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Born in the pandemic, these libraries in Bengal run with meagre resources but get people reading -Rohan Datta One of them is in Kolkata, and the other, in a village. Both were set up to keep schoolchildren amidst books. The distance between the posh neighbourhood of Patuli in Kolkata and the dusty meandering roads of Ashina village is over 50 kilometres. The villagers of Ashina most likely have never seen the towering housing complexes near the Satyajit Ray Park in Patuli. Similarly, most of the residents of Patuli may...

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Technology enabled digital labour platforms are not adhering to labour norms, points out new ILO report

Although services provided by the gig and platform workers touch the lives of each one of us, we have little knowledge about the role of digital labour platforms in transforming the world of work. Such digital labour platforms have created unprecedented opportunities for workers, businesses and society. However, they also pose serious threats to decent work and fair competition. A recent report by International Labour Organisation (ILO) shows that the workers...

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People are free to choose religion: Supreme Court -Krishnadas Rajagopal

-The Hindu Court refuses to entertain petition on conversions. The Supreme Court on Friday said people are free to choose their own religion, even as it lashed out at a “very, very harmful kind” of “public interest” petition claiming there is mass religious conversion happening “by hook or by crook” across the country. InsTead, a Bench led by Justice Rohinton F. Nariman said people have a right under the Constitution to profess, practise...

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Can Farmland for the Landless Become A Reality On A Large Scale in India -Bharat Dogra More than half of rural households in India are landless, or almost so. This deprives them of the most obvious asset needed for sustainable livelihoods and food security in villages–farmland. After  agriculture the next most important source of rural livelihood in India is dairy farming but here too the household with farmland has free access to crop residues which is increasingly not available to landless households who  have to incur extra...

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Students are copying from the internet. And it’s because of how we Teach -Dipti Kulkarni

-The Indian Express By leaving little time for students to grasp and reflect on what we Teach them, we’re lowering their engagement with what they’re learning and reducing their confidence to articulate complex ideas Since the onset of COVID-19 last year, it’s not only the virus that has perfected the art of copying. Students across the globe are acing it. With an expansive, permanently available repository at their fingertips, copying is a...

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