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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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Modi government’s ‘One Nation, One Ration’ is an attempt to deflect attention from actual solutions -Reetika Khera It is technologically possible, but the real question is whether it is implementable. Since March 22, the day of the “Janata curfew”, mainstream media in India has foregrounded the situation of urban workers like never before. Mainstream and social media has been flooded with videos and images of people walking as well as of urban workers who were stuck in hostile cities without food, even water and shelter at times. An exhausted...

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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, which is a crowdsourced platform and an independent aggregator of daily Covid-19 figures and...

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Urgent government intervention needed for migrants in transit -Sanjiv Phansalkar With the countrywide lockdown to arrest spread of COVID-19, migrant workers who started returning home from destination sites are caught in borders with scant amenities. Government needs to intervene to ensure safe passage For the last ten days or so, state governments have been announcing movement restrictions and advisories about not moving. The lockdown trial euphemistically titled Janata curfew was observed on the 22nd of March. Trains were stopped from that...

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While people clapped for those in front line fighting virus, Telangana landlords leave doctors homeless

-The New Indian Express The latter called the doctors ‘dirty’ and do not want them as tenants fearing the spread of coronavirus in the locality. HYDERABAD: People across the country clapped and clanged utensils to applaud the doctors and nurses who are in the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 on Janata curfew day. But it was at the same time that doctors of MGM Hospital in Warangal were forced out onto...

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