of origin for immigrants across the world, with 17.5 million international migrants in 2019 coming from India, up from 15.9 million in 2015, according to a dataset released by the Union Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York on Tuesday. Sharp increase The International Migrant Stock 2019, released by the UN DESA's Population Division

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