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Push for cash amid Covid: 159 districts in 25 states see decline in fixed deposits -Harikishan Sharma

-The Indian Express This marks a sharp spike as the number of such districts was in the range of 22-53 in the 11 quarters between April-June 2018 and October-December 2020 (see chart). Highlighting the trend of people increasing their cash holdings to tide over the financial impact of the pandemic, 159 districts in 25 states saw a decline in term (fixed) deposits from January to March, shows an analysis of the latest...

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Khori Demolitions: We Are Being Targeted as We Are Poor, Allege Residents -Sumedha Pal The Supreme Court has refused to stay the demolitions of over 10,000 houses in a bid to preserve the forest cover in the locality in Haryana’s Faridabad. On June 7, a bench of the Supreme Court, while hearing a petition on the clearance of encroachment over the Aravalli zone, had ordered the removal of close to 10,000 homes, housing over 1 lakh people in Haryana’s Khori Gaon, near the national capital....

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Activists hold press conference to emphasize the rights of the Khori villagers who are facing eviction

-Press release by Bandhua Mukti Morcha dated 18th June, 2021  New Delhi, 18 June,2021: The 50 year old secular Khori village, near Surajkund tourist spot (Faridabad, Harayana), inhabited by various sections is on the verge of being uprooted because of the Supreme Court order. Despite the existence of various farmhouses and high rise hotel buildings, the government and the administration is only eyeing these 10,000 houses which house more than 1...

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UP Woman, 5 Children Went Hungry For 2 Months; No Ration, Aadhaar Cards -Alok Pandey A senior Aligarh official expressed "surprise" over the fact that the family members had neither a ration card nor Aadhar cards. Aligarh: A 45-year-old woman and her five children are in hospital in western Uttar Pradesh's Aligarh town after battling intense hunger for over two months. They were able to get medical help after a local NGO stePPEd in to help after it was informed of the family's condition.The family members...

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Karnataka High Court directs decentralised governance of lakes in rural and urban areas Karnataka has about 40,000 lakes and close to 10,000 lakes have already disaPPEared. In the wake of authorities failing to do enough to conserve these lakes, the Karnataka High Court has asked the government to decentralise the mechanism of lake governance both in rural and urban areas by involving local bodies. More details here. Directing a new model of water bodies’ governance in the state, the Karnataka High Court, on June...

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