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Suggested resources to understand the COVID-19 crisis better

These days a lot many articles, reports, documents, etc. are appearing in the public domain on Coronavirus infection and related issues. An attempt has been made in the present news alert to put together in one place some of the best articles, reports, blogs, webinars, podcasts, etc., which can be useful for our readers. We have divided the resources under various themes for the convenience of our readers and social media...

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Return of migrants: This institution is not hostage of government, says SC

-The Indian Express The Supreme Court's remark came after advocate Prashant Bhushan said the government had shut its eyes to the plight of the migrants and their fundamental Rights were not being enforced. While saying that “this institution is not hostage of the government”, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to reply within a week on a petition seeking direction to authorities to allow stranded migrant workers across the country...

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Lancet: Credit goes to states, give them leeway -GS Mudur

-The Telegraph The journal has cited examples of Kerala, Odisha and Maharashtra The Centre should loosen its control and give states more autonomy over funding and decision-making on the Covid-19 pandemic, The Lancet, a top international medical journal, said on Saturday in a commentary on India under the lockdown. The journal said the states “deserve much of the credit for India’s Covid-19 response” and that the lockdown was “hastily prepared and immediately disadvantaged...

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For the sake of poor, hungry and working people, government shouldn't extend lockdown beyond 3rd May, insist food activists in their recent statement

-Press release by Right to Food Campaign dated 25th April, 2020 The Government of India imposed a nationwide lockdown on 25th March, 2020 for three weeks, which has now been extended till 3rd May, causing extreme economic distress, especially to the poor who are unable to earn their livelihood. Please click here to access the statement issued by Right to Food Campaign insisting on 'No Lockdown beyond 3rd May, 2020'. For more information,...

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Covid-19: India has not done ‘anything close to enough’ to help the poor, says Abhijit Banerjee

-Scroll.in The Nobel laureate said people needed reassurance and that the administration had to be ‘proactive’ in doing so. Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee on Friday said India has not done “anything close to enough” to provide relief to the poor, who have been adversely impacted by the countrywide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus. In an interview to BBC, Banerjee said the Indian government needs to think of a “clear,...

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