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India struggles to meet gender equality goal second year in a row, ‘special attention’ needed -Sravasti Dasgupta Gender equality and zero Hunger remain the two goals that require ‘special attention’, Niti Aayog SDG report says. The country score on both these goals is below 50. New Delhi: India is struggling to meet the goals of gender equality, according to the Niti Aayog’s latest Sustainable Development Goals-India Index report. According to the report, released last week, gender equality and zero Hunger remain the two goals under the SDG-India index that...

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COVID-19 in UP: No Food, No Money, No MGNREGA Work, Second Wave Forcing Migrant Workers to Die by Suicide -Abdul Alim Jafri According to union leaders, due to the panchayat polls from April to May in Uttar Pradesh, there was a halt in MGNREGS work, and the demand for labourers further slumped due to the complete lockdown that followed soon after. Lucknow: Brindaban Banjara (40), a security in-charge at Paragon footwear in Nangloi area of Delhi used to earn Rs 22,000 per month before the pandemic hit. But, within a span of three...

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Dr. Amit Basole, head of Azim Premji University’s Centre for Sustainable Employment, interviewed by Rohan Venkataramakrishnan ( The head of Azim Premji’s Centre for Sustainable Employment on the tremendous distress hiding beneath job market statistics in India. If you looked at just the bare employment figures for India over 2020, you might think that most people recovered from the shock of the national lockdown and the economic crisis that followed. Yet though there was indeed a recovery before the brutal second wave hit, the headline numbers paper over...

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How Second Wave Is Decimating Rural Economy -Rohit Inani The government has said that the economic impact from the second Covid-19 wave will be less than that of the first. But economists point to signs of a growing rural economic crisis, and call for urgent relief measures to ward off long-term damage. Siolim, Goa: Ramesh Ram, 31, is listed as a textile industry staff worker in the administration's database of migrant workers in south west Bihar's Kaimur district. But for...

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What is the cost of childhood wasting and severe acute malnutrition in India? -Sujeet Ranjan Childhood wasting is a silent nutritional emergency in India as it led to an average loss of Rs 60 million every day from the years 2006 to 2018. Community-based care for management of wasting is highly recommended. We often read and talk about malnutrition and undernutrition in children. But it is rarely quantified. A recent study on ‘The Severity of Wasting and Severe Wasting’ among children in India, conducted by The...

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