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How local businesses in Bengaluru IT hubs have been badly hit due to WFH -Luke Koshi

-TheNewsMinute.com From eateries to PG hostels and transportation, many businesses in and around the IT hubs have been severely hit with most employees working from home. Gajanana owns a khanavali (a place that serves north Karnataka-style meals) close to Manyata Tech Park in Bengaluru and has been struggling to keep his eatery afloat after the pandemic struck. His business took a drastic hit after most of the IT firms made work from...

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Official data corroborates deepening of livelihood crisis in urban areas during the 2020 nationwide lockdown

The recently released quarterly Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) data broadly confirms the dip in employment and jobs during the countrywide lockdown period, followed by a certain degree of recovery in the post-lockdown months last year as have been indicated by various survey-based studies and research papers. The quarterly bulletin on PLFS provides data on key employment and unemployment indicators i.e. Unemployment Rate (UR), Worker Population Ratio (WPR) and Labour...

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Most households in rural Bihar faced livelihood crisis during the First Wave of COVID-19, reveals a recent study

The pandemic's First Wave had a devastating impact on the livelihoods of rural workers in Bihar (including the self-employed) last year, according to a survey based research, jointly done by economists from Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability at Monash University, Australia and the New Delhi-based Institute for Human Development. A recent press note issued by the authors of the study shows that almost 94.4 percent of the households participating...

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CIC slams Centre’s denial of information on medical oxygen committee

-The Hindu Apart from PPE kits, RT-PCR tests, masks and gloves, Empowered Group later managed supply of medical oxygen The Central Information Commission (CIC) has slammed the Centre’s blanket denial of information related to a committee overseeing medical oxygen supplies during the pandemic, saying its rationale was “far fetched” and “unjustified”. In its order on Saturday, Information Commissioner Vanaja Sarna directed the Centre to respond to the Right to Information (RTI) request...

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Excess deaths in West Bengal 11 times official COVID-19 tally -Srinivasan Ramani

-The Hindu Difference seen in both first and second wave. The number of “excess deaths” registered by the Civil Registration System (CRS) in West Bengal ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit (from April 2020 to May 2021), was an estimated 1,20,227, which is 11.1 times the official reported figure of 10,787 deaths for the same period. Five districts — Darjeeling, Jhargram, Kalimpong, North 24 Parganas and Paschim Medinipur — were not considered for...

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