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PM Narendra Modi announces Svamitva scheme via video conferencing Sunday, on the occasion of the birth anniversaries of Jayaprakash Narayan (backdrop, left) and Nanaji Deshmukh (right)

PM Modi launches physical distribution of property cards under SVAMITVA scheme

The move will pave the way for villagers to use property as a financial asset for taking loans and other financial benefits.
5G

Why 5G is unlikely to solve India’s digital connectivity problems

Considering that even 4G hasn’t reached majority of Indians, 5G seems a distant dream for those living in rural or under-serviced areas.
File photo | Members of SHGs distribute sanitary napkins in Bastar | Photo: rural.nic.in

These are the unsung women helping rural India fight Covid: Rural ministry secretary

SHGs are the backbone of India’s rural Covid response. The women have made masks, set up community kitchens, disbursed essentials and worked selflessly.
A village in Bhopal District, Madhya Pradesh

Kerala to Odisha, Bihar to Bengal, experts worry crowded villages will add to India’s Covid woes

In a remote village in Kerala, 236 people tested positive in the last two weeks, while in Odisha, nearly 200 people were infected in another village.
File photo | Khadi loom weaving | Pikist

Khadi once helped India become independent, it can make us aatmanirbhar again

PM Modi’s ‘vocal for local’ plan greatly applies to India’s khadi industry — it is indigenous, eco-friendly, and can provide many jobs.

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.
PM Modi's rally in Kurukshetra

Aadhaar, MGNREGA, DBT, rural housing — how Modi has hijacked Congress legacy

Congress had kept the ingredients of a welfare structure ready. The Prime Minister mixed them together and added the Modi ‘tadka’ to sell them as his.
Representational image for MGNREGA | Photo: Commons

Is Modi govt trying to decongest Indian cities? Its economic package gives that impression

Economic package assumes people will go back to villages, and rural incomes need to be boosted. Modi govt seems to be trying to give them employment there.
Two women, both named Nanhi Devi, are the bread winners in their families. Nanhi Devi (right) lost her husband and in-laws to TB, while the other woman's husband is too old and rests at home | Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

It’s back to work for these migrants who, after walking barefoot, finally made it home to UP

Migrant workers, who managed to reach home after walking from cities, quarantined themselves for 14 days before setting out to find work again.
A family of workers walks towards the Delhi-Ghaziabad border | Photo : Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Noida’s migrant worker exodus is more about their notions of ‘home’ than coronavirus: Study

Our research in Noida for the past two years shows many poor migrant workers do not think of city of work as their home. They are treated as outsiders and live in cramped spaces.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
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.