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Falling short of aspirations -Ram Singh

-The Hindu The economic outlook rests on government meeting investment targets and keeping promises made to stakeholders There were many expectations from the Union Budget 2020: that it would reverse the falling growth rate, reduce unemployment and rekindle the animal spirits needed to revive private investment. Does the Budget really hold out the promise on these counts? To answer the question, the Budget can be judged in terms of its effect...

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The state of social infrastructure in metros -Sriharsha Devulapalli, Vishnu Padmanabhan, Pooja Dantewadia and howindialives.com

-Livemint.com/ howindialives.com Residents in Hyderabad enjoy the best access to schools and public healthcare facilities among five of the country’s metros, suggests a Mint analysis Millions move to India’s metros in search of a better life, but which metro delivers this the best? Answering this is difficult, but one measure could be access to education and public healthcare. Access to schools and health facilities are the first steps to a prosperous life....

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Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra interviewed by Sugandha Indulkar (The Times of India)

-The Times of India Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra talks to Sugandha Indulkar about The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 and related issues, with today being World Tribal Day. * What’s the precise positioning of the tribal welfare departments at the Centre and states on FRA? This is a seminal legislation. The preamble to the Act itself states that it aims...

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12,000 schools in Gujarat have just one or two teachers -Kapil Dave

-The Times of India GANDHINAGAR (Gujarat): A survey conducted by Gujarat education department found that of 32,772 government schools, 12,000 schools are run by just one or two teachers, and there are 15,171 schools which have less than 100 students. Official records show 8,673 (26% of total schools) government schools have less than 51 students while 6,498 (20%) schools have less than 100 students. In all, 15,171 (46%) government schools have...

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No rise in working women despite high literacy levels: ICRIER study

-The Hindu Study cites combination of socio-economic factors such as marital prospects. A rise in literacy levels among women has failed to translate into an increase in the number of working women due to a combination of socio-economic factors such as the importance of education for improving marital prospects as well as higher prestige attached to households which keep women out of labour force, according to a new research. A study authored by...

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