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New Study Links Childhood Stunting to Teen Pregnancy

n age at marriage is 16.4 years. The mean age for marriage in other brackets is higher – 19.7 and 24.3 years, for example. “A greater proportion” of these adolescent women are in rural areas and from disadvantaged communities. “Unfortunately, in India, early marriage and subsequent pregnancy is often not a deliberate choice, but rather the result of an absence of choices and of circumstances beyond a girl’s control,

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Sunaina Rawat and the dilemma of Bharat -Richard Mahapatra

-Down to Earth The new government has to focus on the rural population, their aspirations and the economy By this time most of us know Sunaina Rawat. Still a brief introduction: she is a 12-year-old girl from a village in Uttar Pradesh. When the news channel NDTV’s head Prannoy Roy interviewed her on life and aspirations while covering elections, she immediately became one of the most imposing symbol for the country’s More »

Missing demand: on economic slowdown

Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has reported. The decline of almost 16% in total automobile industry sales is an indication that consumption demand across markets — urban and rural, institutional and individual — is petering out. While sales of commercial vehicles, a fair proxy for overall economic activity, slid 6% last month, a 16.4% drop in demand for two-wheelers extended the segment’s slump into the new financ

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Are farm loan waivers a political gimmick? -Vikas Dhoot

of GDP is also stagnant. So, these factors, along with two years of drought, have led to this. Another thing is that the non-farm sector creates jobs. As per NABARD [National Bank for Agriculture and rural Development] data, 23% of rural income is from agriculture, so the rest is from non-farm activity. The rate of growth in agricultural wages has stagnated and is lower than in earlier years when MGNREGA an

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How a rural distress helpline in Telangana is preventing farmer suicides -Priyanka Richi

eam of counsellors at Kisan Mitra, is among the many volunteers in the organisation who are lending a helping hand to the distressed farmers of Telangana. Kisan Mitra, a non-profit organisation, is a rural distress helpline that acts as an intermediary between the government and farmers. Set up in 2017, the helpline strives to provide financial security to farmers and makes sure entitlements reach their pockets on time. Apart from securing an econo

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The gender ladder to socio-economic transformation -Divita Shandilya

oyment. The major national parties, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress, have reached out to women, and their respective manifestos talk of measures to create more livelihood opportunities in rural and urban areas, which include incentives to businesses for employing more women. What data show Currently, the participation of women in the workforce in India is one of the lowest globally. The female labour force participation rate (LFPR) i

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How Poshan Kheti Is Helping Enhance Diet Diversity And Incomes In rural Bihar

bility, price, access, knowledge, etc. With its commitment to improving the family dietary diversity, JEEViKA has adopted a comprehensive approach to address the long persistent issue of nutrition in rural families. Sushma Devi,  of Kachnahar village in Chak Panchayat of Jalalgarh block, is a role model who proved that nothing is impossible when there is a will, and she followed all the guidance provided by JEEViKA. Now Sushma and her husb

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Towards an organic future -Devinder Sharma

tion was essentially behind the launch of the New Vision for Agriculture at the World Economic Forum 2009, aiming at increasing production, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions per tonne, and reducing rural poverty by 20% each, every decade. Please click here to read more.

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'PM KISAN scheme to benefit just 38% farmers till polls conclude' -Saurabh Katkurwar

ed in its implementation. The scheme, announced in the interim budget on February 1 with retrospective effect from December 2018, was seen as Narendra Modi government's major poll plank to address rural distress.. Under the scheme, direct income support of Rs 6,000 per year in three equal installments is to be provided to about 12.5 crore small and marginal farmers with land holdings below two hectares or five acres. The officials cited delay

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