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Freedom with defects -Ramachandra Guha

gins his narrative in the late 1960s, when the decline of the Congress and the rise of multi-party competition, while good for democracy in general, also opened the door to large-scale defection as parties scrambled to forge anti-Congress alliances and governments. Candidates now changed parties for a price. Then, the decision by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1969 to ban corporate funding "was to set

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Onion production might fall by 5.8% in 2016-17 crop year: Government -Sanjeeb Mukherjee & Agencies

-Business Standard Horticulture production to exceed food grains output for fifth year in a row The Centre’s first advance estimates for horticulture production for 2016-17 crop year that will end in June showed onion output might fall 5.8 per cent during the year to 19.7 million tonnes, while potato and tomatoes could rise marginally. Onion production in 2016-17 could fall to 19.71 million

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Delhi police image makeover: Women cops to hear complaints at police stations -Rajshekhar Jha

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: A pleasant surprise awaits you the next time you visit a city police station with a complaint. Instead of a grumpy, disinterested policeman, you are likely to have a smart young woman to hear you out and direct you on how to go about registering a complaint. In an image makeover bid, police commissioner Amulya Patnaik has appointed women public facilitation officers who would be the first point of contact for people. The department has appointed 60 women

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Not sure about data in foreign reports on air pollution deaths: Environment Minister -Amitabh Sinha

-The Indian Express Government policies could not be framed solely on the findings of international reports, he maintained. EVEN AS he acknowledged that the health impacts of air pollution were “real” and “dangerous”, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave on Friday contested some of the numbers presented in a new global report, which has identified India as the worst affected country and attributed more than a million deaths in the country in 2015 to air pollutio

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Hit by note ban, Bundelkhand's sons come home to more misery -AM Jigeesh

-The Hindu Business Line They rue voting for BJP in the 2014 LS polls, and swear by Mayawati’s BSP now Jalaun (Uttar Pradesh): The reverse migration triggered by demonetisation has possibly reversed the BJP’s political fortunes in this backward and poverty-stricken region of Bundelkhand. Coupled with agrarian distress, demonetisation-induced reverse migration is pushing voters away from the BJP in the ongoing elections. While the SP-Congress alliance is the frontrunner for

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Budget unmindful of income inequality -MA Oommen

Investment Surveys (EPW, December 10, 2016) provides convincing evidence to show that between 1991 and 2012 India witnessed heavy concentration of wealth with the top 10 per cent of the population, particularly after 2002. This needs to be seen in the context of the disturbing data on the increasing inequality in income in India published by Oxfam and by Credit Suisse recently. That the richest 1 per cent in India own 58 per cent of its wealth as a

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Set up mechanism to delete sex determination ads: SC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

sday ordered three Internet giants — Google, Microsoft and Yahoo — to immediately set up their own in-house expert bodies to keep tabs on and delete online pre-natal sex determination advertisements. The court said the intent of the order was to make these search engines “responsive to Indian law.” Section 22 of the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act of 1994 prohibits adv

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Why Modi govt is handing out a raw deal to small and marginal farmers -Sayantan Bera

-Livemint.com Repeated price shocks take the sheen off horticulture crops grown by small and marginal farmers New Delhi: In the past few years, horticulture crops emerged as a favourite for small growers across the country. 2016-17 marks the fifth straight year when production of fruits and vegetables is estimated to surpass that of foodgrains. This signals a fundamental shift in India’s farm

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