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GST rate cut: Union Cabinet gives nod, monitor will guard against profiteering -Aanchal Magazine

-The Indian Express The authority will have the power to cancel registration of any entity or business if it fails to pass on the benefit of lower taxes under the GST regime to consumers. New Delhi: THE UNION Cabinet on Thursday approved the setting up of a National Anti-Profiteering Authority, a body with an overarching mandate to ensure that the reduction in tax rates under the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime gets passed on to consumers by way of lower prices. The anti-profi

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Delhi air pollution: What kind of a challenge is stubble-burning? The crisis decoded -Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma

that the root causes of the problem are identified and pathways to mitigate this phenomenon are located. In Punjab, paddy cultivation—introduced during the Green Revolution (GR) for addressing food security needs—grew exponentially, underpinned by massive institutional support by the state including assured price and marketing support. The population of the Indo-Gangetic plain is not one that consumes copious quantities of rice; thus,

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Chilling silence on pesticide poisoning -Reena Gupta

de poisoning is directly responsible for the death of at least 10,000 people every year. Most of the time these deaths are of poor people; they are not reported, or are under-reported. The organic food movement has created some awareness of residual pesticides in agricultural produce because this also affects the wealthy and informed urban population. Rural impact But the worst impact of pesticide exposure is on the health of rural folks&mdas

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Family in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly claims woman died of starvation after they were denied rations The husband said the store refused to give them foodgrains as Shakina, who was too ill to step out, was not present for biometric identification The family of a 50-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly claimed she died of starvation on Tuesday because they were denied their monthly quota of cheaper foodgrains as she could not be present at the ration shop for biometric identi

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Wholesale inflation at 6-month high of 3.59%; vegetables get 37% costlier

-PTI WPI-based inflation in September had been the highest since April's 3.85% New Delhi: Inflation at the wholesale level rose to six-month high of 3.59 per cent in October as the prices of food articles, led by onions and vegetables, rose sharply. Inflation, based on the Wholesale Price Index (WPI), was 2.60 per cent in September. In October last year, it was 1.27 per cent. Last month's inflation was the highest since April, when it

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Fast-food chicken bias finger

-The Telegraph New Delhi: An NGO claimed on Monday that several fast-food multinationals had set timelines abroad to eliminate from their food chain chicken exposed to unnecessary antibiotics but remain silent about their plans in India. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said it had found that some global giants had eliminated or would eliminate chicken exposed to medically important anti

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Apex court lens on 99 pesticides

ruganti of Bangalore, Amar Singh Azad of Punjab and V.R. Ananthasayanan of Tamil Nadu - the petition says harmful pesticides are seeping into the soil and groundwater and contaminating air, water and food. Appearing for the petitioners, senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan said the Centre and the states had ignored reports of pesticide poisoning causing a large number of deaths and prolonged illness, from cancer and reproductive disorders to mental illne

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Higher food prices accelerate retail inflation in October

nth, forecasting a rise in consumer inflation in the 4.2-4.6% range over October to March, above its medium term target of 4%. The rise in inflation was broad-based with housing, fuel & light and food & beverages contributing to the spike. Retail inflation has risen sharply in recent months – climbing from 1.46% in June, the lowest since the government started releasing numbers in January 2012. Inflation in More »

Loan waiver is not the solution -Anjani Kumar and Seema Bathla

uctivity and household income. However, such links have not been well documented in India, where emotional perceptions dominate the political decision quite often. A recent study by the International food Policy Research Institute reveals that at the national level, 48% of agricultural households do not avail a loan from any source. Among the borrowing households, 36% take credit from informal sources, especially from moneylenders who charge exorbitan

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