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Aadhaar or else -Jean Dreze

-The Indian Express In Jharkhand, ABBA was first made compulsory for PDS users in Ranchi district in August 2016. By June 2017, it was mandatory in about 80 per cent of the ration shops across the state. This meant, of course, that Aadhaar itself was compulsory — no Aadhaar, no food. Recent events in Jharkhand shed some useful light on the damage done by compulsory biometric authentication in the Public Distribution System (PDS). This is increasingly a countrywide problem. The rea

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Unutilised forest wealth generates huge revenue for Rajasthan's tribals

-IANS UDAIPUR: Farming has rarely been a viable proposition in Rajasthan's dry and hilly Udaipur region. A new way has now been found to provide sustainable sustenance for the area's tribals by enabling them to sell -- for a staggering Rs 189 crore ($29 million) in the last two years -- minor forest produce (MFP) that is abundant in the area and has remained unutilised for almost nine decades. According to officials, collection of MFP such as amla (wild gooseberry), fruit of the mahua (b

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Paddy stubble: The 'burning' conundrum -Shailly Kedia

According to the law, violators can be booked for disobedience of order duly promulgated by the government under Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act. However, paddy straw burning is still pertinent in the region as there is little translation of these punitive provisions and measures into action. Farmers while conscious of the negative impact on the environment and public health, in absence of viable alternatives, have no other option exc

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The roots of the crisis in the seed industry -Ram Kaundinya

e decades after independence. Policy reforms like the New Policy On Seed Development (1988) and New Industrial Policy (1991), and advances made by science and technology, provided an impetus to the participation of the private sector in the Indian seed industry and private investments helped India benefit from hybrid seed technology and biotechnology. However, according to the Rabobank report (2006), India’s top 10 seed firms accounted for ju

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Dengue patient dies, parents billed Rs 16 lakh for 2 weeks in ICU -Durgesh Nandan Jha

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Fortis Memorial Research Institute (Gurgaon) charged the family of a seven-year-old dengue patient almost Rs 16 lakh for 15 days in the ICU, but the girl died while being shifted from Fortis to Rockland Hospital. Union health minister J P Nadda on Monday assured the bereaved family of action in the matter following an uproar on social media sites. Fo More »

Thousands of farmers protest in Delhi -Soumya Pillai

brella of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) around 184 farmer groups from across states such as Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Telangana participated in the protest walk. Yogendra Yadav, the national president of Swaraj India political party and a member of the Swaraj Abhiyan, spearheaded the march from the Ramlila Maidan till Parliament Street for the ‘Kisan Mukti Sansad’.

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Aadhaar data is fully safe, assures UIDAI

ernment welfare schemes or other services. "Aadhaar data is fully safe and secure and there has been no data leak or breach at UIDAI," the authority said in response to a report based on rti that 210 government website made Aadhaar information public. "There was no breach or leakage of Aadhaar data from UIDAI database or server...," it said in a statement. The UIDAI had said in the rti

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Egg on the boil! Prices shoot up 40%

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Hit by tight supply in the many states, egg prices in the country have increased by up to 40 per cent. Poultry Federation of India President Ramesh Katri on Monday said, "the prices have jumped by up to 40 per cent to Rs 7-7.50 per piece in retail markets in most parts of the country, hit by tight supply." He added that the upward trend would continue in coming months as egg production is likely to be lower by 25-30 per cent this year. "Eg

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Delhi,NCR towns need to fight air pollution together -Shivani Singh

es that at least 13 thermal power plants, with a capacity to produce 11,000 MW of electricity, are located within a 300km radius of Delhi. These coal-fired units are major contributors of secondary particles or a super-toxic mix of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide gases. A month away from the deadline for implementing new emission norms for thermal plants as notified by the Union Environment ministry two years ago, the government has made no effor

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Onion tears and how to wipe them -Ashok Gulati & Siraj Hussain

es that have not kept pace with rising production. Also, the traditional storage practices incur losses as high as 40 per cent. While Maharashtra used the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana and National Horticulture Mission and created 42,282 low-cost onion storage structures with a capacity of 9.65 lakh tonnes, there is hardly any storage facility in MP. No wonder, MP farmers suffered most in a bumper onion crop year. However, modern cold storages, as bei

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