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Supreme Court rejects Centre's plea for more compensation from Carbide's successor firms - Ashmit Kumar

CNBC-TV18 The Supreme Court rejected the Centre's curative plea for enhanced compensation for the victims of the 1984 Bhopal Gas tragedy from US-based firm Union Carbide Corporation (UCC). The court rather asked the government to utilise a sum of Rs 50 crore lying with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to satisfy pending claims of victims. The government had sought an additional Rs 7,844 crore from the UCC successor firms to extend...

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How will Indian Cities Fare if a Turkey-like Earthquake Strikes the Subcontinent?

On 6 February, 2023 Southern Turkey and the adjoining areas in Syria were hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake followed by several aftershocks. The tremors have flattened buildings and destroyed roads and other infrastructure. At least 35,000 casualties (UPDATE) have occurred across Turkey and Syria, with the vast majority being in the former nation. A news report cited the Turkish Environment minister saying that 24,921 buildings across the region had collapsed. What...

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‘The only journalist who cared’: Memory of scribe killed after refinery report lingers on in Maharashtra - Tanishka Sodhi

Shashikant Warishe was mowed down allegedly by the subject of his last report on a controversial refinery - Newslaundry “He was the only journalist who covered the refinery protests…From the time the protests began until now, he covered everything…other newspapers barely gave coverage to the issue. People here liked him a lot because he was the sole journalist who cared about their issues.” That’s how Dipak Joshi remembers his friend Shashikant Warishe,...

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What data told us about India in 2022 - Akshi Chawla

DeCEDA/Qrius 2022 was a milestone year for India. India walked into 2022 with an infectious wave of Covid-19 impacting lakhs of people, the wave receded a few weeks into the year. As hopes for a post-pandemic recovery surged, war in Ukraine brought in new challenges for the economy. With supply chains disrupted, global sanctions imposed on Russia, prices of fuel and food shot up. Inflation, already on a high from pent-up...

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Enrollment levels highest in a decade, sharp drop in reading ability of children - ASER 2022 report

-   Annual Status of Education Report, 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in some of the longest school lockdowns in the world in India. How has it affected learning and literacy? The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2022 reveals a mixed bag of results. Here are the most important findings: * Enrollment levels have reached the highest level since the implementation of the Right to Education Act was implemented in 2009....

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