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Campaign to move focus away from nationalism to 'real issues'

r Martyrs’ Day. The “Desh Mera, Vote Mera, Mudda Mera” campaign will aim to move the focus away from nationalism to “real issues” such as farm distress, unemployment, education, hate crimes and growing inequality, said leaders of the coalition. They blamed Opposition parties for being passive and unable to reverse the “hijacking of the election agenda”. ‘BJP playing politics’ “The B

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No onion and garlic in midday meals -Tanu Kulkarni

diary of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), despite the latter’s refusal to use the two ingredients. In November last year, the Department of Primary and Secondary education had directed the foundation to use onion and garlic in food preparations. When the foundation refused to do so, the CEO of Bengaluru (Urban) Zilla Panchayat put the MoU, which had to be signed in April 2018, on hold. In Bengaluru alone, APF p

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Growth in Agri GVA deflator shows a declining trend in comparison to growth in other sectoral GVA deflators

r seed) on average between 2016-17 and 2018-19. Based on data analysis, that news alert also demonstrated how the rural areas have witnessed a higher rate of inflation in services (such as health and education) vis-à-vis the rate of inflation in Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI). A similar picture emerges if we check the performance of Agri Gross Value Added (GVA) deflator vis-à-vis other sectoral GVA deflators. After calculating the

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'Access to formal credit increases income of farmers' -TV Jayan

ncluded 14th Agricultural Science Congress here. Agricultural households’ access to institutional credit is influenced by a number of socio-economic, institutional and policy factors such as education, caste affiliation, gender and assets ownership. Please click here to read more.

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'How do fans produce wind?': New Kerala helpline is encouraging children to ask questions -TA Ameerudheen

an observation made by historian and social scientist Rajan Gurukkal. While delivering a speech on the “history of learning” in Kozhikode in February, Gurukkal had said that India’s education system did not encourage students to ask questions and this should be changed. Sajeev is a much sought after orator on science and related topics. Over the years, he noticed that children, especially those in higher classes, were reluctant to

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A strange paradox for Indian women -Sonalde Desai

-The Hindu Better education is not leading to better job opportunities, marriage prospects or freedom of movement Abigail Adams, wife of the second President of the U.S. and mother of the sixth President, wrote to her husband, “If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to foment a rebellion.” As last year’s #MeToo movement and Sabarimala protests showed, perhaps Indian women are echoing her

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In poll season, government stops cut in SC/ST, OBC faculty -Manash Pratim Gohain

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The Union cabinet on Thursday approved an ordinance to restore the system of reservation for SCs, STs and OBCs for teaching positions in higher education institutions, with the university or college being considered as one unit instead of treating the department as one. The Central educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers' Cadre) Ordinance, 2019 will restore t

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Poorest of poor and uneducated women left behind in ICDS

child-care centres to young children and pregnant women and lactating mothers. These services include supplementary nutrition, referral services, immunisation, health check-up, pre-school non-formal education and health and nutrition education. The study analyses the findings of the National Family Health Survey 2005-2006 and 2015-2016 to compare the coverage of ICDS over a 10-year period. During thi

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Prof. Guy Standing, economist at the School Of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (

entially you have up to 8% without raising tax rates at all to reallocate toward a basic income scheme. However, I am not advocating the dismantling of social welfare schemes like health services and education. They are essential. * But why dismantle an existing welfare infrastructure in India which includes, among others, food subsidy and employment guarantee, in order to promote basic income? I am an economist. I don’t like paternalism,

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Ensure a minimum income for all -Ram Singh

n even more ambitious version of the scheme. Where it will work The UBI is neither an antidote to the vagaries of market forces nor a substitute for basic public services, especially health and education. Besides, there is no need to transfer money to middle- and high-income earners as well as large landowners. However, there is a strong case for direct income transfers to some groups: landless labourers, agricultural workers and marginal far

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