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Dip in tractor sales indicate further deepening of rural distress


August 31, 2019

In the financial year 2017-18 when tractor sale touched new heights, it was said by many of the NDA (viz. National Democratic Alliance) government supporters that rural demand has revived on account of adequate monsoon rainfall and higher minimum support prices for crops. Many economists...

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Data on AES related deaths in Bihar during May-June this year is fraught with confusion
August 18, 2019

In the month of June this year, encephalitis related deaths in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district grabbed the headlines. Actually, most of the children, who were admitted or died at Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), hailed from East Champaran, Vaishali, Sitamarhi and Samastipur apart from...

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A reality check indicates that MSP set for 2019-20's kharif crops is not 1.5 times the 'C2' cost of production
July 30, 2019

A recent press release by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) shows that the declared minimum support price (MSP) for most kharif crops to be marketed in 2019-20 is at least 50 percent above the cost of production. The official information related to the...

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Recently presented Union Budget does not provide updated data on important heads for FY 2018-19
August 2, 2019

During budget presentations, budget documents, which are provided, carry updated data and information related to various departments and ministries of the Central Government such as on revenues, expenditures, deficits etc. Recently economists like Dr. Rathin Roy and Prof. Jayati Ghosh have expressed concerns about the...

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New research shows positive association between adolescent pregnancy & under-nutrition among children
July 29, 2019

Adolescence is a period when physical and neuro-maturational changes take place in the body of a young girl. Although it is illegal marrying a girl under the age of 18 years as per the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act 2006, adolescent girls in our country...

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