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The SDG India Index -- Can bold global ambition be translated into effective ground reality? -Mitu Sengupta

rgeted developing countries alone. This is a radical shift that transforms the concept of ‘development’ — especially ‘sustainable development’ — into one that is pertinent not only to the global South, but to all countries, rich and poor. Despite its many revolutionary features, however, the SDGs suffer from a fundamental weakness. They constitute a voluntary agreement rather than a binding treaty, which means th

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Maharashtra drought: Year's first cattle camp already home to over 7,000 animals -Kavitha Iyer

-The Indian Express The first cattle camp of the 2018-2019 drought opened unusually early on January 1, long before the advent of the summer, and is already home to over 7,000 animals who will live at the camp until the monsoon arrives. Mhaswad (Satara, Maharashtra): THEIR JERSEY cows and Murrah buffaloes now their lifeline in a worsening drought, 1,400 families from villages in Satara’s Maan taluka have moved with their animals to a cattle camp near Mhaswad, unable to provide ade

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Neither Private Schools nor Technology Will Solve India's Learning Crisis -Rakesh Kumar Rajak and Martin Haus

ecome rich. The wealth to begin with, for example, was much higher in one group. An increase of Rs 1 lakh for someone valued at Rs 10 crore might still be below inflation. A Rs 400 increase over a starting balance of Rs 5,000, however, would be quite impressive. Look at “value-added” for similar children What we really care about is the “value added” for similar wealth in different banks (like an interest rate). The same

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Study reveals caste-based segregation in Bengaluru -Mohit M Rao

-The Hindu In 40% of blocks, SC/ST community constitutes less than 5% of residents Bengaluru: A first-of-its-kind snapshot of the distribution of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes community in the city reveals a patchwork of caste-segregated neighbourhoods where socio-economically backward castes are ghettoised. Older areas such as Malleswaram or Basavanagudi exhibit a caste-based pattern, perhaps due to urban planning where caste segregation was inculcated by design a century ago

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E-buses to hit Kerala roads next month -S Anil Radhakrishnan

-The Hindu Electric buses to be revamped after Sabarimala season THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) will launch 10 zero-emission and noiseless air-conditioned battery electric vehicles (BEVs) on the Thiruvananthapuram- Ernakulam-Thiruvananthapuram route from February 1. The environment-friendly Olectra-BYD’s electric bus, manufactured under the ‘Make in India’ initiative and wet-leased by the KSRTC for 10 years, is being deployed

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States must compete with each other on the basis of good governance: NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman

-The Hindu Business Line NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar on Friday indicated that there has been progress in the efforts to empower States to compete and improve on the basis of governance. “If States have to derive democratic dividends, the only way is to facilitate them to compete with each on the basis of good governance. There is good news that States in the country are beginning to take NITI Aayog’s rankings on social and economic parameters seriously,” he sai

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Maharashtra government again takes steps to amend APMC Act -Radheshyam Jadhav

-The Hindu Business Line In an effort to reintroduce the bill seeking amendments in the Agricultural Produce Marketing (Development and Regulation) Act, the Maharashtra government has started discussions with stakeholders, including farmers’ leaders, traders and mathadi workers (head loaders). In the first meeting recently conducted by State Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, farmers’ leaders and traders reached an agreement on scrapping cess on the produce brought and trade

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Shut for 3 months for Kumbh, UP tanneries face losses, cancelled orders -Avaneesh Mishra

-The Indian Express At least 2 lakh people are employed in these units. Most are daily-wage workers and migrants, and many have gone back home. Kanpur: The roads are empty and the local market closed in Kanpur’s Jajmau locality, with around 130 of its 249 registered tanneries ordered shut due to the Kumbh Mela and the production at others cut by half. One month into the order, and with 60 more days to go till they can begin operations, after the Kumbh Mela ends, the owners say

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Meat shops will be 150 metres away from religious places in Delhi: SDMC

ndian Express The proposal, passed during the standing committee meeting, also increased licence fee for meat shops from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000. It also made it mandatory to procure a no-objection certificate from the area councillor for licence. New Delhi: The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) Friday approved the meat policy, which states that there should be at least 150 metres between meat shops and a religious place. The proposal, p

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Diets have to change, intake of nuts, fruits and veggies has to be increased: EAT-Lancet commission -Anuradha Mascarenhas

-The Indian Express The new daily dietary pattern of a planetary health diet consists of approximately 35 per cent of calories as whole grains and tubers but also includes approximately 14 grams of red meat per day and 500 grams per day of vegetables and fruits. Pune: Can we eat in a way that works for our planet as well as our bodies, asks the EAT-Lancet commission that has brought together 37 experts from 16 countries to develop, for the first time, global scientific targets for healt

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