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Neither Private Schools nor Technology Will Solve India's Learning Crisis -Rakesh Kumar Rajak and Martin Haus Reports on education ignore the fact that students in public and private schools are vastly different. Reform is neceSSAry, but there are no silver bullets. The ASER report paints a grim picture of what is (not) happening in Bihar’s schools. Only around 24% percent of children in Class III can read a Class II text. A little more than half the enrolled children are present on any given day. More than half of the children in go

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Diets have to change, intake of nuts, fruits and veggies has to be increased: EAT-Lancet commission -Anuradha Mascarenhas

times the recommended amount of red meat, while residents of South Asian countries, like India, eat only half the recommended amount. All countries are eating more starchy vegetables (potatoes and caSSAva) than recommended, with intakes ranging between 1.5 times above the recommendation in South Asia and by 7.5 times in Sub-Saharan Africa. To be published online on Thursday, Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets for

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Policy must tackle not just diSSAtisfaction of large farmers, but distress of most vulnerable -Bina Agarwal

ivers and minimum support prices (MSP) — treat all farmers (large/small, male/female) alike. But farmers are heterogeneous. They differ especially by income, land owned and gender. And farmer diSSAtisfaction is not the same as farmer distress. Better-off farmers are diSSAtisfied but politically vocal; poor farmers are distressed and many kill themselves in silence. It is the truly distressed we need t

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The pulse of Indian agriculture -Devesh Chaturvedi

matter of serious concern for policy-makers. As an immediate relief, this challenge was met by increasing the import of pulses. But to ensure that such a situation does not arise again, it became neceSSAry to implement a coordinated strategy. Based on the Prime Minister’s directives, the formulation and implementation of this comprehensive strategy was initiated at the level of the Cabinet Secretary. The key aspects of this strategy were to incr

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Why citizenship amendment bill has created a row -Shaswati Das

e legitimacy to illegal migrants in India. ‘Mint’ decodes the controversy surrounding the bill The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, has led to protests in the North-East after its paSSAge in the Lok Sabha last week. Opposition to the bill stems from fears that it will give legitimacy to illegal migrants in India. Mint decodes the controversy surrounding the bill. * What is the purpose of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016?

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Farm Loan Waivers and Corporate Defaulters are Two Sides of the Same Coin -Seshadri Kumar

his time with the announcement of waivers in the newly-elected governments of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. This was followed up by similar announcements from BJP-ruled Gujarat and ASSAm. Rahul Gandhi even went onto to demand a nation-wide farm loan waiver from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As if on cue, India’s bankers and economists claim to be alarmed. United Bank of India’s MD, Ashok Kumar Pradhan, said, “

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ASER: Uptick in primary reading and maths, govt schools script turnaround -Sukrita Baruah and Uma Vishnu

Kerala, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh — have recorded a growth in basic reading levels of more than 5 percentage points over 2016. Further, government schools in 10 states — Punjab, UP, ASSAm, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh — recorded a growth of more than 5 percentage points in basic arithmetic levels over the same period. In Kerala, which tops in Class 5 reading levels wit

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49 elephants killed in Railway accidents between 2016-18: MoEFCC -Shiv Sahay Singh

y trains. Three lions died in a train accident in the Amerli district of Gujarat in December 2018. Prior to this, 10 lions died in railway and road accidents between 2016-2018. West Bengal and ASSAm together accounted for 37 out of the 49 deaths of elephants on train tracks across the country. While the number of elephant casualties on railway tracks in West Bengal has fallen from five in 2015-16 to three in 2016-17 to two in 2017-18, the number

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Child road safety report sets off alarm bells, minister Gadkari says it's a 'failure' for him -Anisha Dutta

nched the ‘Rear Seat-Belt Usage and Child Road Safety in India’ report, pointed out that almost 90% Indians also face safety risks by not using rear seat belts. The report, conducted by NiSSAn India and a non-profit, Save LIFE Foundation, is based on a survey conducted in 11 major cities with 6,306 respondents. The report also said that 98% of the respondents were not using rear seat belts. It also noted that 80% respondents do not buy

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