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Kerala opens 4603 relief camps for over one lakh migrant 'guest' workers -Nidheesh MK * Another 35 camps opened for 1,545 homeless and destitute people, the CM said * Food, masks, soaps, sanitisers have been made available in all those camps, and in the coming days, more educational institutions will be taken over for these purposes, said Vijayan ERNAKULAM: At a time when reports are rife about scores of migrant workers walking back to their native states on foot, hit by the coronavirus induced lockdown in...

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Informal sector workers don’t have the privilege to stay at home & work online in the time of COVID-19

After the outbreak of COVID-19 in China during early January this year and its dissemination globally within a few days, health experts have suggested ways to check its spread exponentially among the rest of the population. In the age of internet connectivity, work-from-home and self-isolation have been advised as solutions to ensure social distancing and avoid large-scale social gatherings. Experts have asked governments and private enterprises to keep people at...

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India adrift, optimism hard to sustain -Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen

-The Telegraph Prospects of the future damaged by failing development policy to collapsing democracy The recent estimate of GDP growth for the third quarter of 2019-20, at around 4.7 per cent, has prompted a predictable sense of gloom. However, even the 4.7 per cent estimate is deceptive, since in per-capita terms, the corresponding figure would be just above 3 per cent. This, sadly, is no more than half the growth rate of...

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Under-age enrolment at primary level in Tamil Nadu schools is over 10% -S Poorvaja

-The Hindu Data reveals that 11.64% of children enrolled in class I in the 2017-18 academic year were below the age of 6 Chennai: Nearly 11.64 % of children who enrolled in Class I in the 2017-2018 academic year in Tamil Nadu had enrolled before they turned 6. Six years is the minimum age mandated by the Right to education (RTE) Act for class I. In the 2015 and 2016 academic years...

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COVID-19: Anganwadis shut, Kerala govt home delivers mid-day meal supplies to kids -Neethu Joseph Raw materials of food, including oil, rice and rava, are being delivered to the students’ homes. In a gesture of goodwill, the Kerala government has started measures to deliver ingredients for mid-day meals to over three lakh children studying in anganwadis, which have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is to ensure the undisrupted supply of meals to the students. Since Tuesday, schools, colleges, educational institutions and anganwadis have been...

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