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Drought relief: TN wants Centre to give Rs. 39,565 cr from disaster fund

-The Hindu Business Line CM writes to Modi, submits memorandum Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government has urged the Centre to sanction ?39,565 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund, and to release immediately Rs. 1,000 crore ‘on account’ to take up drought mitigation work in the state. The state was hit by heavy floods in December 2015 and by Cyclone Vardah in December 2016. The State Disaster Response Fund is not sufficient to...

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Government Responds to Story on Rural Development Ministry's WhatsApp Group -Nitin Sethi

-TheWire.in Nitin Sethi responds to the rural development ministry’s defence to reports that it used a WhatsApp group to tell states to stop creating MGNREGA work. Ministry of rural development (MORD) clarifies: The reports are not a summary of the reality. It has questioned the intent of the government on the basis of an informal communication of a joint secretary of the department. The informal communication of a joint secretary does not...

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Inclusive rural transformation is essential to eliminate poverty: report -Kritika Singh and Prerna Kapoor

-Livemint.com International Fund for Agricultural Development calls on govts in the Asia-Pacific region to develop targeted policies and invest in promoting inclusive development of rural areas New Delhi: Inclusive rural transformation is essential to eliminate poverty and hunger and to build inclusive and sustainable societies, according to a report compiled by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The rural development report 2016, released in New Delhi on Monday, points out that policies,...

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Trade unions to boycott BRICS Labour Ministers meet tomorrow

-PTI Unions claimed that the government has not formally invited them to the summit, but has appointed BMS to coordinate with them for the event New Delhi: The 2-day BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Labour and Employment Ministerial meeting will commence in New Delhi on Tuesday but the Central Trade Unions (CTUs) have decided to boycott the event. The meeting will deliberate on issues including job creation and social security...

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Full circle in Singur

-The Hindu The Supreme Court’s verdict on the Singur land acquisition issue is a re-statement of first principles relating to the limitations of ‘eminent domain’. By quashing the entire land acquisition process done by the erstwhile Left Front government in West Bengal, the court has reiterated that the term ‘public purpose’ cannot be arbitrarily invoked to acquire land and hand it over to a private party. One of the two judges...

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