Monday, 17 January, 2022
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Topic: Slums

SC extends interim order on demolition of nearly 5,000 jhuggis in Gujarat till 1 September

The plea alleged that the order of demolition, without providing rehabilitation scheme for over 10,000 slum dwellers, is illegal, inhuman and violates Article 21 of the Constitution.

Nobody will be evicted until final decision taken, Centre tells SC in Delhi slum removal case

The top court on 31 August had directed the removal of around 48,000 slum dwellings along the railway tracks in Delhi within three months.

Supreme Court order on slums removal brings focus back on Delhi’s ‘jhuggi politics’

Both AAP and BJP had used the tagline, 'Jahan Jhuggi, Wahan Makaan', while campaigning for the 2015 assembly elections and the 2017 municipal elections in Delhi.

SC directs removal of 48,000 slum dwellings along Delhi railway tracks within 3 months

The top court also restrained any court from granting any stay on removal of encroachments in the area and said there shouldn't be any kind of political interference.

‘New class of poor’ emerging after job losses in lockdown, 95.8% BPL slum families hit: Study

Covid lockdown affected primary source of income and led to job losses among poor, finds a survey by National Institute of Urban Affairs in slums in 12 cities.

Job loss, rent and exodus — Covid-19 crisis tells us migrants need housing security

Practising social distancing and staying home to fight the coronavirus is not possible for migrant workers without housing security.

Small pharmacies to private GPs: India must engage informal economies in fighting coronavirus

Indian cities have shown resilience in overcoming challenges. Yet, resilience has not always resulted in improving urban governance and improving lives of urban poor.

Hand washing is a luxury — govt should give soaps to urban poor during the Covid-19 crisis

Government should provide WASH services in informal settlements during the Covid-19 pandemic as they lack the infrastructure to fight this pandemic.

Hand washing to stop coronavirus — 78% of toilets in Mumbai slums lack reliable water supply

Water and sanitation concerns of Indian slums need to be addressed in the fight against coronavirus, otherwise it can have a nationwide impact.

Political parties battle each other in Indian slums by using rumours and violence

In Demanding Development, Adam Michael Auerbach writes on the competition between different party workers in slums and how it fragments leadership.

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra of Congress, a forerunner of women's question in India | PTI

Be it Congress, BJP, AAP—women’s question in India is a partisan issue. And that’s not so bad

India's woman question tests party imagination. Congress's focus on Nirbhaya, Unnao rape victim, and BJP's Uniform Civil Code show how.

India adds to billionaires’ list, even as Covid worsens poverty in country, says Oxfam report

According to the global Oxfam Davos report of 2022, India added 40 billionaires to 142 last year during Covid crisis, whose combined fortune is more than the poorest of the population.

Defence

HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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