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    Assam Discharges Foreigners' Tribunal Member Who Wrote Letter With Communal Overtones

    New Delhi: The Assam government has discharged from duty Kamlesh Kumar Gupta, a member of a Foreigners' Tribunal (FT), who courted controversy this past April by writing a letter to state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma that contained communal overtones. The state's political department, which handles the FTs and is headed by chief minister Sarbananda...

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    What Removing Labour Protections Will Mean for India's Workers

    Prior to the advent of the Factories Act of 1883, India had seen the worst of an unregulated labour market, a convenient indentured labour base for the British Empire which saw workers as dispensable commodities to its profit-making industries. This thought came to be discarded swiftly in a socialist welfare state freshly independent of such colonialism. Sadly, in the recent...

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    We Need to Stop Blaming the Virus and Ask Questions of the State

    As more and more information about the COVID-19 pandemic comes to light, it is clear that adjectives like 'devastating', 'deadly' and 'disastrous' sound disproportionate to the damage caused by the virus itself. The need to slow its spread prompted governments to do different things, and that seems to have precipitated the most ruin. The virus itself is a fast spreader and moderate...

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    India Overtakes Iran on COVID-19 Cases, Now the Tenth Worst-Hit Country Globally

    New Delhi: India registered its biggest single day spike of COVID-19 cases for the fourth consecutive day on Monday with 6,977 new infections, reported in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally to 1,38,845, while the death toll rose to 4,021, according to the Union health ministry. With this spike, India is now in the top ten worst affected countries by the...

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    Assam: Vegetable Vendor Lynched by Five Men in Kamrup District

    New Delhi: A vegetable vendor in Assam's Kamrup district was beaten to death by a group of five men on Sunday (May 24), and has triggered widespread condemnation across the state. The Assam Police, later in the evening, arrested two of the prime accused while the others are reportedly being traced. According to local news reports, the vegetable vendor, Sanatan Deka, was returning...

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    How the World Won and Trump Lost at the World Health Organisation's Key Assembly

    The 73rd annual session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) was a stunning rebuke for Donald Trump, a quiet victory for the European Union and China, and an undiluted triumph for the director general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghabreyesus. Trump has reacted with his usual vigour and vulgarity. On the day after the assembly ended, Trump...

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    Nothing Really New: Stimulus Package for Health Sector So Far Has Been Unimpressive

    The government's economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic was announced two weeks ago by the finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in instalments over the course of five days. A lot was expected from the fifth and the final press conference, since there were expectations that it would finally unveil the much-needed succour for the health sector - crucial to...

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    The Supreme Court Must Resume its Role of Protector of the Rights of the People

    I recently spoke on the telephone to a senior sitting judge of the Supreme Court and told him that the public perception of the vast majority of Indian citizens is that the Supreme Court, of late, has largely abdicated its solemn duty of upholding the constitution in its true spirit and protecting the liberties of the people. Though while a sitting judge I was much...

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    Over 600 Citizens Call for Temporary Release of Sudha Bharadwaj, Shoma Sen From Byculla Jail

    New Delhi: In a memorandum to the high powered committee headed by Justice AA Sayed, a statement endorsed by over 600 civil society members, comprising of activists, lawyers and academicians, has called for the release of lawyer and activist Sudha Bharadwaj and academic Shoma Sen, both of whom are currently lodged at the Byculla Jail in Mumbai....

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    Domestic Violence in the Lockdown Has Been Aided by Govt Apathy

    The nationwide lockdown in response to COVID-19 began on March 25. It was reported that between March 23 and April 16, the National Commission for Women's (NCW) Complaint and Investigation Cell registered 587 domestic violence complaints. This marked a significant increase from the 396 complaints that were registered between February 27 and March 22. However, this staggering...

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