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India ranks 133 of 188 countries in Human Development

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India ranks 133 of 188 countries in Human Development

United Nations : India has ranked a lowly 131 among the 188 countries surveyed for human development, a new UN report has said, bracketing the third-largest Asian economy alongside its South Asian neighbours like Pakistan, Bhutan and Nepal. India has made no improvement in its ranking over the previous year, despite the Human Development Report […]

63 million Indians live without Clean Water : Report

63 million Indians live without Clean Water : Report

Kochi: Rural India is very thirsty. We are the country with the most people without safe drinking water. India has the maximum number of people — 63 million — living in rural areas without access to clean water, according to a new global report released to mark World Water Day tomorrow. This is almost the […]

Catholic Church promotes ‘Safe Migration’ for poor in India

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Catholic Church promotes ‘Safe Migration’ for poor in India

In answer to the scourge of unsafe human trafficking and unsafe migration, especially for the poor communities, the Catholic Church has hit upon a way to promote safe migration. According to the National Sample Survey Office, India has some 309 million internal migrants, the majority leaving home for economic reasons. For example, several thousand affluent […]

Biggest Robbery in History

Biggest Robbery in History

“What does a woman in Wall Street have in common with a woman who has a shop in Brazil? Or in a cane farm in South Africa? Or in a sweatshop in Bangladesh? Chances are that they are all not paid equally by their different employers”  A new UN initiative launched recently calls the women’s […]

Less hassles to register trade mark

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Less hassles to register trade mark

New Delhi: To promote ease of doing business, the government  (March 6) cut the number of trade mark forms from 74 to just eight and nearly halved the fee for e-filing applications to Rs 4,500. These changes were notified in the Trade Mark (TM) Rules, 2017. “These rules, which replace the erstwhile Trade Mark Rules […]

Check out the Ganga Plains for chucked out Computer Waste: NGT

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Check out the Ganga Plains for chucked out Computer Waste: NGT

New Delhi: Is India finally waking up the hazardous e-waste disposal? Some areas in UP are notorious for unscientific and haphazard handling of electronic waste. The National Green Tribunal has woken up to a plea made by a concerned citizen. The National Green Tribunal has directed inspection of Ganga flood plains to probe dumping and […]

Why Labour Permit for Nepal workers?

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Why Labour Permit for Nepal workers?

Nepal government has for the first time formally acknowledged India as a labour destination for Nepali workers. On January 23, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal announced that the government is planning to make it mandatory for Nepali workers heading for India to acquire labor permits. The government does not have records of Nepalis working in […]

India stops Rs 3 billion annual aid for Children

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India stops Rs 3 billion annual aid for Children

More than 145,000 children could be at risk in India as a Christian charity ends its operations here. Compassion International is one of the biggest international charity organisations working in India and sends $50 million (Rs 3 billion in Indian currency) in humanitarian aid to the country annually. The charity is scheduled to withdraw from […]

Hundreds of journalists lose jobs: Demo Domino Effect ?

Hundreds of journalists lose jobs: Demo Domino Effect ?

Will the Patna edition of The Telegraph fold up? It seems most people connected to the English language newspaper here are jittery.  Even the HT has shut up shop in several smaller cities, including Ranchi. Print Journalism doesn’t seem to be a viable profession, does it? Some blame it on the demonetisation domino effect! Two […]

Budget halves Basic Tax Rate; More Public Spending

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Budget halves Basic Tax Rate; More Public Spending

New Delhi: Most middle income tax-payers have welcomed the Union Budget proposals announced February 1, though opposition parties bicker over the fine print. The big news is that donations to political parties will become more transparent. In a pre-poll Budget aimed at softening the demonetisation blow, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley halved the basic income tax […]

Bombay Archdiocese’s burial plans shrouded in controversy?

Bombay Archdiocese’s burial plans shrouded in controversy?

Bombay (Mumbai): If it was good enough for Jesus Christ, it’s good enough for you. Coffins have been integral to burials in the Christian community. But given the space crunch for burials in the city, the Archdiocese of Bombay  has begun ‘actively encouraging’ families to opt for burials in shrouds – a more economic and […]

Now reservation for Girls in IIT?

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Now reservation for Girls in IIT?

New Delhi: This ‘new quota proposal’ will probably be hailed throughout India!  A panel has recommended reservation for girl students in IITs to address the issue of slump in the number of female students entering the prestigious institutes (Jan 15). The guys need not be worried, because ‘new seats will be created only for girls’. […]