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Climate change could cause 29% spike in cereal prices: leaked UN report -Nitin Sethi

rise. The report by the UN Inter-governmental panel on climate change, is called, “IPCC Special Report on Climate Change, Desertification, Land Degradation, Sustainable Land Management, Food security, and Greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems.” The report will be put before all member countries of the UN Framework Convention and once it gets their stamp of approval by consensus it will be made public on August 8. The aut

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The escape from freedom -Avijit Pathak

society that normalises and sanctifies surveillance. As an ideology that seeks to become hegemonic, the practice of surveillance justifies itself through the discourse of “safety”, “security” and “transparency”. And, possibly, we have accepted it. Hence, we no longer feel humiliated or insulted when at airports and railway stations we allow the security guards and cops

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Union cabinet approves bill to merge 13 labour laws into single code

d Cinema Theatre Workers Act. India’s labour laws are complex and cumbersome and the government’s plan is to simplify them into four codes: wages; OSH; industrial relations; and social security. For instance, according to government officials, the OSH Code will ensure that provisions pertaining to 622 sections in 13 laws will now be simplified and covered by just 134 sections. It will now be mandatory for employers not just to provid

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Death by digital exclusion? : on faulty public distribution system in Jharkhand -Shiv Sahay Singh

aste of a wild fruit. There is no telling where the next meal will come from. Soren, Kisku and Hembram had ‘priority household’ cards that were later cancelled. Under the National Food security Act, 2013, the PDS ensures 5 kg of foodgrain per person per month to those who hold these cards. Antyodaya families, or the poorest of the poor, are entitled to 35 kg of foodgrain per family per month under the Act. These people are not except

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MP Raju Shetti, Maharashtra's foremost farmer leader and president of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana, interviewed by Ajaz Ashraf (

er leader and president of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana. In this interview, Shetti explains why zero budget farming, if implemented on a large-scale, will prove disastrous for India and imperil food security. * Ajaz: What do you think of zero budget natural farming, which has created quite a buzz because of Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s focus on it? Raju: To begin with, my objection is to the term, zero budget farming. Farme

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Finance Minister Ignores Fundamental Rights of Women Farmers to Inherit Land -Naresh Chandra Saxena

t get credit or be entitled to irrigation and other inputs, especially technology. In addition to improved production, the clinching argument in favour of land titles to women is the stability and security it provides, the protection it affords from marital violence, and the bargaining power it gives women in household decision making and in the labour market for wages. Increases in female status helps reduce fertility and rates of child mortality.

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The malaise of malnutrition -Thomas Abraham

-The Hindu India needs to double yearly rate of fall in stunting cases to achieve its 2022 target A new report, ‘Food and Nutrition security Analysis, India, 2019’, authored by the Government of India and the United Nations World Food Programme, paints a picture of hunger and malnutrition amongst children in large pockets of India. This punctures the image of a nation marching towards prosperity. It raises moral and ethical questio

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CBI court convicts former Gujarat BJP MP in RTI activist's murder

-IANS Former Gujarat BJP MP Dinu Bogha Solanki has been convicted in the murder of RTI activist Amit Jethva. The CBI judge had to twice seek security for self and family while hearing the case A Special Court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) here on Saturday convicted former Gujarat BJP MP Dinu Bogha Solanki in the murder of RTI activist Amit Jethva. The court also convicted six others in the case. The quantum of punishment will be

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Promises and Priorities - An Analysis of Union Budget (2019-20) -CBGA

-economic development issues that need to be addressed through fiscal interventions. We have focused on social sectors (such as education, health, drinking water and sanitation, nutrition and food security etc.), agriculture, employment and the responsiveness of the Budget towards the vulnerable sections of the population (such as women, children, dalits, adivasis, religious minorities and persons with disabilities). The publication is shared wi

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