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Singapore defends employing workers from India & other countries as opposition seeks limits

Free trade agreements are a keystone for the economy and responsible for creating hundreds of thousands of jobs, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said in an address in parliament Tuesday.
File photo of the Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

SC directs states, UTs to implement ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ scheme by 31 July

The court also directed the Centre to keep allocating food grains to the states, UTs for distribution among migrant workers for free till the pandemic situation exists.

SubscriberWrites: My experience on a national highway in 2020 — police checked migrants but didn’t help them

As Tapas Basu drove along NH2 to Durgapur, he saw migrants trudging home and police behaviour that shocked him.
A file photo of migrant workers who gathered at Payippad in Kottayam to demand travel arrangements for their home states amid a nationwide lockdown. | Photo: ANI

Modi govt needs 3-4 months to roll out database of migrant labour, SC asks why the delay

A comprehensive database of workers employed in unorganised sector was announced in the aftermath of the migrants' crisis last year and was supposed to be completed by June 2021.
File photo | The seven Bihari workers who made their way from Ghaziabad to Bihar on cycles during the 2020 lockdown | Vinod Kapri | HarperCollins

If police won’t let us go by road, we’ll get into river — Journey of 7 Bihari migrant workers

In ‘1232 km’, National Award-winning filmmaker Vinod Kapri writes about accompanying 7 workers for 7 days and nights as they cycled back home during the 2020 lockdown.
The Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint file photo

Registration process of migrant workers too slow, needs to be expedited, says Supreme Court

Stressing the need to register migrant workers, the apex court said the benefits of schemes during the pandemic can be extended to them after they are identified by authorities.
A family of migrant workers walk towards the railway station | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Over 8 lakh migrant workers left Delhi in first 4 weeks of lockdown during 2nd wave

According to a report from the Delhi Transport Department, between 19 April and 14 May, a total of 8,07,032 migrant workers left the national capital for their home states in buses.
At the KSR Railway Station where scores had gathered from early morning even though many had trains as late as 8 pm | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

CM Yediyurappa urged them to stay, but jobless migrants can’t — ‘there’s no food’ in Bengaluru

With construction and other sectors taking a severe hit due to lockdown, which will be in place until 24 May, migrant workers have started to leave Bengaluru again.
File photo of migrant workers on their way back to their native villages and cities amid the coronavirus lockdown | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

US study shows how domestic travel ban to check Covid can lead to more cases, cites India data

University of Chicago researchers used data from 6 countries in all to conclude that domestic travel bans of moderate duration can increase cases.

Oil refiners defer closures as workers flee or fall sick in India’s second Covid wave

Migrant workers have fled major cities in recent weeks amid fears of a repeat of last year’s national lockdown that left millions displaced and without jobs.

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A pile of coins representing Bitcoin cryptocurrency | Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Cryptocurrencies need new rules and tools. We need to design more forward-thinking laws

To combat these crypto-crimes like preventing money laundering and the funding of terrorism, regulators need to work alongside technology experts.

Water storage levels low in major states, likely to hit food production and push inflation

Nine states have lesser storage in water reservoirs than in the corresponding period last year. Punjab, Gujarat, West Bengal, UP and MP among those facing the issue.

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Indian, Chinese armies set up hotline in Sikkim sector to boost confidence along LAC

The opening of the hotline coincided with PLA Day, a military holiday celebrated by the Chinese army.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Mizoram vs Assam is a BJP project to ‘integrate’ northeast gone wrong

Assam-Mizoram violence is an outcome of BJP trying too hard to ‘integrate’ distinct northeastern states. This has unleashed latent regionalism.