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A crisis without villains -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express Current economic contraction is different from previous ones. Governments should borrow and spend India has never experienced negative economic growth since 1979-80, and before that in 1972-73, 1965-66 and 1957-58. All these were drought years with 1957-58 also registering a significant balance of payments (BOP) deterioration and 1979-80 witnessing the second global oil shock following the Iranian Revolution. The real GDP decline of 5-10 per cent that various agencies are...

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How the Supreme Court let down poor workers during the pandemic -Gautam Bhatia

-Hindustan Times By effectively insulating employers from paying wages to workers, it has reinforced an unequal power dynamic The Coronavirus pandemic — and the measures taken by the central and state governments to contain it over the last five months — has led to widespread disruption across the country. A substantial part of this disruption is asymmetric in nature; that is, it has disproportionately affected vulnerable and marginalised people, those unable to...

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Farmers cash in on demand for immunity boosters -Catherine Gilon

-VillageSquare.in With no signs of the Coronavirus infection abating, moringa farmers in Tamil Nadu use the increasing demand for natural immunity boosters to their advantage, by value addition Karur, Tamil Nadu: As Tamil Nadu fights an uphill battle against Coronavirus, with 52,759 confirmed cases, as on 07 August 2020, there has been an increased demand from the public for natural immunity boosters such as turmeric and moringa. Karur Moringa and Vegetable Farmers Producer...

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More than a vaccine, it is about vaccination -T Jacob John and MS Seshadri

-The Hindu As a COVID-19 vaccine is for all age groups, putting in place an innovative delivery platform in time is a must Everyone eagerly asks: will we get a COVID-19 vaccine this year or only next year? During a pandemic, expecting vaccines the same year or the next, illustrates the power of technology, human hope, media hype — all at unprecedented frenzy. Where India stands Globally, innumerable vaccine trials are progressing; in India,...

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20 trained nurses dead, 509 infected, says TNAI -Bindu Shajan Perappadan

-The Hindu Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal with most number of cases among staff nurses Maharashtra, Gujarat and West Bengal have the maximum number of COVID positive staff nurses in the country and also the highest fatality rate, the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) said on Thursday. TNAI, the largest nursing association in the country, released data for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, indicating that 509 nursing staff were...

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