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A milestone in greater transparency, accountability -Madan Lokur

erence to the norms and standards laid down by a digital dialogue advisory group. To ensure that the responsibilities are carried out, the advisory group will be the monitoring agency. Grievance redreSSAl officers will be appointed so that citizens can make the State government truly accountable. Training for citizens The government of Rajasthan has also taken steps to train citizens so that they are aware of the facilities available. This by it

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Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India, interviewed by Richa Mishra (The Hindu Business Line)

listen to experts and all stakeholders with an open mind, and project serious intent to handle the crisis, Singh said, adding, “The government must instil confidence in the people and send a meSSAge to the world. Unfortunately, I do not yet see such a focussed approach from the Modi government.” ‘Simplify GST regime’ As a top priority, the Modi government must radically simplify and rationalise the GST regime, even if it

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Farm panel chief raises concern over sale of banned glyphosate herbicide

g the pesticide manufacturers, marketers and dealers in Punjab not to sell all glyphosate formulations or concentrations with immediate effect. The licensing authorities had been directed to take neceSSAry steps for removal of entries for glyphosate from the licenses issued by them.   Please click here to read more.

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First time in 30 years, why NAFED faces challenge -Harish Damodaran

ED) has not bought a single kilogram of apples for the last three decades or more. “We did not have to, as this trade was always in private hands and the government didn’t think it neceSSAry for us to intervene,” said an official from the nodal agency that procures oilseeds, pulses, copra, onion and cotton to deliver the minimum support price (MSP) declared by the Centre to farmers. But now, NAFED has been tasked with purchasin

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How No Food Waste works to redistribute surplus food to the needy in Tamil Nadu -Nahla Nainar

ecting and redistributing the food. NFW will roll out the same plan in the other centres soon,” he adds. NFW has also been working closely with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). “A new regulation has made it mandatory for hotels and caterers to register with a food recovery organisation in their city, which will make it easier for us to control wastage,” says Padmanabhan. “A lot of effort goes into produc

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Pesticide consumption a leading cause of suicides worldwide: Report -Rohan Gupta

f suicide and suicidal people often ingested the most accessible poison. In high income countries, the poisons most frequently ingested for self-poisoning were painkillers, tranquilisers or anti-depreSSAnts which weren’t that fatal and led to fewer deaths, the report said. On the other hand, in LMICs, pesticides were a popular choice which could have a similar fatality rate as that of firearms and hanging. The report identified multiple risk

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Getting the economy to turn around -Ajay Shankar

nomy is far steeper than what most observers had expected. The government has announced a set of measures for revival. It has also indicated that more are in the pipeline. For this to have become neceSSAry within weeks of the presentation of the Budget is not normal. The measures announced, including the immediate provision of ?70,000 crore to public sector banks, should inject enough liquidity into the system to make credit readily available throu

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UNHRC asks India to end lockdown in J&K -Kallol Bhattacharjee

-The Hindu Michelle Bachelet also asked India to ensure that the National Register of Citizens verification in ASSAm does not leave the people Stateless Geneva: The UN Human Rights Council urged India on Monday to end the lockdown in Kashmir and restore basic communications services. Delivering the Opening Statement, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet noted the situation in Kashmir and A More »

Throttled at the grass roots -TR Raghunandan

governance functions are formally assigned by law to local governments, backed by adequate transfer of a basket of financial grants and tax handles, and they are given staff so that they have the neceSSAry wherewithal to carry out their responsibilities. Above all, local governments are to report primarily to their voters, and not so much to higher level departments. Yet, none of this has happened, by a long shot. Where did we go wrong? Was the sys

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