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A migrant family walks to their village in UP amid the nationwide lockdown | Photo: Arun Sharma | PTI

Blame this archaic 1979 law for Modi govt’s lack of data on migrants’ deaths

Instead of having no numbers at all, the Modi government could have come up with some data by collating those that are available in the public domain.
Santosh Kumar Gangwar, the Union Minister of State with Independent Charge of the labour ministry | Photo: ANI

Govt introduces three labour bills, Manish Tewari calls them ‘blow to rights of workers’

Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar withdrew the three bills that were introduced last year and introduced the three new ones.

To be the next China, India needs a new housing plan

Giving rural migrants an incentive to return to cities is crucial to restoring economic activity to pre-Covid levels. Low-cost housing is a good starting point.
Representational image for migrant workers | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Migrant workers set to get low-rent housing in cities as Modi cabinet approves scheme

Existing vacant houses under UPA-era schemes to be utilised. About 3 lakh migrants to benefit initially, with monthly rent varying between Rs 1,000 and Rs 3,000.
File photo of migrant workers on their way back to their native villages and cities amid the coronavirus lockdown | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

‘Dire need for mechanism’ to register migrant workers — Delhi HC tells Modi govt

The high court has asked the central government to place before it details of the portal it proposes to set-up for registration of migrants.
A group of migrant workers travelling in a truck on the Lucknow-Gorakhpur highway | File photo | Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

Return to the city or struggle in village? Migrant workers who fled lockdown are in a bind

Migrant workers aren’t expected to return to the cities as long as the virus is spreading and work is uncertain. But there aren’t enough jobs in the villages.
Delhi High Court | Twitter: @ANI

Delhi HC to hear plea seeking CBI probe into ‘misappropriation’ of Rs 3,200 cr workers’ fund

The HC will hear the PIL alleging misappropriation of funds meant for migrants and construction workers in Delhi on 16 June.

Food, cash and air tickets — how NLSIU, NALSAR, BITS Pilani students sent migrants home

Students and alumni of the three institutes arranged for the migrants' air travel after reports of passengers dying aboard Shramik Special trains started surfacing.
File image of Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal at BJP HQ in New Delhi | PTI

Shramik Special trains are a hot mess. Piyush Goyal better stop the blame game

The one cliche about Emergency was that the trains ran on time. But in this lockdown, trains are getting lost and people are arriving dead.
Tushar Mehta | Facebook

Shooting the messenger won’t help Modi govt’s Covid fight. Tushar Mehta should know that

It is now routine in strongmen democracies to shoot the messenger if you don't like the message, and the messenger inevitably is the journalist.

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Muslim women walk with their children in Iraq (Representational image) | Commons

Globalisation of revenge

Nobody looks more ridiculous in the whole Iraq situation than the Europeans. A bit of their hypocrisy was on show in New Delhi.
A Reliance Industries Ltd. oil tanker truck.

Reliance Industries posts 15% profit drop as Covid hits oil demand

The company posted a net profit of Rs 9,567 crore in July-September compared with Rs 11,262 crore a year back.


File image of a BrahMos missile

India successfully test fires air-launched version of BrahMos missile from Sukhoi jet

The missile hit a sinking ship in the Bay of Bengal with accuracy, official sources said. It was fired after the Su-30 MKI aircraft travelled for over three hours.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.