Livelihoods News

Agricultural GDP is likely to grow by over 5% this year thanks to the most abundant rain in nearly two decades, a government thinktank has forecast. If the prediction turns out right, it could help tamefood inflation , provide a much-needed boost to rural incomes and a knock-on effect on other sectors of the economy. 

Supreme Court turned down centre's plea to modify its interim order that no person be deprived of any schemes for want of Aadhaar. 

Observing that the prevailing situation is a "double edged problem", the bench said that no order can be passed without hearing the parties who challenged the Aadhaar and posted the case for final hearing after Dussehra vacation. 

The Supreme Court directed the Centre and state governments to provide three per cent job reservation to disabled persons in their departments, companies and PSUs observing that it is an "alarming reality" that they are unemployed due to social and practical barriers. 

The court warned that not observing reservation scheme for disabled persons would be considered as an act of "non-obedience" and it would lead to initiation of departmental proceeding against the nodal officer concerned. 

 In a landmark judgement, the Supreme Court on Friday gave the citizens of India the right to reject all candidates in elections. 

Hearing a petition filed by the People's Union for Civil Liberties, an NGO, the apex court ruled that the Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs should have a button that will allow the voters to choose "none of the above" option. 

The bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam, Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that voters should be allowed to reject all candidates standing in an election in his/her constituency. 

Centre may bring about changes in the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act to address the fundamental problems associated with one of the largest flagship schemes of the UPA government.

As per the first advance estimates of production of kharif crops, 129.32 million tonnes (MT) foodgrains is likely to be produced in the current season.  These production estimates are higher by 8.75 million tonnes than the average production of 120.57 million tonnes.

These estimates were released by Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister, Shri Sharad Pawar today.  

The assessment of production of different crops is based on the feedback received from States and validated with information available from other sources.

JAIPUR: After the Rs 37,000 crore crude oil refinery in Barmer, Rajasthan is set to get the largest single-location solar plant in the world with an investment of Rs 30,000 crore and the announcement of the mega project most likely to come this month.

If the recent report of The Lancet Global Health Journal is to be believed,Chhattisgarh along with other eight 'poorer' states of India is likely to miss the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target of 30% reduction in mortality rate among children less than five years.

The report also reveals evidence of 'gender bias' marking under-five child mortality in India. It states that for every 100 boys, who died before the age of five in 2012, there were 130 deaths among girls.

Source: Times of India

Blessed with an exquisite handicraft items making skills, Erukula tribal families from Nellore district have migrated to the town, where their ware are sold like hot cakes.

The demand is huge and at least a dozen products are made of date palm sticks instead of traditional bamboo. Artisans are making these products near the Chilakalapudi Railway Station, on the way to Manginapudi beach from Machilipatnam. The prices of the products range from Rs.60 to Rs.500.

A network formed by commission agents and wholesale traders in Maharashtra and Karnataka with wholesale traders outside their States could be behind the surge in onion prices, which have currently zoomed to Rs 80 a kg at retail outlets.

This could be true if one were to go by the assessment of onion markets in a report submitted to the Competition Commission of India last year after prices soared to Rs 100 a kg at retail outlets in December 2010.

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