Monthly collections in District Mineral Funds (DMF) have recovered significantly from their lockdown lows, with the gap between collections during 2020 and 2019 narrowing by September-end.

According to data shared by the Ministry of Mines, country-wide DMF collections last month stood at ₹718.46 crore, up from ₹417.29 crore in May, when the country was in the throes of the Covid-19 lockdown.

But compared to the ₹770.99 crore accrued in September 2019, the collections trailed by 6.81 per cent year-on-year.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY), mining companies have to make a contribution for the development of districts where mining activities take place, over and above their royalty payments.

These DMF collections, therefore, are directly linked to the country’s mineral output.

The amount is accumulated in funds controlled by individual District Mineral Foundations.

Arriving at the amount

For mining leases granted on or after January 12, 2015, an

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The three candidates for the District 6 seat on the Orleans Parish School Board have different ideas about what the board should prioritize. 

Business owner David Alvarez wants the board to work harder to ensure charter schools are transparent and accountable to the public they serve. 

Public school parent and college coach Erica Martinez wants to see stronger mental health services in schools, as she’s worked closely with students who have seen significant trauma.  

And Carlos Zervigon, a former teacher and charter school board member, wants to see changes in schools’ management of special education students, among other priorities. 

The candidates, all Democrats, are vying to represent a district that covers Uptown and parts of Central City, now held by longtime board member Woody Koppel. Early voting for the Nov. 3 race begins Friday and runs through Oct. 27. 

Alvarez

Alvarez, 48, has specific plans for everything from improving teacher

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The Nov. 3 general election is less than a month away and, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, some voters in Howard County have already received their mail-in ballots.

This week, the Howard County Times/Columbia Flier is publishing the answers to a questionnaire sent to every Board of Education candidate in the five district races. Today’s answers are from Antonia Barkley Watts — one of the candidates running in District 2.

Watts, 39, handily won the District 2 primary with 56% of the vote, while Larry Pretlow II, 30, narrowly edged out James Cecil to advance to the general election.

In late September, Pretlow announced the suspension of his campaign in a social media post, although the deadline to remove his name from the ballot had passed. However, about a week later, Pretlow resumed his campaign with an announcement on his website.

“My supporters have spoken, and we are

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Candidates: Linda Serrato, D, and Helen Milenski, L

The overview: House District 45 stretches along Interstate 25 from St. Francis Drive down to the La Cienega area. Former Rep. Jim Trujillo, a Democrat, represented the district since 2003 before announcing last year he would not seek reelection. Serrato was named this week to fill his term by the Santa Fe County Commission. 

What they say: Serrato, who works as a consultant, said that despite the fact that Democrats outnumber Republicans by a 2-to-1 ratio in the district, she’s not taking a win for granted. “I’m gonna have to earn every vote,” she said. “I’m gonna try to keep talking to voters right up until Election Day.” She said she’s excited about a new generation of young political leaders “coming out of New Mexico and across the nation; it’s not politics as it used to be. The attitude is, ‘I work

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The River Walk is paddling in new opportunities in 2020.

For the first time in 30 years, kayaking will be allowed through the River Walk’s scenic business district, where countless postcards and San Antonio snapshots have taken place.

Kayaking on other extensions of the San Antonio River, like the King William District and Mission Reach, has been a popular activity, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. You were, however, not allowed access to the world-famous business district, where the hotels and restaurants are located.

RELATED: I kayaked on the San Antonio River in the King William Historic District, here’s what you need to know

“This is a whole new route, a whole new ball game,” said San Antonio River Walk Association Executive Director Maggie Thompson.

The River Walk barges have total rights to the area, but the Go Rio Cruises are now starting boat tours at noon, giving kayakers a rare

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Rural communities are often defined by three important factors: the agricultural economy, a flourishing business community, and a high-quality educational system.

The health and success of this trio of elements is essential for a rural community to not merely exist, but to thrive. Understanding the importance of agriculture, business and education is a nonnegotiable requirement for a leader of legislative District 23. Helen Raikes’ experience in agriculture, and her extensive commitment to championing children, families and education make her the best choice for the voters of District 23. 

Helen Raikes is a genuine, caring and critically thinking individual who will passionately serve the people of Butler, Colfax and Saunders counties. She is a servant leader who builds relationships and encourages dialogue to solve challenges.

Helen’s life experiences make her uniquely suited to District 23 representation and will propel her to leadership within the state Legislature. Property tax relief, urban/rural economic

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Washington officials announced on Monday that a new Small Business Resiliency Fund initiative will provide $3 million in emergency operational funding for small and local businesses located in the District. 



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The fund will be housed in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), with an application period for grants starting to be excepted on Tuesday, October 6. 

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“Our businesses have been resilient in the face of immense challenges, and we know they still need our support,” said Mayor Bowser. “These grants will help small businesses adapt and implement creative measures so they can stay open and operating during the public health emergency.”

The District has partnered with City First Enterprises, a local U.S. Treasury designated Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), to oversee and manage the Fund, according to information from Bowser’s office.

“Pivoting a business costs money,”

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A sign for a recent graduate is bent but not burned in Blue River, Ore., eight days after the Holiday Farm Fire swept through its business district.

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A sign for a recent graduate is bent but not burned in Blue River, Ore., eight days after the Holiday Farm Fire swept through its business district.

Pool photo by Andy Nelson/The Register-Guard

Some rural school districts in Oregon are starting online learning this week after it was postponed twice by the worst wildfires on record. But the road to recovery is only just beginning.

Since many wildfires are still burning, Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Chief of Staff Cindy Hunt said they have not formally asked school districts to provide data on their condition. But the ODE has heard from roughly 14 school districts who have

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The Small Business Administration Sept. 22 announced that Ben Raju was named the district director of the administration’s Los Angeles District Office.

The announcement was made as the nation celebrated National Small Business Week, according to a news release.

The SBA’s Los Angeles District Office serves over 300,000 small businesses in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, with the largest lending portfolio in the nation.

As district director, Raju will continue LADO’s efforts to meet the needs of its vibrant small business community as they are faced with unprecedented challenges.

Raju is committed to LADO’s continued work with federal, state, county, city, and local partners to be the entrepreneurial community’s resiliency resource, the news release said.

Additionally, the Indian American will be directly responsible for the delivery of SBA programs and services to aspiring and existing small business owners, SBA lenders and partners, which include business advisory services, capital

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Republican Bronwyn Haltom and Democrat Christine Morse are facing off to represent the 61st District in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Morse is a current Kalamazoo County commissioner representing District 9. She has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from Wayne State University Law School.

“Christine is Michigan native, former attorney, Kalamazoo County Commissioner, public school parent of 3, breast cancer survivor, and spouse of a Navy Veteran,” she said in her responses to the Vote411.org voter guide from the League of Women Voters.

Haltom Attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College and transferred to the University of Michigan, where she earned a bachelor’s degree.

“I was born here, educated here, and own a small business here. I believe in our community and am committed to serving our neighbors to move Michigan forward,” Haltom said in responses to the League of Michigan Voters voter guide.

Haltom defeated

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