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Aruna Roy opts out of Sonia-led National Advisory Council

Social activist Aruna Roy has decided not to continue in the United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council after her term expires on Friday. Roy has written to......

When social activists become politicians

Is politics gaining at the expense of civil society? Mayank Mishra analysesThe choice before social activist Medha Patkar and her National Alliance of People's Movements was not easy. She and other......

PM sets up committee to assess status of tribals

On the lines of the Sachar Committee for Muslims, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has set up a panel to assess the status of Scheduled Tribes, to ensure their progress in socio-economic, health and......

MGNREGA 2.0: We need it now more than ever

With the threat of a failed monsoon and an impending drought, the need for public works and for greater numbers of workers will arise in many states, says National Advisory Council member Aruna Roy......

READ: PM's letter to Anna Hazare

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday wrote a letter to activist Anna Hazare on the Lokpal issue. The text of the letter is as follows: "Over the last few days, I have watched with increasing......

COLUMN: The freebie nation

Despite warnings from a parliamentary panel, the list of tax exemptions in 2012-13 shows a rising trend, writes Sreelatha Menon. The Union Budget shows the charitable instincts of the government......

World's 10 safest banks

Here's something to chew on: In a list of the world's 50 safest banks, there is not a single Indian bank -- despite the fact that Indian banking system was termed one of the most robust because it......

Dinesh Raheja profiles Jeetendra

Dinesh RahejaThe acting, fighting, singing, dancing Hindi film hero is the sum of many parts. Jeetendra may not have wonthe critics, but he managed to be a producers' pet for 25 years thanks to his......

Ghosh, Tomar fastest

One meet record fell by the wayside as Sanjay Ghosh of Madhya Pradesh and Delhi's Poonam Tomar emerged fastest man andwomanrespectively in the 43rd Senior National Inter-State Athletics......
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Social activists opposing the NDA government's move to reform MNREGA on Sunday said that the scheme has in fact helped revive the agriculture... ...

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-mnrega-has-helped-revive-agriculture-sector-study-2027426
Tweaking MGNREGA to cost 5 crore jobs

Now only 51% funds meant for the job scheme will be spent on employment, while the rest will be spent on purchasing material... ...

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-tweaking-mgnrega-to-cost-5-crore-jobs-2024566
Proposed changes to rural job scheme will hit 5 cr households, say activists

The Government is planning to roll back the rural job guarantee scheme, which will end up affecting at least five crore rural households, social... ...

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/proposed-changes-to-rural-job-scheme-will-hit-5-cr-households-say-activists/article6482199.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication
And then there was Deepika…

Deepika Padukone's fiery response to the recent photo scandal shows how little she cares about the kind of behaviour expected of female film stars.... ...

http://www.sunday-guardian.com/artbeat/and-then-there-was-deepika
No information revolution

When a former Central Information Commissioner is denied answers under the RTI Act, what chance does the common man have? Pradeep Sati reports... ...

http://www.tehelka.com/rti-act-no-information-revolution/

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