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Giving short shrift to children's rights -Jean Dreze

years. A few examples, not exhaustive, are as follows. No maternity entitlements First, the Central government has violated women’s right to maternity entitlements under the National Food security Act (NFSA), 2013 for more than three years. Under the Act, every pregnant woman is entitled to maternity benefits of ?6,000, unless she is already covered by maternity schemes in the formal sector. The Economic Survey 2015-16, in a welcome chapte

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Tamil Nadu's Amma canteen concept catches on in other states -Nikita Doval

desh, idli and curd rice can be found on the menu while in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Canteen provides roti, rice, dal and vegetables. Basanta Kumar Kar, chief executive of Coalition for Food and Nutrition security (India), calls this “adding colour to the plate. It is not just about giving food to eat but meeting the body’s requirements also. Vegetables, lentils, rice, food grains integral to our diet are important if we want to combat India&rs

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Why I would not advocate vegetarianism -Sunita Narain

This idea of India is non-negotiable for me as it reflects our richness and our reality. Two, meat is an important source of protein for a large number of people, hence critical for their nutritional security. Thirdly, and this is what distinguishes my Indian position from the global, meat eating is not the key issue, it is the amount that is consumed and the manner in which it is produced. A recent global assessment, for instance, finds that Ameri

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The long list of Aadhaar linked schemes -K Deepalakshmi

y known as Aadhaar, was envisaged as an end to fake or multiple identities. However, the ambitious scheme has been facing controversies and successive governments have been silent on questions on the security of personal data collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether Aadhaar breaches the privacy of citizens. The current NDA government has gone ahead w

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How many Indians have Internet? -Aarati Krishnan

nnections – a broadband linked to your home computer and four 3G plans on your family-owned smartphones. While you have a surfeit of Internet ‘access’, the driver of your car or the security guard at your apartment is unlikely to have any. Instead of expensive broadband or 3G, they probably head to the browsing centre if they need the Internet. This simple illustration tells you that 36.7 crore Internet subscriptions don’t e

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Stop advanced castes from being part of OBC list: Expert -Subodh Ghildiyal

a community in the OBC list should be abjured," he said, adding there should be a "national consensus" on principles of caste categorisation on the lines of foreign policy and national security. The Modi government on Thursday announced it would replace the NCBC with "National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes" which will have Constitutional status. Also, the power to grant OBC status would shift fr

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India slips in human development index

“combining social protection with appropriate employment strategies”. The report noted with approval India’s progressive laws, especially the Right to Information, National Food security, and Right to Education Acts. It commended the Indian grassroots group Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan for popularising social audits of government schemes. Gender disparity Noting that women, on an average, have lower HDI than men across

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What are the lessons learnt from the Right to Food case? -Apurva Vishwanath

an excess of around 40 million tonnes of foodgrains that year. Weeks later, the Right to Food Campaign, a civil society network of activists and organizations, moved the apex court to secure food security for Indians. The case—People’s Union for Civil Liberties v Union of India (popularly known as the Right to Food case)—sought to transform the government’s policy choices on food into enforceable rights for the citizens.

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Centre can now reject judges for Supreme Court, high courts on grounds of 'national security' -Harish V Nair

-India Today Centre has the power to reject a candidate on grounds of national security and will be setting up of secretariats in the apex court and each HC to screen judge aspirants. Putting to end a 17-month standoff with the Centre, the Supreme Court collegium which is now headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar on Monday said it had cleared the memorandum of procedure (MoP) for appointment of judges to the apex court and various High Courts.

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Closed mill robs farmers of sugarcane sweetness

n the current rabi season with introduction of Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative, Ratoon Management (Ratooning is a practice of growing a crop from the stubbles of previous crop) and the National Food security Mission (NFSM)  under State Plan. The farmers said crushing of sugarcane normally begins in December and harvesting at the right time not only ensures high sweetness content in the crop but also right weight. They are already three month

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