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Hungry India: Are we angry enough? -Patralekha Chatterjee

ent develop a full-fledged Web-enabled nutrition information system. What does this mean for the millions who go hungry to bed night after night? What will be done to make sure that they have the neceSSAry nutrition to be healthy and productive and not die like Santoshi? We didn’t need the Global Hunger Index to tell us that India has a severe malnutrition problem. There are heaps of official data which tell you about the numbers of stunted a

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New guidelines for social audit to boost Food Security Scheme -Anand Mishra

od and public distribution held three meetings through video conferencing with officials of all states. On July 27, August 17 and August 31st this year pertaining to various aspects of grievance redreSSAl mechanism and transparency related to the implementation of the various provisions of the National Food Security Act. During the meetings, most of the states felt that the since under NFSA, the main issue is timely distribution of foodgrains to el

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A drought on UP's doorstep -Omar Rashid

structed divisional commissioners and district magistrates to brace for a “potential drought”. Mr. Kumar has instructed officials to coordinate with all departments and take “neceSSAry steps on a priority basis”. The Chief Secretary has issued a three-page order containing a set of instructions to various departments of the government, including those of Farm, Irrigation, Energy, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Animal

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Development At Extreme Close Up -Sunil Bahri

-Outlook Jholawala Dreze’s ‘research for action’ gets close to the people at the end of public policy. These eSSAys urge greater collaboration between activists and economists. SENSE AND SOLIDARITY: JHOLAWALA ECONOMICS FOR EVERYONEBY JEAN DREZE PERMANENT BLACK | PAGES: 354 | RS. 795 Manmohan Singh attracted much lampooning and ridicule during and after his ten-year-long tenure as PM for the nature of the relationship of hi

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Aadhaar linkage: Telcos use pressure tactics on users -Pankaj Doval

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Telecom operators are bombarding their consumers with meSSAges to link their SIM cards with Aadhaar, going so far as to threaten a disconnection in services. Those who use Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular, among others, have been fielding frequent SMS alerts and tele-calls from mobile operators and their field associates, asking them to link their numbers with Aadhaar. Telecom companies cite a directive from th

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Six steps to job creation -Santosh Mehrotra

tructure investment under it is taking place in towns which have clusters of unorganised sector economic activities. Hence an engagement between the Urban Development and MSME Ministries is neceSSAry to ensure that this is happening. It will attract more investment to industrial clusters, which is where most non-agricultural jobs are. Fifth, focus of women. Girls are losing out in jobs, or those with increasing education can’t fin

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Transparency Has Taken a Backseat Under Modi Rule, Says RTI Activist -Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

nounced.” With two more information commissioners due to complete their terms – one having already done so on September 22 – and the other due in mid-January 2018, Batra felt it neceSSAry to ask about the progress in the matter. As such, he had asked the CPIO, PMO to provide him information on the list of files with reference numbers on which the current appointments of ICs in CIC was being processed in PMO; the names and designat

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FSSAI enforces Supreme Court's ban on gutka, pan masala

as ingredients in any food products and bans sale of all food products where tobacco is present as ingredient such as gutka and pan masala. Pune: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued a directive on October 9 banning the manufacture, sale and distribution of gutka and pan masala (with tobacco and nicotine). The directive was issued to Commissioners/Offices In-charge of Food Safety of all states and union territories in the

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Food company lobbyists, RUTF backers in Niti Aayog's working group on nutrition -Rema Nagarajan

, and which have been pushing packaged therapeutic food to address malnutrition. The government has repeatedly clarified that packaged energy dense food is against India's policy on malnutrition redreSSAl. Niti Aayog's own National Nutrition Strategy (NNS) states that policy development and programme implementation should be kept clear of conflicts of interest. An office memorandum dated September 26 stated that the Niti Aayog proposed to "rea

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'A rapist is a rapist' even if husband

-PTI The Supreme Court today referred to the European Commission of Human Rights' observation on sexual aSSAult by relatives that "a rapist remains a rapist regardless of his relationship with the victim", while criminalising sexual intercourse with a wife below 18 years. A bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta, however, made it clear that it was not dealing with the question of marital rape of women above the age of 18 y

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