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Publishers fear red tape, censorship, Govt gets a warning -Ritika Chopra

-The Indian Express New and tough rules on ISBN prompt global body to react THE HRD Ministry risks losing its role of distributing International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) to publishers in India amid complaints of red-tapism and fears of censorship by the government. On March 29, in a letter sent to Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey, the ISBN International Agency warned that it is “seriously considering” revoking the ministry’s appointment as the agency

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India fails to protect property rights of indigenous and rural women, says report

;Although the act recognises the inheritability of Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers' land, women's inheritance is not explicitly acknowledged, making women's rights to forests particularly vulnerable.” The gender disparity in FRA, 2006 in the implementation has been highlighted previously by Down To Earth. The FRA, 2006 in India is one of only two legal frameworks (out of 80) where women's community-level voting and l

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India's pulse dilemma -Uttam Gupta

rition, especially for vegetarians. It is also a critical component for the diet of the poor. This nutrition-poor link, which is juxtaposed with hike in price, has also been exploited by opposition parties to take pot shots and tarnish the image of the ruling establishment to secure political mileage (as seen during Assembly elections in Bihar and Delhi, 2015.) To deal with the situation, the Narendra Modi Government increased the Minimum Support P

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Say no to GM mustard -TSR Subramanian

igher yield and lower pesticide usage which induced many, including myself as Textile Secretary to the Government of India in the 1990s, to welcome Bt cotton have now been belied. Despite increased fertilisers and irrigation, the expectations of enhanced cotton yield have not been realised. Most of the countries that have higher cotton yields than India do not grow GM cotton. The package of promises sold to us did not reveal all of this. If I had an i

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Farm policy: Dis-ease of doing the business of agriculture -Pravesh Sharma

-The Indian Express As the Modi government completes three years, here are three potentially game-changing steps it could now take to harness the sector’s unrealised potential Amidst the predictable tidal wave of opinion pieces to mark the Narendra Modi government’s third anniversary, one little event last week squeezed its way into the inside pages of a few newspapers. This was a call for a “farm strike” in Maharashtra from June 1, entailing, among other things,

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400 benami deals spotted, Rs 530 crore properties seized

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: The income tax department identified more than 400 benami transactions up to May 23 and immovable properties were attached in 40 cases valued at over Rs 530 crore as the authorities stepped up their fight against black money. Sources said 200 other properties were also identified as part of an ambitious crackdown on benami assets. They added that searches were conduct

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Rajasthan bats for super-grain quinoa -TV Jayan

-The Hindu Business Line Crop gets Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1 lakh per quintal Jaipur: As part of its crop diversification efforts, Rajasthan will encourage over 50,000 farmers to take up cultivation of super foodgrain quinoa this year, said State Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu Lal Saini. Rajasthan State Seeds Corporation, which engaged some farmers to grow quinoa seeds on an experimental basis, has managed to raise over 20,000 quintals of seed for this year. “We p

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The hazards of farm loan waivers -Tanika Chakraborty and Aarti Gupta

-Livemint.com Research provides evidence that a blanket farm loan waiver scheme is detrimental to the development of credit markets The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2017 state elections in Uttar Pradesh with a thumping majority and once again, the state government has a debt-waiver package ready to be implemented. The BJP’s electoral manifesto had committed to write off loans of small and marginal farmers, which would approximately cost the government Rs37,000 crore, accord

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Cropping Monsanto's patent rights -Vivian Fernandes

pecies to be patented. It excludes biological processes for production or propagation of plants and animals. The ASG says GM traits like insect resistance or herbicide tolerance, or methods of inserting them into plants, can be patented. But, once they are implanted, they become part of the plant and hence cannot be patented under IPA. Moreover, since the implanted genetic traits are passed on to subsequent generations through biological processes,

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Aadhaar goof-up merges birthdays

the years of birth," said Neeraj Dubey, the block development officer of Kanjasa, around 50km from Allahabad The official said the inquiry would focus on how an error of "such huge proportions" occurred. Dubey said there was speculation the software for the cards was so designed as to automatically allocate January 1 as the birth date for those not aware of the day they were born. That, however, did not explain why those who had

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