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Friends of Trees and The Joy of the Harvest!

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Friends of Trees and The Joy of the Harvest!

The earth is our teacher, and every winter, Taru Mitra demonstrates just that through the noisy, joyous organic rice harvesting festival. The fields attached to the Taru Mitra bio-reserve in Patna were swarming with students, teachers, a group of transgender friends, and even the Bihar Minister for Agriculture. They all had sickles in their hands […]

Is demonetization pro-poor?

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Is demonetization pro-poor?

A former bureaucrat turned politician puts the spin on the demonetization narrative. Black money is like a chameleon. Its multiple forms — in cash, real estate and gold, in tax havens, shell companies and benami properties — make its detection difficult. That is why when asked the reason for frequently changing goalposts after demonetisation, Prime […]

Entire Delhi is unauthorised, says harried Judge!

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Entire Delhi is unauthorised, says harried Judge!

New Delhi: Entire Delhi is unauthorised, an anguished High Court remarked today ( November 7) while hearing a plea regarding the ongoing demolition at Kathputli colony in west Delhi. The observation was made by a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar when an NGO representing some residents of the […]

Jharkhand funds 20 local films to boost film-making in State

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Jharkhand funds 20 local films to boost film-making in State

Ranchi:  The Jharkhand government has given its approval for production of 20 films, says a PTI report. The approval was given on the recommendation of members of the technical committee of the Jharkhand Film Development Corporation (JFDC). Of the 20 films approved for production in the state,  four Santhali films, three films each in Nagpuri, […]

Bombay Court upholds Hawkers’ rights to Livelihood

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Bombay Court upholds Hawkers’ rights to Livelihood

Bombay (Mumbai): The Bombay High Court on Wednesday (November 1) ruled that hawkers in the city can operate outside the radius of 150 meters of hospitals, railway stations, educational institutions and religious places. The Bombay High Court also ordered that the hawkers would not be allowed anywhere in the city except for designated hawking zones. […]

Communities clean up Meghalaya Rivers

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Communities clean up Meghalaya Rivers

One of the good things happening in Meghalaya is that the local people are joining hands to address environmental issues. The growing numbers of community-led River Protection and Conservation movements in Meghalaya are rays of hope for the state, known as ‘The Abode of Clouds’ and for those living near the rivers. Sfter all, water […]

Mysore’s ‘Body Miyan’ puts corpses to rest!

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Mysore’s ‘Body Miyan’ puts corpses to rest!

Looking for a true Indian patriot, a real ‘desh-bhakt’? Meet Ayub Ahmed, from Mysore (Mysuru) in Karnataka.  He is  also known as ‘Body Miyan’, and has been voluntarily burying unidentified and unclaimed corpses for the past 19 years. Shifting unidentified and unclaimed bodies is certainly no enviable work, but to do this as an act […]

Editors Guild slams Rajasthan’s ‘harmful ordinance’

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Editors Guild slams Rajasthan’s ‘harmful ordinance’

The Rajasthan Government’s  ordinance to gag the media is a “pernicious instrument” to harass the media, the Editors Guild said in a statement. Students of media will clearly see how the ‘Authoritarian Theory’ of  Media is being implemented.  The press will need the government’s permission to report on their own inept or corrupt officials, etc. […]

Government curbing constitutional freedom of minority schools?

Government curbing constitutional freedom of minority schools?

The government agencies are quietly tinkering with the education system in an effort to erode constitutional protections and freedoms to minority institutions, observers say. Heads of more than 40 minority schools in New Delhi met last week (September 2) to underline the need to remain alert to attempts to erode constitutional freedoms and protections provided […]

Student’s PIL makes Court summon Union law Secretary

Student’s PIL makes Court summon Union law Secretary

Madurai: A law student’s PIL has prompted the Mardas High Court to sit up. The Madras High Court has issued notice to the Union law secretary and the secretary of the social justice and empowerment ministry on a PIL, urging for a section of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities Act), providing for a “mandatory death […]

South Asian Govts don’t have flood prevention at heart

South Asian Govts don’t have flood prevention at heart

This year we have seen the most devastating floods to hit South Asia in a decade. Flooding has killed more than 1,400 people. The focus is on the poor planning and lack of preparedness for annual monsoon rains, as authorities in the different countries struggle to get aid to millions of the displaced and affected […]

₹ 200  Bank note will help ease demonetization gap

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₹ 200 Bank note will help ease demonetization gap

NEW DELHI: The central bank will soon issue 200-rupee note the Finance Ministry has confirmed today. The move will help fill the vast demand for cash after the notes ban, which wiped out over 85 per cent of the cash in circulation. The Finance Ministry, in a notification, said that on the recommendations of the […]

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