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Gujarat: Of Death Knells and Suicide in Surat’s Diamond Industry -Damayantee Dhar

-Newsclick.in The financial crisis in the diamond industry in Surat has claimed the lives of 16 workers who have died by suicide. Earlier this month, an association president ended his life as well. Darshanbhai Rameshbhai Chaudhary, a diamond polisher by profession, had not had a job for four months. Day after day, he would stand at the diamond polishing hub in the Varacha area of Surat in the hope of being hired...

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Desperate economic situation calls for immediate boost to government expenditure -Prabhat Patnaik

-National Herald Universal cash transfer to non-income tax households is imperative apart from covering investment on infrastructure, including social infrastructure like healthcare A striking aspect of the 24 per cent decline in GDP in the first quarter of 2020-21 compared to the previous year’s first quarter is the decline by 10.3 per cent in public administration, defence and other public services. This is a sector where the GDP is estimated not by...

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Migrant workers' deaths: Govt says it has no data. But didn't people die? Here is a list - Mukesh Rawat

-IndiaToday.in The Modi govt has told Parliament it does not have data of migrant workers who died during the Lockdown. India Today sheds light on data documenting those who died while desperately trying to reach their homes. While presenting the Union Budget 2020 in Parliament on February 1, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman outlined the importance of data and said that in order to meet challenges of real-time monitoring of India's increasingly complex...

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Report exposes increase in atrocities against Dalits; former CJI KG Balakrishnan calls for better law enforcement -Divya Trivedi

-Frontline.in Crimes against Dalits continued to rise despite a nationwide Lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic. The National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ) has documented more than 100 cases of atrocities from April to June that include lynchings, untouchability practices, mass atrocities and violence against Dalit women. In Maharashtra, rumours were spread about a Dalit man and his family being COVID positive. They were attacked and asked to leave the village. In Haryana,...

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Although govt. avoids providing data on the impact of COVID-19 Lockdown, timely intervention by a civil society group working among migrants fills the info gap

-Press Release by Stranded Workers Action Network (SWAN), dated 15th September, 2020 In a recent press release, the Stranded Workers Action Network (SWAN) has revealed that around 971 persons have died during the course of the various Lockdowns, as of 4th July 2020. It has also provided the key findings of some recent studies that saw the impact of Lockdown and Covid-19 on livelihood security and food security.   To a question...

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