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These nomads from AP's Krishna district will vote for the first time -T Appala Naidu

e. Until now, no political party has considered the Yanadi tribe’s votes as significant. In the existing political scenario, the Yanadis are likely to draw attention from all the political parties competing in Machilipatnam. “Many in the age group of 20-40 would be voting for the first time in the forthcoming elections,” Mr. Vijaya Babu said.   The Hindu, 21 March, 2019, please click here to access

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ECI stalls Karnataka farm loan waiver scheme till the end of election process -Sharath S Srivatsa

-The Hindu Decision to stop the scheme for now was based on opinion that unlike other schemes announced in the budget, this scheme entails cash transfer to beneficiaries, “which could sway them weeks before polling.” Bengaluru: The farm loan waiver scheme of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government has been stalled temporarily by the Election Commission of India after the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha election came into force. The Commission indicat

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Political parties yet to comply with rti Act -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu SC to hear petitioner next week In a time of deep political polarisation, refusing to comply with the rti Act seems to be one of the few issues that has united national parties across the ideological spectrum. Despite a June 2013 ruling from the Central Information Commission (CIC) that they fall within the ambit of the transparency law, parti More »

Reality of impunity, rhetoric of human rights -Maja Daruwala & Devika Prasad

-The Hindu Isolated innovations are not enough to stop cases of custodial torture In May 2017, addressing representatives from countries at the UN’s Human Rights Council, the then Attorney General of India said, “The concept of torture is completely alien to our culture and it has no place in the governance of the nation.” Last week in Sitamarhi district, Bihar, two families received the bodies of their two sons from the police. The two men were questioned at the Dum

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A short history of data -Nikhil Menon

-The Hindu Why the recent undermining of the credibility of India’s statistical output is especially regrettable Over the past two months, Indian national statistics and the organisations that administer them have faced a volley of criticism. In January, two independent members of the National Statistical Commission resigned in protest, over alleged suppression of economic data by the government. More recently, amidst growing scepticism regarding India’s official statistics,

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Rajasthan alleges Centre's discriminatory attitude towards farmers

-The Hindu Jaipur: The Congress government in Rajasthan has accused the Centre of adopting a “discriminatory attitude” towards the State’s farmers, reflected in the lower targets set for procurement of mustard and gram on minimum support prices in comparison with the national average. A ceiling of 25-quintal purchase on a day has been set for the farmers. State Cooperative Minister Udai Lal Anjana has taken up the matter with Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Si

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About 44% of PM-KISAN beneficiaries await payment from Centre -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu New Delhi: With just 10 days to go for the first payout deadline under PM-KISAN, only 2.74 crore farm families, or about 56% of the total list of 4.92 crore names submitted by States, have been paid so far. The remaining 2.18 crore farm families are still awaiting processing or are caught somewhere within a four-stage validation process set up belatedly to weed out fakes. The scheme to pay Rs. 6,000 per year to small farming families was introduced less than a month before the

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PM Modi's pet schemes underperforming in Gujarat: Report -Avinash Nair

scheme, while Stand-Up India, which facilitates loans for people from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes as well as women, and the MUDRA loan scheme had been underperforming, the report said. Advertising Stress faced by certain industries as well as drought were found to be the reasons that some districts performed poorly. Underachievement of targets of the “PSBloansin59minutes” scheme—floated to provide micro, small and mediu

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Gujarat: 'Murdered' journalist used to file rtis -Sohini Ghosh and Parimal A Dabhi

-The Indian Express The police collected papers related to the rti applications that he filed “as evidence for the investigation” on Tuesday, from his home. Ahmedabad: TV9 copy editor Chirag Patel, 26, whose charred body was found on Saturday from near a canal on Ahmedabad’s outskirts, used to regularly file rtis — one of them seeking details of how MPLAD (Members of Parliam

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National male workforce shrinking, says labour report that Govt buried -Jay Mazoomdaar

-The Indian Express 2017-18 data shows 28.6 crore employed male, down from 30.4 crore in 2011-12. The yet -to-be-released PLFS report put the unemployment rate for male in urban and rural segments at 7.1 per cent and 5.8 per cent, respectively.   For the first time since 1993-94, the actual size of India’s male workforce, or men who are working, has shrunk. Data from the NSSO’s Periodic Labour Force Survey 2017-18, reviewed by The Indian Express, account

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