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Southern states had a higher proportion of indebted farm households in 2019, shows NSO survey

The Situation Assessment Survey of Agricultural Households and Land and Livestock Holdings of Households in Rural India (NSS 77th Round), which was released recently, informs one about farm households' income in the crop year 2018-19 and indebtedness in 2019 (as on the date of survey), among other things. Prior to the recent report, Land and Livestock Holding Surveys (LHS) and Situation Assessment Survey (SAS) of Agricultural Households used to be...

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Most households in rural Bihar faced livelihood crisis during the first wave of COVID-19, reveals a recent study

The pandemic's first wave had a devastating impact on the livelihoods of rural workers in Bihar (including the self-employed) last year, according to a survey based research, jointly done by economists from Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability at Monash University, Australia and the New Delhi-based Institute for Human Development. A recent press note issued by the authors of the study shows that almost 94.4 percent of the households participating...

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India’s first bird flu death: Back to zoonotic diseases -Vibha Varshney

-Down to Earth The disease has been on India’s radar since 2006; need to strengthen disease surveillance, train workforce and build robust laboratories    The death of an 11-year-old boy from Haryana at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences due to Avian influenza — the first such fatality in the country — has stressed the need to respond to zoonotic diseases in a timely manner.  Experts have flagged the emergence and re-emergence of...

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Talks between India and Sri Lanka needed to resolve attacks on Tamil fishermen: TN Min

-IANS/ TheNewsMinute.com "The CM is of the opinion that both countries should conduct high-level talks and find a permanent solution to this issue, which will happen soon,” Radhakrishnan told reporters. Tamil Nadu Minister for Fisheries and animal husbandry Anitha R Radhakrishnan said on Thursday that Chief Minister MK Stalin is of the view that talks between India and Sri Lanka are necessary to have a permanent solution to the attacks on Tamil...

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Delhi govt bans fishing in Yamuna, says water too polluted

-Hindustan Times “It is hereby brought to the notice of all concerned that in view of the high pollution levels in the Yamuna waters, as per the provisions made in the rules (formulated under Indian Fisheries Act, 1897), the issuing of fishing licence in two portions of public waters is suspended till further orders,” the notification read. The Delhi government’s animal husbandry department on Tuesday banned fishing in parts of river Yamuna,...

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