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MGNREGA: A welcome salve in pandemic times -Sarita Brara

-The Hindu Business Line In Himachal Pradesh, the scheme comes as a breather to those who lost their jobs Nand Lal was working in an electronics company at Parwanoo, an industrial town in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, when the first lockdown was announced, in March. He had no choice but to come back to Surah, his village in the Murhag panchayat of Mandi district. Since then, he has already worked for 56...

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India ignores UN advice to register biopesticides against locusts, still uses toxic chemicals -Nikhil Eapen

-CaravanMagazine.in As swarms of desert locusts descended upon India this year, toxic insecticides were sprayed over two lakh hectares of land to contain their spread. But the measure could have serious Environmental and health consequences. India’s Locust Warning Organization, or LWO, a body under the ministry of agriculture, uses fifteen different formulations of eight insecticides for controlling their spread. Five of these insecticides are banned, restricted or withdrawn in one or...

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Vivek Kaul, columnist on economics and business and author of 'Bad Money: Inside the NPA Mess and How it Threatens the Banking System', interviewed by Rohan Venkataramakrishnan (Scroll.in)

-Scroll.in The author of ‘Bad Money: Inside the NPA Mess and How It Threatens the Banking System’ speaks about Atmanirbhar Bharat and what the media gets wrong. Vivek Kaul is the author of the Easy Money trilogy of books on the history of banking and money and, most recently, of Bad Money: Inside the NPA Mess and How it Threatens the Banking System. In lucid prose, Kaul draws out the history of...

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Coal Mining Casts Shadow Over Assam’s Rich Biodiversity -Ayaskant Das

-Newsclick.in The NBWL has recently granted clearance to North Eastern Coalfields, a subsidiary of Coal India Limited, for open cast mining over an area of 98.59 hectares in the Saleki area of the rainforests. New Delhi: The chorus for banning all mining activities within the rainforests of Assam has been rising after the National Board of Wild Life (NBWL) recently granted clearance to coal mining in the region, allegedly overlooking ecological concerns. Several...

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India censors three Environmental advocacy groups for criticising draft EIA rules -Anukriti Malik

-Newslaundry.com The draft EIA Notification 2020, activists say, is a major setback for Environmental justice as it weakens public consultation and dilutes compliance norms for corporates. The Indian government is censoring three Environmental advocacy groups that are raising concerns about the draft Environment Impact Assessment Notification 2020. Fridays For Future India, Let India Breathe and There Is No Earth B have had their websites blocked. In a statement on July 13, Let India...

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