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Fake currency network intact -Vijaita Singh

-The Hindu But forensic reports say notes are of poor quality, security features not copied Two years after demonetisation, the fake currency notes seized so far are not of a high quality, a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has found. Another Home Ministry official said the network of same fake currency operators was still intact as two years ago, that pushed fake notes from the Bangladesh border. But there was not much evid

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Bring CBI, NIA & IB within RTI ambit, says info panel chief -Rumu Banerjee

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: At a time when the government is mulling changes in the RTI Act, information commissioner Divya Prakash Sinha has suggested that investigative, intelligence and security agencies like NIA, CBI, IB and paramilitary forces should come under the purview of the law, saying there are adequate safeguards in the Act to keep sensitive information outside the public domain. The former IPS officer, who spent most of his ti

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Explained: How 100 frauds hit banks -Rahul Tripathi

re of the fraud, it says: “The companies deliberately inflated the valuation of diamonds with the mala fide intention to avail higher credit facilities from the lenders and also to indicate the security coverage available with the lenders. Export bills which remained unpaid on due date were purchased by the consortium Banks. The details of debtors submitted by the companies to the bank in order to avail credit facilities appeared to be manipulat

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Today's Assam Looks More and More Like the Violent 1980s -Debarshi Das

n Assam. Some of the fissures are old, half-forgotten. The troubled years of the early 1980s had almost become the stuff of nostalgia – but not anymore. Those times of suspicion, distrust and insecurity are back. People are once again divided along community lines. Mass violence has made a comeback, albeit in a different avatar. Instead of mobs hacking helpless people, people are internalising the violence wrought by the state and are killing

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Jean Dreze -- development economist -- interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

professor at Ranchi University as well as honorary professor at the Delhi School of Economics. His research interests include rural development, social inequality, child nutrition, health care, food security, and elementary education, with special reference to India.Jean Dreze played a pioneering role in public debates on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), which guarantees employment on local public works as a right up to 100 days a

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Diabetic due to poverty -Maitri Porecha

ys that it is hard to establish the correlation between subsidised rice and diabetes, as there is little data to suggest that the monthly consumption of 10 kg per capita has increased. Under the food security Act, the entitlement is 5 kg. “However, there can be no denying the need to supplement rice with coarse grains,” she says. The issue is not the incidence of diabetes per se, but the difficulties posed in terms of diagnosis and treatme

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Is "Formalisation" possible? -CP Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh

the organised and unorganised units. Others see formalisation as the process through which workers realise workplace benefits such as written contracts, legal minimum wages, paid leave and social security. Framing and implementing legislation that ensures workers one or more of these benefits is seen as transforming the nature of the workplace as well. This, however, ignores the fact that a substantial part of the workforce even in the organised s

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Violating CIC Orders, MEA Withholds Names of Those Who Accompanied Modi on Foreign Visits -Dheeraj Mishra In response to an RTI query in the matter, the ministry stated: "If this information is disclosed, it will have an impact on India's sovereignty and integrity as also on the country's security, and strategic, scientific and economic interests." New Delhi: Last month, the Central Information Commission (CIC) had asked the Ministry of External Affairs to disclose the names of the government and private individuals who had accompa

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In A UP District, Death From Hunger, As Governance, Social security Collapse -Avantika Mehta Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh: "CM-ji, my older brother died of hunger, please save me," hissed a skeletal figure in a video taken by freelance journalist Anoop Kumar on September 13, 2018. The emaciated face belonged to 26-year-old Feku, who fell into a coma soon after and died in a government hospital at 5:30 a.m. on September 14. Residents of Khirkia village in Kushinagar district of Uttar Pradesh (UP), brothers Feku and Pappu, a year apart in age, died within 16

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