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The great Finance Bill trick -Niranjan Sahoo

great disappointment. First, take a close look at some of the key announcements to improve transparency in electoral funding. It is well known that a mammoth 75-80 per cent of funding for political parties come from unknown sources. The government claims that steps like the reduction of cash contribution from Rs 20,000 to Rs 2,000 and issuance of electoral bonds using cheque and digital payments would end such opacity in political donation. In reality

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Adityanath, No Stranger To Criminal Cases, Promises Safer UP -Milan Vaishnav

in criminal cases in 2007, which is roughly the current level. The same is true in Goa, where the share in 2007 is identical to today's share (23 percent). In both states, 2012 saw a jump in the proportion of MLAs facing cases. Because the affidavit regime only began in 2003, we lack hard data on older elections. For UP, however, one can rely on private reports compiled by law enforcement and Election Commission sources. What these data show is tha

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State of Agriculture in India -Tanvi Deshpande

productivity include the decreasing sizes of agricultural land holdings, continued dependence on the monsoon, inadequate access to irrigation, imbalanced use of soil nutrients resulting in loss of fertility of soil, uneven access to modern technology in different parts of the country, lack of access to formal agricultural credit, limited procurement of food grains by government agencies, and failure to provide remunerative prices to farmers. * Som

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How new law marks paradigm shift, gives mentally ill many clear rights -Abantika Ghosh

here are only two psychiatrists per 10 lakh population. The major share of psychiatric facilities lies with the government sector (especially mental hospitals), which is centred on certain areas of particular states. The psychiatric services have not yet been integrated into the primary health care system and this leaves large populations in dire need of such facilities, with no hope of effective treatment.” Please click here to read more.

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Farmers wilt under fodder, water crisis in Karnataka -Vishwanath Kulkarni & Anil Urs

er viable even in the irrigated areas, he adds. Cane output in this main producing region of South Karnakata has dwindled this year. Anticipating a shortfall in the crop, Boregowda, did not bother starting up his jaggery-making unit this year. Nagaraju, chairman of the Maharaja Producers Company, a collective of 13 coconut growers’ federation in the region, says the government should help farmers rejuvenate their plantations. The dry-belts

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No Country For Maharashtra's Dryland Farmers -Milind Murugkar

market to protect the price floor? Dryland agriculturists get the least support from the government. Lack of irrigation keeps their consumption of electricity for pumping and the consumption of fertilisers to a minimum and in many cases it is zero. So they are anyway deprived of subsidies offered for the use of these inputs. Moreover pulses like tur are the main produce of these farmers, who also often face export restrictions. So there is a moral

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Farmers welcome debt waiver and wheat buy-back announcements -Sharmila Bhowmick

-The Times of India GREATER NOIDA: The farmer community of Greater Noida welcomed Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's relief announcements in terms of debt waivers and buy back proposals of stacked up wheat produce. The twin announcements have given hope to the community which has been suffering under financial distress over last three years because of cash crunch and inclement crop damage. Adityanath's announcement of wheat purchase made yesterday at Gorakhpur came in quick succession afte

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Farm loan waiver is no solution for Indian agriculture

it market. Evidence from the 2008 farm loan waiver—implemented by the United Progressive Alliance government—shows that it can have unintended consequences. As Xavier Giné and Martin Kanz of the World Bank have shown in their study—The Economic Effects Of A Borrower Bailout: Evidence From An Emerging Market—bank lending moved away from districts with greater exposure to the loan waiver. Such outcomes can affect agricu

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Supreme Court reserves judgment on pleas seeking appointment of Lokpal

e Court Tuesday reserved its verdict on a batch of pleas seeking the appointment of Lokpal in the country. A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “We have heard the arguments of all the parties. Judgement (is) reserved.” During the hearing, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said the Lokpal cannot be appointed in the current scenario as amendments regarding the definition of the Leader of Opposition in the Lokpal Act was pending in Parli

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Giving short shrift to children's rights -Jean Dreze

-The Hindu In the last three years, important entitlements for children have been undermined by the Centre The recent notification of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, making Aadhaar compulsory for midday meals in government schools, has attracted the criticism it deserves. This notification serves no clear purpose other than to force children to get enrolled under Aadhaar. The government, unfortunately, managed to create the impression that the notification had been retracted,

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