Draft global guidelines to reduce plastic fishing gear in oceans agreed upon

A set of draft Voluntary Guidelines on marking fishing gear have been adopted by countries to monitor the use of fishing gear, which is predominantly made from plastic

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Going backward

Today the country faces a new challenge: even the traditionally well-off farming communities are demanding reservations in government jobs. Their demand is an offshoot of deepening agrarian crisis that if ignored can snowball into an explosive situation

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BUDGET 2018-19: UPDATES

 

Will this ‘pro-agriculture’ budget connect with farmers?

Whether this budget will really bring any immediate change on the ground is a big question
Post-Budget Analysis
Health

Centre launches 'world's largest health scheme'; is there a catch?

The same scheme was announced by the Finance Minister in his 2015-16 budget speech
 
Climate change

Climate change fails to find mention in Budget speech

No loan waiver or farm sector reform proposed in the budget
 
Agriculture

Merely increasing PMFBY budget allocation might not help

To make this scheme really attractive for farmers, various serious measures need to be taken
 
Water

Jaitley says 47 projects completed under Namami Gange, but data suggests otherwise

Only 18 projects have been completed out of 95 sanctioned under Namami Gange