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Kisan Protests Are More About Survival of the Peasantry -Prabhat Patnaik

-Newsclick.in The three agri laws brought in by the Narendra Modi government are meant to remove the lifeline of peasants altogether and have to be repealed. The kisans gathered around the Delhi border have unerringly put their fingers on the real issue confronting them, namely their very survival as peasants. Till now there was an arrangement in the country which, though crumbling under the impact of neo-liberalism, still kept the peasantry alive....

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Why Farm Laws Fall Afoul of the Constitution -M Sridhar Acharyulu

-Newsclick.in These laws denude federalism and attempt to turn a nation of farmers into an agricultural market led by big business. In 2018, the Aadhaar Act was passed as a money bill, which a dissenting judgement of the Supreme Court described as a “fraud on the Constitution”. A presidential notification amended Art. 370 of the Constitution by giving an anti-democratic interpretation to Art. 367. The Citizenship Amendment Act was brought in under...

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To understand the outbreak of zoonotic diseases, track human activities causing environmental changes, key message of UNEP-ILRI report

A report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), which was released on July 6th (observed as World Zoonoses Day by research institutions and non-governmental organisations across the globe) this year, says that around 60 percent of known infectious diseases in humans are estimated to have an animal origin. Likewise, almost three-fourth of all new and emerging infectious diseases are zoonotic i.e. these diseases...

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Sharad Chandra, director, flood forecast monitoring division, Central Water Commission (CWC), interviewed by Shagun Kapil (Down to Earth)

-Down to Earth Sharad Chandra, director, flood forecast monitoring division, Central Water Commission, spoke to DTE on increasing instances of urban flooding   Urban flooding is increasingly becoming a common occurrence in India, the latest victim being Hyderabad. The city received unusually heavy rainfall October 13-14, 2020, due to a deep depression that developed in the Bay of Bengal. Heavy damage to property, roads and human lives were reported. Experts have argued that...

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Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA protests not acceptable, says Supreme Court -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu Public places and spaces cannot be occupied indefinitely, says Bench The Supreme Court on Tuesday held the protests led by scores of mothers, children and senior citizens of Shaheen Bagh against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act by blockading a public road in the national capital were “not acceptable”. A Bench led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said public places and spaces could not be occupied indefinitely. The court recognised that peaceful protests...

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