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Nearly 10,000 children in country need immediate care and protection, SC informed -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu Bal Swaraj said they included children aged between zero and 17 orphaned or abandoned during the pandemic since March 2020. Bal Swaraj, an online tracking portal of a national child rights body, shows details of nearly 10,000 children in the country in immediate need of care and protection. They include children aged between zero and 17 orphaned or abandoned during the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020. The National Commission for Protection...

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Defunct ventilators, ICU under construction: The grim reality of Jaisalmer’s district hospital -Mausami Singh

-IndiaToday.com Jaisalmer’s Jawahir Hospital caters to more than eight lakh people. Amid the second Covid wave, it has turned into a picture of negligence and apathy. Jaisalmer: Known for its shimmering dunes and majestic forts, the city of Jaisalmer seems to have lost its lustre during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Little do the tourists who flock to the Golden City know that Jaisalmer’s health infrastructure is in a decrepit...

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Second wave wreaking havoc on rural lives. Will it impact rural livelihoods as well?

With the rise in Covid-19 daily new cases and daily new deaths since March this year, media reports (please click here and here) on migrant workers returning back to their native places (i.e. places of origin) from migration destinations (i.e. workplaces likes cities and large industrial towns to where the informal and low skilled workers from the marginalised sections of the society migrate seasonally, and sometimes for a longer duration,...

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India learns a bitter lesson for disregarding crucial warnings and recommendations on Covid-19

In the month of April this year, there has been an unprecedented upsurge in daily new cases and daily new deaths in the country due to Covid-19. States, which reported large increases in daily new cases and daily new deaths, are Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, to name but a few.   Data accessed from https://www.covid19india.org/, which is a crowdsourced platform and an independent aggregator of daily Covid-19 figures and...

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Centre to retain GST on oxygen concentrators -Vikas Dhoot

-The Hindu Delhi High Court pushes back, saying that the government should review its resistance at such a time The Central government should review its resistance to exempting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) levied on oxygen concentrators imported for personal use, the Delhi High Court observed on Thursday after the Finance Ministry conveyed its inability to accept the Court’s order issued on Wednesday. Late on Thursday, the Delhi High Court appointed senior...

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