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The dark underbelly of Punjab’s liquor problem -Srishti Jaswal Over 100 people died after consuming illicit liquor in 2020. The police have implicated two brothers, but the trade runs deep in the state’s political economy. On the night of June 23, 2021, the sounds of qawwali rang out from a Sufi shrine in Dhotian, a village in Punjab’s Tarn Taran district. The brutal second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic hadn’t yet receded, but hundreds were in attendance at the shrine,...

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States will provide ₹50,000 as ex gratia for deaths due to Covid-19: Centre tells SC -Kunal Gaurav

-Hindustan Times The ex gratia will also be given to kin of Covid-19 victims who were involved in relief operations or associated with “preparedness activities”, the court was told. The Central government on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that families of those who died of Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) will receive an ex gratia of ₹50,000 from the state disaster response fund (SDRF). The ex gratia will also be given to kin of...

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More than 2.57 lakh people evicted in India during the pandemic; 21 people evicted from their homes every hour, says latest report

-Press release by Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN) dated 9th September, 2021 Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), today, released its new report on forced evictions in India. Titled, Forced Evictions in India in 2020: A Grave Human Rights Crisis During the Pandemic, this report presents comprehensive data and an analysis of forced evictions and demolitions of homes of the urban and rural poor across the country in 2020. It...

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Prof. Chinmay Tumbe of IIM Ahmedabad interviewed by Civil Society News

-Civil Society News, Gurugram THROUGHOUT the first and second waves of the Coronavirus pandemic, the extent of the tragedy in India was mostly unknown. How many people had really died? Were they men or women? Information was anecdotal and speculative. This April, there were queues at crematoriums and burial grounds, but even as bodies piled up there were no reliable figures to go by. We now have some figures based on data-hunting...

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‘Catastrophic consequences’: Only 8% of rural children regularly attended online class during lockdown -Diksha Munjal A new survey titled Locked Out notes that 37 percent of rural children are ‘not studying at all’. In the Kumtu tribal hamlet of Jharkhand, eight-year-old Suman, who would now be in Class 3, has not gone to school in nearly two years, owing to the Coronavirus-induced lockdown in the country, imposed in March last year. Before the lockdown, when the local government school in her village would open sporadically, Suman...

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