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Ragpickers hit hard by GST -Mohit M Rao

-The Hindu Plastic recyclers protecting margins by paying less for waste plastic Bengaluru: As the nation ushered in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on July 1, no one would have imagined that it might have adverse consequences for the environment. But with the tax rate on recycled plastic shooting up from 5.5% to 18% post-GST, ragpicking as a livelihood seems to be turning unviable, with attendant impact on the urban environment. Take the case of Nagaratna and her self-help group (SH

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1,211 police stations in India do not have working telephones and 260 have no vehicles, data shows -Abhishek Dey These numbers differ significantly from corresponding figures collected from the previous year. Data collected by the Bureau of Police Research and Development shows as many as 1,211 police stations – about 8% of India’s 15,555 police stations – do not have a functional telephone. The data, which was collected by the bureau for its upcoming annual report on police organisations in India, also shows 260 police stations (1.6%) do not have a vehicle, and 103 po

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Centre privacy U-turn

least meet the following tests: the action must be sanctioned by law, the proposed action must be necessary in a democratic society for a legitimate aim, the extent of such interference must be proportionate to the need for such interference, and there must be procedural guarantees against abuse of such interference. Please click here to read more.

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Crop Insurance: A flagship scheme that may flatter to deceive -Harish Damodaran

rs, a uniform 2 per cent premium rate on sum insured (SI) for all kharif or monsoon season foodgrains and oilseeds, while 1.5 per cent for rabi winter crops and 5 per cent for annual commercial and horticultural crops, is the lowest they can hope for. The country couldn’t possibly have, at least on paper, a better agricultural crop insurance scheme than the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY). For farmers, a uniform 2 per cent premium r

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Gujarat floods: 18 of a family killed, toll rises to 119

-The Times of India PALANPUR: Tragedy struck Khariya village in Gujarat's Banaskantha on Wednesday when 18 bodies — all close relatives — were recovered from a river bank, taking the flood related death toll since the beginning of monsoon to 119. The toll may go up as rescue operations are on. Villagers in Khariya watched in disbelief as the bodies were found one after another from the slush and placed in a line. The victims, all from the OBC Thakor community, included eight

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At employment exchanges, rise in applications but less than 1% get jobs -Sunny Verma & Sandeep Singh

-The Indian Express While Gujarat comes on top in terms of providing placement through exchanges, it isn’t the top state when it comes to the number of job-seekers. That’s Tamil Nadu with more than 80 lakh registrations with employment exchanges in first nine months of 2015, as against Gujarat which had only 6.88 lakh registrations. With the exception of Gujarat, where employment exchanges have consistently clocked an over 30 per cent success rate at providing placement to j

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Rajya Sabha brainstorms on agrarian crisis

-The Hindu BJP lists ‘pro-farmer’ steps; govt. blind to problems: Digvijaya Opposition members in the Rajya Sabha sought to corner the Centre on the issue of agrarian crisis on Tuesday, accusing it of floating policies that were detrimental to farmers’ interests. However, defending the Narendra Modi government, members from the BJP and its allies hailed the “pro-farmer” initiatives taken under his leadership. Prabhat Jha, Parshottam Rupala, Ram Narain Dud

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Supreme Court quashes appointment of 1.78 lakh teachers in UP junior schools -Amit Anand Choudhary

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: In a major set back to 1.78 lakh "Shiksha Mitras" whose jobs were regularised as teachers in junior schools in Uttar Pradesh, the Supreme Court on Tuesday quashed their appointment for not holding adequate qualifications as fixed by Centre under Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act. A bench of Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit held that their jobs could not be regularised at the cost of fundamental right of children to free quality e

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