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Maharashtra to give rations, aid to Mumbai sex workers during pandemic -Tabassum Barnagarwala

-The Indian Express Each sex worker will receive Rs 5,000 per month along with three kg of wheat and two kg of rice. Mumbai: To cope with the effects of the lockdown, the Maharashtra government has decided to give financial aid and 5-kg ration to 5,600 sex workers of Mumbai every month till the Covid-19 pandemic is over. But even as Maharashtra became the first state in October to issue a government resolution...

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Storm in Akshaya Patra’s teacup: Trustees tell TNM why they resigned -Pooja Prasanna

-TheNewsMinute.com One of the trustees who resigned, Mohandas Pai, told TNM that allegations of misuse of funds led to friction between independent trustees and ISKCON missionaries on the board. The resignation of four independent trustees of the Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF) has raised questions over the future of a programme that distributes over 18 lakh meals every day in 12 states across the country. The four trustees – former Infosys CEO Mohandas...

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Akshaya Patra governance under lens as 4 high-profile trustees quit in 2020, NGO denies link -Rohini Swamy

-ThePrint.in 4 trustees are ex-Infosys chief financial officers Mohandas Pai and V. Balakrishnan, ChrysCapital co-founder Raj Kondur, and Abhay Jain, adviser to Manipal education & Medical Group. Bengaluru: NGO Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF) has seen four high-profile trustees resign since February — three within the last month — amid speculation of misgivings within the organisation over governance issues. The four trustees are former Infosys chief financial officers Mohandas Pai and V. Balakrishnan, ChrysCapital...

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Suspicion of ideological filtering at IIT helm -Basant Kumar Mohanty

-The Telegraph Appointment process for two directors has been cancelled 10 months after a committee held interviews and shortlisted the candidates The appointment process for two IIT directors has been cancelled 10 months after a committee headed by education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal held interviews and shortlisted the candidates, suggesting a higher authority is overriding the education ministry in the selection of academic leaders. “The cancellation of the process to appoint directors to IIT...

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Shaibal Gupta, social scientist at Asian Development Research Institute, spoke to Down to Earth on Bihar polls

-Down to Earth Shaibal Gupta, social scientist at Asian Development Research Institute, spoke to DTE on Bihar polls and its national importance It is D-day after the first election in India amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The process of counting the votes cast in the Bihar Assembly elections started November 10, 2020 morning. But an increased number of electronic voting machines have slowed the process down and only about a...

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