Government Issues

UAVS IN AGRICULTURE

With unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones emerging as a powerful tool in the agricultural sector, a progressive farmer in Kerala’s Wayanad has trained himself in the technology for use in his plantation as well as to train officials of various government agencies. P. Chandrasekharan, an engineer turned farmer at …

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ONE RANK ONE PENSION

The Union Cabinet on Friday approved a pension revision for retirees from the armed forces and their families under the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, which has been delayed since July 2019. Arrears will be paid from July 01, 2019, to June 30, 2022, which is approximately ₹23,638 crore …

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INCREASE IN MSP FOR COTTON

While cotton farmers in several States have demanded an increase in the minimum support price (MSP) of the crop, the Union government has said that it is “watching” the cotton production scenario and will decide accordingly. A senior official of the Union Textile Ministry told The Hindu that the domestic prices of …

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THE PERIODIC LABOUR FORCE SURVEY 2021

According to the Periodic Labour Force Survey 2021, India has about 100 million casual workers and 50 million salaried workers with no written job contract. This gives us an estimate of 150 million contract workers — or about 30% of the total labour force in the country. In the Annual …

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‘SC verdict has settled Rafale issue’

The Supreme Court verdict has settled all questions on the Rafale deal, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha, leading to a walkout by Congress members on Thursday.Ms. Swaraj was answering a question from Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut who asked her about the recent visit of French …

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Cyclone alert sounded in Guntur, Krishna

It is likely to make landfall between Masula and Odarevu The deep depression over the Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify and turn into a severe cyclone which is likely to cross south coastal Andhra Pradesh. With chances of the cyclone making a landfall between Machilipatnam and Odarevu in …

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In Manipur, panic over dead livestock

More than a month after unknown predators began killing livestock in six districts of Manipur, experts roped in from Dehradun’s Wildlife Institute of India (WII) identified stray and domesticated dogs as the culprits. But the mystery of the nocturnal attacks was far from solved in some parts bordering Myanmar; the …

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