Depression to suicide: India battles mental health crisis amid Covid-19

Hemmed inside their homes for months on end as a pandemic raged outside, millions of people are emerging timorously into a world that has drastically changed — an uneasy adjustment process resulting in a spectrum of mental health issues ranging from depression to that final step, suicide. …

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Covid lockdown pushed 3 in 4 Dalit, tribal hamlets deeper in debt: Survey

As millions in the country dealt with loss of livelihood and food insecurity during the COVID-19-induced lockdown, marginalised and minority communities fared much worse, a survey representative of nearly 100,000 families in 11 states has found. As livelihoods of dalits, Muslims, Adivasis and Nomadic and Denotified Tribes …

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PM launches Rs 20,050-cr PMMSY to raise fisheries exports, farmer income

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the Rs 20,050 crore-Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) in 21 states, including Bihar, that will help double fisheries exports, create more employment opportunities and boost income of farmers. Through a video conference, the Prime Minister also launched …

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At 90K a day, skyrocketing Covid-19 cases in India could eclipse US

The novel coronavirus seemed like a distant problem in Boisar, a small factory town about two hours from Mumbai, until Daniel Tribhuvan died. The 35-year-old tutor started feeling feverish in April, while bringing his father home from a chemotherapy appointment in the Indian financial capital. When …

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Covid patients suffer lung, heart damage, can improve with time: Study

COVID-19 patients can suffer long-term lung and heart damage but, for many, this tends to improve over time, according to the first, prospective follow-up of patients infected with the coronavirus, presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. Researchers in the COVID-19 ‘hot spot’ in …

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Indian prisons in a dire state: 7 in 10 undertrials, 1 in 3 Dalit or tribal

Anil* (26) and Suresh* (36), both from scheduled caste (SC) or dalit communities, have been under trial for a case of attempt to murder in western Maharashtra since November 2016. The case has cost them lakhs of rupees, and the nearly five months they spent in jail …

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Hospitals struggle to get healthcare workers as Covid-19 cases spike

Government and private hospitals are finding it difficult to recruit new and additional healthcare workers to care for Covid-19 patients even as the number of people testing positive continues to grow–1.59 million as of July 30, 2020–our reporting in five cities found. The Covid-19 pandemic has added to …

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Few sanitation workers getting training, info on health checkups: Survey

India has now reported more than 1.5 million Covid-19 cases, making it the country with the third-highest number of cases in the world after the US and Brazil. But even as the contagion surges across the country, sanitation workers continue to be inadequately protected, noted a report …

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Top headlines: Google Tax stumps foreign firms, Unlock 3 ends night curfew

RBI ahead of the curve; govt and bureaucracy behind: Viral Acharya A year after he left the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), months before his three-year tenure finished, Viral Acharya, former deputy governor, in his latest book has described how fiscal dominance is the biggest …

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