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Experience with GST holds valuable lessons for One Nation One Ration Card -Varad Pande & Subhashish Bhadra

-The Indian Express If done well, One Nation, One Ration Card, could lay the fouNDAtion of a truly national and portable benefits system that includes other welfare programmes like LPG subsidy and social pensions. The economic crisis precipitated by COVID-19 has focussed the country’s attention on inter-state migrants. Millions of Indians in this diverse, complex group have crossed state borders in search of better economic opportunities. The crisis, however, has highlighted their...

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Locusts invade Maharashtra, alert in Mathura and Delhi as swarm expands area

-Hindustan Times After crossing Pakistan, swarms of locusts entered India through Rajasthan on April 11. On MoNDAy, locusts entered some residential areas of the Jaipur city. More parts of India are under locust attack now. The migratory pests have invaded eastern Maharashtra where four to five villages have come under attack from the locusts. The locusts are known for feasting on all sorts of plants and standing crops. The district and agriculture department personnel...

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Climate Change Brings the Worst Locust Attack in Decades to India -Kabir Agarwal and Shruti Jain

-TheWire.in The attack is a highly irregular one, say experts. Farmers on the field feel that the measures taken were too little and too late. New Delhi/ Jaipur: Large swarms of desert locusts have entered areas in India where they had not been seen since 1993 and have already caused damage to crops in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, parts of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. The migratory pest has made several incursions into Rajasthan...

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Supreme Court orders Centre and States to immediately provide transport, food and shelter free of cost to stranded migrant workers -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu Court takes suo motu cognisance of migrant workers issue, sees inadequacies and lapses in dealing with the crisis. A three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court on may 26 said there have been “inadequacies and certain lapses” on the part of the Central and State governments in dealing with the migrant workers crisis during the lockdown. The court ordered the Centre and the States to immediately provide transport, food and shelter free...

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Whistleblower behind Gujarat HC order: ‘No PPE kit, mask, gloves… can be in big trouble’ -Ritu Sharma

-The Indian Express On SuNDAy, Health Minister Nitin Patel said the state government has “reviewed the High Court order and its observations” and “held a meeting to discuss and give a reply... next week.” Ahmedabad: ALL COVID patients are managed by junior resident doctors, with no senior professor on duty for rounds or emergency. Doctors on non-Covid duty are not given PPE kits, N-95 masks, or proper gloves. Not even 10 per...

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