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Under Modi's Crop Insurance Scheme, Premiums up 350% But Farmers' Coverage Stagnant -Kabir Agarwal and Dheeraj Mishra

ly by 0.42%. On the other hand, premiums paid to insurance companies have increased by 350%, according to data that the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare provided to The Wire under a Right to Information (RTI) application. When the government announced the new scheme, it said that the PMFBY “incorporates the best features of all previous schemes and at the same time, all previous shortcomings/weaknesses have been removed&rdqu

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Two museums in Mandya are saving native paddy grains from extinction -R Krishna Kumar

museum will shift here too. The museum and the training centre have both been crowdfunded. Aromatic and medicinal Within Khan’s 15-acre farm is a one-acre plot that is distinct from the bRight green fields around it. Here, the stalks swaying in the wind are black, grey and purple. This is where the nearly 1,000 indigenous varieties are growing. These crops need much less water than the 5,000 to 6,000 litres needed to cultivate a kilo of h

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Administrative laxity is responsible for failure to check air pollution

ering them from a clutch of threats. Its recent ruling banning noisy, toxic firecrackers can be cited as one example of a deliverance that was intended. But the spike in air pollution as well as the fRightening noise levels that have been experienced in most parts of the country in defiance of the Supreme Court’s caveats during Diwali reaffirm the sorry fact that the administration is usually found wanting even when it has to implement the direc

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Bring CBI, NIA & IB within RTI ambit, says info panel chief -Rumu Banerjee

lps bring in accountability in government departments. Currently, 20-odd investigative agencies are outside the ambit of the RTI Act, subject to exceptions like allegations of corruption and human Rights violations. It includes agencies like IB, RAW, DRI, para-military forces like BSF and CRPF as well as Assam Rifles, CBI, NIA, NSG and others. These are part of a list of exempt agencies in the Second Schedule of Section 24 of the RTI Act. Please

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Three schools from Delhi have made it to the nationwide list of top 12 government schools -Janane Venkatraman

-The Hindu One student is making a drone, another a dancing robot. Scenes from two government schools in Delhi The walls of the entryway of the school are covered with bRight charts that talk about everything from sustainable development and ‘Swachh Bharat’ to ‘happiness goals’ and exam schedules. The cream-coloured floor gleams and the sun peeps out from the clouds behind the rows of students — dupattas pinned, s

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Demonetisation: A circus, clowns and a silver bullet -James Wilson

ere changed almost by the hour; decisions were taken and rolled back on the fly; rumours flew thick and fast about currency notes that had chips embedded in them which will lead the IT and ED sleuths Right into dungeons of ill-gotten hoards of cash and of river Ganges being submerged with discarded currency notes. In short, it was a circus of sorts where the public didn’t realise they were the clowns. The audacity with which narratives were c

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Grave danger for journalists in BJP's India

ut it bears particularly troubling implications in the case of journalists. The media are touted to be the fourth pillar of Indian democracy, ensuring the dissemination of all views and upholding the Right to free speech. So although it is no surprise that they are the target of the forces of repression, it is also deeply worrying. A significant national platform for keeping dissent alive is now being violently cowed into silence. Please click here

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Today's Assam Looks More and More Like the Violent 1980s -Debarshi Das A ripe ground for terror operations has been prepared. The National Register of Citizens exercise has been resurrecting many fissures in Assam. Some of the fissures are old, half-forgotten. The troubled years of the early 1980s had almost become the stuff of nostalgia – but not anymore. Those times of suspicion, distrust and insecurity are back. People are once again divided along community lines. Mass violence has made a comeback, albeit in a different avatar. Inste

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Failing Its Purpose -Anil Swarup

-The Indian Express RTE Act has not ensured delivery of quality education We have a belief that enacting a legislation is a panacea for all ills. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (popularly known as RTE Act) was born out of this mindset. This approach raises a few questions. Why should the executive arm of the government require a law to do something which it is authorised to do, in any case, under the extant le

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Our New Hate-Crime Database: 76% Of Victims Over 10 Years Minorities; 90% Attacks Reported Since 2014 -Alison Saldanha & Karthik Madhavapeddi

son of the 20th Law Commission of India and former chief justice of the Delhi High Court; Chaman Lal, Padma Shri, former director general of police and former special rapporteur of the National Human Rights Commission; Maja Daruwala, senior advisor to the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative; and Mrinal Satish, professor at the National Law University, Delhi, and executive director of the university’s

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