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India’s COVID Vaccination Plan: What is the Ground Reality?

Is India truly conducting the world’s ‘biggest’ COVID vaccine drive? Why the focus on the ‘Make in India’ tag?NISSIM MANNATHUKKAREN India’s current national discourse is saturated with propaganda and disinformation — even with regard to critical areas like the COVID-19… Continue Reading →

Japan appoints ‘minister of loneliness’ to help people home alone

Rise in suicides pushes Suga to tackle issue as major COVID challenge The pandemic has been particularly isolating for Japan’s older population, who are not used to communicating online.SHOGO KODAMA, N TOKYO — Telework and the lack of social gatherings during Japan’s fight… Continue Reading →

Dalit activist Shiv Kumar’s medical report reveals 2 fractures, broken toenail beds

Dalit activist Shiv Kumar, co-accused in Nodeep Kaur case, has 2 fractures, 6 other injuries: Report The injuries are more than two weeks old, the medical report said. Kumar’s father alleged that the activist, arrested on January 16, was tortured… Continue Reading →

Landmark Judgement- Blindness, disability no bar to being judge

NEW DELHI: In a landmark judgment to enable the disabled live with dignity and compete with others on equal footing, the Supreme Court has ruled that a person’s blindness or physical disabilities is no disqualification for appointment as Judge. In the process, a… Continue Reading →

Farmers who are weak, kill selves, cannot blame govt for suicide, says Karnataka agri minister

Karnataka Agriculture Minister BC Patil has once again stoked controversy and said that farmers who kill themselves by suicide do so as their minds are weak and the government cannot be blamed for such deaths. Nolan Pinto BengaluruJanuary 20, 2021UPDATED: January… Continue Reading →

Disability activists demand justice for 15-year-old deaf, mute girl gangraped in Bihar

The National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) expresses grave  indignation and disgust at the brutal gang rape of a 15-year old girl with speech and hearing impairment in Madhubani, Bihar. The crime becomes all the more vicious, wicked… Continue Reading →

India – Every third senior citizen depressed says Health ministry survey

One in every 12 elderly person in the country have had depression About 75 million elderly persons in India, or one in two people above 60 years of age, suffer from some chronic disease, shows the first part of the world’s… Continue Reading →

Payel Bhattacharya, Living with Rare Disease – The gambler

Miss Payel Bhattacharya, was diagnosed with a rare disease von Hippel-Lindau or VHL. It is a genetic form of cancer. VHL patients battle a series of tumors throughout their life. VHL may occur in up to 10 organs of the… Continue Reading →

Wheelchair -bound G N Saibaba denied woolen cap, physio items in Nagpur jail

Wheelchair-bound, former DU professor GN Saibaba was convicted in 2017 and awarded a life sentence for having links with Maoists and indulging in anti-India activities. I File photo of GN Saibaba (Picture Courtesy: Twitter @Red_Pastures) Nagpur Central Prison authorities refused… Continue Reading →

Pesticide suicides reduce post 2011 ban on Endosulfan

India’s 2011 ban on endosulfan may have contributed to almost 30,000 fewer suicides by ingestion of pesticide.Much of the decline, though, was offset by a parallel increase in suicides by hanging and other methods of poisoning, the study found, resulting… Continue Reading →

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