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Solar Pumps Are Still Pumps, Pose Risk to Groundwater -Rosamma Thomas

oods this monsoon, there might seem little reason to dwell on groundwater depletion. Yet, government policy might be putting the already over-used groundwater at greater risk. In 2012, United Nations educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Water Development Report showed that India is the world’s largest extractor of groundwater. Over 60% of all irrigation water is groundwater, and a bulk of domestic water used in urban

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Death toll rises to 92 in rain-battered Kerala

ndicating isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall (64.5 to 204.4 mm) is in place for Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod districts on Wednesday. A holiday has been declared for educational institutions in Alappuzha, Idukki, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Malappuram, and Kannur on Wednesday. Please click here to read more.

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Why most drop-outs from IITs, IIMs are from reserved category? -Shyna Kalra

-The Indian Express In terms of IITs, the maximum dropouts are seen in IIT-Delhi, while at IIMs, most dropouts took place at IIM Indore followed by IIM Kashipur. At IIM-Kashipur, all the dropouts in the past two years were reserved-category students. Out of 2,461 students who dropped out from Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in the last two years, 371 students were from the Scheduled Caste (SC), 199 from the Scheduled Tribe (ST) and 601 from the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), info

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Lessons by Shamnad Basheer -Nandini Khaitan

ndated to work with the communities they came from. His view was an emphatic no. True empowerment, he said, comes from the freedom to make one’s own choices and not just funding someone’s education. IDIA scholar Karthika Annamalai is a fine example of this belief. On completing law school, she got recruited by a top law firm. In her words, she has lived two lives: “One, of village girl who grew up in a world of sadness and desperatio

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Shamnad Basheer, My Friend And One of the Country's Brightest Legal Minds -Mahtab Alam

physically disabled persons. For me, Shamnad was more a social justice warrior than a globally-known IPR expert. He was not just the force behind Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal education (IDIA), but also Access to Legal education for Muslims in India (ALEM India). I first heard of him in 2009, when he wrote a blog about remarks made by then Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju. In o

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Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra interviewed by Sugandha Indulkar (The Times of India)

? I think the biggest challenge before tribal communities and youth in particular is to negotiate between tradition and modernity. The exponential growth in communication facilities, urbanisation, education and exposure has led to a rise in aspirations among tribal communities which may not be in consonance with their traditional way of life. The real challenge for policy makers and the communities is to ensure improved access to health, More »

Data doesn't support Amit Shah's claim that Article 370 deprived J&K of development -Rukmini S Despite being ruled by BJP for the longest time, Hindi belt states lag far behind Jammu & Kashmir on education and various other indicators. There is no doubt that the Narendra Modi government’s decision to remove special rights for Jammu and Kashmir’s administration and to convert the state into two Union Territories is ideological and political. The removal of Articles 370 and 35A has been a lynchpin of the BJP&r

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Changes in Motor Vehicle law could open floodgates to graft: Experts -Dipak K Dash

n ATM for enforcement agencies,” traffic safety expert Rohit Baluja has written to transport minister Nitin Gadkari and home minister Amit Shah. Baluja, who heads the Institute for Road Traffic education, had helped the government frame the latest road regulation rules, which defines the responsibility of each road user and enforcement agency. Please click here to read more.

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Body blows to Indian education -Debaditya Bhattacharya

he colossal failure that the draft NEP is fated to be In her budget speech on July 5, the finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, reiterated the government’s plan of bringing in a new National education Policy, thereby initiating “major changes in both school and higher education”. Her announcement comes close on the heels of a draft NEP published by the ministry of human resource develop

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Gender gap narrows in migration for jobs -Abhishek Jha

-Hindustan Times Across various education levels, men are more likely to migrate for work than women, according to the data, although there has been some improvement. New Delhi: There are enough anecdotal accounts of women not being allowed to (or not wanting to) move to other towns and cities to take up jobs. Data on migration from the 2011 census that’s just been released bears these out. Across various More »

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