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Rice innovator-farmer unable to pay medical bills -Bhavika Jain

-The Times of India MUMBAI: In a glaring case of apathy, ailing self-trained farm innovator Dadaji Khobragade (80), who revolutionized paddy farming by developing the high yielding variety of rice called HMT, is struggling to meet his medical expenses. His family has been forced to make a public appeal for donations for just Rs 2 lakh to pay for his hospitalisation. Khobragade, who hails from Nanded village in Nagbid tehsil of eastern Chandrapur, has received more than 100 awards, includ

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Demonetisation effect: Demand for cash rises 7%, says RBI -Advait Rao Palepu

-Business Standard Over the past four years, through its twin policies of Jan Dhan Yojana and demonetisation, the govt has taken necessary steps to expand banking services substantially. Mumbai: People’s demand for cash continues to head northwards compared to pre-demonetisation levels despite the frequency of digital transactions going up and a substantial increase in bank deposits since November 2016. Currency with the public (CwP), or people’s demand for cash or currenc

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Centre allows import of pulses despite farmers sitting on huge stocks -Rajesh Bhayani

Minister Narendra Modi went to Mozambique in July 2016 when pulse prices in India went through the roof. He signed an MoU with the country to import tur and other pulses for three financial years starting from 2016-17 (100,000 tons), through 2017-18 (125,000 tons) and (150,000 tons) in 2018-19. Last Tuesday, DGFT announced an import quota of 150,000 tons of tur (other pulses) from Mozambique. Devendra Vora of Navi Mumbai-based Friendship Traders s

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The Invisible Majority -Vedeika Shekhar

These continue to cite marriage as the primary reason for women migration. Consequently, such surveys treat women as secondary earners and ignore her other motivations for migration and her labour participation post migration. Due to the male-centricity of such surveys, the dynamics underlying female migration do not recognise women as economic actors and their experiences in migration remains unexplored. While poor migrants in general face the de

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Delay in MGNREGA wages, compensation unacceptable: SC

-IANS New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Centre, in consultation with states, to prepare an "urgent time bound mandatory programme" to make the payment of wages and compensation to the workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). A bench of Justice M.B. Lokur and Justice N.V. Ramana made it clear and directed that in terms of the MGNREGA and Schedule II thereof a "worker is entitled to payment of wages within a fortni

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Tackle 'hate campaign' during polls: Ex-CECs to EC -Bharti Jain

mission tackle them at source by persuading sites such as Twitter and Facebook to block them “in public interest”. Alternatively, they suggested, the poll panel could engage with the parties to convince them to practise self-regulation on hateful propaganda. During a two-hour meeting with the former CECs and one ex-election commissioner, organised by the EC to elicit their suggestions on issues of concern like growing use of money-power

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Civil society activists are disappointed with the recent Supreme Court judgement on MGNREGA in Swaraj Abhiyan PIL

he Morcha and PAEG are peeved about two things in this regard: (1) Not setting up explicit orders to clear the pending delay compensation in a time bound manner is distressing. (2) Not explicitly apportioning accountability structures on the Centre for delays in funds release to the states. The Morcha and PAEG are also disappointed by the failure of the Court to take cognizance of the brazen violations of its earlier orders in this case. On 13 May

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Telangana 2nd, AP 4th most corrupt states: Survey -U Sudhakar Reddy

-The Times of India HYDERABAD: Telangana is the second most poor performing state in curbing corruption in availing public services, according to a CMS-India Corruption Study 2018. The report released on Friday revealed that Andhra Pradesh has been ranked at number four in the corruption perception index. Alok Srivastava of CMS India told TOI: “This is the 12th round of the study. We have used different sub indicators to arrive at a score. Tamil Nadu topped the table of corrupt st

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Close to a quarter of households in 13 states have faced corruption in 2018, shows a recent study

CMS report has some good news in store, as well. Based on a survey conducted in both rural and urban areas across 13 states, the recently released India Corruption Study 2018 has found that the proportion of households experiencing corruption while availing any of the nine public services has almost halved - from 52 percent in 2005 to 27 percent in 2018. The public services which have been availed between 2005 and 2018 are: Public Distribution System

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In Assam, a government-appointed panel suggests farmland be reserved for 'indigenous people' -Arunabh Saikia

-Scroll.in The committee goes on to list the ‘basic elements’ that make an individual indigenous to Assam. The transfer of agricultural land should be restricted to people indigenous to the state, a committee appointed by the Assam government in February 2017 for “ensuring the protection of land rights of indigenous people” has recommended in a report submitted in January. The Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state has said that it would implement the rec

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