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PM Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls, at Paliganj in Patna

Bihar election is more crucial for Modi than Nitish. So NDA is leaving nothing to chance

The BJP election machinery is in full-swing in Bihar, and for now, it’s advantage NDA.
A file photo of migrant workers cycling to Chhattisgarh from Prayagraj during the lockdown. | Photo: ANI

Modi govt’s latest outreach for migrant workers — Shramik Setu portal and app

The portal, which will also have an app version, will help unorganised workers get details of different welfare schemes and can apply online to avail of the benefits. 
The team of Migrant Travel Support who have helped more than 4200 migrant workers reach back home | Twitter @MigrantTravel

How a small Delhi group helped over 4,200 migrant workers reach home in UP, Bihar, Jharkhand

Aside from arranging the travel, the group also provides cooked food, water, juice, slippers, ORS, sanitary pads & masks to the migrants going home.
Migrant workers on their way back to their native villages and cities amidst the coronavirus lockdown | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

New Covid hotspots are emerging in villages after migrants returned, govt estimates show

Infections have now spread to 98 of the country’s 112 poorest rural districts, up from 34 on April 15, according to a report from Niti Aayog.

New job scheme will help migrant workers facing challenges due to Covid-19, says Amit Shah

Calling the employment scheme — Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan — launched by PM Modi visionary, Amit Shah said it will empower migrant labourers & the poor.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches the auction process of coal blocks for commercial mining in New Delhi Thursday. | PTI

PM Modi launches employment scheme for migrant workers who returned home during lockdown

Launching Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan, Modi said the talent that has returned from cities to villages and will now give a boost to development in rural areas.
Migrant workers and labourers stand in queues to board buses to their homes on the outskirts of Ghaziabad Monday. | Photo: ANI

Supreme Court asks Centre, states to send migrant workers home free of charge

The top court earlier passed a slew of directions to states, asking them to send migrant workers home, register, counsel and help them find employment.

PM Modi to launch 125-day jobs campaign for migrants on 20 June from Bihar

Campaign will cover 116 districts — across Bihar, UP, MP, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha — each of which saw over 25,000 migrants returning from other states.
An under-construction building (Representational image) | Commons

Migrant workers, students could get houses on rent for Rs 1,000/month under Modi govt plan

Modi govt to offer nearly 1 lakh vacant rental housing units built under UPA-era schemes like JNNURM, RAY to construction workers, labourers, students, among others.
Migrant workers sit on top of a bus in Uttar Pradesh | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

18 migrants injured as bus overturns in Kanpur

Police said the bus was on its way to Bihar's Muzaffarpaur from Delhi when its driver lost control as one of its tyres burst in Bhillaur near Kanpur.

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.

Refining industry enters ‘age of consolidation’ with ‘catastrophic’ margins

A refinery thrives on the price difference between crude oil and fuels like gasoline, earning a profit that’s known in the industry as a cracking margin.

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File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

No de-escalation in Ladakh yet, but some forward movement could be expected this week

India and China have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.