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SC to revisit its order diluting IPC section on abused wives

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:13:32 +0530

-The Times of IndiaNEW DELHI: The Supreme Court agreed with senior advocate Indira Jaising on Friday for a comprehensive relook into its earlier judgment diluting the stringency of Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code that many believed was abused by some women to wreak vengeance on estranged husbands and in-laws. Taking into account instances of such abuse, a bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit had in July last year restrained police from effecting the immediate...



Centre may bring ordinance on death for rape of minors

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:04:22 +0530

-The Times of IndiaNEW DELHI: In the wake of public outrage over the Kathua rape-and-murder case where the victim was a minor, the Cabinet is likely to consider an ordinance on Saturday to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to provide for the death penalty for the rape of children below the age of 12.The ordinance is being initiated to enforce the amendment immediately before a bill is introduced and passed by Parliament. After the case...



NREGA v minimum farm wages: How jobs Act is losing out to funds crunch -Shalini Nair

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:04:12 +0530

-The Indian ExpressAfter the Finance Ministry rejected the recommendations of two recent government panels, MGNREGA workers in 10 states will get no raises in 2018-19. Minimum farm wages are now higher in many states.The last time the union government brought MGNREGA wages at par with minimum agricultural wages was in 2009. Two years later, in 2011, only four states — Kerala, Goa, Haryana and Mizoram — had minimum agricultural wages higher than the notified MGNREGA wages of Rs 100 per...



Higher arrivals pull onion prices down to new low -Vishwanath Kulkarni

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:35:16 +0530

-The Hindu Business LineBengaluru: With onion prices at their lowest level in calendar year 2018, exporters said the Centre should bring back incentives to ship out more bulbs, to help stabilise prices and provide better returns to farmers. As the harvest of the rabi onion crop gains pace across the key producing regions of Maharashtra and Karnataka, prices have declined drastically, leaving growers in tears.At Lasalgaon, the largest onion market in the country, prices have crashed by over 80 per...



The myth of appeasement -Christophe Jaffrelot & Kalaiyarasan A

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:19:57 +0530

-The Indian ExpressMuslims face rapid socio-economic decline. Yet, any move in their favour is made to look illegitimateIn the current debate on the place of the Muslims in India, one variable has not been factored in — their socio-economic situation — as if the dominant repertoire had shifted for good towards the politics of symbols and identity. In socio-economic terms, Muslims are losing ground rapidly, even if their situation is deteriorating more in northern and western India than in the...



ATMs run out of notes: Here's the reason behind the massive cash crunch -Somesh Jha

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 14:14:05 +0530

-Business StandardAlthough the rate of cash circulation has surpassed the pre-demonetisation level, it is not in tandem with the rate of economic growthAutomated Teller Machines (ATMs) across various states are running dry with the present situation reminiscent of demonetisation of high-value currency notes one-and-a-half years back.States, including Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur and Telangana, have reported shortage of cash at ATMs. A stock-taking analysis submitted by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) found that the rate...



48 MPs, MLAs Facing Charges Of Crimes Against Women: ADR

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:32:23 +0530

-OutlookIn the last five years, among the major parties, the BJP has given tickets to 47 candidates who are facing cases of crime against women while 35 and 24 such candidates were given ticket by BSP and Congress respectively. The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) has revealed that out of 1580 MPs, MLAs with declared criminal cases, 48 are facing charges related to crimes against women, including rape charges.As per the ADR report, of 48, 45 MLAs and three MPs...



Undo the wrong -Faizan Mustafa

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:47:56 +0530

-The Indian ExpressAn ordinance to overturn the Supreme Court order on SC/ST Atrocities Act is much neededThe controversial judgment on the SC/ST Atrocities Act has yet again brought to the foreground the faultlines of our democracy. A cornered government, anticipating political repercussions, has moved the apex court for a review of the judgment. In its written submissions, it has stated that the judgment has created disharmony in society and violated the principle of “separation of powers”. A few BJP state...



NGO seeks environment impact assessment of all-weather roads -Nihi Sharma

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:42:50 +0530

-Hindustan TimesCitizens for Green Doon on Tuesday submitted a PIL to the NGT demanding an environment impact assessment of all-weather roads connecting the Char Dhams in UttarakhandDehradun: A non-government organisation, Citizens for Green Doon (CFGD), on Tuesday submitted a public interest litigation (PIL) to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) demanding an environment impact assessment (EIA) of all-weather roads connecting the Char Dhams in Uttarakhand.After submission of the PIL, the tribunal has stayed the cutting of trees along the Chardham yatra...



Poultry farmers cry foul -Parthasarathi Biswas

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:29:55 +0530

-The Indian ExpressFalling rates in March stumps industry in month synonymous with high prices.Pune: Since February, Deepak Pawale, who runs a poultry farm at Retavadi village in Khed taluka of Pune district, has been selling 45-day-old birds weighing 2-2.5 kg each at well below his estimated production cost of Rs 70 per kg.“The traders aren’t ready to pay higher rates, as they tell me that their sales have slowed down,” says this 38-year-old, who has been in the business —...



Crime against women on the rise in UP, says Yogi government -Aman Sharma

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:05:42 +0530

-The Economic TimesTwo sisters, aged 17 and 13, were shot dead in Etawah in Uttar Pradesh on Monday night by a man who was stalking the elder sister for several months now. He had been booked by the police in an FIR, but got out on bail. The younger girl was shot as she was a witness to her sister’s murder.This is just a continuation of a series of crimes against women r eported from UP even as Chief Minister...



Wells in tribal villages of this Maharashtra district are always dry due to impractical water schemes -Mayuresh Ganapatye

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:22:31 +0530

-IndiaToday.inMumbai: While the Indian Meteorological Department's (IMD) prediction for a good monsoon is a relief for farmers and drought affected villages, there are many tribal villages near Mumbai that face water shortage.These villages are completely dependent on government water tankers as wells have become parched.Every day the women of Dhamni village in Mokhada district gather at 6 am in anticipation of the government water tanker that comes here daily. However, today the tanker was late, forcing a young boy to...



Farmers' conclave demands MSP for all products, elimination of middlemen -V Sajeev Kumar

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:18:42 +0530

-The Hindu Business LineKochi: Over 2,000 members of the farming community come together for a common cause, not just to discuss their problems and but also to demand MSP for all farm products.The meeting was organised under the banner of Kerala Farmers Federation (KeFF) on Wednesday at Kochi to highlight various demands including fixing MSP for all farm produces or sustainable pricing of the commodities.The meeting raised its concern over the government remaining a mute spectator as several issues affect...



Vegetables produced in Kerala safe, says Agriculture Department

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:16:07 +0530

-The New Indian ExpressTHIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The vegetables produced in the state are now safer, according to the Agriculture Department as 93.6 per cent of samples of vegetables tested in the Kerala Agricultural University labs were devoid of pesticides.Only 38 of the 543 samples tested showed mild presence of toxins, and of these, only four revealed the presence of banned pesticides, Agriculture Minister V S Sunil Kumar said. The samples were taken from vegetables produced in the state in 2017.The minister attributed...



Why farm deflation is essentially a problem of liquidity -Harish Damodaran

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:13:34 +0530

-The Indian ExpressThe main problem for farmers today is not production or having sufficient crop to sell. Instead, it has to do with prices that they are getting for their produce.The Met Department has forecast a third-in-a-row “normal” south-west monsoon this year, thanks to the very low probability of an El Nino event — the abnormal warming of the equatorial eastern Pacific Ocean waters, which is known to adversely impact rainfall in India during the season from June to September.However,...



Big-note hoarding habit contagious

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:17:14 +0530

-The TelegraphMumbai: Research by the State Bank of India suggests currency notes of higher denominations, especially Rs 2000 notes, are "not getting adequately circulated in the economy" and the tendency to hoard cash may be having a domino effect.An SBI research report tries to provide a theoretical basis for the sudden evaporation of cash in some states by linking the phenomenon to the sharp decline in "income velocity" in the financial year that ended on March 31. Income velocity signifies...



NREGA spending up, beneficiaries fewer -Basant Kumar Mohanty

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:05:24 +0530

-The TelegraphNew Delhi: The government's spending on the rural job scheme increased 10 per cent in the last fiscal despite a matching decline in the number of beneficiaries because of deletion, challenging claims that weeding out bogus card-holders helped cut down on expenditure and pointing to the lack of jobs in rural areas.After verification, the government struck off the names of 1.62 crore job card-holders under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in 2017-18. However, the expenditure...



15 theories about why India is facing a cash crunch a year and a half after demonetisation -Rohan Venkataramakrishnan & M Rajshekhar

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:17:32 +0530

-Scroll.inFrom ATM logistics to deliberate lack of supply to Nirav Modi, there are many explanations for the shortage. One of the most unusual things about the cash crunch that is affecting a number of Indian states, which the government officially acknowledged on Tuesday, is that the causes of the shortage are unclear. In various statements, government officials have pointed the blame at an “unusual spurt” in currency demand, although they have yet to convincingly explain the reasons behind that spike...



Cash crunch continues in many states, but banks say situation improving

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:14:33 +0530

-Hindustan TimesEmpty ATMs and complaints reported from Patna to Haridwar.ATMs in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Gujarat ran empty on Wednesday, but banks said cash flow had improved a day after people in many parts of India struggled to get money in their hands.Public lenders State Bank of India (SBI), Punjab National Bank, Canara Bank and privately owned Axis Bank said in separate statements that only few of their ATMs were without cash.“Availability of cash in SBI ATM has improved...



Centre's move to dilute rules on cattle sale in livestock markets defeats very purpose of animal welfare India -Alokparna Sengupta

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:07:51 +0530

-Firstpost.comLast year, in May 2017, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules 2017, drafted to ensure the welfare of animals in livestock and cattle markets. The rules were formed in compliance with an order of the Supreme Court (Gauri Maulekhi versus Union of India) to regulate livestock markets in order to curb illegal cattle trafficking and to address the cruelties in these markets.Amongst many provisions which...



Local, global experts likely to be roped in for National Health Scheme -Yogima Sharma

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:03:05 +0530

-The Economic TimesNew Delhi: The government is planning to rope in domain experts from within and outside the country to ensure a smooth rollout and monitoring of ‘Ayushman Bharat’, its ambitious health insurance scheme for the poor.Niti Aayog, the government’s premier think tank, will come out with guidelines for setting up the project monitoring unit (PMU) for Ayushman Bharat, also known as National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS), an official told ET on condition of anonymity as the draft RFP (request...



Taxmen begin raids on hoarders of cash as Centre, RBI pump in notes -Sidhartha

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:21:34 +0530

-The Times of IndiaNEW DELHI: Tax authorities have conducted 30-35 raids in Karnataka and parts of Andhra Pradesh as part of a drive to smoke out cash hoarders, even as the government and RBI moved to pump in funds into some of the states facing a currency crunch.In Bihar, for instance, Rs 800-900 crore has been pumped in through the ATM network with initial assessments suggesting that the shortage may be tackled soon. But the problem is seen to be...



Public Health Activists Oppose Maneka Gandhi's Move to Packaged Nutrients over Take Home Rations in Anganwadis -Aradhna Wal

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:18:40 +0530

-News18.comGandhi made the news recently by opposing her own ministry into wanting to convert these to factory made packets instead of sourcing local food items and ingredients. Citing food safety she has pushed for a powdered formula that can be mixed with regular meals. New Delhi: Over a 100 activists and groups have written to Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi opposing the move to turn take home rations to women and children below three into “energy-dense, factory...



Cash shortage likely to get worse in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai as ATMs run dry

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:48:22 +0530

-BusinessToday.inAs the problem of sudden cash crunch hits several states of the country, India's two major regions, the Delhi-NCR and Mumbai, can severely get affected in the coming days if the situation persists. According to sources in one of the largest private banks in the country, in the past one week the Delhi-NCR region received around 20 per cent of the cash supply it used to get on a daily basis. In the country's business capital, Mumbai, banks received in...



Can goats secure livelihood for small and marginal farmers?

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:10:41 +0530

-Down to EarthThe Centre's discussions on boosting the goat sector to double farmers’ incomes may be futile if fodder and grazing lands, both diminishing, are not ensured Since goats were domesticated 10,000 years ago, they have been poor people’s most reliable livelihood insurance. In India, goats are the most reliable source of earning a living in ecologically degraded areas. The reason: a goat has everything a poor or a person in emergency needs: low investment, high and consistent returns and...



'Chana farmers to lose Rs 6,170 crore' -Jayashree Bhosale

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:07:41 +0530

-The Economic TimesPUNE: Chana farmers stand to lose Rs 6,170 crore as they have not received the government assured minimum support price (MSP) for a good chunk of their crop, according to the ‘loot calculator’ of Jai Kisan Andolan (JKA), a movement which works for farmers’ rights.The Andolan, launched by Yogendra Yadav founded Swaraj Abhiyan, has gleaned this crop of data based on an expected production of 1,110 lakh quintals of chana and an MSP of Rs 4,400/ quintal.The government...



Government attempts damage control as ATMs run dry -Sandeep Phukan

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:54:39 +0530

-The HinduJaitley blames ‘spurt in demand’; Congress recalls note banAmidst reports of a cash crunch from different parts of the country, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government was “tackling the issue quickly” to overcome a “temporary shortage” caused by a sudden spurt in demand.But with hash tags #cashcrunch and #ATM trending on Twitter all day, Opposition leaders launched a scathing attack on the government.Minister’s assuranceResponding to the currency shortage, Mr. Jaitley tweeted: “Have reviewed the currency situation in...



The Bakarwals: Behind Kathua rape and murder, a persecuted tribe that's both Muslim and Hindu -Adrija Roychowdhury

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:19:48 +0530

-The Indian ExpressWhile the incident and what followed, has revealed much about the communal divide that exists in the valley, it is interesting to reflect upon the religious identity of the Bakarwals, wherein we find an interesting blend of Hindu-Muslim theological systems.New Delhi: “Usey apney haath aur paun mein pata nahin tha, ki mera daayan haath kaun sa hai aur baayan haath kaun sa hai. Kabhi usney yeh nahin samjha ki Hindu kya hota hai aur Musalmaan kya hota hai...



Under Modi Government, VIP Hate Speech Skyrockets - By 500% -Nimisha Jaiswal, Sreenivasan Jain and Manas Pratap Singh

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:14:46 +0530

-NDTVNDTV scanned nearly 1,300 articles and cross-referenced this with databases. We went through 1,000 recent tweets of politicians and public figures. New Delhi: The use of hateful and divisive language by high-ranking politicians has increased almost 500% in the past four years, an NDTV data collection exercise has found.The premise of the exercise was simple: it seems not a day, or a week goes by without some senior politician - a member of Parliament, minister, MLA or even Chief Minister...



What demonetisation did to tax collections -Aarati Krishnan

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:03:12 +0530

-The HinduIt has sharply lifted tax buoyancy and ushered many new return filers into the income tax netThe argument about whether demonetisation was good or bad for the economy refuses to die down even a year after the event. Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan took potshots at it in a recent speech.While one can endlessly debate, with very little data, on whether the ban on high-value currency notes dealt a body blow to terrorism, corruption and counterfeiting, one area in...



Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code: BJP claims Rs 4 lakh crore recovery; RBI data tell a different story -Sunny Verma

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:00:28 +0530

-The Indian ExpressAs against this claim, the Reserve Bank of India's latest data shows that the public sector banks could recover a total of only Rs 15,786 crore in the fiscal year 2016-17 and 2017-18 till December 31 through all recovery channels, including IBC.The BJP claimed on its Twitter account on Saturday that the “Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), 2016 has resulted in recovery of Rs 4 lakh crore out of staggering Rs 9 lakh crore of NPAs or bad...



As Empty ATMs Reported, RBI Says Shortage Due To Logistical Reasons: 10 Points -Debjani Chatterjee

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:27:28 +0530

-NDTV  (With inputs from agencies) As ATMs ran dry in several parts of the country, finance minister Arun Jaitley said the shortage is temporary and is being tackled quickly. New Delhi: In response to reports that ATMs in several states are running dry, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today conceded a "temporary shortage in some areas" and said it was being "tackled quickly". The Reserve Bank of India said the shortage may be felt in some pockets due to logistical issues...



Between 2015 & 2016, suicide by farmers fell but suicide by agricultural labourers grew

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 22:36:11 +0530

The total number of farm suicides in the country has reduced from 12,602 to 11,370 between 2015 and 2016 viz. a fall by 9.8 percent. This has been revealed recently in a reply by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Parshottam Rupala in the Lok Sabha.So, one may wonder why there is such a hue and cry about rural distress and agrarian crisis in the recent times.Clearly, the minister's reply on 20th March...



Top court clamps down on 'quacks' -R Balaji

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:59:16 +0530

-The TelegraphNew Delhi: Ayurveda, unani or homoeopathy healers cannot practise without getting themselves officially registered, the Supreme Court has ruled while expressing concern at quacks "playing with lives".Practitioners of alternative medicine need to be registered under the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, for which they are required to obtain a degree or diploma from a recognised institution teaching these courses."Earlier, there were very few institutions imparting teaching and training to doctors, vaidyas and hakimis," the bench of Justices R.K. Agrawal...



IMD monsoon forecast showers Indian economy with cheer -Srishti Choudhary & Sayantan Bera

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:28:52 +0530

-Livemint.comRainfall will be 97% of the 50-year average with a 54% probability that rains will be normal to above normal, IMD said in its first stage, long-range monsoon forecastNew Delhi: Rainfall is likely to be normal during the June-to-September southwest monsoon season, the government’s weather office said on Monday.“For the third consecutive year, India will have a normal monsoon. There is very less probability of experiencing a deficit monsoon. We will come out with the next assessment on 15 May...



MSP for Jowar: At 150% of cost, it will distort market price -Prabhudatta Mishra

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:13:33 +0530

-Financial ExpressIf the government implements the assured minimum support price at one and a half times the production cost, as promised, it would jack up consumer prices of jowar and distort the market dynamics of the “poor man’s cereal”. Besides, the measure would also dampen exports, analysts warn. At 150% of the cost (A2+FL), the MSP for jowar for the next season could be at least 37% higher than the Rs 1,700/quintal announced for 2017-18 crop year (July-June); the resultant...



States as policy labs for farming -Rajeev Gowda

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:08:50 +0530

-The New Indian ExpressSomething remarkable happened when the farmers came marching to Mumbai recently. Instead of greeting them with hostility, Mumbaikars welcomed them with affection, food and water. This change in attitude was triggered by the farmers’ extraordinary discipline and their efforts to ensure minimal disruption to the Mumbaikars’ routines. Even hard-boiled journalists acknowledged, for a brief moment, urbanites had realised  our farmers and adivasis were indeed facing difficult times.The march provides us with an opportunity to examine the linkages...



Freeing the farm -Ashok Gulati & Shweta Saini

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:24:45 +0530

-The Indian ExpressRaising agricultural exports requires the government to unburden policy of consumer bias. A balance should be struck between meeting the needs of food-insecure consumers and income-insecure farmers.The Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh, recently tweeted about the government’s resolve to increase the value of the country’s agricultural exports to $100 billion by 2022-23. The Dalwai Committee Report on doubling farmers’ incomes also talked of a similar target. It said, “the aim should be to raise agricultural exports by a...



How MGNREGA can be re-engineered for doubling of farmers' incomes -Ashok Pankaj & Mondira Bhattacharya

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:21:14 +0530

-The Indian ExpressThe NDA government’s approach towards MGNREGA — the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act — has differed from that of the previous UPA regime in one significant way: There is greater emphasis now in the building of “individual household” assets, as opposed to “community” assets, under the scheme that provides 100 days of guaranteed wage employment annually to every rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.In 2012-13 and 2013-14, the last two years...



Will raising minimum support price necessarily lead to higher inflation? -Sanjeeb Mukherjee

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:02:05 +0530

-Business StandardHigh MSPs could raise food prices, fear experts; some analysts say there will be marginal, crop-intensive impactTo what extent will the government’s efforts to increase minimum support prices (MSPs) and spread their benefits translate into food inflation? And if they do, which are the crops that will be instrumental in pushing the price level up?From the NITI Aayog to industry leaders to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), all are apprehensive that any major increase in MSP, following the...



Rural Distress: 9 Crore Applied For MGNREGS Work Last Year -Subodh Varma

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:24:04 +0530

-Newsclick.inShrinking farm incomes, frozen wages and lack of jobs is driving people to work in the scheme for a pittance.Nearly 9 crore Indians applied for work in the rural jobs guarantee scheme (MGNREGS) in 2017-18, according to data put out by the ministry of rural development. That’s a staggering 42% of the rural work force. Of those who applied for work, some 1.4 crore persons (or about 15%) were turned back with 7.6 crore actually getting work.In the Modi era,...



Attack on India's forests and forest communities: Draft National Forest Policy 2018 -Soumitra Ghosh

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:17:17 +0530

-Groundxero.inIndia’s forests are officially on sale. Forests, which are ecological and cultural constructs intrinsically linked with human communities that have been living in and using those for ages, have turned into mere repositories of ‘products’ such as timber and ‘ecosystem services’ that could be quantified, valued, priced and exchanged—or so the Draft National Forest Policy prepared by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change(MoEF & CC) would have us believe.  By focussing on ‘products’ and ‘services’ instead of the...



Economic Graffiti: Why morality matters to economics -Kaushik Basu

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:14:23 +0530

-The Indian ExpressTo deal with corruption, it is not enough to just get fiscal policies right. It is in our collective long-term interest to nurture individual values.I went to an optometrist last week, who gave me one of those cards to read where the font starts out large and then gets progressively small, to test your reading capacity. In this case what was interesting was the content of the card. It was a primer on how to make money. It...



The Pathalgadi rebellion -Amarnath Tewary

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:11:38 +0530

-The HinduIn recent months, many Adivasi villages in Jharkhand have put up giant plaques declaring their gram sabha as the only sovereign authority and banning ‘outsiders’ from their area. Amarnath Tewary reports on a political movement that is gathering steam across the State’s tribal beltIt is high noon at the government middle school in the heart of Maoist-affected Arki block in Jharkhand’s Khunti district. Over 100 Adivasi villagers have gathered in the school’s playground with bows and arrows and slingshots,...



Malnutrition cases in Maharashtra under-reported, finds survey -Tabassum Barnagarwala

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:47:25 +0530

-The Indian ExpressThe preliminary findings in three of these districts — Pune, Nandurbar and Raigad — show that percentage of wasting and of under-nutrition is higher than as recorded by the NFHS-4 and the Integrated Child Development System (ICDS).Mumbai: A survey by the public health department in four districts of Maharashtra has found significant under-reporting of malnutrition cases. The preliminary findings in three of these districts — Pune, Nandurbar and Raigad — show that percentage of wasting and of under-nutrition...



PMO for ordinance to counter court ruling on SC/ST -Rakesh Mohan Chaturvedi

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:38:57 +0530

-The Economic TimesNEW DELHI: After a successful Bharat Bandh against the Supreme Court judgement on the SC/ST Act, the government is worried about losing the perception battle to rival political parties on being pro-Dalit.While the suggestion for issuing an Ordinance-if needed to counter an adverse SC verdict on the review petitioncame from the Prime Minister’s Office, some cabinet ministers are of the view that issues like reservation in promotion and quota in private sector jobs also be discussed.Sources said some...



Fund fight: Why population became a sticking point for Centre and states

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:35:09 +0530

-The Times of India• What does the Finance Commission do?In India’s federal structure, taxation powers and obligations for various services — like law and order, health, education — are unequally shared between the Centre and the states. Hence, the Constitution mandates the setting up of a Finance Commission (FC) every five years to recommend how revenues from central taxes should be shared between the Centre and the states. A fair distribution of tax revenues is necessary also so that public...



RSS Manch sights on RBI

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:12:03 +0530

-PTINew Delhi: The RSS-affiliated Swadeshi Jagran Manch has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding the removal of Nachiket Mor from the Reserve Bank board on the ground of conflict of interest."There is no case for retaining Nachiket Mor on the board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). It is a fit case of conflict of interest, as his principal employer BMGF (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) receives foreign funds and the RBI is the regulator of the fund(s),"...



Darkest hour: Ex-bureaucrats to PM Modi on rapes

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:46:40 +0530

-The Times of IndiaNEW DELHI: Amid growing public outrage over the Kathua and Unnao incidents, a collective of retired civil servants has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling the current situation a “moment of existential crisis” in which the government’s response would determine whether the nation could “overcome the crisis of constitutional values, of governance and the ethical order”.In a strongly worded letter that sought to pin the blame on right wing politics and the Sangh Parivar, the 49...



Mandate and allocations -M Govinda Rao

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 06:40:01 +0530

-The HinduThe terms of reference of the 15th Finance Commission raise questions about constitutional proprietyIt is not without reason that the presidential terms of reference (ToR) of the Fifteenth Finance Commission have raised questions, and the recent conclave of Finance Ministers of the southern States to discuss contentious issues in the ToR is only the beginning. In the months ahead more debate on this is likely. But the line by the media that this conclave was about concerns over the...