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Social activists and political leaders demand for transparency in voting process

n India because if EVMs are not tamperproof, Indian democracy is in danger as a vote becomes valueless in the process. However, from the stage of a debate, it is the responsibility of all political parties, civil bodies and the public to carry it forward and turn it into a movement to demand the return of the ballot system. Mr Gauhar Raza (Scientist) also made an impassioned argument for the ballot system, “The constitution gave us the right to

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Data Set for Modi's '7 Million Jobs' Claim Badly Maintained, '30-40% Unclean' -Somesh Jha

9, z, with provident fund contribution against them. Soumya Kanti and Pulak briefed these facts to the PMO in a presentation made four days before making their report, ‘Towards a Payroll Reporting in India’, public on January 16. Top officials from the NITI Aayog, finance ministry, labour and employment ministry and the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation were present at the meeting. The slides in the presentation, Na

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Rajasthan withdraws Bill to gag media and shield judges, government servants -Mohammad Hamza Khan

prohibited investigation without prior sanction against “a Judge or a Magistrate or a public servant” — acting or former — for any “act done by them while acting or purporting to act in the discharge of their official duties”. Under its provisions, the media could not report on the accusation against such a person till the prosecution was given the go-ahead from the sanctioning authority. Amid strong protests,

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The silent sufferers: on Maharashtra farmer suicides -Jyoti Shelar

u yeta” (I feel very tense since my father passed away, I feel like crying all the time), says Nikita. She uses the word ‘tension’ multiple times during the conversation, unable to articulate more exactly what she feels. For the first few months, her weeping was seen as the natural reaction of a grief-stricken child. “All of us were crying,” says her grandmother, Jaibai. But Nikita failed to return to a semblance of he

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Note ban effect? Contract, casual workers worst hit in Q1FY18, says study

perienced a positive change of 61,000 New Delhi: Contractual workers and casual labourers are among the worst hit during the April-June quarter of the current financial year with manufacturing reporting 87,000 job loss, said Labour Ministry survey. However, the overall employment in the eight selected sectors as per the quarterly survey of Labour Bureau, a wing of the labour ministry, increased by 64,000 during the quarter. "In Manufacturi

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From Plate To Plough: A vision coloured green -Ashok Gulati & Ritika Juneja

lholders and the AMUL model has ensured that 75-80 per cent of the price paid by milk consumers goes to the farmers. Operation Greens wants to replicate that success story in fruit and vegetables, starting with tomatoes, onions and potatoes. The main objective of this project, according to the finance ministry, is to reduce price volatility in these commodities, thereby helping farmers augment incomes on a sustainable basis. It also aims to provide

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Quarterly Employment Survey: 87,000 manufacturing sector jobs lost in April-June 2017

-The Indian Express The overall employment in the eight sectors had seen an addition of 77,000 workers in April-June 2016 and an increase of 1.85 lakh workers in January-March 2017. Manufacturing sector recorded a loss of 87,000 jobs in April-June 2017 as against a decline of 12,000 jobs in the corresponding period in the previous year, the sixth round of Quarterly Employment Survey released by Labour Bureau showed. The overall employment in eight key sectors—manufacturing, constru

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Doctors for rural India -Soham D Bhaduri

private health-care sector continued to denude the public health system of its qualified physicians, its medical education system kept losing touch with the actual health needs of the country. Starting a short-term course in modern medicine can provide an opportunity to design a medical curriculum that is much more relevant to the nation’s needs. Its entry requirements could be based less on sheer merit and more on an aptitude for medical se

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RBI's NPA bitter pill comes with some side effects -Richa Mishra & KR Srivats

-The Hindu Business Line Bankers call for a coordinated approach to deal with the stressed loans issue New Delhi: The RBI’s revised framework for stressed loans may prove to be disastrous and seems ill timed for an economy that is just recovering from twin policy blows of demonetisation and GST implementation. Though there are long-term benefits of administering such a bitter pill, the short-term risks are significant, say bankers. “This (revised NPA framework) is one m

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Healthy competition

-The Hindu Business Line Better healthcare infrastructure, well-trained professionals, informed citizens and nutritious food score over index-induced competition The NITI Aayog’s report, Healthy States, Progressive India, made public earlier this month tells us much of what we already know: that overall, Kerala has the best set of indicators comparable with the developed world and Uttar Pradesh, the worst. That the BIMARU States are at the bottom of the pile along with Odisha. BIMA

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