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1.Transformational effect of school planning.

New model of sharing school facilities could address grade-specific resource scarcity in rural areas

Ram Prasad Bawari (58), a farm labourer near Devgaon village, about 45 km from Jaipur, always wanted his four children to study in a “big” school but until a couple of years ago he had no idea what that might look like.

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2.Empowering the Right to Education.

Boosting school infrastructure and teacher training is essential for RTE to deliver greater equity

In 2009 India enacted a landmark legislation promising universal inclusion in primary education, paving the way for more learning opportunities at secondary and higher levels. This legislation, the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, effectively made education a fundamental right of every child in the age group of 6 to 14.

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3.Why ‘cashless’ may be the new normal.

The demonetisation drive is not so much about curbing black money. Consider the likely outcomes of a cashless society, and read back from them the intent behind such a move

Perhaps the most significant development since the November 8 announcement of demonetisation is the shift in the legitimising narrative around the note ban. What was touted as a ‘surgical strike’ on black money,

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4.Free flow of wheat.

The Centre’s decision to waive import duty on wheat has predictably attracted flak. Opposition parties have questioned the move, which comes days after the government’s assertion that demonetisation of high-value currency notes did not impact the sowing of the rabi crop, with a greater area being cultivated compared to the same time a year ago. Assembly polls are due soon in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab,  read more

1.India gears up to test 5,000-km range Agni-V missile.

India is getting ready to test its Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile, with a strike range of over 5,000 km, in its final operational configuration from the Wheeler Island off Odisha after a gap of two years.   read more

2.Methane in air rising 10 times faster than before, warn experts

Civil society is a global phenomenon. It is widely known as an influential ‘third sector’, after the government and business/ industry.  read more

3.India to create backup for nat'l gene bank.

In the middle of fierce hostilities, an international gene bank some 32 km south of Aleppo has survived. It will remain unclear if the Islamic State is aware of its significance or just felt it unworthy of its attention.  read more

4.The state does not have capacity to meet basic expectations ... We need to marry social entrepreneurial energy to capital'.

India has become the go-to destination for overseas investors looking for something more than just commercial returns. “Impact investing“ is a term which describes investors who try to balance commercial aims with social objectives. Rajiv Lall, Managing Director & CEO of IDFC Bank, spoke to Sanjiv Shankaran about the need for promoting impact investing, the relationship between private gains and public goods and how companies are moving to a paradigm where profit may be just one of the motives for business. read more

1.De-mon kills demand; inflation nosedives.

NEW DELHI: The much-hyped demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes has indeed forced people to tighten their purse strings. This reflected in the consumer inflation numbers for November, released on Tuesday. According to the data, retail inflation  rose by an annual 3.63 per cent – the slowest since November 2014.  read more

2.A Decade of Ban Ki-Moon.
3.Cash ban hitting growth.

NEW DELHI: The Asian Development Bank joined the bandwagon of agencies predicting a fall in India’s GDP for the current fiscal year on Tuesday, revising its forecast for 2016-17 down to 7 per cent. The prediction comes less than a week after India’s own Reserve Bank lowered growth targets from 7.6 per cent to 7.1 per cent.  read more

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