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Lokdown That Harms Poor And Migrants

Rajiv Khandelwal and Divya Varma (Rajiv Khandelwal is Founder-Executive Director and Divya Varma leads policy advocacy work at Aajeevika Bureau) The phones at the toll-free labour helpline in Rajasthan’s Udaipur district have not stopped ringing since the news of the total national lockdown. Hapless migrant workers from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh as well from States further afield – UP, Bihar …

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Break Pyramid Of Communal Tension

Vibhuti Narain Rai (The writer is a former Director General of Police, Uttar Pradesh) The battle against the threat from the COVID-19 pandemic deserves our undivided attention. This is a time to focus our attention and energies on that one common goal. The communal colour being given to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin must be avoided at all costs, …

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Facing The Inevitable Creature

Aseem Shrivastava (Dr Aseem Shrivastava teaches Ecosophy at Ashoka University) Corona, speculative mischief suggests, must be of divine provenance. She has the intelligence to slumber, to awaken, to migrate, to disappear, to influence, to provoke, to hide, to dodge, to enclose, to mutate. And much more. That is a formidable arsenal of skills for any creature, let alone one invisible …

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CitiMail

COVID-19: Lessons Learnt And To Learn Though a lockdown is never welcome as it brings untold miseries to the citizens, there could be a few positives.  A lockdown means all factories, markets, shops are now closed. Most public transport suspended and construction work halted. Data shows that the main cities are recording much lower levels of harmful microscopic particulate matter, …

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CitiMail

RTI Applications, Orders On First Appeals And Lockdown Presently officers of public-authorities are usually worried about possible proceedings for imposition of penalty and recommendation of disciplinary proceedings for not being able to respond to RTI applications and passing orders on First Appeals in stipulated time period of 30 days (plus 15 days grace for orders on First Appeals) because of …

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Use Common Sense To Fight COVID-19

A democratic state has to step in and plan the support it has to render to the citizens at large with or without declaring an emergency D C PATHAK PERHAPS the most meaningful observation about coronavirus that a medical professional made in an interview, was that “the virus has understood us better than we have understood it’’ thereby suggesting that …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Avoid Spreading Rumours I extend my gratitude to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology for asking all social media companies to remove reports spreading misinformation about the novel Coronavirus from their platforms with an immediate effect. It is an actual fact that nowadays whole mankind of the world is in terrifying circumstances due to the pandemic disease. Circulation of …

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Gearing Up To Fight Coronavirus

JAGDISH RATTANANI Of Bharat bandhs, the days it was a form of potent protest, it used to be claimed in officialdom that they passed off peacefully. Those were the times when the Opposition declared a strike, or labour leaders brought the city to a halt, or the railway lifeline was impacted as motormen and guards decided to teach the government …

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Need For Dedicated COVID-19 Hospitals A top emergency expert of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that countries cannot simply lock down their societies to defeat coronavirus (COVID-19) and that public health measures are needed to avoid resurgence of the virus later on. He said that once the transmission is suppressed, we will have to go after the virus. …

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Tighten Grip On Naxals In Chhattisgarh

GANAPATHI BHAT, AKOLA The deadly counter-attack on the security forces in the Minpa forest range of Chhattisgarh’s Sukma has come after a lull. While Naxalism in the neighbouring Telangana, which bore the maximum Naxal brunt not so long ago under the undivided Andhra Pradesh, has been controlled, and is a thing of the past in other Naxal-dominated states like Maharashtra, …

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