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Mamata Banerjee’s special grant to Brahmin priests isn’t really about poverty

West Bengal CM’s Rs 1,000 monthly allowance and free housing scheme for Brahmin priests follows the age-old tradition of appeasing Brahmins.
A migrant worker that was unable to catch a bus feeds her children on the side of National Highway 24 during Covid lockdown in Delhi

How Covid worsened hunger in India, the world’s largest food basket

The pandemic disrupted local, regional and national supply chains, adding to the impacts of the country’s food waste problem.
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India saw world’s largest reduction in poverty from 2005-16, says Oxford-UN study

Around 273 million people were lifted out of multidimensional poverty in India, the study by Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative with United Nations Development Programme has noted.
A health worker checks the temperature of a woman, during distribution of food among the needy, amid the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Sec-33 in Noida. | PTI

India could afford to overlook economic inequality until now. Covid has changed that

For two decades, I had maintained that unlike the developed West, India should not be overly concerned about inequalities because our economy was in the growth phase.
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Covid crisis could drive up global poverty for the first time since the 1990s

In terms of where poverty is located, it is likely to increase dramatically in middle-income countries in Asia, such as India, Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Migrants arriving at Bhopal's Habibganj station to board a train to Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh on 17 May (representational image) | Photo: ANI

I will do any job I find – How India’s desperately poor hope to get out of Covid misery

At least 49 million people across the world are expected to plunge into ‘extreme poverty’ – some 12 million of them in India – this year.
A number of innovative approaches to homelessness are creating both short-term and long-term solutions

Covid pandemic may push 130 million people to extreme poverty by 2030, says UN

A UN study said the pandemic may accelerate digitalisation and automation, which would not only aggravate income inequality but eliminate many existing jobs.
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The Covid effect: Poverty headcount to rise the most in India. 10 million to be affected

Covid-19 has exposed the vulnerability of people in countries like India, Nigeria and Indonesia among others, who have only recently been able to escape poverty.
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Covid-19 pandemic could kill hundreds of thousands of children this year: UN

The United Nations report estimated that around 42-66 million children could fall into extreme poverty as a result of the crisis due to coronavirus this year.
A file photo of migrant labourers gathered at a bus stand in Jaipur | PTI

My lord, migrant labourers need more than just food, just like we all do

The act of feeding is a conscience cleaner, a hand wash that also kills hopes of the poor wanting anything more than food. These are old models of charity.

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People sit in an outdoor plaza in Gangtok, Sikkim (Representational image)

Sikkim stopped seeing drug users as criminals and look what happened

In 2018, Sikkim Anti-Drugs Act decriminalised illicit drug use and laid down elaborate provisions for detoxification and rehabilitation.
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Reliance, Maruti biggest losers as Sensex drops for fourth straight day amid gloomy outlook

BSE Sensex loses 0.8% while NSE Nifty 50 Index drops 0.9%. A gauge of IT firms rises 0.9%, but 16 out of 19 sector sub-indexes compiled by BSE drop.


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China has more than doubled its military positions at LAC since Doklam, new report says

China is constructing at least 13 new military positions near its borders with India, including 3 air bases and 5 heliports, says a Stratfor report.
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Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?