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Arvind Kejriwal flags off 200 sewer cleaning machines

-PTI The machines have been provided to skilled manual scavengers making them ‘sani-entrepreneurs’, officials said. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal flagged off a fleet of 200 sewer cleaning machines in New Delhi on Thursday. The machines have been provided to skilled manual scavengers making them ‘sani-entrepreneurs’, officials said. “It is a historic day for Delhi to start this initiative and ensuring safety and dignity of human life. These machines will put an end to...

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Modi Pays Tribute to Sanitation Workers After Five Years of Ignoring Them -Rejimon K

-TheWire.in Government documents and budget data reveal that the prime minister's feet-washing act is just optics. On Sunday, a video uploaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his personal Twitter account showed him washing the feet of four safai karamacharis in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. Within two hours, 19,000 Twitter users had liked it, 7,200 had retweeted it and 1,700 had commented on the link. Uploading the video, Modi had tweeted that washing the...

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Upper caste Hindus richest in India, own 41% of total assets; STs own 3.7%, says study on wealth distribution -Anjali Marar

-The Indian Express A two-year-long study jointly undertaken by the SPPU, JNU and Indian Institute of Dalit Studies has revealed that only 22.3 per cent of the country’s higher caste Hindus own 41 per cent of the country’s total wealth Pune: Caste continues to play a significant role in the educational and professional choices available to an individual, and the resultant income and assets, reveals a two-year-long study jointly undertaken by...

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Supreme Court refuses to stay amendments to SC/ ST Act -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu The Act nullified the controversial March 20 apex court judgment diluting the stringent provisions of the Dalit protection law. The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act of 2018, which nullified the controversial March 20 apex court judgment diluting the stringent provisions of the Dalit protection law. The government had brought in the amendments, saying the Scheduled Castes and...

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The missing egg in Indian children's diet

-Livemint.com Stoking religious sentiments while making policy decisions on food could end up harming India’s chance of reaping an enormous demographic dividend Last week, after a gap of 13 years, the newly-elected Congress government in Chhattisgarh reintroduced eggs in mid-day meals served to school-going children. The decision followed a survey, which found regular meals fell short of the recommended calorie intake. At a time when food choices are being held hostage to...

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