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Representational image of construction work | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh did not release a rupee for construction workers during lockdown

Thirty states and UTs disbursed cash relief worth Rs 4,957 cr to approximately 2 cr construction workers registered under the Building and Construction Workers Welfare Fund. Cash disbursed ranged between Rs 1,000 to Rs 6,000 per worker.
A worker sorts plastic household waste at a warehouse in a recycling facility operated by Mysuru City Corp. in Mysuru, Karnataka, India. | Photo: Samyukta Lakshmi | Bloomberg

Every day Modi govt doesn’t deposit money into people’s hands, it puts Covid fight at risk

For common Indians, Modi govt's economic packages have little meaning until they get money in their hands. And from labourers to doctors, all need cash right now.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a virtual rally Tuesday | Photo: ANI

Amit Shah picks Mamata’s ‘corona express’ remark on migrant trains and turns into poll issue

Addressing BJP workers in a virtual rally, Home Minister Amit Shah said Mamata Banerjee had insulted migrant labourers, who would ensure her exit.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Raj Kapoor’s Awara is all the more relevant in the context of India’s migrant crisis

The movie, known for bringing Charlie Chaplin into Bollywood, is a gripping drama that shows the vicious circle of crime and poverty.
Migrants from Tamil Nadu at Danapur station board a train to reach their destination, in Patna on 11 May 2020

Modi govt wants states to employ returning migrant workers in Har Ghar Nal Se Jal projects

The Centre has told states they should engage skilled and semi-skilled workforce from among the migrant workers, who have returned to their villages.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee | PTI

Mamata Banerjee urges Centre to financially assist each migrant worker with Rs 10,000

West Bengal Chief Minister tweeted that a portion of PM CARES could be used to assist migrant labourers facing economic hardship due to Covid-19 crisis.
Migrants arrive to board a train to reach their native places in Dhanbad (Jharkhand) and Bihar at a railway station, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. | PTI

Bihar Health Department distributes condoms among migrant workers

A health department official said that lakhs of migrant labourers returning home are being counselled and equipped them with tools to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

As workers reach home, Modi govt gets a second chance to redeem itself on migrant fiasco

Homecoming of migrant workers and their families will constitute a massive shock to states' local labour markets, healthcare infrastructure, and PDS.
Migrants heading out of Danapur railway station in Bihar | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

If Modi govt had followed this 2018 SC order, migrants wouldn’t have had to flee the cities

SC had in 2018 order asked Modi govt to implement two laws aimed at welfare of construction workers. If the govt had, the migrant crisis could have been mitigated, experts claim.
Migrants leave for Bihar from Uttarakhand | Representational image | PTI

Most Shramik trains running on time, don’t spread fake news: Railway Board chairman

Railway Board chairman V.K. Yadav says each death linked to Shramik Express trains is being investigated, but denies food or water shortage.

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Why music’s last best hope lies in live-streaming

Live performances have been one of the few ways for musicians to make money after cheap streaming services undermined sales of most recorded music. And then Covid shut that down.
Representational image of a deserted market during the 2019 shutdown in Srinagar, Kashmir | Photo: PTI

Internet shutdowns, pandemic have cost Kashmir Rs 40,000 cr, 5 lakh jobs, says industry head

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said the 2G internet currently available in the region is not enough for many businesses.

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Representational image. A file photo of light Sprut-SDM1 tank in Moscow. | Photo: Commons

Russia offers India Sprut lightweight tanks amid stand-off with China

Russia's offer comes as China has deployed Type 15 light tanks while India has relied on the heavier battle tanks. Talks are on, but no immediate purchase is on the cards.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.