The Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre is likely to cut the school education budget for financial year 2019-20 by Rs 3,000 crore because of “funds crunch”, The Print has reported.The publication cited highly placed sources in the HRD Ministry -- which oversees education -- as saying that the Ministry of Finance gave lack of funds as the reason behind cutting back the budget for school education.The school education department was allotted a sum of Rs 56,536.63 crore for FY20.Close Sources also said that the proposal to cut funds was discussed between the officials of the HRD and finance ministries two weeks ago. A source from the ministry told the publication, “Finance ministry officials said they will have to reduce the budget for school education by Rs 3,000 crore.” related news Delhi court reserves verdict for December 16 in Unnao rape case against Kuldeep Sengar India's electricity demand falls for … [Read more...] about Centre likely to cut school education budget by Rs 3,000 crore citing funds crunch: Report
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We know that the world’s poor feel the effects of climate change most acutely, but it turns out there is an even more vulnerable subset to that population: women. advertisement advertisement “Women and men do not experience climate change in the same way,” says Lorena Aguilar, senior advisor in the global gender office of IUCN, an international development NGO. Aguilar is one of a relatively small group of NGO leaders and diplomats that are advocating for greater inclusion of women at all levels of climate change work, and were pushing for gender equality and human rights mandates to be embedded in the final Paris agreement–ultimately to no avail. The UNFCCC designated December 8 as “gender day” at the conference, with a series of talks organized and reports released to help highlight work on the issue, but those involved in the negotiations say the final agreement fell well short of any meaningful commitment to address climate … [Read more...] about Are Women The Key To Solving Climate Change?
When I tell people, particularly older people, that I’m a freelance journalist, I can tell by the look on their face that many are thinking the same thing, though few are bold enough to say it: “What about retirement?” advertisement advertisement I have to admit that question used to give me a lot of anxiety. The reality is that I don’t have a retirement plan, no 401(k), pension plan, or employer-matched contributions. But I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t care—or at least I don’t need to. Since the term “retirement” was popularized in the U.S. in the mid-1800s, it’s become part of a trade-off that most now accept as the natural progression of life. If you work your butt off for 50 years or so, you should have enough money to never work again by the time you reach old age. Work is no longer a race to the finish line But there are a few problems with that proposition, at least from the perspective of a … [Read more...] about I don’t have a retirement plan, and I don’t care
Subir RoyIt is hugely ironic that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government’s decision to speedily amend the Citizenship Act should be met with strong protests not just by key opposition parties for understandable reasons, but also by students across the Northeast, foremost being those in Assam, when they should have been the first to welcome it.The hurried move was prompted by the need to make the National Register of Citizens (NRC) work after the final shape of the Assam NRC was found to be deeply flawed by those who has fought for it over the years. The register, prepared under the supervision of the Supreme Court, was meant to fulfil the promise of the Assam Accord to record the citizenship status of all those who migrated into Assam until 1971, thereby establishing those who came thereafter as foreigners. In the event the Assam NRC excluded many who were not post-1971 entrant Muslim cultivators.Close When this flaw which excluded many indigenous Indians created an uproar … [Read more...] about Politics | Why the Citizenship Amendment Bill does more harm than good
Life insurance companies have been given a two-month extension to withdraw products and riders that are not in tandem with the new product regulations. This is a good news for policyholders as they would have no sudden dearth of products to choose from, while for insurers this means that they have more time to get products out of the market.The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) had earlier asked insurers to withdraw products by November 30. But this deadline has now been extended to January 31, 2020.IRDAI said that they had received representations from Life Insurance Council and various other life insurers, requesting for an extension of the timeline. Insurers had sought an extension citing reasons like the need to ensure system preparedness and necessary training of personnel.Close However, the deadline to refile or modify existing products, which was fixed at February 29, 2020, will continue. This applies to products under the linked and non-liked … [Read more...] about Life insurers get extension till January 2020 to withdraw old products