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Over 1,000 Gujarat Farmers Write to Japan Govt, Ask it to Withhold Bullet Train Funds

-PTI The letter invited the Japanese AmbaSSAdor to Gujarat for understanding the farmers' plight. Ahmedabad Farmers in Gujarat whose lands will be acquired for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet train have written to the Japan government, alleging violation of the guidelines of the Japanese agency which is funding the project. The letter sent by the farmers asked the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which is providing a soft loan fo

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'Rationalising subsidies, improving infrastructure could revive agri-sector' -Kiran Pandey

or every million rupees spent on agricultural research, 328 people are pulled out of poverty. In contrast, the same amount spent on power subsidies brings only 23 people come out of poverty. The meSSAge is clear. With the Union elections only a few months away, the Centre should prioritise capital investments over populist subsidies to deliver on its promise of strengthening the farm sector. This is important, especially when the Punjab and Hary

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Upward mobility: Muslims down; SCs, STs up; upper-caste & OBCs unchanged -

here they were. Authors of the study, based on 5,600 rural sub-districts and 2,300 cities and towns, are Sam Asher, of the World Bank; Paul Novosad of Dartmouth College and Charlie Rafkin of the MaSSAchusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Their study, which looks at social groups and intergenerational mobility concludes that, overall, there is little inter-generational mobility and it has not changed even after economic liberalisation. It, howe

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For The Farmer's Future -Ajay Vir Jakhar

o the deflation. The government excelled in politically attractive slogans like “doubling farmer incomes”. But problems were bound to arise when it tried to implement the impractical meSSAge through schemes like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). Even BJP-ruled states aren’t receptive to the Centre’s polices. Haryana is a good example. Every positive step like GST has a cost, especially if not thought through prope

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Preparing for the floods -G Anand & AJ James

major dams. There were allegations of ‘human blunders’ while the government said it could have done little else. The truth is that India has not learnt its lessons from recent floods, in ASSAm, Bihar and Tamil Nadu, and without addressing the underlying causes, history will repeat itself; if not in Kerala, elsewhere. Three factors stand out. Reluctant dam managers In Kerala, as elsewhere, more flooding was caused by emergency rele

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MLAs declare average income of Rs. 24.59 lakh a year -Bharti Jain

-income of Rs 3.79 lakh. Asked why less-educated MLAs are earning more than those with college and professional degrees, ADR founder-member Jagdeep Chhokar said higher educational level is not neceSSArily a guarantor of higher income. Prof Chhokar said many high-income MLAs declared agriculture as their profession. “This is largely because agricultural income is tax-free and they don’t have to explain where their income has come from

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The power of Kudumbashree -Brinda Karat

tury. United in relief work Among the heroic stories of selfless community service are those of the Kudumbashree women, who have perhaps not got the attention they deserve. The attention is neceSSAry not just to accord women relief helpers like Kumari recognition and appreciation, but also to understand how such an enormous, effective and well-planned intervention could be made across the State by women through their own initiatives. One got

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More river stretches critically polluted: CPCB -Jacob Koshy

-The Times of India Maharashtra, ASSAm, Gujarat account for 117 sections The number of polluted stretches in India’s rivers has increased to 351 from 302 two years ago, and the number of critically polluted stretches — where water quality indicators are the poorest — has gone up to 45 from 34, according to an assessment by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). While the ?20,000 crore clean-up of the Ganga may be the

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The social value of religious and political dissent -Rajeev Bhargava

ng such hapless people, pushing them further and deeper into an endless cycle of reciprocal violence? Is it not the duty of every conscientious citizen to speak out against this injustice and, if neceSSAry, to dissent from official discourse that paints them as monstrous enemies of the state? But alas, as an American judge put it some 50 years ago, “it is an eternal temptation of a government to arrest a speaker rather than correct the condition

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Arunachal flash flood toll rises to five

. The body of 32-year-old Mary Beyong of Modirijo who went missing since Friday, was retrieved by Banderdewa Police and NDRF team from Dikrongn river at Nepali Gaon near No 2 Pithaguri village in ASSAms Lakhimpur district on Saturday night, Capital Deputy Commissioner Prince Dhawan said. However, a 10-year-old girl Pangpi Beyong was still missing though search and rescue teams were on the job to trace her, the DC said. Flash flood and landsli

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