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Month June 2020

Another Gas Leak In Visakhapatnam Kills Two

 — by E A S Sarma — June 30, 2020 To Shri Neerabh Kumar PrasadSpl CS (Environment & Forests)Govt of AP Dear Shri Prasad, I write this close on the heels of my letter dated 29-6-2020 about one more ghastly gas leak accident, this… Continue Reading →

NPRD to Protest Brutal Physical Attack on Woman Employee

The National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) condemns the brutal physical attack by a senior government official on a disabled contract woman employee working with the Andhra Tourism Corporation at Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. The AP affiliate of… Continue Reading →

Gauhati HC grants divorce to man after woman refuses to wear ‘sindoor’

Earlier, a family court in Assam had rejected the husband’s plea for divorce on the grounds that the wife is not found to have inflicted any cruelty against the complainant. KEY HIGHLIGHTS The HC overruled the family court’s decision and… Continue Reading →

Statement in support of Dr M. Anwar, Al Hind Hospital

DEMANDING REMOVAL OF HIS NAME AND ALL FALSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM FROM THE CHARGESHEET (FIR 39/20) We, undersigned medical professionals, public health professionals, health networks, women’s groups and concerned individuals strongly condemn the malicious naming of Dr. M. A. Anwar… Continue Reading →

Custodial death of father-son duo in Tamil Nadu tip of ‘horrendous’ iceberg: NAPM

Denouncing what it has called “all-pervasive and routine culture of police violence and impunity” pervading currently in India, India’s premier civil society network, National Alliance for People’s Movements (NAPM), referring to the custodial death of Thoothukudi (Tamil Nadu) residents, Jayaraj… Continue Reading →

How Gujarat NGO helped market women farmers’ produce locally amidst lockdown

By Sanjay Dave*In these difficult times of coronavirus pandemic a unique initiative has been undertaken by Utthan, an NGO based in Gujarat, to turn adversity into opportunity for rural poor and marginalized. Due to lockdown the daily wage labourers stopped… Continue Reading →

COVID-19: 82 per cent patients in Maharashtra treated free of cost at public hospitals; 52K in Mumbai

REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGEOnly 15% of patients have opted for treatment at private hospitals, data shows. Public hospitals have played a major part in the fight against Covid-19, according to data from the state health department. More than 82 per cent of patients in Maharashtra have been… Continue Reading →

The UN’s Failure to Act on Race

By Kwame Akonor|         Kwame Akonor is an associate professor at Seton Hall University, where he teaches international relations and human rights. ‘I am my brother’s keeper’, Philonise Floyd tells UN rights body, in impassioned plea for racial justice. Credit: United Nations SOUTH… Continue Reading →

COVID-19 Increases Suffering of Children in Conflict

By Samira SadequeReprint |      the ongoing conflict and continued prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Mali, creates a worrying picture for the West African nation. Credit: William Lloyd-George/IPS UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 2020 (IPS) – The current coronavirus pandemic is having a profound affect… Continue Reading →

When Jail, not Bail, rules in a Pandemic

  NILIMA DUTTA |@| June 29,2020 SUSAN ABRAHAM |@| June 29,2020 The pandemic is worse showcased in the treatment meted to undertrials in our prisons. Despite guidelines directing granting of bail to undertrials with medical conditions and seniority in age, the courts… Continue Reading →

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