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Sugarcane dues: A Maha-Glut problem -Parthasarathi Biswas

leared well before that,” says Shekhar Gaikwad, the state’s sugar commissioner, who has issued 74 recovery orders against 58 mills this year. That threat — of auctioning the properties of the defaulting mills and recovering their cane dues as arrears of land revenue — has seemingly worked. As on July 15, Maharashtra’s mills had paid Rs 22,367.53 crore out of the Rs 23,173.29 crore of dues to growers, based on the fair

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Wage clarification with consultation pledge

-The Telegraph Labour minister Santosh Gangwar said that Rs 178 would be the minimum wage New Delhi: An existing tripartite advisory committee of employers, employees’ unions and state government officials will determine a national-level minimum wage that will be binding on all states after the passage of a draft law, the Centre said on Wednesday. Labour minister Santosh Gangwar had last week said that the government would table a Cod

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India may have to revise downwards 'potential' growth rate from 7-8%: ex-CEA -TCA Sharad Raghavan

growth in the 2011-17 period had been overestimated by 2.5 percentage points and that the actual growth rate was about 4.5%. The original paper drew a lot of criticism over its methodology and assertions. The follow-up paper, the key highlights of which Mr. Subramanian had presented in a lecture earlier this month, is an attempt to address those criticisms. While the paper goes into some detail in addressing the statistical issues raised about the

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Oral health given short shrift: study

-The Hindu Situation is the most bleak in low-income countries, says Lancet report “Oral diseases present a major global public health burden, affecting 3.5 billion people worldwide, yet oral health has been largely ignored by the global health community,” noted a new Lancet Series on Oral Health. The report warns that with a treat-over-prevent model, modern dentistry has failed to combat the global challenge of oral diseases, giving rise to calls for the radical reform of

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Wayanad's tribal hamlets one step from 100% literacy -EM Manoj

sidents, including 2,590 women, made progress and took the literacy test recently. The project is now focussed on the remaining 1,517 hamlets in the third phase, and it has attracted wide public participation, Dr. Sreekala said. Classes will begin soon here. Instructors play a key role in spreading literacy, and they are to be recruited from among the residents themselves. The quest is to identify those who speak various indigenous languages

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Residents of illegal colonies to get ownership rights: Delhi CM

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Thursday that residents of 1,797 unauthorised colonies of Delhi will soon get ownership rights to their properties. The bonanza comes a few months before assembly elections in Delhi and two days after the Union housing and urban affairs ministry circulated a Cabinet proposal for formulating a framework for the exercise. The cut-off date for regularisation of these

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Former CEA rubbishes government arguments; sticks to claim of India overestimating GDP growth

-PTI In a new paper 'Validating India's GDP Growth Estimates', Arvind Subramanian said he had indicated his doubts on the growth numbers in the Economic Survey in 2015 as well as mid-year Economic Analysis. New Delhi: Sticking to his analysis that India’s economic growth has been overestimated, Arvind Subramanian said he had raised doubts about the GDP numbers in 2015 when he was the chief economic adviser of the Modi government as he found inconsistency between projected growth a

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Major farmer unions of India resolved to uphold farmers' seed rights

s and farmer leaders re-examine the PepsiCo India legal cases against nine potato farmers of Gujarat and come up with an action plan to prevent any recurrences in future. The Conference saw the participation of farmers’ leaders from different states of India, like Rakesh Tikait, Yudhvir Singh and Dharmendar Malik of Bhartiya Kisan Union, Badri Narayan Chaudhary of Bha More »

Gujarat potato farmers case: Agriculture Ministry issues notice to PepsiCo -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu Following application to revoke registration of potato variety used for Lays chips Food and beverage giant PepsiCo India has been slapped with a notice from a central agency under the Agriculture Ministry regarding an application to revoke the registration of its potato variety used to make its trademark Lays chips. The application was filed by Kavitha Kuruganti, a convenor of the Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture. The notice, which The Hindu has viewed, was

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A new mandi tax -Harish Damodaran

it as deduction in the computation of income from profits and gains of business. However, this provision was explicitly stated as not applicable to payments made to producers for purchase of farm, horticulture, livestock, fish and forest produce. The second was the introduction of a new section 269ST, prohibiting any person from receiving Rs 2 lakh or more in cash in a single day. This section, read with the previously noted amendment, made it cle

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