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Smartphones under scanner for 'leaking' data

-The Hindu Concern over security features and embedded programmes of handsets; motivated by data leakage to other countries Concerned about instances of Indian mobile phone users’ contact lists, details and text messages being leaked to other countries, including China, the government has asked all firms selling smartphone handsets in the country to share details of the processes they follow to ensure there is no possibility of data thef

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MS Swaminathan, father of India's Green Revolution, interviewed by Vidya Venkat (The Hindu)

re mere contractors. In our case, land is owned by the people. How do you treat this largest group of entrepreneurs? Unfortunately, all policies today are related to corporate powers. What about food security and 50 crore farmers? We need to think about them too. * The Green Revolution of 1967-68 may have resolved the food crisis in the short run, but the heavy use of pesticides and high-yielding varieties of paddy have resulted in environmental de

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SC slams Khattar government, finds 'influence' bags mining lease -Dhananjay Mahapatra

December 30, 2013, with a bid of Rs 115 crore per annum towards dead rent or royalty. On May 7, 2015, KJSL wrote to the state government for rescinding the mining lease contract and refund of its security deposit of Rs 28.75 crore. A week later, Sunder Marketing wrote to the CM seeking transfer of 51% of shares of KJSL in the JV to itself to continue with the lease for which it alone was ineligible. Narrating the sequence of events, the SC benc

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Supreme Court to states: Implement Food security Act -J Venkatesan

court that the law would be implemented across the country. New Delhi: Even as the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Centre, all states and Union Territories to implement provisions of the Food security Act, attorney general K.K. Venugopal cautioned the court about issuing directions by expanding the scope of the petition relating to drought relief. A bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and N.V. Ramana is monitoring the implementation of various

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Judges Can't Run Government, Ask For Miracles, Centre To Top Court

-NDTV A bench, headed by Justice M B Lokur, directed the Centre to set up state food commissions, as mandated under the National Food security Act (NFSA), 2013, even in the states not hit by drought. New Delhi: Judges cannot run a government and ask it to do "miracles", Attorney General K K Venugopal today told the Supreme Court while opposing fresh pleas being made by NGO 'Swaraj Abhiyan' in a PIL for relief measures in drought-hit

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SC bench observes apathy for legal provisions under NFSA by state govts.

ve a grievance? Of course not. However, in a judgement dated 21 July, 2017 by a two-judge Supreme Court (SC) bench, it has been observed that officers in charge of implementation of the National Food security Act (NFSA), were also designated as District Grievance Redressal Officers (DGROs) by several state governments. Section 15 of NFSA The SC bench comprising Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice NV Ramana asked for appointment details of indepen

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Food for action: on food security in India

-The Hindu The Supreme Court directive should lead to better access under the Food security Act The National Food security Act, 2013, has met with prolonged political indifference, but there is some hope now since the Centre has been asked by the Supreme Court to ensure that States implement key aspects of the progressive law. The directives in the Swaraj Abhiyan case underscore the depressing reali

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Ensure safety of customers' lockers: RBI to banks

y were not liable to damage to the locker contents by any cause, including fire or natural calamities. Bank officials who did not want to be identified were of the view that burglary is beyond the security cover provided by a bank. Please click here to read more.  

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Punjab's water stress foregrounds tough policy trade-offs -Sanjiv Shankaran

ts in India are overexploited, the figure rises to 76% in case of Punjab. It is the most water stressed Indian state. Punjab also happens to be India’s most important state in providing food security. It is a massive contributor to the cereal-dependent public distribution system. One way of looking at it is India’s food security is heavily dependent on a state which is perhaps the worst pl

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A field of her own -Tarini Mohan

key to incentivising the majority of India’s women farmers. This, coupled with the need to make investments to improve harvests, will result in increased productivity and improve household food security and nutrition. As has been determined from numerous studies conducted worldwide, women have a greater propensity to use their income for the needs of their households. Land-owning women’s offspring thus receive better nourishment and have b

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