Number of options to be explored for replacement Logue’s bridge in Ballybofey

first_img Harps come back to win in Waterford Number of options to be explored for replacement Logue’s bridge in Ballybofey A number of options are to be explored in designing and planning a replacement Logue’s bridge Glenfin Road in Ballybofey.The current bridge has both weight restriction and height restriction barriers which prevent heavy duty vehicles from using it and is subsequently causing major traffic congestion in the area.A new bridge route and design is to be agreed upon in the coming months with plans to be forwarded to the Department of Transport for approval to proceed to tender stage.Local Cllr Patrick McGowan says a hugely important project for the area:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/pmg1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Twitter Google+ Google+ Pinterest By News Highland – August 8, 2017 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Previous articleUpdate: Detectives believe device discovered in Strabane is viableNext articleGardai in Bunbeg without a patrol car since New Years Day News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Akpeyi remains Kaizer Chiefs number one goaltender – Coach

first_img Loading… “We started the Nedbank Cup with Itu Khune at goalkeeper against Royal Eagles. We go to the next round – we did it last year with Bruce Bvuma in the Nedbank Cup, and we are doing it now – and that’s the decision that on Saturday we will play Itu Khune. And nothing else. “And let me make one statement. Our supporters at Kaizer Chiefs are very intelligent, very smart. They do not get carried away, just because there was a little mistake and we conceded from our defensive work. “We have seen a fantastic Daniel Akpeyi over months, rescuing us in the final stage, saving a penalty. “He was a player of the month [for September/October]. And what we have seen now over several months – please guys, everybody who observes Kaizer Chiefs and is following us know exactly what a goalkeeper like Daniel Akpeyi has done here during the run of the season. “And there is no way in this moment for me, for us, for each and every person in this Chiefs family, to be ignoring it.” Amakhosi fans want Itu Khune back after Daniel Akpeyi’s performance : ‘We need his leadership’ A minute after Lebogang Manyama had missed a sitter for Chiefs, at the other end Akpeyi came and tried to handle a cross one-handed, spilling to Maritzburg forward Thabiso Kutumela, leading to Daylon Claasen’s 65th-minute opener. Claasen headed a second two minutes later. Chiefs pulled a goal back via Samir Nurkovic in the 77th, but could not salvage a result in a blow to the PSL leaders’ title hopes. Read Also:Ex-Kaizer Chiefs legend: Akpeyi still the best in South Africa Chiefs follow their cup match-up against Highlands with their huge Soweto derby against second-placed Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium on Saturday, February 29. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year There has been pressure from some quarters for Middendorp to turn to Itumeleng Khune between the posts after Akpeyi’s costly mistake gifted Maritzburg United an opener in Chiefs’ 2-1 Absa Premiership defeat at FNB Stadium on Saturday. Middendorp confirmed his earlier stated plan that Khune will continue to play in the Nedbank Cup, where Chiefs meet Highlands Park in their last-16 clash at Makhulong Stadium on Saturday. Bafana Bafana keeper Khune made his return from long-term injury in Chiefs’ 1-0 Nedbank Last-32 win against Royal Eagles. However, Middendorp also stood by his man in possession in league matches, saying Akpeyi has had a sterling season in Chiefs’ run to the top of the PSL and deserves faith, having made just the one error. Ernst Middendorp has suggested he will not be swayed by media headlines on his decision of who to play at goalkeeper for Kaizer Chiefs between . “For us, the indication about who’s playing or how we make the decision is from what is happening here on the [training] field,” Middendorp said at Chiefs’ Naturena Village on Wednesday morning. “How the guys are performing. We discuss it every morning, day in, day out, at 8am in our meeting. Kaizer Chiefs coach, Ernst Middendorp, has come out in full support of  Nigeria’s Daniel Akpeyi, saying the Super Eagles’ shot stopper  will retain the Amakhosi number one jersey in the ABSA Premiership.last_img read more

Lady Raiders And Lady Eagles Battle It Out In Volleyball

first_imgThe South Ripley Lady Raiders Varsity Volleyball team won against The Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles 25/15, 25/9, 26/24.For SR, Top Kills – Kiley Sparks with 32/38 with 19 Kills, Top Digs – Mariah Gentile with 11 digs, Top Assists – Toria Tucker with 30, and Top Server – Elexah Roepke with 18/19 with 6 aces.SR JV lost 25/27, 25/22.Courtesy of Raiders Coach Lisa Gilpin.last_img

Good-bye Heidelberg Man: You Never Existed

first_img(Visited 2,626 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享2 Is “Heidelberg Man” a non-person?  Some anthropologists are now claiming that so-called Homo heidelbergensis is nothing more than “a paleoanthropologists’ construct.”Artists loved to portray this guy as a a hairy, stocky, beetle-browed ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans that lived supposedly 800,000 to 200,000 years ago.  Trouble is, he may never have existed.  Homo heidelbergensis may have been little more than a paleoanthropologists’ invention, a report by Michael Balter states in Science Magazine.  He attended a  private meeting in southern France where researchers on both sides debated the status of this alleged human ancestor.“If someone kills one person they go to jail,” anthropologist Zeresenay Alemseged of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco noted last month at a meeting here in France’s deep south. “But what happens if you kill off a whole species?” The answer soon became apparent: anguished debate. In the balance was Homo heidelbergensis, a big-brained human ancestor generally seen as a pivotal figure during a murky period of evolution. At the invitation-only meeting, researchers debated whether this species really was a major player—or no more than a paleoanthropologists’ construct.The big-brained H. heidelbergensis has claimed an important perch in the human evolutionary tree: It’s regarded by many as the common ancestor of modern humans and our extinct closest cousins, the Neandertals. Dating to roughly half a million years ago, it is thought to link those species and the earlier H. erectus, which had spread across Africa, Asia, and Europe beginning 1.8 million years ago. But based on a new look at the incomplete fossil evidence, some scientists argue that the picture was much more complicated, and that the transition between small-brained H. erectus and larger brained hominins occurred multiple times. If so, the concept of a single, multicontinental, intermediary species could dissolve into a plethora of hominin specimens with no single name to unite them.Balter is not claiming that no skulls of this creature existed: there are, after all, “11 potential H. heidelbergensis skulls” that Heidelberg defender Philip Rightmire of Harvard  examined.  At issue is whether a suite of characteristics can be defined for a single species, given all the diversity in human skulls in the record, and whether that species shows a transition between Homo erectus and later alleged ancestors.  The history of the Heidelberg Man label appears arbitrary:H. heidelbergensis has a history of controversy. The species is based on a single lower jaw found in 1907 at Mauer, near Heidelberg, in Germany. Estimated at about 600,000 years old, the jaw has an unusually thick ramus—the vertical projection that hinges to the skull—and nothing quite like it has been found since. For decades, the name failed to catch on, until anthropologists including Rightmire and Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London noted distinctive thick brow ridges and large faces in skulls of roughly similar age from sites including Arago; Petralona in Greece; Broken Hill in Zambia; Yunxian in China; and Bodo in Ethiopia. All of these skulls also housed much larger brains than H. erectus, about 1200 cubic centimeters, within range of modern human brains, which average about 1400 cc. (Neandertal brains may be slightly larger.)In the 1970s, Stringer and others postulated a single species spanning Europe, Africa, and Asia, and resurrected the H. heidelbergensis name to describe it. The species’ larger brain was reflected in the complex tools attributed to it, such as wooden spears at Schöningen in Germany (Science, 6 June, p. 1080).Balter seems to be saying that Stringer and his supporters lumped unconnected individuals from across the globe  into the old Heidelberg designation based on just a few traits.  Is that enough to call them a separate species?  Some preferred Africa’s old “Rhodesia Man ” label better.  But now, the champion of the Sima skulls in Spain doubts that the designation Homo heidelbergensis is useful any longer (see 2/03/14).  Others argue that the Mauer skull from Heidelberg that started it all seems to be “one of a kind,” not a representative of a species, when all its traits are considered.Not everybody at the meeting agreed.  Some, like Ian Tattersall  “fought vigorously to save both the species and the simpler, more straightforward view of human evolution that it represents.”  Balter ends with mere hope, stating that “New fossils from this mysterious time period would help.”  He makes no predictions about the upcoming publication of bones from Ethiopia dated from the 300,000-year-old period, other than to state the obvious, “Expect fresh debate when these key fossils make it into print.”This is a good reminder that categories in science are human constructs.  In historical evolutionary scenarios, the story comes first, then the data.  Designations of ancestry are highly theory dependent.  Did Heidelberg Man ever exist?  Only in the imaginations of certain modern people with a particular world view to promote.  They found a few bones to promote their imaginary world, then hired artists to put skin, hair and facial expressions on them, placing them in dioramas with caves, campfires and mammoth bones.  Trouble is, the story is so convoluted and implausible, a number of upshots are doubting the usefulness of the label, while others are fighting “vigorously to save both the species and the simpler, more straightforward view of human evolution that it represents.”  Translation: “It’s been such a useful myth!  We can’t just let it go!  What will the creationists say?”  With the Neanderthal label slipping away (5/06/14, 6/14/12), they’re not about to let the Heidelberg label slide down the same trash chute.It’s not just the ones who killed Heidelberg Man that need to go to jail; it’s the fakes who concocted the myth in the first place.  Notice how “Heidelberg Man” was first proclaimed in 1907, when caveman ancestors were all the rage.  But then, over time, the name fell out of favor.  Then, Chris Stringer and Philip Rightmire decided that the good old label, with its publicity value, could be “resurrected” from obscurity.  So they took bones from across the world and lumped into the old category to propose a simple story of progress from Homo erectus to Neanderthal and modern man.  The whole enterprise is artificial.  The bones didn’t talk; the storytellers did.What’s tragic is to think of the millions of vulnerable students who, over the years, looked at the artwork of Heidelberg Man, and were influenced by their storytelling teachers to think that this diorama represented the true history of the world.  Few of them thought how preposterous the story is.  It requires fully-intelligent, upright-walking, world-traveling people to walk the earth for 30 to 80 times the documented history of mankind without ever learning to build a city, plant a farm, write a message, or even ride a horse.  The story is ludicrous the more you think about it.  The old dates given to the fossils are inextricably tied to the timeline of Darwinian evolution.  They’re not that old.  We also know the evolutionary story is preposterous because it changes every time a new skull turns up (e.g., 6/20/14, 4/01/14, etc.).  This has been the sorry situation for the 14 years we have been covering it: with each new find, cries go up, “Everything you know is wrong!” (e.g., 10/18/13).  You call that scientific progress?The true record of human history is in Genesis, where the names given to tribes and peoples in the Table of Nations match what we know from documented history and from the uniform pattern of human behavior: people don’t sit in caves, they explore the world and invent technology.  You can’t keep people in caves with spears for hundreds of thousands of years!  Humans are restless.  They are explorers and inventors.  They will remake the environment for their comfort, amusement and power.  They form tribes, city-states and nations.  You can’t keep a good man down; that’s why so-called Heidelberg Man was fully human, a descendent of Noah, not an evolutionary wannabe.  He deserves respect as Homo sapiens sapiens, even if his brows were a little odd.  The bones found in caves could be those of outcasts because of peculiar looks.  They could be the bones of pioneer families trying to eke out a living in harsh environments, while their contemporaries were starting farms and towns in the Fertile Crescent.  By contrast, evolutionists have no answers for what sparked the sudden emergence of civilization and writing tens of thousands of years “after” modern man supposedly evolved.The evolutionary species names (Java Man, Heidelberg Man, Peking Man, Piltdown Man) have done tremendous damage to recorded evidence of human history.  They have misled millions of people.  It’s all propaganda, propped up with bones that are not as old as the evolutionists need them to be.  Baloney Detectors need to take the lead in shaming the storytellers into repentance for their sins of propaganda and historical racism (see 5/06/14).  Evolutionary paleoanthropologists are the real cave men, in the Platonic sense.  Don’t fall for the myths of these blind leaders of the blind.last_img read more

Fil-Am forward Kamaka Hepa commits to Texas

first_imgHowever, Hepa opted to remain in the United States where he is ranked as a four-star power forward after his stellar showing for Barrow High School in Alaska, where he was hailed as Gatorade Alaska Boys Basketball Player of the Year Awards twice before transferring to Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Narvasa insists he’s ‘always ensured parity in all decisions’ Fil-Am forward Kamaka Hepa will be playing college ball in Texas.The 17-year-old slotman, who is ranked as the top prospect from Alaska and 51st among 2018 recruits, has bared his commitment with the Longhorns on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next In a report by Rivals.com, Hepa shared that he believes he could be a huge help for the Texas basketball program as he walks the same path previously trekked by NBA stars like Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge.“At Texas, I just felt like I could help turn the program around. After talking to coach (Shaka) Smart and coach Darrin Horn, building a relationship with them, I just felt really comfortable with them,” said Hepa, who traces his roots to Pangasinan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 6-foot-9 Hepa saw action in the 2017 NBTC National High School Championship last March with Filam Sports USA, where he was named as the Defensive Player of the Tournament.His stellar showing also earned him offers to play college ball here in the Philippines, with some of his suitors namely Ateneo, San Beda, and Adamson.center_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

Pyeongchang Olympics begin with mixed doubles curling

first_imgThe first event is mixed doubles curling, which is making its Olympic debut. The more familiar single-gender version of curling will begin later in the games.There were four games played simultaneously Thursday morning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPyeongchang Olympics begin with mixed doubles curlingGANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Pyeongchang Olympics have begun with a curling competition featuring a showdown between a pair of U.S. siblings and a Russian husband-and-wife team competing in neutral uniforms with no national insignia. The opening ceremony is still a day away, but the games are already underway. Among the athletes are 168 Russians who are being forced to compete under the neutral banner of “Olympic Athletes from Russia” as punishment for doping in Sochi in 2014. Others who were barred altogether have filed appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and are still hoping to be allowed to participate.The first event is mixed doubles curling, which is making its Olympic debut. The more familiar single-gender version of curling will begin later in the games.There were four games played simultaneously Thursday morning.ADVERTISEMENT Barca tries to leave Pique controversy behind with Copa MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Olympic Athlete from Russia curler Anastasia Bryzgalova prepares to throw her stone during the mixed doubles training session ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The Pyeongchang Olympics have begun with a curling competition featuring a showdown between a pair of U.S. siblings and a Russian husband-and-wife team competing in neutral uniforms with no national insignia.The opening ceremony is still a day away, but the games are already underway. Among the athletes are 168 Russians who are being forced to compete under the neutral banner of “Olympic Athletes from Russia” as punishment for doping in Sochi in 2014. Others who were barred altogether have filed appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and are still hoping to be allowed to participate.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Nextcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Alabama Players Bash Fox Sports’ Clay Travis For Column On Cam Robinson, Hootie Jones

first_imgEarlier today, a Monroe, La., district attorney elected not to pursue charges against Alabama football players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones due to insufficient evidence. When explaining his decision, the DA said he “refused to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning.”This apparently didn’t sit well with Fox Sports’ Clay Travis, who wrote a column lambasting the decision and insinuating that athletes don’t work that hard.“This is one of the most absurd clichés that has taken root in sporting life,” Travis wrote. “Athletes, at most, train 3-4 hours a day. Every doctor, lawyer, investment banker, accountant, teacher and fast food worker in the country works harder than an athlete does. In fact, there are no jobs in America that pay more for less work than athletics.”Two current Alabama players, quarterback Blake Barnett and defensive end Mekhi Brown, proceeded to blast Travis’ column on Twitter.Sounds like something an unathletic person would say. “Ignorance is bliss.” pic.twitter.com/phuc1teBwp— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, 2016Great point. Funny how there’s a misconception about the work athletes put in. College athletes have 12+ hour days. https://t.co/78tZtVE86z— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, 2016Put them in our shoes and they’ll quit lol. There is a reason why jobs prefer former athletes over the reg students https://t.co/HBrLgYG9PE— Khi (@MekhiBrownn) June 20, 2016mekhiNot to be outdone, Travis replied to Barnett’s tweet.Bama QB thinks athletes work hard compared to doctors, lawyers and investment bankers. So wrong. https://t.co/vkDvefxSU0— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) June 20, 2016Barnett wasn’t finished though, and dropped a comeback to Travis’ response. @ClayTravis Sounds like you have the personal experience of being an athlete, doctor, lawyer, and investment banker.— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, [email protected] You’re comparing something where there is no need for comparison. No need to dig through things to cause controversy.— B² (@Blake8Barnett) June 20, 2016The back-and-forth ended at that. We’re going to guess that Barnett and Brown’s tweets at Travis were very tame and composed compared to what some fans may have sent him. [AL.com]last_img read more

Putin and Erdogan in Turkey to mark key phase in pipeline

first_imgISTANBUL — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are in Istanbul to mark the completion of a key phase in a natural gas pipeline.The two leaders on Monday are marking the completion of the offshore part of TurkStream’s two lines that will carry natural gas from Russia to Turkey.The lines when finished are expected to supply Russian gas to European markets through Turkish territories. Together the two 930-kilometre (578-mile) lines via the Black Sea will carry 31.5 billion cubic meters (1.1 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas annually.Turkey relies on imports for its energy needs and Russia is its top supplier for natural gas. It bought 28 billion cubic meters last year. That gas is currently transported through another line under the Black Sea and the onshore West Line through Ukraine, which is mired in conflict with Russia.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Towards rural economic crisis

first_imgThe last month has been about brutal economic data, all indicating towards what we were speculating about: India’s rural economy is headed for a crisis like never before. On the second of April 2019, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) released sales data for 2018. Depressingly, scooter sales grew at its slowest in 14 years. Those reporting on rural India treat scooter as the first milestone of a household’s rising prosperity. Also Read – A special kind of bond”Sales were expected to rebound after the conclusion of the General Elections,” SIAM President Rajan Wadhera reportedly said, but with a condition: “A recovery in demand would, however, be contingent upon factors such as abundant monsoon rain and improvement in credit availability.” Around the same time, the news of a “weak” El Nino already taking shape hit headlines. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US, El Nino conditions strengthened in February 2019. And it triggered the alarm bells: the summer monsoon is under threat now. Also Read – Insider threat managementIf the next monsoon is below normal levels, it would be the fifth consecutive below-normal monsoon and drought year for close to 250 districts in the country. Most of them are in India’s rain-fed areas and host the poorest population. Currently, 300 districts are already under drought, the third and fifth consecutive for regions such as Marathwada in Maharashtra and Rayalseema in Andhra Pradesh. Since 2014-2015, which witnessed the second consecutive drought that precipitated a severe agrarian crisis, there has been no let up in monsoon deficit in the last five years except in 2017. However, according to the India Meteorological Department’s definition, monsoon has been normal for the last three years at pan-India level. This is because it defines below-normal only beyond a 19 per cent deficit. India’s winter foodgrain production has already been downgraded. The country’s overall economic growth is already being downgraded, keeping in mind the potentially below-normal monsoon and also the overall slump in global economy. However, the impacts on crop production are overtly negative as the rainfall distribution has not been uniform; many states had huge deficit while others a 9-19 per cent deficit. “Rainfall distribution has been patchy and farmer incomes are down,” Crisil Chief Economist Dharmakirti Joshi told the media. But what makes this a point of great distress for the rural economy is the double whammy. First, farmers lost crops and income from agriculture to consecutive droughts. Second, when they looked for alternative option of livelihoods, there was not much to take up. It means their economic conditions have simply worsened. The average growth rate for farm sector wages nearly halved between 2016-17 and 2018-19. Those who want to make up for this dip can’t find options. For example, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) has been able to offer only 38 days of employment per household in 2018-19 — a significant drop from 45.8 days in 2017-18. Similarly, non-farm wage growth has also dipped to around 4 per cent (December 2018). Going by government data, there is a 20-30 per cent dip in general rural wage growth. India’s rural economy accounts for half its gross domestic product as well as private consumption. And 40 per cent of its outputs come from agriculture. The crisis in rural economy started showing signs way back in 2011. The rural wage growth rate that hit the historic above 20 per cent in November 2011 started declining. By November 2014 it reported a growth rate of just 3.6 per cent in November 2014. But this year also marked the start of the consecutive two severe droughts. Agricultural growth was just 0.2 per cent in 2014-15. After this, though officially the monsoon has been normal, farmers have not recovered from losses. To this was added the market glut that ensured farmers didn’t get enough returns for their produce. The dip in wage rate means close to 50 crore (500 million) daily wagers have reported a dip in their income. This is an additional loss as their perceived income from farming would have also dipped. (The author is Managing Editor, Down To Earth and writes on rural affairs and development matters. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more