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Rs 15/litre diesel price hike burns a big hole in farmers' pockets -Anju Agnihotri Chaba

h’s machine consumes roughly 10 litres of diesel in an hour and can cover an acre of paddy in 30 to 45 minutes. “If the farmer’s land is properly levelled and his crop is standing upRight, it will take half an hour. But if the land is uneven and the crop isn’t straight or has suffered lodging, it may take 15-20 minutes more time,” he explains. Raghbir Singh plans to charge even more: Rs 1,800 per acre. The reason for i

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The life and death of Kedar Singh Jindan -Gaurav Sarkar

-Newslaundry.com He was a crusader for Dalit Rights and rattled Himachal Pradesh’s caste-ridden society. Sitting behind the polished wooden desk in his office, Sirmaur’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Rohit Malpani looked like a man who hadn’t had a good night's sleep in days but wore a look of slight satisfaction. The Director General of Police had just left Sirmaur Police Station after holding a press conference earlier

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Drowning in sweetness -Ashok Gulati

s may hit the Narendra Modi government hard, politically, as it heads for parliamentary elections, presumably in March-April, 2019. Before we think of possible solutions, we must get the diagnosis Right. The root cause of the mounting cane arrears is that in 2016-17, domestic sugar production was as low as 20.3 MMT, necessitating imports, and domestic sugar prices (ex-mill) crossed Rs 36/kg (see graph). Global sugar prices were also high ($490/tonn

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Bezwada Wilson, national convenor of the Safai Karamchari Andolan, interviewed by Ahan Penkar

Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act. Later that year, under the leadership of its national convenor Bezwada Wilson,the Safai Karamchari Andolan, ahuman Rights organisation that has been campaigning for the eradication of manual scavenging, filed a PIL listing violators of the act. The situation did not improve. In 2003, SKA approached the courts again, and fought a long legal battle to get another bill p

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The power of Kudumbashree -Brinda Karat

by Kudumbashree groups are acknowledged as a critical avenue for the rejuvenation of agricultural production in Kerala. Kudumbashree training courses are quite comprehensive and include women’s Rights, knowledge of constitutional and legal provisions, training in banking practices, and training in skills to set up micro-enterprises. The Kudumbashree groups are therefore often seen as a threat by those who would like women to adhere to sociall

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These Delhi lawyers take legal aid beyond courtrooms -Aamir Khan

clinics with paralegal volunteers and lawyers in Delhi. They are present at the courts, jails, juvenile justice boards, child welfare committees, observation homes, All India Legal Aid Cell on Child Rights, National Commission for Minorities, the chief minister’s residence-cum-office and the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences. In 2017, 38,646 people benefited from the scheme.   The Times of India, 17 September, 201

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The social value of religious and political dissent -Rajeev Bhargava

achud reminded us, but vital for meaningful social life. Societies stultify when everyone converges on a single opinion or when official stories go unchallenged. Flaws congeal and social rot sets in. Right or wrong, pleasant or unpleasant, views must be expressed and orthodoxies challenged. For that is the only way to publicly identify and remove social, political and economic deficiencies. Surely, it is not a hidden fact that vast numbers of desti

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Forest Rights Of Adivasis: Their Struggle For Land Continues -Sandeep Sahu

ant fear of being dispossessed of their land. Now with the FRA’s legal force on their side, their struggle for their land continues. Ten years after he first filed his claim under the Forest Rights Act (FRA), Tentulipadar forest Rights committee president Jama Majhi is still waiting for a paper declaring his Right over a piece of land. The FRA’s en

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RTI: In Uttar Pradesh, no rupee spent from PM's maternity scheme

argest sanctioned amount of over Rs 336 crore from a total of Rs 2,049 crore in 2017-18 approved by the central government for 29 states and seven Union Territories, the query filed by IANS under the Right To Information (RTI) revealed. According to the reply by the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry, only 184 women have enrolled in UP for the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) since its inception in January 2017 up to August 2018

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People's consultation on budget urges higher spending on education & health

available in public domain in a timely manner, people can’t engage with budget issues. A tokenistic participation in this important process doesn’t lead to anything, it is people’s Right to have a meaningful participation at every level. Anjali Bhardwaj, Co Convenor, NCPRI said that efforts and acts towards directed at diluting the accountability institutions needs to be squarely addressed. The issues discussed will feed into the

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