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Tribal farmer reaps it rich in 'sama' cultivation

Rythu Sadhikara Samstha, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, Sanjeevini Rural Development Society, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources and Watershed Support Services and Activity Network (WASSAN). The yield in broadcast farming was only between 2 and 2.5 quintals. Because of transplantation, weeding twice and using ‘jeevamrutham’ (bio fertilizer) following ZBNF the yield has gone up, a press release said. ‘Grow pulses

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

much less water than the 5,000 to 6,000 litres needed to cultivate a kilo of hybrid rice, Khan tells me. “This purple one is Nazar Battha from Maharashtra and the black one is Kaala Nouni from ASSAm; it is aromatic and has medicinal properties. And this here is Rajabhog, a favourite of the kings,” he says, walking me through the field. Setting aside land was a big decision; it has reduced his annual income by at least ?40,000. But Khan

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Poverty in all its faces -C Rangarajan & S Mahendra Dev

he Indian Express Growth can alleviate poverty but its definition needs to expand to make any tangible difference on the ground. Amidst the din caused by the story of rising billionaires, the meSSAge on India’s poverty decline in the recent report of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative has been lost. UNDP and Oxford University released the report on Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2018. This report covers 105 co

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

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 click here to read more.

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Where prejudice is crime -Vrinda Grover

-The Indian Express Hashimpura verdict highlights the bias within police against religious minorities. It is a chilling coincidence that on October 31, a date that marks the aSSAssination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984 and the unleashing of state-engineered violence against the Sikhs, the Delhi High Court held 16 policemen of the 41st Battalion of UP Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) guilty of “the targeted killing by armed fo

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Today's ASSAm Looks More and More Like the Violent 1980s -Debarshi Das

-TheWire.in 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

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Cong Jan Dhan gripe

Bank Deposit Account, also called the “no-frills account”, and opened 25 crore bank accounts by May 2014. He added that the UPA government had taken several measures to create the neceSSAry financial architecture. “The BSBDA scheme was renamed the Jan Dhan Yojana. Between 2010 and 2014, (some) 12,748 rural branches of banks were opened and 303,504 bank correspondents appointed,” Chidambaram said. “In the followi

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Fear Of Losing Citizenship Is Driving People To Suicide In ASSAm -Sanskrita Bharadwaj

-IndiaSpend.com Dimlarpar (Bodoland Territorial Council), ASSAm: It was a rainy September afternoon in this remote village in Baksa, a district of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in western ASSAm. Outside a small tin-roofed mud house, Santi Rani Chand, a frail 72-year-old clad in a white saree, sat on a wooden bench recalling her youngest son’s suicide. Binay Chand, 32, had hanged himse

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This Hyderabad Man Feeds The Poor Daily, Says, "Hunger Has No Religion"

-NDTV/ ANIAzhar Maqsusi extended the free food initiative to other places like Bengaluru, Raichur, Tandoor, and parts of Jharkhand and ASSAm. Hyderabad: Azhar Maqsusi, a social activist from Hyderabad, has made it his life's mission to reach out to the poor and provide them free food. He can be spotted feeding the underprivileged outside the city's Gandhi General Hospital and Dabeerpura area every day. He arranges food for around 400 people in the cit

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If you are a scribe, grab this unique opportunity: Apply for NFI Media Awards Programme 2019

ndation for India invites applications for its National Media Awards Programme, 2019.  The award is for young, mid-career journalists and will allow them to publish and research articles /photo-eSSAys on issues of national concern, which though important, do not receive adequate media attention. The award supports the pursuit of in-depth, creative field research on these concerns and writing about them with adequate evidence.Under the programme,

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