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India’s migrant workers need better policies -Ravi Srivastava

-The Indian Express NITI Aayog’s draft report is well-intentioned. But its failure to address the policy distortions at the root of migrant workers’ issues cannot be overlooked The lockdown-induced suffering of millions of migrants raised awareness regarding their magnitude, vulnerability, and role in the economy. It also led to a flurry of measures by the central and state governments. It is now encouraging that the Niti Aayog, on the request of the...

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Centre’s IT Rules bring answerability in digital ecosystem. But they also increase political control -Apar Gupta

-The Indian Express Apar Gupta writes: The substance of many of the requirements were never put to public consultation or deliberation by experts. This is particularly the case for the regulations for online news portals and video streaming platforms. In the polarised Environment that we now inhabit, there are few public agreements. One of these rare instances is an agreement that social media is broken. For many commentators, this is an area...

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How Can India’s Judiciary be More Economically Responsible? -Pradeep S Mehta There is no reason for courts to not take expert assistance in complex matters and it should resort to this route more often. In India, and indeed many countries around the world, development work is seen at a crossroads with protecting the world’s natural Environment. Agriculture is the oldest and biggest intrusion into nature, which has historically upset our ecological equilibrium. Besides this, forests have to be cut down; rivers have to...

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India’s pandemic generation: 375 million children will suffer poor health, educational losses, says Centre for Science and Environment study

-The Hindu The pandemic also has its hidden victims — over 500 million children forced out of school globally and India accounted for more than half of them. The country is all set to usher in a ‘pandemic generation’, with 375 million children (from newborns to 14-year-olds) likely to suffer long-lasting impacts, ranging from being underweight, stunting and increased child mortality, to losses in education and work productivity, according to the State...

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Uttarakhand: Activists want more policing, action on violators

-The New Indian Express ​Similarly, Anoop Nautiyal of Social Development for Communities said there have been regular observations that irresponsible muck disposal is causing mayhem in Uttarakhand. DEHRADUN: Environment activists welcomed the NGT upholding the penalty of Rs 57.96 lakh imposed on NTPC by the Uttarakhand PCB for violations related to muck disposal sites at Tapovan, and called out for more action. “This is a welcome step in the right direction but more...

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