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Potholes killed 3,597 across India in 2017, terror 803 -Dipak K Dash

mains a casualty in India. The magnitude of the problem can be understood from the fact that terrorist activities in India, Naxal attacks included, claimed 803 lives, including that of terrorists, security personnel and civilians, in 2017. The ‘pothole deaths’ have stirred a debate on inefficiency of and corruption in municipal and road-owning authorities with the government launching campaigns to improve public awareness. But the cr

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New Save the Children report reveals insecurity of teenage girls from the outside world, but are our homes safe enough?

Released in May this year, a study by Save the Children has found that if you are an adolescent girl living in the country, you are most likely to be afraid about being harassed outside your homes viz. in public places. Entitled WINGS 2018 - World of India's Girls: A study on the perception of girls’ safety in public spaces, the study shows that nearly one-third of teenage girls surveyed were afraid of travelling narrow by-lanes of their locality, apart from the road which they tak

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Forum of media educators emphasize on promoting media literacy & ethical journalism

s, need to combat fake and false news headlong, especially in the context of lynching based on rumours and communal tensions. A strong opinion came up during the conference in favour of safety and security of journalists on the ground. Media organisations have a duty of care and moral responsibility for the safety of all their journalists, and in particular, news gatherers, staff or freelancers, to provide hostile-environment safety training and eq

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MSP -- Unfair to farmers in food bowl states -Manjit S Kang

ce daily for whatever he sells, but farmers cannot do so.  They have been lulled by the Central government into accepting whatever price the government decides to give them. For the sake of food security, the Central government decided to purchase the two main food staples of India's majority of people — wheat and paddy — at a minimum support price (MSP) for each commodity. The MSP has been increasing only incrementally, barely to

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Cash transfers more effective than PDS, says ICRIER-OECD report -TV Jayan

-The Hindu Business Line Direct bank transfers plug leakages in food distribution, ensure better nutritional security New Delhi: Irrespective of teething problems encountered in places where it was launched as pilot, direct cash transfers are far more effective than food subsidy in reducing food insecurity and nutritional imbalances among the Indian population, a new report has shown. Currently,

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Narendra Modi government's farm policies off target: study

uo; While consumers have benefited from the government’s efforts to keep prices low, a poorly targeted, inefficient and wasteful public distribution system means that malnutrition and food insecurity continue to persist, says the report. The report has several suggestions for policymakers, including reform of market regulations, strengthening initiatives such as eNAM and allowing private players to play a larger role in the sector. Plea

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Cost of Modi's demonetisation: IAF raised bills of Rs 29.41 crore to ferry currency notes, reveals RTI

demonetisation. According to the response provided by the IAF, its frontline transport aircraft, the C-17 and the C-130J Super Hercules, undertook 91 sorties to transport bundles of currency from security printing presses and mints to various destinations across the country after the Rs 1,000 and the Rs 500 notes were demonetised by the government in a sudden move on November 8, 2016. As on November 8, 2016, there were 1,716.5 crore pieces of R

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EPFO data government cited to show job surge is now down -Aanchal Magazine

-The Indian Express EPFO manages social security funds of workers in the organised/semi-organised sector in the country. EPF is applicable to establishments with more than 20 workers. New Delhi: The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation’s (EPFO’s) enrolment numbers, which formed the basis for an ‘independent’ study released earlier this year that the government cited as an indicator of buoyancy in formal job crea

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The paradox of job growth -R Nagaraj

1960s, compiled by the Directorate General of Employment, Ministry of Labour and Employment. The CSO release defines jobs as ones that provide at least one government financed (or mandated) social security benefit such as Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF), National Pension Scheme, or Employees’ State Insurance Scheme. NITI Aayog and official economists have also put out similar estimates since early this year, inviting widespread sceptici

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Farmer suicides continue unabated despite PM Modi's tall promises

-National Herald Last year, Centre had informed the Supreme Court that despite a multi-pronged approach to improve income and social security of farmers, over 12,000 suicides were reported in the agricultural sector every year since 2013 Over the last 48 hours, at least 24 debt ridden farmers have committed suicide. The Marathwada region in Maharashtra has alone witnessed 452 instances of suicide in the first half of 2018 Despite announceme

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