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In Rural India, COVID-19 Outbreaks Have One Standout Feature: Speed -Murad Banaji, Aashish Gupta and Leena Kumarappan

-TheWire.in If the current data is anything to go by, the low death figures reflect poor Testing and recording rather than some natural “protection” from severe disease in rural India. Many rural areas were hit hard during India’s devastating recent COVID-19 surge. The scale of this rural epidemic remains largely hidden in official figures. But a flood of news reports tell a tale of infection sweeping rapidly through villages, high mortality, minimal...

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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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Under Ayushman Bharat, huge disparities among states where Covid patients availed scheme -Ashok Upadhyay

-IndiaToday.in Has the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana scheme benefitted people during the Covid-19 outbreak, the worst health crisis in a century? The official numbers paint a murky picture. With a population of more than 11 crore, Bihar saw only 19 people avail treatment for Covid-19 under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, India Today has learnt through an Right to Information (RTI) filing. In Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand, the figure stands...

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To prepare for the third wave of Covid-19, here is what India needs to do -Abhishek Jha and Vineet Sachdev

-Hindustan Times The second wave of Covid-19 infections in India peaked on May 9, 2021. The seven-day moving average of daily cases has come down to 85,807 from the peak of 391,819 on May 9. The fact that India faced a severe second wave of infections, which overwhelmed the health infrastructure, has underlined the importance of preparing well for the third wave. Of course, the pace of vaccinations will matter the most...

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Centre announces hike in MSP for paddy, pulses, oilseeds -Priscilla Jebraj

-The Hindu Farmer groups unhappy with the increase in paddy price. The Central government has hiked the minimum support price (MSP) for common paddy to ₹1,940 a quintal for the coming kharif season, less than 4% higher than last year’s price of ₹1,868. The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday. In a bid to encourage crop diversification, there were slightly higher increases in the MSP for pulses, oilseeds...

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