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Demonetisation effect: Demand for cash rises 7%, says RBI -Advait Rao Palepu

-Business Standard Over the past four years, through its twin policies of Jan Dhan Yojana and demonetisation, the govt has taken neceSSAry steps to expand banking services substantially. Mumbai: People’s demand for cash continues to head northwards compared to pre-demonetisation levels despite the frequency of digital transactions going up and a substantial increase in bank deposits since November 2016. Currency with the public (CwP),

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Jharkhand government not happy with direct transfer of food subsidy -Sanjoy Dey

-Hindustan Times State food minister Saryu Roy said the state’s recommendation for cancelling the pilot project for direct transfer of food subsidy will be forwarded to the Centre this week. Ranchi: The BJP ruled Jharkhand government has decided to ask the Centre to withdraw its pilot project for direct transfer of food subsidy into account of beneficiaries in place of ration as it was causing immense trouble to the poor and was violating the National Food Security law, said state

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In ASSAm, a government-appointed panel suggests farmland be reserved for 'indigenous people' -Arunabh Saikia The committee goes on to list the ‘basic elements’ that make an individual indigenous to ASSAm. The transfer of agricultural land should be restricted to people indigenous to the state, a committee appointed by the ASSAm government in February 2017 for “ensuring the protection of land rights of indigenous people” has recommended in a report submitted in January. T

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No horn, please: How street noise is hurting our health -Sanchita Sharma

eart attack, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung infections like pneumonia, and cancers of the lung and respiratory tract. What is less known is that traffic noise adds to this inceSSAnt vehicular aSSAult on human health. Revving motors, ceaseless honking, overloaded vehicles and blaring music not just damage the health of commuters but also those who live or work around busy roads. An

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Malaysia scraps GST, experts advise caution to Indian govt -Dilasha Seth

ented in July last year. Although the development in Malaysia may not have any direct impact on India, experts suggest the government should closely study the Malaysian experience, take ‘neceSSAry precautions’, and come up with additional reforms to expand GST in a phased manner. “Events unfolding in Malaysia are unprecedented and quite interesting. Rolling back the GST system, which is only three years old there, would be chal

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Set to lose farms to bullet train: Maharashtra's tribals protest dilution of land alienation laws -Kavitha Iyer

: EARLY this month, Raghunath Sutar (32), a Warli tribal from Dahanu taluka in Palghar district, was at the office of the district collector when his neighbours in Sakhare village sent him WhatsApp meSSAges and photographs of a team of officials insisting on conducting a survey of privately owned farmlands. “There were policemen, and also riot control police. We were at the Collectorate to discuss our opposition to losing any land for the bul

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Premium delayed, farmer denied -Ashok Gulati & Siraj HuSSAin

-The Indian Express Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana does not inspire confidence of farmers. They have to wait for months, sometimes years to get compensation. This article is the second in the series assessing the performance of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre in the agri-food space over the last four years. The first one appeared in this newspaper on May 2 (IE, ‘Four years of neglecting farmers’). Here we look at the BJP’s promise in its manifesto, namely, &l

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Delhi food minister 'shocked' to learn many ration cards cancelled by food commissioner -Alok KN Mishra

fairs stopping ration of many beneficiaries who did not avail their entitled ration for three consecutive months from January to March this without the approval of the food minister, minister Imran HuSSAin has hit out at the new food commissioner Mohanjeet Singh and said that he is shocked over it.   “I am shocked. The circular of this effect says that their ration is being stopped from May 2018 and verification would now be done

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Southern comfort: India's global poverty rank improves -Suvojit Bagchi

% incidence of poverty. Jharkhand (36%), Uttar Pradesh (31%), Rajasthan (31%) and Odisha (29%) are also above the national average (21%), as are the other big States — Madhya Pradesh (28%) and ASSAm (25%). The key southern States performed exceedingly well. Kerala has an MDP of 1%, Tamil Nadu (6%), Karnataka (11%), Telangana (14%) and Andhra Pradesh (13%) are also significantly low. Dr. Siddiqui notes that “it is clear” from th

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Call for ordinance on SC, ST Act -P Samuel Jonathan

o this awareness. In Andhra, the Communist movement had made its contribution. Unrest The process faced stiff resistance initially. But the Paramakudi, the Ramanathapuram riots and the brutal maSSAcre in Kilvenmani (all in Tamil Nadu) and the Kanchikacharla and Karemchedu incidents in Andhra Pradesh led to unrest, he said. “Following Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s direction, I as special commissioner for Scheduled Castes and S.R. Sank

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