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MGNREGS as insurance(hinduEditorial,NREGA )

With unseasonal rain laying waste vast areas under the rabi crop in north India earlier this year and the threat of a deficient monsoon looming, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme could act as a real salve for distressed farm workers and labourers. The World Bank’s brief statement on the scheme on

In defence, time for tough decisions(hindu, defence ,essay)

Opting to drastically downsize 17 Corps and buy Rafale fighters were two bold, but not necessarily good, moves. Now, it’s time for the Defence Minister to create a unified services chief. Arun Jaitley and Manohar Parrikar, the government’s first and incumbent Defence Ministers, respectively, perhaps hoped that the pitiful record

Forced into marriage by social pressures (TheHIndu gay rights,Section 377)

A gay man and a straight woman in a marriage are both victims of a society that reinforces heterosexual marriage as the norm. Recently, a doctor in Delhi committed suicide when she found out that her husband was gay. Her suicide note indicates that she also faced mental harassment from her husband.

Japan and quake preparedness (disaster managemen,the hindu)

A robust disaster management programme which includes various aspects of mitigating after-effects, sensitisation of the public, warning systems, and architectural changes resulting in quake-resistant buildings has characterised Japan’s earthquake preparedness Hiroaki Takahashi The earthquake in Nepal has jolted the world. According to initial estimations by the United Nations, eight million people in

Nadia first ‘open defecation-free’ district in India

UNICEF India representative David Mcloughlin congratulated the people of the district for achieving the goal. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday declared Nadia as the first Open Defecation Free (ODF) district in the country. “I feel proud to declare Nadia to be the first ODF district in the

Indian government to introduce a Bill to unlock CAMPA funds(Polity, Current Affair, DownToEarth)

Photo: Forest Survey of India The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, cleared a Bill on April 29 to unlock the compensatory forestation fund of Rs 38,000 crore, the use of which is currently being supervised by the Supreme Court. The Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Bill, 2015, will

Killing a country’s ecology(the hindu , ecology,Essay,Biodiversity)

he Environment Minister insists on clearing all hydro projects, even when the government itself earlier agreed that the Himalayas must be avoided for development work. A battle of epic proportions between the hydroelectric power companies and the people of Uttarakhand has now culminated with the struggle shifting to the office