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These nomads from AP's Krishna district will vote for the first time -T Appala Naidu

on Bhavanari Pawan Kumar, an undergraduate dropout, Ila Nagendramma, and M. Srinivas are the other members of the group that zeroed in on the Yanadi families to help them enrol for the voter registRation process and submit the necessary documents. In 2016, then Joint Collector Gandham Chandrudu had initiated a special drive to issue Aadhaar cards to the Yanadi tribals. In 2013, 45-year-old crab hunter Nakka Hanumanthu had contested from Marripal

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Underemployment is the problem, not joblessness -Alok Ray

stics and a data collection agency whose reputation has been built over many decades. Second, why is there a mad rush for a peon’s job by BEs and MBAs? For over the last few decades a prolifeRation of private engineering and management institutes with no quality control has taken place all over India leading to a surplus of graduates whose employability is in serious doubt, as has come out in various surveys. Please click here to read more

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The electoral bonds scheme is a threat to democracy - Gautam Bhatia

-Hindustan Times From a constitutional point of view, the scheme fails the tests of Rationality and non-arbitrariness Earlier this month, the Supreme Court indicated that it would hear the long-pending constitutional challenge to the electoral bonds scheme. The electoral bonds scheme, which was introduced by the government in early 2018, provides new channels for private funding of political parties, and has been subjected to severe criticism,

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Disempowering gram sabhas -Chitrangada Choudhury

hectares of forest. How many Adivasis and forest-dwellers have been evicted by this ‘lawful’ forest destruction? Stripping these forests has yielded thousands of crores of rupees for corpoRations to which a bulk of these forestlands were diverted, and for forest departments via compensatory funds. But how have the original inhabitants of these forests, already among the most marginalised, coped with the loss of homes and livelihoods? A

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A model problem

-The Indian Express Fall in emigRation, and reverse migRation from the Gulf, challenge Kerala’s welfare model. The state must find a way MigRation trends indicate that the Gulf, which had long funded the Kerala development story, may soon turn out to be a headache if not a nightmare. Economic slowdown in the Gulf countries, state policies favouring

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Govt. committed to maintain credibility of statistical organisations, says senior official

official's comments come against the backdrop of as many as 108 economists and social scientists alleged "political interference" in statistical data in the country and called for the restoRation of "institutional independence" as well as the integrity of statistical organisations. "The government is committed to maintaining the credibility of our statistical organisations, not only that we have worked hard to strengthen t

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No onion and garlic in midday meals -Tanu Kulkarni

ite the latter’s refusal to use the two ingredients. In November last year, the Department of Primary and Secondary Education had directed the foundation to use onion and garlic in food prepaRations. When the foundation refused to do so, the CEO of Bengaluru (Urban) Zilla Panchayat put the MoU, which had to be signed in April 2018, on hold. In Bengaluru alone, APF provides meals to 1.83 lakh students in 1,212 schools. “Akshaya Pat

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Only 26% of rural toilets use twin-leach pits, finds survey -Varun B Krishnan & Priscilla Jebaraj

rural toilets use this twin-pit system. The waste from the remainder of rural toilets could create a new sanitation nightmare — harmful to health and the environment, and even pushing a new geneRation into manual scavenging. Under the twin-pit system, two pits are dug with honeycombed walls and earthen floors which allow liquid to percolate into the surrounding soil. When one pit is filled and closed off, waste flow is transferred to the seco

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India needs policies to regulate 'bad food' and produce food sustainably, say experts at National Conclave on Food

ed. Class I pesticides, extremely hazardous and toxic, must be phased out * Regulations needed to reduce misuse of antibiotics in food animals and to containAMR (antimicrobial resistance) – opeRationalise the National Action Plan on AMR and developState Action Plans * Make organic farming a mass movement * FSSAI must notify labelling regulations and ban bad food in schools. Robust regulatory framework for advertisement of bad foods essential

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