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With Facebook banned, Kashmir's youth reach out via Kashbook -Suvojit Bagchi

-The Hindu Tech-savvy teens develop alternative social networking platforms for the Valley Srinagar: A bRight and windy day, when tourists were out and about in Srinagar, turned dark in minutes. Shops and schools shut, children rushed home, police swarmed the streets and internet links snapped, as news of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Bhat’s death broke. But amidst the chaos, two teens were busy making plans to attract more traf

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'Let them sell pakodas': Maharashtra farmers do not benefit from growing even high-priced tur now -Manas Roshan

ces, through the New Year. He finally went to sell his tur at the minimum support price in February but had to wait two months for his turn. “At first, the official said I didn’t have the Right documents [land deeds and Aadhaar],” he explained the delay. “I came back another day and they didn’t have gunny bags to stock the grain.” After the tur was finally weighed, Patil had to wait another month for the payment to

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With No Water and Many Loans, Farmers' Deaths Are Rising in Tamil Nadu -Jaideep Hardikar

ntry, but never thought this will happen to us.” In Kadamankudy village of Nagapattinam district, at the far-eastern tip of the Cauvery delta, a similar story unfolds. He wasn’t the Right age to suffer a heart attack. Veermani was 35 when he passed away on December 30, 2016. “We were on the field; he just collapsed and died,” his widow Kavitha tells us at her small thatched hut, wondering how her husband could die at s

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Modi Government's Environment Policy Endorses Everything That Bodes Well for Business -Garima Maheshwari

and bills institutionalising water for life) and negative anti-people actions (especially decisions regulating natural ecosystems like coasts, forests and wetlands, and the eroding of people’s Rights), is based on the government rationale to endorse everything that bodes well for business, new technology and international acclaim, even if this is achieved at the expense of the protection of ecosystems, conservation, people’s livelihood an

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India Owes a Debt to Its Farmers -Yogendra Yadav

sation, found his voice on this issue? Wasn’t it the finance minister’s boss who made this promise of loan waivers in Uttar Pradesh? Yet this is not an answer. Two wrongs do not make a Right, as the TV anchors are quick to point out. We must face this fair and square – are farm loan waivers justified? Much of the criticism of the idea of farm loan waivers stems from asking a wrong question – are farm loan waivers the solu

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Delhi, Goa, Maharashtra spend least on prisoner's meals: NCRB -Zeeshan Shaikh

a calorie intake between 2,320 and 2,730 kcal/day. For female prisoners, it is prescribed to be between 1900 to 2830 kcal/day. Since prison administration is a federal subject, every state has the Right to decide its menu, provided that it adheres to the nutritional requirements laid down by the model prison manual. Please click here to read more.

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Yogendra Yadav, convenor of Swaraj Party, interviewed by Archana Mishra (

ll in mandis, we will give you direct payment in your bank. It sounds like a good idea, direct payments and no cuts. The only fine point is that the moment your money is transferred, the bank has the Right to settle its loan against the amount. This is a banking fraud. It is just like settling your home loan with your saving account. This is a routine and that’s why farmers are annoyed with what they face.   * Is MSP the only issue becaus

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Why bumper harvests spell doom -Ashok Gulati & Prerna Terway

-The Indian Express With a glut in agricultural production, prices have fallen below MSPs. The government needs to get the agri-market Right to address the farm crisis The farmers’ protests in Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Maharashtra indicate that all is not well on the economic front, especially agriculture. If such unrest could happen in MP, which claims to have registered the fastest agri-GDP growth at 9.7 per cent per year during 2005-06

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In putting Nikhil Dey in jail, we are crucifying our best -Shailesh Gandhi

It is then that the sarpanch came out of his house and physically assaulted the activists present.   “Despite this violence, the MKSS activists decided not to file an FIR, thinking that Right to Information cannot depend on police cases, and that it had to depend on dialogue with the sarpanch and the exercise of a legal Right under the Panchayati Raj Act. However, on the same day, Aruna Roy of

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Manual scavenging in Meerut: Why are women made to carry excreta on their head for two stale rotis a day? -Kainat Sarfaraz

ve “reported identification of 12,737 manual scavengers up to January, 2017”. The actual numbers, however, are higher. Most manual scavenger who clean dry latrines are women A Human Rights Watch report suggests that out of all those engaged in manual cleaning of dry latrines and removal of human excreta from public streets, 95 per cent are women. Since the toilets are inside the house, those with dry latrines prefer women to clean th

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