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GS 2 Lethal filth The death of five young men who were employed to clean a septic tank in an upmarket residential community in New Delhi is a shocking reminder that India’s high-profile sanitation campaign has done little to alter some basic ground realities. The power of Kudumbashree The Kerala model can be implemented across India with the same secular and gender-sensitive spirit CIC wants break-up of how MPLADS funds are utilised Noting that ₹12,000 crore of the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds remains unspent, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Rajya Sabha Chairman to come out with a legal framework to ensure its transparency and hold parliamentarians and political parties accountable for their obligations under the scheme. GS 3 More river stretches are now critically polluted: CPCB The number of polluted stretches in India’s rivers has increased to 351 from 302 two years ago, and the number of critically polluted stretches — where water quality indicators are the poorest — has gone up to 45 from 34, according to an assessment by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). Where goes the rupee? There are several moderate but effective instruments available to the government to help the rupee find an equilibrium Covering the last field Reinvigorate the crop insurance scheme to provide social protection to every farmer The rupee problem Ad hoc steps to check the currency’s decline must not deflect from the deeper problems Transforming agriculture The Green Agriculture project synergises biodiversity conservation, agriculture production, and development Centre’s steps may not stop rupee sliding: economists The measures announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday to address widening current account deficit and attract inflows to stabilise the currency may not yield result immediately and the rupee could be under further pressure. Why FPIs are swimming against the tide Foreign investors not only need rising stock prices for returns, but also a favourable exchange rate that has often been elusive India calling: 5G networks may be in place by 2020 Next generation mobile Internet connectivity will offer faster, more reliable networks that will form the backbone for era of IoT