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Nitish Diminish

-The Indian Express Bihar order against criticism of government online is against governance. The Chief Minister must scrap it. The Bihar government’s decision to designate “objectionable and indecent” comments made online against the state government or its ministers, MLAs, MPs and officials as cyber-crime is one more example of elected governments abusing their power to buy themselves a Teflon shield against criticism, dissent and accountability. In November last year, the Kerala government...

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10 million girls at risk of dropping out of school because of the COVID-19 pandemic: RTE Forum -Divya Trivedi Ten million girls in India could drop out of secondary school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Right to Education Forum policy brief. With 1.6 million girls aged 11 to 14 years currently out of school, the pandemic could disproportionately impact girls further by putting them at risk of early marriage, early pregnancy, poverty, trafficking and violence. Released on January 24, the International Day of Education and National Girl...

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5 charts that need Gujarat CM’s attention more than dragon fruit -Rashmi Kundu and Gujarat has high per capita income and an enviable industrial sector. But it has a lot of progress to make on health and other social parameters  Earlier this week, the Gujarat government renamed the dragon fruit as Kamalam, its explanation being that its outer shape resembles that of a lotus. This symbolic act has drawn criticism for the state’s priorities, especially during a global pandemic. Here are five areas of greater...

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More Indians covered by health insurance but overall percentage still low: NHFS-5 -Puja Goswami, Ritika Banerjee, Nand Lal Mishra and Pooja Verma

-Down to Earth Andhra Pradesh recorded the highest coverage but a decrease since last survey Health insurance coverage increased in the past five years in a majority of the Indian states and union territories but still remained well below half the population in most of them, according to the latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5). As many as 15 of the 22 states and UTs surveyed showed an increase in the health coverage....

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Save Punjab from desertification, move paddy-wheat to UP, Bihar, Bengal -- agronomist SS Johl -Samyak Pandey and Urjita Bhardwaj 93-year-old Dr Johl explains why Punjab has been in an agrarian crisis for years, and how the lives of its stressed farmers can be made easier. Ludhiana: If Punjab’s march towards desertification is to be stopped, the best way is to move the cultivation of wheat and paddy out to 50 lakh hectares of land in the Gangetic plains of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, according to Dr Sardara Singh...

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