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How the Privatization of Medicine in India Is Accelerating Its COVID-19 Death Toll -Yogesh Jain

-Newsclick.in Health care profiteering in COVID times. Spiraling health care expenses in India have been pushing more than 55 million Indians into a state of abject poverty every year. COVID-19 has only worsened the trend for even more families—like Aghan Singh’s. To ensure that his sick mother received the best treatment, Singh, a Self-Employed motor mechanic in the small town of Bilaspur, in Chhattisgarh, India, decided to take her to a popular private...

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New urban poor in Mumbai -- No demand, Self-Employed hardest hit: Socha na tha ki haath phailana padega -Mayura Janwalkar and Sadaf Modak

-The Indian Express Baudh’s is a story playing out across the city as the Covid lockdown winds down but small businesses don’t know where the keys to demand are. Mumbai: Their ghar is gone because the rent cannot be paid so the Baudh family has moved to their karkhana whose owner has given them some time to pay. Seated on its floor in a chawl near Juhu Gally, Anant (8), Arpit (6) and...

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Briefing Note for Parliamentarians on Labour Law Reforms

-Press release by Working Peoples' Charter dated 21st September, 2020 Amidst the micro and macro-economic crisis of the last 5 years, the union government has aggressively pushed the agenda of labour law reforms -- purportedly to simplify India’s ‘complex’ labour legislations, improve the business environment, and augment growth and employment. These changes, driven primarily by the business fraternity, have been aimed at improving India’s ranking in the ‘Ease of Doing Business’...

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Higher propensity to commit suicide in southern states: NCRB data

-The Indian Express A majority of those committing suicide, however, were from poorer backgrounds and married. Family issues and illness accounted for most such deaths. People living in the southern states have higher propensity to commit suicide than those living in the poorer and more heavily populated northern states, the latest data on suicides released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) show. A majority of those committing suicide, however, were from poorer...

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The pandemic is about eyes shut -Rajendran Narayanan

-The Hindu There is a resonance between Saramago’s literary world and the migrant labour distress in contemporary India The novel, Blindness, by Portuguese Nobel Laureate José Saramago, is strikingly prescient about a sweeping illness. The plot revolves around a mysterious epidemic because of which people suddenly turn blind. The thread It starts with a person driving his car who turns blind while waiting at a traffic signal. He pleads to be taken home and...

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