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Explained: What's new in crime report, and the data -Deeptiman Tiwary

-The Indian Express Latest NCRB report introduces categories for cyber crimes against women, cases of insult under SC/ST Act, duration of delay in closing police & court cases ON MONDAY, the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) released the much delayed crime data for 2017. While it was without some crucial data categories, the data included were more fleshed out than in the 2016 crime report. The NCRB has introduced more than three...

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Researchers study behavioural aspect of Farmer Suicides -Rajeev Khanna

-Down to Earth One of the major causes behind suicidal intent is depression, experts find while studying cases in Punjab, Telangana and Maharashtra Farmer Suicides, which have till now been studied economically and agriculturally, are now being looked at from behavioural and psychological angles. A study is being conducted under the National Agricultural Science Fund of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in three states — Punjab, Telangana and Maharashtra. Punjab Agricultural University...

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Why is there a high rate of Farmer Suicides in Punjab's Malwa? -Anju Agnihotri Chaba

-The Indian Express Punjab government’s data states that 3,330 farmers have taken their lives due to farm debt since 2000 till date, of which 698 committed suicide in the past four years, most of them in the Malwa region. Over the past few years, ‘farm debt’ has been one of the main reasons behind farmers and farm labourers committing suicide in Punjab. Farmer groups, state universities’ and government data have indicated...

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The perpetual El Nino -Jatin Singh

-The Telegraph Below-normal and drought are the new normal. Since 2012 there has only been one normal monsoon. Monsoons follow their own patterns, unpredictable as they may be. In the past, certain periods, spanning a decade or sometimes two, have had higher frequencies of droughts and at the moment, we seem to be stuck in such a cycle. Between 1900 and the year 2000, there was one drought per decade. But...

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New Andhra Pradesh Cultivators Act Unlikely to Solve Tenant Farmers' Problems -G Ram Mohan

-TheWire.in Unless the state government has a system to ensure that landowners sign tenancy agreements, the new Act may not bring in any noteworthy changes. On July 25, soon after coming to power with an absolute majority, the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party-led state government passed the Andhra Pradesh Crop Cultivators Rights Act, 2019. The promises made to farmers by the YSRCP in the run up to the polls had elicited great hope...

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