Midday Newsfeed

  • Employment: The social justice ministry concluded that the participation ratio of SCs/STs in the NREGA, a rural job scheme, shows that despite the fact that tribals are half the number of Dalits, they consistently outnumber them in the program, and that this needs to be corrected.
  • Environment: The government is working on a formula to compensate states for the environmental damage caused by power projects that sell power outside the states they are located in. The compensation will be paid by the company, agency, or state buying power. (Source: OneWorld South Asia)
  • Health: A Planning Commission report says that India is an attractive destination for health tourists, but that a major obstacle was the unwillingness of insurance companies to pay for treatment in India. Alternative systems of medicine are an added attraction for medical tourists.
  • Technology: More Indian IT firms are moving abroad because they claim it is cheaper to do business elsewhere.
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