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22% of Assam’s Workforce Lost Jobs During COVID: Study The majority of jobs lost were in travel, construction, transport, textile and the hospitality sectors. An estimated 862,500 jobs might have been lost in Assam during both the waves of the pandemic. According to a study conducted by Nowgong College (Autonomous), at Nagaon, in central Assam from May to August in 14 of the 34 districts, 22% of the workforce may have lost their jobs due to Covid-19. Livelihoods were severely...

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Post-COVID, Female-Headed Households Are Left to Battle Paperwork and a Sexist System -Tarushi Aswani Women who have found themselves in charge of a family after the sudden deaths of family members find rules, regulations and laws making mockery of their situation. New Delhi: “He died months ago but the government reminds us of our loss everyday,” says Dipanwita Das, who lost her husband on April 25, 2021, at the height of the second wave of Covid-19. Das admitted her husband to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital as...

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The state of agriculture in India is only going from bad to worse -Himanshu * The latest Situation Assessment Survey adds to findings that reveal worsening agrarian distress * Our agricultural sector has been in a state of perpetual decline after 2012-13 and is reeling under such shocks as back-to-back droughts, demonetization and the Covid-19 pandemic Earlier this month, the National Statistical Office released the Situation Assessment Survey (SAS) of agricultural households for the 2018-19 agricultural year, which runs from July to June. This is the...

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Freedom House Report Criticises India for Internet Shutdowns, New IT Rules and More The 'Freedom of the Net', an annual report that analyses the state of human rights in the digital sphere, found plenty to object to in the Indian context. New Delhi: “Where democratic checks and balances are lacking, government officials will exploit regulation to punish any company that moderates politicians’ speech, or pushes back against arbitrary orders to remove content or hand over data.” These lines come from Freedom House’s latest edition of...

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What counts is seldom counted -S Irudaya Rajan and US Mishra

-The Hindu Census data in India are losing their relevance in the development agenda India is busy debating the caste census when the regular Census itself has not been conducted owing to the pandemic. It is quite ironic that various elections have been held, and people gathered together at large rallies flouting Covid-19 norms, while the Census has still not been conducted. This is the first time that India has not conducted...

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