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

-The Hindu MACHILIPATNAM (Andhra Oradesh): A group of 10 unsung volunteers has helped almost 2,000 fellow Yanadi tribal people to enrol as voters, enabling them to exercise their Right to franchise in the general elections 2019. A nomadic tribe, the Yanadi in Krishna district have constantly been on the move in search of livelihood opportunities from one season to the next. With a large number of families living in the mangrove forests and mar

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Reality of impunity, rhetoric of human Rights -Maja Daruwala & Devika Prasad

-The Hindu Isolated innovations are not enough to stop cases of custodial torture In May 2017, addressing representatives from countries at the UN’s Human Rights Council, the then Attorney General of India said, “The concept of torture is completely alien to our culture and it has no place in the governance of the nation.” Last week in Sitamarhi district, Bihar, two families received the bodies of their two sons from the p

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Disempowering gram sabhas -Chitrangada Choudhury

-The Hindu Sabotaging the Forest Rights Act damages democracy Since 1980, through the Forest Conservation Act (FCA), the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) has “diverted for non-forest use” (bureaucratese for destroyed) over 1.5 million hectares of forest. How many Adivasis and forest-dwellers have been evicted by this ‘lawful’ forest destruction? Stripping these forests has yielded thousands of c

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Campaign to move focus away from nationalism to 'real issues'

What was Bhagat Singh’s vision for the country? It went beyond national security,” said Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav. “One month ago, it felt like Modi could do nothing Right, with questions arising on farmers, jobs, the economy…But just when substantive and inconvenient issues had begun to surface, the government response to the Pulwama attack and the fact that the Opposition was caught on the wrong foot has chan

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Fielding the Right incentives -Ashok Gulati and Ritika Juneja

-The Indian Express Income support under PM-Kisan is only one small step. It must be complemented by large-scale reforms in agri-marketing and trade policies. Just ahead of the announcement of the 2019 general election dates, the prime minister launched the centrally sponsored ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi’ (PM-Kisan) scheme of Rs 75,000 crore for small and marginal farm families. On February 24, from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, he transferred the first instalment of Rs

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PM health scheme supports fraud: Congress

Chhattisgarh government, the beneficiaries would get a cover of Rs 50,000 and a larger premium would be required to increase the amount. Formally announcing that the Congress would include “Right to health care” in its manifesto to be released on March 27 or 28, senior leader Jairam Ramesh highlighted the purported deficiencies in the Ayushman Bharat scheme, saying: “It does not assure health care to ordinary citizens. It is a li

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Women need governmental support to deal with climate change in the Himalayas -Mayank Aggarwal

ggested a series of measures such as the government allocating resources, financial and human, for gender-responsive interventions, and creation of mechanisms to ensure the promotion of women’s Rights. * The report also highlighted social problems faced by migrants in the Himalayan countries and batted for a series of measures to ensure their welfare. Women in the Himalayan countries are often dubbed as vulnerable victims of climate change

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RTI trumps Official Secrets Act, says SC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

aking” given to France to keep the price of the jets a secret. Multiple Sections But Justice Joseph, one of the three judges on the Bench, asked the government to read out Sections of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. The judge said the information law has revolutionised governance and overpowered notions of secrecy protected under the Official Secrets Act, 1923. Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal was first made to read out Section

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Swaraj is the kisan's birthRight and he should have it -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express Agrarian crisis is an opportunity, for the government that assumes office after elections, to enact a law giving farmers the Right to sell any quantity of their produce to anybody, anywhere and at any time. The German obsession with sound currency has been conditioned by the collective memory of the Great Hyperinflation of 1922-23, just as American intolerance to double-digit unemployment and stock market crashes is tracea

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'Government isn't able to provide even small jobs': Unemployment, anger in Jaipur's informal sector -Madhav Sharma

hard labour, as a general election looms in a country witnessing record unemployment. It had been eight days since Shanti Devi, 30, and her husband Babulal Saini, 33, had found work. Draped in a bRight, red saree, Devi sat on the pavement. Nearby, Saini, dressed in a checked shirt and gray pants stained with paint, was in animated discussion with some of the 300 gathered labourers. Here at the Thadi market choukdi or square – one of 35 wh

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