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Push for cash amid Covid: 159 districts in 25 states see decline in fixed deposits -Harikishan Sharma

-The Indian Express This marks a sharp spike as the number of such districts was in the range of 22-53 in the 11 quarters between April-June 2018 and October-December 2020 (see chart). Highlighting the trend of people increasing their cash holdings to tide over the financial impact of the pandemic, 159 districts in 25 states saw a decline in term (fixed) deposits from January to March, shows an analysis of the latest...

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People deserve to know death toll: Patna High Court -Amarnath Tewary

-The Hindu Bihar government’s reluctance to publish number of deaths is uncalled for, says Division Bench. The Patna High Court has pulled up the Bihar government again for not maintaining its records of births and deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic and said that State’s reluctance to publish the number of deaths was “uncalled for” and was “not protected by any law”. The Division Bench of the court, comprising chief justice Sanjay Karol and...

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In Rural India, COVID-19 Outbreaks Have One Standout Feature: Speed -Murad Banaji, Aashish Gupta and Leena Kumarappan

-TheWire.in If the current data is anything to go by, the low death figures reflect poor testing and recording rather than some natural “protection” from severe disease in rural India. Many rural areas were hit hard during India’s devastating recent COVID-19 surge. The scale of this rural epidemic remains largely hidden in official figures. But a flood of news reports tell a tale of infection sweeping rapidly through villages, high mortality, minimal...

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Centre opens 14 disability early intervention centres

-The Hindu The facility will povide support to infants and young children at risk of or with disabilities. The Union Social Justice and Empowerment (SJE) Ministry on Thursday launched 14 cross disability early intervention centres across the country to provide support to infants and young children at risk of or with disabilities. SJE Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot virtually inaugurated the centres that are located at seven national institutes and seven composite regional centres of...

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Early floods in Bihar after heavy rainfall in catchment areas of Gandak in Nepal -Mohd Imran Khan

-Down to Earth Bihar usually gets heavy rains in July and August; floods in June are an unusual occurrence, experts said Several villages have been flooded after 3-4 days of early monsoon rains in the catchment areas of the Gandak and Burhi Gandak rivers in Nepal and north Bihar. Affected districts include West Champaran, East Champaran, Gopalganj and Muzaffarpur. Other rivers including the Bagmati, Koshi, Kamla Balan, Bhuthi Balan and Ghaghara are also...

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