lockdown in India

Driven to desperation, Ola, Uber drivers threaten strike

Driven to desperation, Ola, Uber drivers threaten strike

October 25, 2020

Even four months after the lockdown was lifted, tens of thousands of drivers of ride hailing apps remain desperate as Ola and Uber change rules of the game and bankers chase drivers for debt repayments.

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Lockdown locks down sexual and reproductive healthcare in India

Lockdown locks down sexual and reproductive healthcare in India

August 25, 2020

Millions of women in India will pay a rather heavy price as they were denied access to sexual and reproductive healthcare during lockdown. Situation is far from normal even now.

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Idle idol makers of Delhi

Idle idol makers of Delhi

August 20, 2020

August is normally the busiest time for idol makers in India as the festival season is just around the corner. Idol makers would be busy giving final touches to their Ganesha or even Durga idols around this time. But this year their livelihood is in peril due to Covid19 pandemic,...

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Street food vendors in distress  as Covid-19 keeps customers away

Street food vendors in distress as Covid-19 keeps customers away

August 10, 2020

With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and markets still witnessing a lack of regular crowd, street food vendors in Delhi suffer a financial loss like never before. ‘‘I used to earn INR 25,000 per month very easily. During festival seasons, my earnings even reached almost INR 30,...

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Wheels of misfortune for Ola, Uber drivers

Wheels of misfortune for Ola, Uber drivers

July 9, 2020

Having remained off the roads for three months during the lockdown, drivers of cab-hailing apps say their debts are piling up while revenues stay close to zero.

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Shadow of Tablighi Jamaat controversy looms large over Nizamuddin

Shadow of Tablighi Jamaat controversy looms large over Nizamuddin

July 2, 2020

Caught up in a controversy where they had no role to play, residents of the localities around Hazrat Nizamuddin in New Delhi are angry.

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The forgotten residents of Delhi’s Bhatti Mines

The forgotten residents of Delhi’s Bhatti Mines

June 21, 2020

With nearly 50,000 residents, Bhatti Mines in south Delhi is one of the poorest localities in the capital. Yet, the residents complain that they did not receive any help from the government.

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World Day Against Child Labour: India’s uphill battle

World Day Against Child Labour: India’s uphill battle

June 12, 2020

Child labour is one of the several persisting social problems in India, despite decades of action to remove the evil practice. The coronavirus pandemic could have made the situation far worse.

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Covid redefines heritage walks in Kolkata

Covid redefines heritage walks in Kolkata

June 4, 2020

As with other aspects of tourism, the coronavirus pandemic has also deeply impacted heritage walks in the country, with walk organisers adopting new norms and regulations.

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UN warns of sharp spike in child marriages in India

UN warns of sharp spike in child marriages in India

May 28, 2020

Hit hard by the economic misery wrought by the lockdown, poor families in India are turning to marry off teenage girls in order to reduce the cost of running the household. A spike in child marriages is one of the most devastating side-effects of the lockdown.

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Latest reforms dilute workers’ rights in India

Latest reforms dilute workers’ rights in India

May 27, 2020

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s famed INR 20 trillion bailout package delivers a blow to workers even as job losses, triggered by lockdown, rise to highest level in over 40 years.

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Fearful, frenetic, furious flyers

Fearful, frenetic, furious flyers

May 25, 2020

Total chaos, cancellations and delays greeted the few thousand flyers at Mumbai airport on Monday as domestic air travel resumed after two months.

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