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Centre ought to have consulted states on terms of reference to Finance Commission: Manmohan Singh

hat the Centre ought to have consulted the State governments before introducing additional terms of reference for the 15th Finance Commission seeking to create separate funds for Defence and Internal security. Asserting that unilateralism was not good for a federal polity and cooperative federalism, Mr. Singh said the best course would have been to go back to to the Chief Ministers’ conference and consult with the States. “Otherwise the

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Non-NDA states flay change 15th Finance panel's terms of reference -Ronak Chhabra

Opposition leaders said at a seminar here on Saturday. In particular, most leaders severely critical of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Central government’s move to create a defence and internal security fund by dipping into financial resources of the state. The 15th Finance Commission is scheduled to submit its report by November 30. On July 29, the Modi Government suddenly modified the terms of reference of the Commission, which has invited

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Govt should take CMs' views for Finance Commission's reference terms: Manmohan

-PTI Earlier in July, the Centre changed the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission and mandated the panel to suggest ways for allocation of non-lapsable funds for defence and internal security. New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the government should have taken chief ministers' views before changing the terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission, adding that unilateralism is not good for federal

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UN meeting on desertification ends with vow to curb land degradation -Jacob Koshy

r restoration since 2011. Of the 9.8 million hectares, 94.4% was contributed by government agencies, while NGOs and private companies contributed 3.6% and 2% respectively. Countries will address insecurity of land tenure, promote land restoration to reduce land-related carbon emissions and mobilise innovative sources of finance from public and private sources, the UN said in a statement. Please click here to read more.

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Kashmir clampdown is driving up apple prices, you could soon be paying Rs 200-250/kg -Samyak Pandey

rs at Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi, Asia’s largest wholesale market for vegetables and fruits, told ThePrint. Apples from Kashmir start coming to New Delhi in the last week of August. But the security clampdown, including restrictions on communication and transport, imposed in Kashmir since 5 August — when the Centre announced the scrapping of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu & Kashmir — have completely skewed the

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Govt holds nutrition event in 5-star hotel, kids in anganwadis go hungry -Vishav Bharti

d food to children. The reports gathered from districts such as Barnala, Ropar and Sangrur confirmed the fact that children are being fed at these centres. The reason is that the Department of Social security has failed to purchase food in various districts. There are over five lakh children at 26,656 anganwadi centres. To stop malnutrition among the kids, the anganwadis were launched as part of the Integrated Child Development Services Scheme

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Government violates NFSA, thousands of women deprived of maternity benefits; reveals survey -Jaideep Deogharia

-The Times of India RANCHI: Noted economist Jean Dreze has accused the Centre of violating National Food security Act by depriving a section of women from maternity benefits which is otherwise guaranteed under NFSA-2013. Survey conducted by Sakina Dhorajiwala of Libtech India along with students from Delhi University, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Tata Institute of Social Service (TISS) and Ranchi University in June 2019 has revealed that

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Centre Rejects Kerala's Demand for Free Rice for Flood Victims

ms of floods and heavy rainfall, according to a report in Mathrubhumi. The report also stated that the Centre refused to consider the request to provide rice at Rs 3 per kg under the National Food security Act (NFSA). Instead, the Centre is willing to supply rice at the minimum support price of Rs 26 per kg. According to the report, the Kerala government is yet to decide whether it will avail this offer. The government of Kerala had declared

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Pear, apple harvest rotting in Kashmir, say Panchayat members from Valley

isions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and divided it into two Union Territories. Since then, major parts of the Kashmir Valley have been under security restrictions. The three, who drove down from the Valley to Delhi, said they had nothing to do with politics on the matter, and wanted the people to know about the hardships being faced by the residents of the Valley. Please click here to r

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A more precarious citizenship -Sanjib Baruah

quo; says India’s ambassador to the UN regarding the international commitments made in an earlier era. But whether the Centre’s unilateral action— and the communication blockade and security crackdown imposed on the people most affected by it — is consistent with the commitment to resolution of differences through peaceful and bilateral means is quite another matter. Last week, the “internal matter” formulation a

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