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Gujarat: Of Death Knells and Suicide in Surat’s Diamond Industry -Damayantee Dhar

-Newsclick.in The financial crisis in the diamond industry in Surat has claimed the lives of 16 workers who have died by suicide. Earlier this month, an association president ended his life as well. Darshanbhai Rameshbhai Chaudhary, a diamond polisher by profession, had not had a job for four months. Day after day, he would stand at the diamond polishing hub in the Varacha area of Surat in the hope of being hired...

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Union minister Harsimrat Badal resigns over Centre’s new farm bills

-Hindustan Times Harsimrat is the only SAD representative in the Modi government. Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Thursday quit the Modi government opposing the farm bills that seek to liberalise the Agriculture sector. The move came shortly after Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal announced in the Lok Sabha that the minister will quit protesting the Centre’s anti-farmer move. Harsimrat Badal is the only SAD representative in the Modi government. The...

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Unpaid dues to cane farmers over Rs 15,000 crore: Govt -Shagun Kapil

-Down to Earth Sugar prices had remained depressed, which had affected the liquidity of sugar mills, a govt reply said While the new sugar-crushing season is set to begin from October, the outstanding payment dues to sugarcane farmers across the country stand at Rs 15,683 crore as on September 11, according to a reply given to a question in Parliament on September 15, 2020. Of this, Rs 12,994 crore pertains to crop procured...

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Tumbling down -Renu Kohli

-The Telegraph The slump in the GDP and the pain ahead The -23.9 per cent shrinkage in the April-June GDP is not a surprise as nearly half the period witnessed a national lockdown. It’s also not surprising that this loss is the world’s steepest for India’s lockdown was the most stringent and the accompanying fiscal policy response the weakest. But the quarter per cent slump did surprise most analysts who have since...

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Climate Migration primarily in middle income, agri-dependent countries: Study -Akshit Sangomla

-Down to Earth Study can go long way in pinpointing future hot spots for climate-induced migration Human migration due to changing climate happens primarily in middle income and agricultural-dependent countries, a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on September 14, 2020, has said. The impacts of climate change that caused migration of people were mainly changes in temperature, rainfall variability and rapid onset events like storms, cyclones and floods, the...

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