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Drought shadow looms over deep south -Harish Damodaran & Amitabh Sinha

us 19 per cent). The result can be seen in water levels in the dams. The four major reservoirs of the Cauvery basin in Karnataka — Krishna Raja Sagara or KRS in Mandya district, Hemavathy (HaSSAn), Kabini (Mysore) and Harangi (Kodagu) — currently have less water than they had at this time in 2016. Last year, the Karnataka government was forced to release water from the KRS and Kabini reservoirs to the Mettur dam across the border in

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Govt admits PM crop scheme lapses

s 4,071 crore after collecting Rs 3,076 crore in 2015-16, which witnessed many calamities, the claim in 2016-17 would also be around 65 per cent of the collection. The Congress staged a walkout, diSSAtisfied with the minister's answers. Singh blamed the "poor policies" of the previous UPA governments for the plight of the farmers. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was fully committed to serve the poor and the farmers and no governme

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The draft laws for organic foods, if cleared, will adversely affect small farmers -Chandra Bhushan

or. Instead of targeting small farmers, why not make laws that require mandatory labelling of foods grown with pesticides, chemicals or GMO etc? The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently announced the Draft Food and Standards (Organic Food) Regulations, 2017, aimed at curbing sale of fake organic products. This regulation will require products sold in the market as “organic” to be certified by either the Nationa

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Why the eNAM platform hasn't taken off despite all the fanfare -Rajalakshmi Nirmal

provision for electronic auction as a mode of price discovery, allow a single licence across the State and have market fees levied at a single point. Currently, only 13 States have enacted the neceSSAry amendments. Government data show that the six States with the most mandis under eNAM are Uttar Pradesh – 66; Madhya Pradesh – 58; Haryana: 54; Maharashtra – 54; Telangana – 44 and Gujarat – 40. No equipment But

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Cloak on defaulters

eep Gupta, appearing for the Reserve Bank, argued that the grant of loans was covered by various statutes, including the RBI Act, and governed by contractual obligations. "It is extremely neceSSAry to keep these names confidential due to their fiduciary relationship," Gupta told the bench of Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, which is hearing a plea from the NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation. The central ba

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India's children need a better deal -V Ramani

e internet – but only up to December 2016. Without real-time data on child weights, it is not possible to identify the specific pockets of child malnutrition where focused interventions are neceSSAry. More critically, this lack of data absolves the ICDS machinery of accountability for results. It is only when there is media and public furore about “malnutrition deaths” that governments swing into apparent action. Nutrition and hea

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Lending to priority sector is good business, Mundra tells banks

ementation’ held at the College of Agricultural Banking, Pune, the Deputy Governor pointed out that because of the regulatory dimension, focussing on smaller loans would become all the more neceSSAry now. “A couple of noteworthy changes have happened in the recent past — there is a revision of single and group borrower exposure limits and an overall ceiling on exposure of an entity to the banking system has been mandated. &ldqu

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Why is vegetarianism in India linked to purity? -Nandini Rathi

h boxes. Many workplace canteens also serve and ‘request’ their employees to carry only vegetarian food in their dabbas, such as at the company headquarters of the multinational company, ESSAr, in Mumbai. In April 2014, a notice was issued to the employees of The Hindu asking them to refrain from bringing non-vegetarian food into the office canteen as “all are aware” that “it causes discomfort to the majority of the emplo

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Rain fury: 9 dead in Gujarat, ASSAm toll mounts to 60; flash floods in Odisha

-PTI NEW DELHI: Rain fury continued across the country claiming nine lives in Gujarat and causing flash floods in Odisha, while in ASSAm the death toll touched 60 on Sunday though the flood situation there has eased. At least nine people have died and over 400 rescued by the National Disaster Response Force and the Indian Air Force as heavy rain lashed many parts of Gujarat in the past two days, leading to swollen rivers and overflowing reserv

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Register with GST, don't wait till July 30 deadline: Govt to traders

erified, applicants will be asked to furnish other details about their business. "There is no need to submit any physical documents (unless a query is raised and documents asked for) and all neceSSAry documents can be scanned and uploaded," the statement said. If there are no queries, one will be registered within three working days of applying. "More than anything, getting registered is for one's own benefit. If one is liable to tak

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