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Nationwide BPL survey begins

A nationwide Socio-economic & caste census to identify people living Below Poverty Line (BPL) was flagged off on 29th June from Shankhola, a remote tribal hamlet in Tripura West district.

Secretary of Ministry of Rural Development, B K Sinha inaugurated the census by lighting a lamp.

"Those names would be deleted from the list of BPL who own a vehicle or two-wheelers, pucca houses, land phone, fishing trawler, government employees having income above Rs 10,000 or holders of Kisan Credit Cards with Rs 50,000 or giving income tax," he said.

"It is an historical census. It would provide inputs that will help taking different programmes for the people of the country," Sinha said.

Registrar of Government of India and Census Commissioner, Dr C Chandramauli said, "This programme of enumeration of poor in the country would be completed within forty days from today and only electronic devices would be used to conduct the survey."

The survey is being jointly conduct…

Fairer sex in India more stressed than anywhere in the world

Women around the globe feel stressed, but the fairer sex in India believe they are the most stressed of all, says a survey.

According to a study by global research firm Nielsen, Indian women across the world are the most stressed/pressured for time, with 87 per cent of respondents stating they they felt stressed most of the time and 82 per cent claiming they had no time to relax.

Indian women attributed the higher level of stress to more opportunities, coupled with managing multiple roles.

India is followed by Mexico and Russia, where 74 per cent and 69 per cent of women, respectively, feel they were more pressured.

The survey was conducted between February and April, covering 6,500 women from 21 developed and developing countries such as Sweden, the US, the UK, France, Thailand, Malaysia, China and India.

Admission to Colleges, With Catch: Careful selection!!!

For as long as there have been selective colleges, the spring ritual has been the same: Some applicants get a warm note of acceptance, and the rest get a curt rejection. Now, as colleges are increasingly swamped with applications, a small but growing number are offering various options: guaranteed admission if the students have eligibility. But, before you walk into a college, must look at the following seven things as under.
Here are some guidelines to help choose the right institution once you have chosen a stream that is of interest to you.
1. Distinguish between a degree and a vocational course. . For a degree course, make sure that your institution has been created by an act of parliament or a state legislature or been granted the status of a Deemed-to-be-University. Vocational programmes in computers, mass media, advertising, sales training, fashion technology, banking, customer care, call centre management, aviation and hospitality do not lead to grant of degrees, but only a diploma…

India fourth most dangerous place for women: survey

The high number of female foeticide, infanticide and human trafficking prevalent in India has placed it as the fourth most dangerous place for women in the world, according to a survey.

Afghanistan is the most dangerous place for women followed by Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India and Somalia in the survey conducted by Thomson Reuters' Trustlaw Women, a hub of legal information and legal support for women's rights.

Three of these countries are in South Asia.

The poll asked 213 experts in the field from five continents to rank countries on their overall perception of danger as well as by six key categories of risk, health threats, sexual violence, non-sexual violence, harmful practices rooted in culture, tradition and/or religion, lack of access to economic resources and human trafficking.

"India ranked fourth primarily due to female foeticide, infanticide and human trafficking," the poll said.

In 2009, India's Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta had remarked tha…

India's elderly suffer abuse silently: report

India has over 90 million elderly persons above the age of 60 years and many of them, silently suffer abuse in the hands of either their daughters-in-law or sons, according to a survey report.

The study, made public yesterday on the eve of the sixth World Elder Abuse awareness Day, has found that about 41 per cent felt that there has been an increase in the rate of crime against the elderly in the past three years.

"More than half of India's senior citizens surveyed feel that they are soft targets for crime," the report said.

HelpAge India is a leading humanitarian, development and campaign organisation working with and for older people in India for more than 30 years has done a survey on elderly persons.

The World Elder Awareness Day evolved from its nascent stage in 1997 initiated by a small group in Australia, to becoming an issue that saw United Nations endorsing and making it a global concern.

At present, the UN recognises elder abuse as a public health and human rights …

'Non-use of potash in one season won't hit farm yields'

Amid fears of a shortage of potash in the coming months, farm scientists and industry experts have said that agriculture production will not be affected if farmers do not apply potash in one season.

They based their observation on the past experience of potash consumption in India, especially the 1992-94 and 2010-11 periods, when the country's foodgrains production had risen substantially despite low consumption of potash.

Government research body Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) is of the view that farmers can avoid usage of potash for one season and it will not affect yields.

"We can avoid using potash (MoP) in the soil easily for one season and especially for crops like wheat and paddy as the soil also retains the nutrient," IARI Head of Soil Science Division Anand Swarup told.

Expressing similar views, the Fertiliser Association of India (FAI) said that the availability of potash is limited in the country and will be facing tight supply in the coming months. …

'For food security, cheap fert better than high agri prices'

A study by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A), suggests that availability of fertilisers at affordable prices should be prioritised over higher prices for agricultural produce in order to enable the country to achieve self-sufficiency in food production.

The study, "Demand for Fertiliser in India: Determinants and Outlook for 2020", was done by professor Vijay Paul Sharma of the Centre for Management in Agriculture, IIM-A, and Hrima Thaker of the same institute. It has projected that demand for fertilisers in India will increase to 41.6 million tonnes by 2020.

By estimating demand for fertilisers, one can understand the implications of the fertiliser price policy, including subsidies, agricultural product pricing and their inter-relationship, Sharma explained.

"The results clearly indicate that non-price factors such as irrigation, high yielding varieties and cropping intensity were more powerful in influencing demand for fertilisers compared with price …

Rights groups' demand unifomity in rules against child labour

Several child rights organisations demanded amendments to Article 24 of the Constitution to do away with contradictions in the implementation of rules against child labour in the country.

"Schedule 5 of the article allows employment of child labours in non-hazardous sectors like agriculture, while Child Labour Prohibition and Regulation Act banned children under-14 from working as domestic servants in dhabas, restaurants, hotels and hospitality sectors," speakers from different child rights organisations said here at a programme.

"The crux of the problem was that the Act did not apply to child labour in agriculture or bidi industry," said Partha Roy, state advisor to National Commission for Protection of Child Rights on the eve of World Anti-Child Labour Day during a programme organised by international NGO, 'Save the Children'.

He lamented that state commissions for protection of child rights were not set up in many states, including in West Bengal.

These comm…

Indians give environment slight edge over economy

India, one of the world's fastest growing economies, is trying to become a green economy, according to new poll that showed Indians narrowly prioritise environmental protection over economic growth.

Bulk of the population, those who are getting by on their present incomes or finding it difficult to get by, remain more focused on the environment than the economy, said the leading US public opinion agency, Gallup in its new poll.

"Indians living comfortably -- and less likely to worry about putting food on their tables -- are equally divided," it said.

Indians are more likely to say they are satisfied with efforts to preserve the environment (45 per cent) than to say they are dissatisfied (38 per cent).

The country's poorest citizens stand out -- those finding it very difficult to get by are the least likely to say they are satisfied with efforts, but they are also the least likely to have an opinion, Gallup said.

Thirty-nine percent of Indians who say they are finding it v…