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Trapped in snow, 300 yaks starve to death in Sikkim -Pramod Giri

-Hindustan Times The district collector said about 10 to 15 yaks die every year but admitted that this year’s death toll is higher than ever before. Siliguri: Around 300 yaks have starved to death due to severe cold and excessive snowfall at an altitude of around 15,000 feet in north Sikkim, forcing authorities to rush medical teams to save the remaining animals. The administration has described the incident as catastrophic and unprecedented. To save...

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Jharkhand's invisible citizens: Netas don't have time for one of India's poorest districts -Anumeha Yadav

-Newslaundry.com The election season seems to have skipped adivasis in the state that has recorded 19 deaths from Starvation since 2017. On New Year’s Eve, Baghiya Birijiya lost her mother Budhni Birijiyan to hunger, cold, and extreme poverty in Latehar, one of India’s poorest districts. The family had so few means that they could not cremate the 80-year-old’s body for two days, until public pressure led the administration to intervene to provide...

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Will India become a big importer of food? -Ashok Gulati

-The Hindu Business Line It could, if agri policies fail to incentivise farmers more. The demand for food is expected to spike in the coming years India is, today, a country of about 1.35 billion people. United Nations’ population projections of 2017 say that India is likely to surpass China’s population by 2024 and reach 1.5 billion by 2030, making it the most populous nation on the planet. About two-thirds of Indians are...

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Probe into 3 national capital hunger deaths fudged details to cover up: Delhi govt -Sourav Roy Barman

-The Indian Express The Indian Express has learnt that two inquiry reports into the issue, prepared by Women and Child Development Department, were allegedly riddled with falsities, prompting Sisodia to lash out at the department’s secretary over what he termed a “fraud”. New Delhi: Anganwadi registers were allegedly “fudged”, pages “pulled out” and pencil records “erased” and overwritten to falsely establish that three sisters aged 8, 4 and 2, who died...

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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (Frontline.in)

-Frontline.in Interview with Aruna Roy. ARUNA ROY is a well-known social and political activist. A former Indian Administrative Service officer, she resigned from the IAS in 1975 and has since worked with the most oppressed in society. Aruna Roy’s observation on government service is indicative of her future concerns: “Everyone calls it an elite service; I always felt the discourse should be a bit better than what it was. I was shocked...

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