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'Forget doubling incomes, Farmers will be happy if incomes grow at all'

'Forget doubling incomes, Farmers will be happy if incomes grow at all'

Bengaluru: As India deals with growing numbers of COVID-19 cases and the economic ramifications of the resultant lockdowns, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government has made a slew of announcements and promulgated ordinances to revive the economy, including the agriculture sector. It brought in the...

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'Lifting lockdown made it seem all's hunky-dory. We're seeing consequences now'

'Lifting lockdown made it seem all's hunky-dory. We're seeing consequences now'

Mumbai: The capital city of India, New Delhi, seems to be heading towards becoming the coronavirus capital as well, as many people are saying. The number of cases in Delhi is much less than in Mumbai, but the rate of growth in this city has been high, given that the early number of cases was much lo...

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COVID-19: India must regulate its wildlife, wild meat markets

COVID-19: India must regulate its wildlife, wild meat markets

Bengaluru: India must regulate its numerous markets that sell wild meat and live wildlife--especially in the wake of COVID-19--by regulating the trade, addressing the social and economic reasons that drive people to trade in wildlife, and safeguarding and restoring wildlife habitats, experts have to...

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'Relaxing labour laws can't help industry in the long run; formalising the economy can'

'Relaxing labour laws can't help industry in the long run; formalising the economy can'

New Delhi: The ongoing lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 has exposed an already simmering migrant crisis. Unprecedented in history, the pandemic brought to halt a nation of 1.3 billion people overnight, leaving its largest, but often invisible, workforce stranded, hungry, stigmatised and an...

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Uttarakhand tries to retain migrants back home due to COVID-19. Migrants point to systemic issues

Uttarakhand tries to retain migrants back home due to COVID-19. Migrants point to systemic issues

<i>Puran Bisht, 31, works as a helper in a spice store in Dehradun. Originally from Badait village of Pauri Garhwal, Bisht is back in his village due to the COVID-19 lockdown, and is tilling his barren field in his free time. He is willing to come back for good, he says, if there is support fr...

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Centre must give states more money or let them borrow: Kerala Finance Min Thomas Isaac

Centre must give states more money or let them borrow: Kerala Finance Min Thomas Isaac

Mumbai: <i>Kerala claims it is financially broke. Earlier, the state said it wanted money and not appreciation for fighting COVID-19. It now has just about 500 cases, and has reported no new cases on May 4 and 5. What is the way out, and forward, as India and Kerala get back on their feet and ...

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COVID-19 Lockdown is the best time to quit tobacco

COVID-19 Lockdown is the best time to quit tobacco

Mumbai: The temporary ban on the sale of tobacco products during the ongoing lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 is an opportunity to reduce tobacco consumption in India, the world’s second biggest consumer, experts say. Forced to go without tobacco for over six weeks and isolated from social ci...

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Job loss looms over millions as COVID-19 brings tourism to a standstill

Job loss looms over millions as COVID-19 brings tourism to a standstill

Mumbai: The closing down of the iconic Taj Mahal last month is an evocative symbol of how India’s travel and tourism landscape has changed due to COVID-19. The country’s travel and tourism sector, more dependent than others on the free and confident movement of people, is staring at millions of disa...

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COVID-19: Sanitation workers at risk from discarded medical waste

COVID-19: Sanitation workers at risk from discarded medical waste

Mumbai: Sanitation workers and rag pickers are at risk from handling unmarked medical waste emerging from homes where COVID-19 patients are quarantined, medical experts and waste management specialists warned. Discarded masks, gloves and tissues could be potential sources for the spread of this high...

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India's COVID19 Financial Package: Rehashed Existing Programmes, Little New Spending

India's COVID19 Financial Package: Rehashed Existing Programmes, Little New Spending

Mumbai/Jaipur: India's financial package to help its poorest citizens tide over the COVID-19 lockdown underestimates the scale of the challenge and will fall short, according to experts and analysis of government data by Indiaspend. On March 26, 2020, the finance ministry said it had planned a ...

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