DMK, Congress oppose Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha

The Congress and DMK were among the Opposition parties that opposed the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, raising concerns that the proposed legislation will infringe upon the rights of states. The bill, which seeks to bring cooperative banks under the …

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80% parents in 5 states say digital schooling failed during lockdown: Study

More than 80% of parents with children studying in government schools reported that education was “not delivered” during the lockdown, according to a new five-state survey conducted by the non-profit Oxfam India. In Bihar, 100% of the parents interviewed voiced this view. This failure was mostly because …

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Parliamentary panels’ role reduced, functioning at all-time low, data show

There was not a single meeting of any parliamentary committee in the four months following the national lockdown imposed on March 24, 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Of the 24 departmentally-related standing committees, not one met virtually either during the lockdown. Departmentally-related standing committees are committees with …

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Falling oil prices, raging pandemic have exposed weaknesses of the wealthy

During the reign of the Emperor Justinian I (527-565 AD), a mysterious plague spread out of the Nile Valley to Constantinople and finished off the Roman Empire. Appearing first in China and North India, the “Black Death” (Yersinia pestis) radiated throughout the Mediterranean and into Northern Europe. …

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China’s billion tree forest program is environmental lesson for the world

Few environmental campaigns in China have been so enthusiastically pursued or so controversial as its Great Green Wall. Every spring, government officials, teachers, students, and company employees go on group tree-planting trips. State media single out forest workers for praise. Film stars line up to …

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Parliament monsoon session: Oppn demands discussion on LAC standoff, Covid

The issues of ongoing LAC standoff, handling of the coronavirus pandemic and economic slowdown are likely to dominate the Monsoon session of Parliament which begins on Monday, with the opposition demanding a discussion on them, while the government has listed nearly two dozen new legislations for passage …

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Depression to suicide: India battles mental health crisis amid Covid-19

Hemmed inside their homes for months on end as a pandemic raged outside, millions of people are emerging timorously into a world that has drastically changed — an uneasy adjustment process resulting in a spectrum of mental health issues ranging from depression to that final step, suicide. …

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Covid lockdown pushed 3 in 4 Dalit, tribal hamlets deeper in debt: Survey

As millions in the country dealt with loss of livelihood and food insecurity during the COVID-19-induced lockdown, marginalised and minority communities fared much worse, a survey representative of nearly 100,000 families in 11 states has found. As livelihoods of dalits, Muslims, Adivasis and Nomadic and Denotified Tribes …

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PM launches Rs 20,050-cr PMMSY to raise fisheries exports, farmer income

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the Rs 20,050 crore-Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) in 21 states, including Bihar, that will help double fisheries exports, create more employment opportunities and boost income of farmers. Through a video conference, the Prime Minister also launched …

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At 90K a day, skyrocketing Covid-19 cases in India could eclipse US

The novel coronavirus seemed like a distant problem in Boisar, a small factory town about two hours from Mumbai, until Daniel Tribhuvan died. The 35-year-old tutor started feeling feverish in April, while bringing his father home from a chemotherapy appointment in the Indian financial capital. When …

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