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Hurry! Applications for the 1st round of NFI Fellowships for Independent Journalists are now open till December 15th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have multiple impacts on our lives. Existing challenges have been exacerbated and new ones have emerged. Across the country, individuals, communities, businesses and governments are responding differently. Covid has claimed many casualties. Good reportage need not be one of them. The pandemic and the consequent economic slowdown have also taken its toll on good journalism. At this moment, we need good journalism to be stronger than...

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Duping poor minority students: Jharkhand HC to hear plea for SIT -Abhishek Angad

-The Indian Express The plea stated it is “pertinent to mention here that in this Corruption, Aadhaar card authentication is also misused by the accused persons and payments were made to persons who are not even students” Ranchi: THE JHARKHAND High Court has listed for hearing this month a petition urging it to take suo motu cognizance of the findings on an investigation by The Indian Express, which revealed how a nexus...

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In Bihar, The Systematic Gagging Of India’s Sunshine Law -Malini Subramaniam At least 17 activists who regularly used the Right To Information Act to expose Corruption in Bihar have been murdered since 2008. Hundreds face false cases. One activist has been in prison since March, with 14 cases against him. Neither the government nor the police responds to requests for protection Muzaffarpur: Out to meet a friend at a restaurant in Muzaffarpur in the northern state of Bihar on the evening of...

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Jharkhand scholarship scam: Fraud went on unchecked even as red flags were waved in Centre and state -Abhishek Angad

-The Indian Express On Sunday, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren reacted to the findings by ordering a probe and promising to revamp the verification system. Chief Secretary Sukhdev Singh said verification “has been stopped” till the probe is completed. Ranchi: On October 31, barely 48 hours after The Indian Express told him that official records had listed 180 beneficiaries from his school for the Centre’s pre-Matric scholarship for minority students, the principal...

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Bihar asks Centre to hike its MGNREGA labour budget -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu 20% of people demanding work have been denied; even higher on ground, say workers. Having run through 74% of its labour budget under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) at the halfway point of the year, and expecting the demand to go up still further in a pandemic year, Bihar has asked the Centre for an additional six crore persondays of work to be added to its...

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