"The report mentions action of collection of carcass from the site and their disposal in the pits. The report also mentions rescue and rehabilitation of certain birds at emergency rescue facility and shifting to soft release enclosure. Mass mortality was not due to 'avian influenza' or 'pesticide poisoning' but due to avian botulism caused by Clostridium botulinum," the tribunal noted. … [Read more...] about Mass mortality of migratory birds at Sambhar lake not due to ‘avian influenza’, NGT told
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There are both global and domestic reasons why growth has slowed over the last six years. But it is time for the Narendra Modi government to take stock of how its ill-judged policy actions such as demonetisation and flawed implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) contributed to the sharp deterioration in the economy. The 2016 demonetisation broke the back of India’s informal economy and dealt a hard blow to the cash-dominated rural economy. Many small businesses shut shop. Since then, the government has attempted to boost sentiment through several small sector-specific steps, but none has shown desired results yet. Moreover, it has so far distanced itself from politically-sensitive land and labour reforms. … [Read more...] about With this fiscal’s estimated GDP growth set to be the lowest in 11 years, here’s a look at how it will impact the common man
Privatisation, not mergerThe government has been averse to the idea of privatising state-run banks. Instead, it has only resorted to merging smaller, weaker banks with bigger ones. But experts, including former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, have argued that merger of weak banks will not solve the problem of governance issues and lack of autonomy. Besides merging a weak bank with a strong bank could even impact the health of the big bank.The only major bank acquisition that happened in the recent past is the LIC-IDBI Bank deal. But this cannot be termed as a case of privatisation since LIC is a government-owned entity. In a highly competitive market, a fiscally constrained government cannot continue with the ownership of state-run banks. It will have to look at options to gradually cede ownership control in some state-run banks. Sitharaman could use her Budget speech to lay out a roadmap for privatisation of public sector banks (PSBs). … [Read more...] about Budget 2020: What lies in store for state-run banks ravaged by bad debt?