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India may have to revise downwards 'potential' growth rate from 7-8%: ex-CEA -TCA Sharad Raghavan

aised about the original, it also highlights certain cognitive arguments made against it and tries to show why those are unfounded. The first question raised, Mr. Subramanian said, was how India can, Right now, grow at the same rate as it did in the pre-1980 Hindu rate of growth period, when the economic condition was clearly much worse. “To begin with, today’s 4.5% translates into a per capita growth rate of about 3%,” he said. &

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Residents of illegal colonies to get ownership Rights: Delhi CM

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Thursday that residents of 1,797 unauthorised colonies of Delhi will soon get ownership Rights to their properties. The bonanza comes a few months before assembly elections in Delhi and two days after the Union housing and urban affairs ministry circulated a Cabinet proposal for formulating a framework for the exercise. The cut-off date for regularisation of these

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Major farmer unions of India resolved to uphold farmers' seed Rights

edika, Jacob Nellithanam and Krishna Prasad of Bharat Beej Swaraj Manch, Manojbhai Solanki of Akshay Krishi Pariwar etc. The Registrar General of Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers’ Rights Authority Dr R C Agrawal shared about the implementation of PPV&FR Act 2001. A release from ASHA said: “Large scale awareness building should be made the responsibility of the PPV&FR Authority to ensure that this episode does not r

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Gujarat potato farmers case: Agriculture Ministry issues notice to PepsiCo -Priscilla Jebaraj

d by Kavitha Kuruganti, a convenor of the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture. The notice, which The Hindu has viewed, was issued by the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority on June 17. The company has been given three months to respond. “We are studying the notice and will be responding to it appropriately,” a PepsiCo spokesperson told The Hindu. According to sources the application to revo

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The price of a good cuppa -Soumitra Ghosh

mate, the plantations employ about three lakh permanent daily-wage workers. However, despite their large numbers, the issues of tea plantation workers, such as labour standards and violation of human Rights, hardly get any space in the media, let alone being discussed in policy circles. As the plantations are located in remote places, the narratives of deprivation remain confined to these alienated enclaves. Our independent survey in 30 tea garden

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AAP report card: Water pipelines in Delhi slums still a dream

according to the official data, while till 2013, only 791 unauthorised colonies had piped water. In its 2015 Assembly poll manifesto, the AAP had promised that it will make clean drinking water a Right of the people and will provide universal access to clean drinking water to all citizens of Delhi at an affordable price. Please click here to read more.

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Creating a fair digital payments market -Padmashree Gehl Sampath

an 430 million have Internet access, is estimated to grow to over $1 trillion by 2025. If India is serious about giving local firms an advantage, it should leverage this immense opportunity. With the Right policy incentives, local firms could capture large shares of the digital payments market to become e-commerce players on a global scale, as China’s experience shows. In China, domestic enterprises were strategically enabled to use the local ma

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Govt. advises NDDB to bring Mother Dairy, other units under RTI ambit -Sandeep Singh

ces.” New Delhi: In a bid to increase transparency, accountability and trust of consumers, the government has advised the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to extend provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 to its subsidiaries, including Mother Dairy Fruits and Vegetables Pvt. Ltd (MDFVPL) and NDDB Dairy Services among others. The Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries recently told the Parliament that as

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Egg row: Social activists demand to serve it 5 days/week in midday meals

n to provide eggs in the midday meals to schoolchildren, as many as 37 social organistaions and networks across Chhattisgarh have extended their support on the same. Social organizations including Right to Food Campaign, Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan, Chhattisgarh Mahila Adhikar Manch, Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Chhattisgarh Bal Adhikar Abhiyan, Chhattisgarh Naagrik Sanyukt Sangarsh Samiti, Sarva Adivasi Samaj, Bastar Aadim Jati Baiga

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Selling government data to the private sector: It's complicated

al revenue could be used to augment welfare expenditures. It would be a win-win situation for all. The scheme is simply a suggestion; there is no guarantee that it will be taken up for implementation Right away. However, the suggestion is complicated. First of all, there is the legal issue of data privacy and whether the government can commercially sell privately-generated data even if individuals waive off their More »

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