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Odisha set to introduce locally produced millets into ICDS, PDS -Chinmayi Shalya

-Down to Earth Keonjhar district will introduce ragi for pre-school meals through DMF funds from July Locally cultivated ragi will be part of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme for the first time in Odisha, with Keonjhar district introducing it as part of the pre-school meal from July 2020 onwards. Additionally, 14 districts — a part of the state’s Millet Mission — will provide ragi through the public distribution system (PDS)...

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Rs 50,000 crore, 116 districts, 6 states: PM Modi launches mega Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan -Meenakshi Ray

-Hindustan Times Chief ministers of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha will participate in the virtual launch from Bihar’s Telihar village. New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a massive rural public works scheme, the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan, on Saturday to create jobs for millions of migrant workers who returned home during the coronavirus pandemic. PM Modi launched the scheme worth Rs 50,000 crore through video conference in presence...

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55 journalists were targeted for reporting on Covid pandemic, says Delhi think tank report -Taran Deol

-ThePrint.in The RRAG report listed states and cases that were registered against journalists for their stories on PPE shortage, food distribution and alleged corruption among others. New Delhi: As many as 55 journalists have been targeted for covering the pandemic in India between 25 March, when lockdown was first imposed, and 31 May, a report by Rights and Risks Analysis Group (RRAG) released Monday says. Journalists faced arrest, registration of FIRs, summons or...

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From Support to Disillusionment, How Cuttack Coped With the Lockdown -Surajit Das and Madhubrata Rayasingh

-TheWire.in Most of the people studied in the survey lost their sense of job security and said the government should put a robust unemployment programme in place. In order to understand the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on the common people, we made 122 phone calls from June 1 to 5, covering 595 people in the business capital and the second largest city of the state of Odisha – Cuttack. The respondents were...

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Locust attack: Bihar conducts mock drills, launches awareness campaign -Mohd Imran Khan

-Down to Earth Locusts around 500 km away from districts. Experts say little possibility of them entering state The Bihar government’s agriculture department has begun mock drills in villages and launched an awareness campaign, over fears that locust swarms may enter the state. Ten of the state’s districts that border Uttar Pradesh were put high alert. The districts include Aurangabad, Bhojpur, Buxar, Gaya, Gopalganj, Kaimur, Rohtas, Saran, Siwan and West Champaran. The locusts...

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