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Adityanath Govt in UP to Suspend Key Labour Laws, Workers' Rights for Three Years -Somesh Jha

-Business Standard/ TheWire.in Under cover of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state government says exempting businesses from these laws will boost investment. But experts term the move an attack on fundamental Rights. New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government has approved an ordinance exempting businesses from the purview of almost all labour laws for the next three years in a bid to provide a fillip to investments affected by the novel coronavirus in the...

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Put some money in the hands of people...so that they have money when lockdown opens, says Abhijit Banerjee -Sandeep Phukan

-The Hindu Right now, linking Aadhar with Public Distribution System would have been very good, the Nobel laureate tells former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in a conversation The Congress on Tuesday released an edited video of a conversation between Nobel laureate Professor Abhijit Banerjee and former party chief Rahul Gandhi on the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the excerpts from the conversation. Rahul Gandhi: Just out of curiosity, you got...

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COVID-19: Can we flatten the un-sustainability curve? -Venkatesh Dutta

-Down to Earth The Earth needs to resurrect and heal. It is the Right time to define collective growth and prosperity, not in terms of rising income but rising ecological wellbeing Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Ebola have shaken the global economy and society in the last two decades. The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) disease is following suit. The nature has hit a reset button. Economies are in a...

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No relief for the nowhere people -Ravi Srivastava

-The Hindu Policy responses to the migrant crisis reinforce the idea of two Indias Jamalo Makdam, 12, died on April 18 walking back from the chilli fields of Telangana to her home in Chhattisgarh. She and a group of other workers decided to return home on foot, as many migrant workers did, after losing their jobs, incomes and even accommodation following the announcement of a nationwide lockdown. Her journey ended in death,...

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COVID-19: Kendu leaf procurement hits roadblock in Odisha -Priya Ranjan Sahu

-Down to Earth State forest officials deter Kalahandi district’s village to procure kendu leaves through gram sabha    Residents of Dhanarpur village in Odisha’s Kalahandi district have hit a roadblock in procuring kendu leaves through gram sabhas — one of the most prominent minor forest produce (MFP) in the state.   The Odisha government granted relaxation for collection and harvest of MFPs when the nationwide lockdown was extended for the second time in...

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