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Maneka Gandhi writes to PMO opposing cash provision in lieu of Ration -Amrita Madhukalya

n minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi has again raised objections against the provision of implementing cash transfers in lieu of dietary supplements, known officially as Take Home Ration (THR), marking perhaps the third time the ministry has officially spoken against it. A decision to implement the provision in ten vulnerable districts was passed at the National Nutrition Council's inaugural meeting on April 18, chaired by NITI Aay

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Cloak on RTI bill -Anita Joshua

s to amend the Right to Information Act of 2005, and the ironical opaqueness has alarmed transparency advocates who have mounted a pushback. As many as 18 bills are listed for introduction, consideRation and passage in the monsoon session, scheduled to begin on July 18. For 17 bills listed under the "E" category of new bills, some detail or the other of the "purport" has been provided or there have been consultations with the

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Unjustified murders by cops: Tuticorin report -Shanmughasundarm J

eport, “The Day Tuticorin Burned,” at a function in Loyola College on Sunday.   “By deliberately absenting themselves from the vicinity on May 22, the entire administRation abnegated its duties in a cowardly manner and ceded all power to the police,” said the inquest team in the final report, adding, “it amounts to dereliction of duty of public servants” and was strongly contributory for the violence

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Institutes of Eminence status given without field visits, rankings -Anubhuti Vishnoi

uld have led to the compilation taking a year or so. The EEC didn’t conduct any field visit or tabular rankings of the institutes, both of which are in the University Grants Commission (DeclaRation of Government Educational Institutions as Institutions of Eminence) Guidelines, 2017. To be sure, the field visits are only recommendatory in nature but a tabular appraisal of all institutes and their ranking is required. The appraisal methodolo

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Govt drops incentives given for UPI transactions -Mayur Shetty

in a month with a minimum value of Rs 100. There were similar incentives for achieving milestones in volume. Although the scheme was scheduled to end in March next year, the National Payments CorpoRation of India (NPCI) came out with a notification on July 3, modifying the scheme with effect from July 1. Banks say this could lead to a customer service issue as many were transacting with the incentives in mind. Please click here to read more.

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Monsoon fingers crossed -GS Mudur

uate rainfall during the rest of July, we may need to look to contingency planning in some parts of the country." Crop contingency plans may include recommendations that farmers plant short-duRation paddy varieties or alternative crops. The IMD said on Friday that a low-pressure area was very likely to form over the northern Bay of Bengal over the next 24 hours, with a second low-pressure area expected on July 19. Rainfall is likely to b

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Free us from all other activities if you want results: Gujarat govt teachers -Ritu Sharma

-The Indian Express Chudasama: DelibeRations are underway over discharging teachers from all other activities during the 31 days of Mission Vidya as well as throughout the year. Ahmedabad: Gujarat government teachers on Friday requested the education minister that they be disengaged from all other activities if the government wanted improvement in learning levels among government school students. The teachers also said their request should be

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New Save the Children report reveals insecurity of teenage girls from the outside world, but are our homes safe enough?

the opportunity of completing their education because of early marriage. Around three-fourth of married girls who underwent child marriage had admitted that they had to forfeit many of their aspiRations and dreams. Over 80 percent girls in urban areas and 66 percent girls in rural areas of the 6 states surveyed felt that girls who get married at an early age are forced to forfeit many of their aspiRation More »

Haryana government's hyped MSP scheme for vegetables comes a cropper -Sukhbir Siwach

anslating into a price difference of just 17 paise per kg. Official figures accessed by The Indian Express reveal that only 565 tomato growers across Haryana have benefitted from BBY, which was opeRational from April 1 to June 15. Together, they have received differential price payments of Rs 12.07 lakh, working out to Rs 2,136 per farmer. While tomato cultivation area in Haryana this season was 44,137 acres according to the state horticulture depa

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No safety trials on Siddha, Unani, Ayurvedic products

-Deccan Chronicle Ayush ministry states that experience and evidence of effectiveness of these drugs is based on textual Rationale and published in literature. Hyderabad: Fraudsters would flourish if patented or proprietary Ayruvedic, Siddha and Unani products are given licence without insisting on safety trials, industry experts and medical professionals have stated. The Centre has issued drug regulators in states a directive to issue lice

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