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Congress mulls using Article 254(2) to bypass farm laws: All you need to know about the rarely-used provision
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Congress mulls using Article 254(2) to bypass farm laws: All you need to know about the rarely-used provision

Article 254 (2) of the Constitution essentially allows a state law to prevail over a conflicting Central law in some circumstances

Three contentious farm laws have put Punjab on a warpath with the Centre; here's why
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Three contentious farm laws have put Punjab on a warpath with the Centre; here's why

The SAD leaving the NDA, combined with the rise of the AAP in Punjab, has complicated the political equation. With polls less than two years away, it is easy to see why political parties dare not risk the anger of farmers

Centre announces start of paddy procurement at MSP in Punjab and Haryana 'with immediate effect'
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Centre announces start of paddy procurement at MSP in Punjab and Haryana 'with immediate effect'

The government said that "in view of early arrival" of paddy in the states' markets, the procurement is being started earlier than usual 1 October timeline

Protesting farmers fear dismantling of MSP system, creation of large monopolies: Agri expert Ajay Vir Jakhar
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Protesting farmers fear dismantling of MSP system, creation of large monopolies: Agri expert Ajay Vir Jakhar

Jakhar said that the bills will result in a trickle-down model, which will only benefit large companies, not farmers or small traders

Farm Bills introduced in Rajya Sabha; MSP-based procurement to continue, says Narendra Singh Tomar
India

Farm Bills introduced in Rajya Sabha; MSP-based procurement to continue, says Narendra Singh Tomar

Opponents of the Agriculture Bills see them as an attempt to dilute the public procurement system and say they could lead to exploitation of farmers by private companies

Harsimrat Kaur Badal quits Union cabinet: Why Shiromani Akali Dal is risking 23-yr-old alliance with BJP over farm bills
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Harsimrat Kaur Badal quits Union cabinet: Why Shiromani Akali Dal is risking 23-yr-old alliance with BJP over farm bills

SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal has also expressed regret over the BJP not taking into account its reservations against the bill

Congress releases manifesto for Jharkhand Assembly polls, promises farm loan waiver up to Rs 2 lakh, stringent law against lynchings
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Congress releases manifesto for Jharkhand Assembly polls, promises farm loan waiver up to Rs 2 lakh, stringent law against lynchings

The manifesto of the Congress also said the minimum support price (MSP) for paddy per quintal will be fixed at Rs 2,500, and there would be a separate MSP for fruits and vegetables.

Delhi air pollution crisis: Money, political will, clear data or steadfast public attention — what really matters?
India

Delhi air pollution crisis: Money, political will, clear data or steadfast public attention — what really matters?

India does not have hourly, source-apportioned data across cities and neighbourhoods in an accessible format, which obfuscates public understanding and dilutes political will. The kind of staccato concern we show on air pollution cannot compete with the sustained focus of lobbying efforts

Govt hikes minimum support price of wheat by Rs 85 per quintal and pulses by up to Rs 325 per quintal
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Govt hikes minimum support price of wheat by Rs 85 per quintal and pulses by up to Rs 325 per quintal

The government on Wednesday increased the minimum support price (MSP) for wheat by Rs 85 to Rs 1,925 a quintal and for pulses by up to Rs 325 per quintal, official sources said

Govt hikes paddy MSP by 3.7% to Rs 1,815 per quintal for 2019-20 crop season: Agriculture minister
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Govt hikes paddy MSP by 3.7% to Rs 1,815 per quintal for 2019-20 crop season: Agriculture minister

The government has raised the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy, a key kharif crop, by 3.7 percent to Rs 1,815 per quintal for the 2019-20 crop season, said Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesda

Next govt should abolish minimum support price in 3 years, cut corporate tax by 5%: Economist Surjit Bhalla
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Next govt should abolish minimum support price in 3 years, cut corporate tax by 5%: Economist Surjit Bhalla

The former Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) member also said India is unlikely to fall in the middle-income trap

Lok Sabha Election 2019: CPM calls for scrapping of sedition law, urban job guarantee in its poll manifesto
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Lok Sabha Election 2019: CPM calls for scrapping of sedition law, urban job guarantee in its poll manifesto

The CPM is in favour of halting privatisation of public sector enterprises and rolling back privatisation in defence, energy and railways and basic services.

Odisha's tribals who gather and sell minor forest produce left at the mercy of dysfunctional market with no govt support
India

Odisha's tribals who gather and sell minor forest produce left at the mercy of dysfunctional market with no govt support

The Odisha government has plenty of funds to implement the Forest Rights Act to benefit tribals, so it can't blame a low budget for the poor enforcement of the law.

All India Kisan Sabha announces farmers' rally on 20 Feb to press for farm loan waiver, pension and MSP
India

All India Kisan Sabha announces farmers' rally on 20 Feb to press for farm loan waiver, pension and MSP

The new long march also follows 208 organisations of farmers from parts of the country staging protest in Delhi in November, 2018, raising the demands.

Budget 2019 could veer towards populism; expect income tax rationalisation, higher deductions for healthcare and investment
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Budget 2019 could veer towards populism; expect income tax rationalisation, higher deductions for healthcare and investment

Last year, personal income taxes were untouched and mutual fund investments were hit thanks to the return of the dreadful LTCG for equities

Niti Aayog pitches for setting up of agricultural tribunal, replacing MSP with crop auction at reserve price
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Niti Aayog pitches for setting up of agricultural tribunal, replacing MSP with crop auction at reserve price

On farm exports, Niti Aayog suggested the government should come up with a coherent and stable agricultural export policy

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel announces short-term farm loan waiver in first cabinet meet of new Congress govt
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Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel announces short-term farm loan waiver in first cabinet meet of new Congress govt

Baghel was addressing a press conference after chairing the first cabinet meeting of the newly-formed Congress government in the state. "Besides, loans of farmers borrowed from commercial banks will also be waived after proper examination," he said.

Farmers' protest in Delhi: Cultivators march to Ramlila Maidan to demand special session of Parliament
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Farmers' protest in Delhi: Cultivators march to Ramlila Maidan to demand special session of Parliament

Thousands of farmers staged a rally in Delhi to protest to demand better Minimum Support Price and loan waivers.

Kisan march in Delhi: From carrying skulls to naked protest threats, bizarre steps Tamil Nadu farmers warned of if stopped
India

Kisan march in Delhi: From carrying skulls to naked protest threats, bizarre steps Tamil Nadu farmers warned of if stopped

They were among the thousands of farmers, who will march to Ramlila Ground on Thursday and to Parliament Street on Friday, to press for their demands, including debt relief and remunerative prices for their produce.

Farmers to hold two-day protest rally in Delhi starting today; demand debt relief, remunerative prices for produce
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Farmers to hold two-day protest rally in Delhi starting today; demand debt relief, remunerative prices for produce

The two-day rally will be "one of the largest congregations of farmers" in the national capital in recent times, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) claimed on Wednesday.