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Tribal farmer reaps it rich in 'sama' cultivation

ZBNF Sama festival at Baliyaguda village on Friday. The festival was organised by Agriculture Department, Andhra Pradesh Rythu Sadhikara Samstha, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, Sanjeevini rural Development Society, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources and Watershed Support Services and Activity Network (WASSAN). The yield in broadcast farming was only between 2 and 2.5 quintals. Because of transplantation, weeding twice and using

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Jairam Ramesh Writes to President Arguing Against Dilution of Land Acquisition Laws

New Delhi: Congress leader and Rajya Sabha member Jairam Ramesh has written to the President Ramnath Kovind arguing against the dilution of the Central land acquisition law by state laws. The former rural development minister has argued that states have used article 254 (2) ‘indiscriminately’ to frame state land acquisition laws that are in contravention with the Central law. Article 254 (2) of the Indian constitution allows a state la

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Demonetisation: A circus, clowns and a silver bullet -James Wilson

ken for granted beggared belief. The media, instead of calling the bluff, played up the risible parts such as notes embedded with chips. If demonetisation did nothing else, it did throw the Indian rural and informal economy truly and irretrievably under the bus. As against the 50 days begged for by the Hon’ble PM of the country, it took more than nine months to pump in currency to get the economy back on its wobbly legs again. Necrosis happen

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'Was slapped for resisting': In MP, tribal women allege insertion of birth control device without consent -Sajin Saju

s per the last National Health Family Survey for 2015-16, MP topped with 51 deaths of children less than one year of age per 1,000 live births. The corresponding ratio was even higher (54) in case of rural areas. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the copper-bearing IUCD provides effective, safe, and long-term, yet reversible protection from pregnancy. There are two types of IUCDs that are available under the national programme

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Cong Jan Dhan gripe

ded that the UPA government had taken several measures to create the necessary financial architecture. “The BSBDA scheme was renamed the Jan Dhan Yojana. Between 2010 and 2014, (some) 12,748 rural branches of banks were opened and 303,504 bank correspondents appointed,” Chidambaram said. “In the following four years, between 2014 and 2018, (a total of) 4,679 rural branches were opene

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Modi wants open defecation-free India but his own adopted village paints a dirty picture -Ruhi Tewari rural Development Ministry data shows Modi’s village Nagepur in Varanasi is not open defecation-free, scores zero out of three. New Delhi: As part of his marquee Swachh Bharat initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set an ambitious target of ensuring an open defecation-free (ODF) India by October 2019. This could be a bit of a stretch because as it turns out, the PM’s own adopted village — Nagepur in his Va

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An imaginary friend -Sakina Dhorajiwala, Anmol Somanchi, and Rajendran Narayanan

lly in drought-affected areas, such as providing 50 additional days of work per household, reducing wage delays, and clearing pending wage payments. Taking cognisance of these orders, the Ministry of rural Development (MoRD) issued strict guidelines to this effect. Further, central and state governments have at various times during 2014-2017 issued directives to enforce orders to allocate additional days of work in drought-hit areas. These judicial-ad

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Support for lives on the move -Arun Kumar & M Suresh Babu

e destination, a migrant’s lack of skills presents a major hindrance in entering the labour market. Further, the modern formal urban sector has often not been able to absorb the large number of rural workers entering the urban labour market. This has led to the growth of the ‘urban informal’ economy, which is marked by high poverty and vulnerabilities. The ‘urban informal’ economy is wrongly understood in countries such a

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India's neglected groundwater crisis -Ashwin MB

ITI Aayog—“the worst water crisis in its history”. Groundwater is one of the most important water sources in India accounting for 63% of all irrigation water and over 80% of the rural and urban domestic water supplies. In fact, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Water Development Report states that India is the largest extractor of groundwater in the world. Fifty-four percent of In

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India's progress against multidimensional poverty -Francine Pickup

t Initiative (OPHI), India has lifted 271 million people out of multi-dimensional poverty in the 10 years between 2005-06 and 2015-16. Even though traditionally marginalized population groups such as rural populations, scheduled castes and tribes, Muslims, and young children remained the poorest in 2015-16, they were also catching upthat is, they also showed the largest reduction in MPI. This is, of course, extremely encouraging news, not just for

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