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India Today May 18, 2020

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4 min.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep across the globe, infecting, at last count, over 2.6 million persons, and killing over a quarter million. The disease, a vaccine or a cure for which still eludes us, has frequently seen war analogies being invoked, mainly for the high body count it is inflicting. In the United States, the country most affected by the pandemic, fatalities recently surpassed those recorded during the 19-year-long Vietnam War. Just as every unexpected crisis produces its own set of heroes, the war against the novel coronavirus too has occasioned extraordinary new saviours. These are men and women who have been thrust into the front lines of this new conflict to try and protect people from the onslaught of the deadly virus. Whether politicians or administrators, doctors or ordinary…

5 min.
the migrant dilemma

Rakesh Paswan, a 30-year-old mason from East Champaran in Bihar, made a scarce living in the national capital region until the lockdown on March 25. Struggling with unemployment and hunger, when the shutdown was extended till May 3, he cycled 1,100 kilometres to go home. It took him a week. He is still quarantined in his village, but his family is determined that he will not return to the city. Meanwhile, factory owners in the cities are complaining of the shortage of labour. Saurabh Baweja, who runs a factory making home appliances, says there are over 2,000 such units in Delhi employing “a lakh or more workers from UP and Bihar, more than half of them are gone and the other half are looking to leave”. As the lockdown was extended…

2 min.
lockdown and no key

March 24 At 8 p.m., PM Narendra Modi announces a 21-day lockdown starting midnight, giving people and businesses 4 hours notice March 26 Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Rs 1.7 lakh crore relief package has nothing for migrants March 28 Daily-wagers throng the Anand Vihar bus terminal on the Delhi-UP border in their thousands, hoping to catch a bus home. Many start their 1,000+ km journey on foot March 29 Guidelines issued to stop the migrant exodus, who are told to shelter in border camps for indigent workers April 18 Jamlo Makdam, 12, a migrant labourer in Telangana, dies while walking to her village in Bijapur district, Chhattisgarh, over 150 km away April 16 Centre asks states to appoint district nodal officers for each camp of migrant workers to address concerns over food, shelter and safety April 14 Migrant workers gather at Bandra railway…

1 min.
resuscitating employment

For the millions of Indians ekeing out a precarious living in rural India, the MNREGA programme, which guarantees 100 days of paid work a year, is a lifeline. For this lot, April, far from being ‘the cruellest month’, is, in fact, a harbinger of hope—because MNREGA employment, which picks up during lulls in the agricultural sowing/ harvest seasons, typically begins to peak in April. This April was a different story, though. To see the precipitous crash in MNREGA work (measured in persondays) in April 2020 in its full context, we need to see it not just in comparison to the month previous but also year-on-year or, in other words, in comparison to employment levels in April in previous years. The hoped-for uptick in May presupposes that: a) work will, in…

2 min.
the week in numbers

₹ 7.10 Hike per litre in price of diesel in Delhi on May 5, now at Rs 69.39. Petrol, too, rose by Rs 1.69, to Rs 71.26 per litre. This, despite the crash in oil prices. Manish Sisodia, deputy chief minister of Delhi, wrote on social media that tough times “need tough solutions”. The extra VAT is a desperate bid to generate revenue by the government after the lockdown effectively cratered Delhi’s economy. Taxes on alcohol have risen to 70 per cent, though the high prices appear not to have dissuaded buyers. 19% of the globe will be exposed to average temperatures over 29 degrees centigrade by 2070, affecting some 3.5 billion people. South Asia could be a hotspot. Currently, just 0.8% of the land surface is subject to such average…

6 min.
n.l. dalmia and the art of quarantine proof education

Q The Pandemic has forced the transformation of conventional classrooms to digital. Are the teachers and students ready for the sudden shift? Human beings have been designed to adapt themselves to the changing environment quickly. It is not just the survival of the fittest but of the quickest and the smartest. Rising in response to the unprecedented challenges posed by Covid-19 outbreak, we have responded effectively to the sudden change. In a country like India, teaching has always been perceived as a face to face interaction, a place of learning where students and teachers meet every day. Teachers not only transfer knowledge but also are available to guide, mentor, counsel and / or advise the students. However, it is strategically imperative now to transform conventional classroom teaching into innovative online teaching.…