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Civil society activists condemn the statement by Rural Development Minister in Parliament on discontinuation of MGNREGA scheme

n) and inflation increasing every year, both incontrovertible facts, even a seemingly small decrease in the allocation for the program brings implementation to a grinding halt on the ground. The dismiSSAl of the demand for higher allocation for the program without any acknowledgement of this reality and presenting inaccurate figures demonstrates the intent of this government to continue to choke funds to MGNREGA while misleading the public and elected

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Wage clarification with consultation pledge

existing tripartite advisory committee of employers, employees’ unions and state government officials will determine a national-level minimum wage that will be binding on all states after the paSSAge of a draft law, the Centre said on Wednesday. Labour minister Santosh Gangwar had last week said that the government would table a Code on Wages Bill prescribing a binding minimum wage. He had added that Rs 178 would be the minimum wage. The l

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Foreigner until proven Indian -Sudipta Bhattacharjee

one’s identity (read citizenship) in a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic? Ask nonagenarian Amar Upadhyay, whose daughter, Baijayanti Devi, was the first woman martyr of the ASSAm Agitation, and who contested the assembly elections. Ask Kargil veteran, Mohammad Sanaullah. Ask Manju Devi, the great-granddaughter of the freedom fighter, Chabilal Upadhyay. Ask Sahitya Akademi award winner, Durga Khatiwada. Ask Mamud Ali, a CISF j

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Centre, ASSAm move SC for sample re-verification of NRC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu Seek 20% recount in border districts, extension of July 31 deadline for final list New Delhi: The Centre and the State of ASSAm on Tuesday made an urgent mention before the Chief Justice of India for an extension of the deadline for the final publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) from July 31, 2019, to a “future date”. In identical but separate applications, they urged the Supreme Court for more time

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Centre cites NGO's letter for NRC re-verification -Vijaita Singh

Times of India Group, which has supported the Citizenship Bill, denies ties to the BJP, demands an ‘error-free’ register New Delhi: Seeking “sample re-verification” of ASSAm’s draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the Supreme Court, the Union Home Ministry, in its affidavit, attached a letter from an ASSAm-based NGO, Sachetan Nagrik Mancha, Axom (SNM), that had de

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ASSAm floods: 26 lakh people affected as heavy rains cause deluge, Tripura, Meghalaya also affected

-India Today Deluge has claimed lives of at least 11 people in ASSAm and has affected the lives of nearly 26.5 lakh people. * At least 26 lakh people have been affected by floods in ASSAm * 10,000 people of two districts of Tripura have been rendered homeless * In Meghalaya, rising water-level in two rivers has life thrown out of gear for 1.14 lakh Heavy rains continued to wreak havoc in no

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

nt to the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance. While the Department of Economic Affairs had directed the same to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs on April 29, 2019, “for neceSSAry action under intimation to the department,” it had also forwarded the same to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. Later, through a written response to Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, NDDB had termed the allegations of

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NRC: A major storm is brewing -Sanjoy Hazarika

-The Telegraph Even pro-BJP groups recognize that the registration exercise could end up condemning Indians to an appalling fate The National Register of Citizens process in ASSAm ploughs relentlessly on. At the end of this month a full list is to be published, ostensibly of all Indians identified in the state. That is when the scale of misery and jubilation may be gauged. Yet that’s not the end of this long, complex journey. A few da

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Make no mistake: Agriculture alone has the potential to reboot the economy -Devinder Sharma

anding industrial farming, soil erosion and water depletion takes a heavy toll leading to more desertification. Not drawing any lessons, Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has launched an aSSAult on the Amazon rainforests. Within hours of assuming office he issued an executive order that practically spells a death-knell for the pristine forests, considered to be a global lung. Please click here to read more.

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Demands for Grants, Finance Bill may escape scrutiny of Parliamentary panels -Shishir Sinha

standing committees (DRSC). This means Demands for Grants and the Finance Bill will not be vetted by DRSCs as of now. The Lok Sabha is scheduled to take up the Finance Bill for consideration and paSSAge during the week starting July 15. There will also be discussions and voting on Demands for Grants for 2019-20 of three ministries — Road Transport and Highways, Rural Development and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Youth Affairs and Sports

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