Prajakta Joshi

Prathmesh Patil

Supply according to demand, yet Remdesivir remains scarce

India
Around a month after the coronavirus cases began surging in Maharashtra in the second wave, some of the essential medicines, prescribed to several patients, still remain short of supply in most parts of the state. While Remdesivis is an antiviral, Actemra is an anti-inflammatory drug.
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28 percent hospitals in Pune fail fire audit

India
Of the 218 COVID hospitals within the limits of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the Pune Fire Department has issued notices to 61 hospitals regarding inadequacies in the fire safety equipment.
Indie Journal

'गेले ४ दिवस आम्हाला कच्चा माल मिळालेला नाही,' ऑक्सिजन उत्पादकांची कैफियत

India
महाराष्ट्रातल्या अनेक शहरांमध्ये सध्या ऑक्सिजन वायूच्या प्रेशराइझ्ड सिलिंडर्सची तूट आहे. अर्थात शहरांमध्ये बहुसंख्येनं रुग्ण असल्यानं शहरांमध्ये ऑक्सिजनची मागणी प्रचंड वाढली आहे, मात्र त्याचसोबत महाराष्ट्राच्या ग्रामीण भागातही ऑक्सिजन, अर्थात प्राणवायूचा पुरवठा आता तीव्र तुटवड्याच्या स्थितीत पोहोचला आहे.
Indie Journal

Remdesivir to remain scarce till April 20, officials point at production cycle, overprescription

India
The shortage of Remdesivir in Pune is going to last till at least April 20, Dinesh Khivasara, Assistant Commissioner of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) said. Pune and several other COVID hotspots in Maharashtra are facing an acute shortage of the antiviral drug administered via injections, which is widely being used to treat the hospitalised COVID patients.
Indie Journal

Why does Maharashtra have the highest number of new COVID cases?

India
On Sunday, April 4th, India registered more than 1 lakh COVID cases in the country in the highest one-day surge for the first time. Alarmingly around half of these fresh cases were found in the state of Maharashtra alone. Meanwhile, neighbours Gujarat reported 3,280, Madhya Pradesh reported 3,722 new cases, Goa reported 2,471, while Karnataka recorded 6,150 new cases, making one ask the question, why?
Shubham Patil

आंबेडकर चरित्र समितीमध्ये २३ सदस्यांपैकी फक्त एक महिला; सचिव पदावरूनही वाद

India
महाराष्ट्र शासनानं दि.३० मार्च २०२१ रोजी घोषित केलेल्या नव्या पुनर्गठीत डॉ बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर चरित्र साधने प्रकाशन समितीतली अनेक नावं ही डॉ बाबासाहेब आंबेडकरांच्या विचार साहित्य, अध्ययनाशी संबंधित व्यक्ती, अभ्यासक, लेखकांना अनभिज्ञ असल्याचं साहित्यिक, अभ्यासक, सामाजिक चळवळीतील कार्यकर्त्यांनी म्हटलं आहे. याविषयी अनेक अभ्यासक आणि कार्यकर्त्यांनी राज्य सरकारला एक खुलं पत्र लिहीलं आहे.
Prathmesh Patil (Indie Journal)

PMPML bus service to remain shut as new COVID restrictions for Pune kick in

India
As part of the new COVID restrictions in Pune from April 3rd, the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) bus service will also be shut in Pune for the next seven days. While the PMPML has not yet received any request to run the buses for those in essential services, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) will be asking the PMPML to run their buses on certain routes to facilitate the travel of essential workers.
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घरोघरी लसीकरणासाठी मुंबई महानगरपालिकेची तयारी असतानाही केंद्रानं परवानगी नाकारली

India
बृहन्मुंबई महानगरपालिकेचा मुंबईत घरोघरी कोव्हीड लसीकरण करण्याचा प्रस्ताव केंद्र सरकारनं नुकताच नाकारला. देशातल्या सर्वाधिक कोव्हीड रुग्ण असलेल्या जिल्ह्यांपैकी एक असलेल्या मुंबईत दारोदारी लसीकरण का नाकारलं जात आहे, असा प्रश्न सोशल मीडियावर उपस्थित केला जात आहे.
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Vidarbha put on heatwave alert in the next 72 hours

India
The India Meteorology Department (IMD) has signalled caution for Maharashtra’s Vidarbha, as a heatwave has been predicted in isolated pockets of the region in the next 72 hours. At the same time, north and north-central Maharashtra will also register above normal temperature.
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Trust and access: Why nationalised banks are much more than their unfriendly image

India
While the public sector banks in India are hailed by their customers as being trustworthy to put their life savings into, they are often criticised on various platforms for their inefficient customer service. However, customer service is not that big a factor that people consider while opening their account at a bank, experts feel.
Shubham Patil

The Second Wave: Loss, trauma and experience of the Pandemic

India
While many are quick to dismiss COVID as ‘just a flu’, many people who have been through the disease with serious symptoms will tell you the difficult aftermath of the disease, weeks, sometimes even months, after recovery.
Indie Journal

महापंचायतींच्या धर्तीवर पुण्यात शेतकरी पंचायती

India
हरयाणामध्ये चालू असलेल्या महापंचायतींच्या धर्तीवर पुणे जिल्ह्यात कालपासून शेतकरी पंचायतींना सुरवात झालेली आहे. काल मौलाना अबुल कलाम आझाद पुण्यतिथीच्या निमित्तानं सुरु झालेल्या या पंचायती, १४ एप्रिल, म्हणजेच डॉ. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर जयंतीपर्यंत जिल्ह्यातील साधारण १५० गावांमध्ये भरवण्यात येणार आहेत.
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Remembering PB Sawant, a rare openly pro-working class judge

India
The former Supreme Court judge PB Sawant breathed his last in Pune on Monday morning. Remembered by many fondly for his extraordinary judgments and nuanced study into the most controversial cases, Sawant has presided over some of the historic judgments and important committees in the country.
Shubham Patil

In case of emergency, shutdown the internet

Quick Reads
It's been just 42 days into 2021, and India has already imposed eight internet shutdowns this year, shows the Internet Shutdown Tracker by the Software Freedom Law Centre of India (SFLC.In).
The Indian Express

85% of Uttarakhand’s districts hotspots for extreme floods: Study

India
Over 85 percent of districts in Uttarakhand are hotspots of extreme floods and associated events, states an independent analysis released by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW). The report has stated that the frequency and intensity of these extreme floods in Uttarakhand have increased four-fold since 1970.
India.com

It's the development, not just climate change: Activists on Uttarakhand disaster

India
In 1974, the women of Reni village in Uttarakhand were at the forefront of the Chipko Movement, a protest initiated by people, especially women, to save forests and forest rights of locals. Over 46 years later, Reni has become the centre of the glacier burst incident which caused flash floods in Uttarakhand, putting several areas by the river on high alert.
Free Press Journal

Maharashtra to reconsider use of EVMs alone in state polls

India
Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Speaker Nana Patole has asked the State Cabinet to explore the option of making paper ballots available for voting along with electronic voting machines (EVMs) in State Assembly as well as local body elections.
Indie Journal

On Republic Day, a village protests after waiting years for a gram panchayat

India
The members of Katkari tribe living by the hills on the bank of Dimbhe dam in Pune’s Ambegaon taluka have been left to fend for themselves, as they are not part of any gram panchayat in the area. Living in the homes built for them by the district administration around 10 years ago, their houses or their lands have not even been registered on their names, in the absence of a gram panchayat to accept them.
Indie Journal

Transwoman first wins court battle, then the electoral one

India
After fighting and winning the battle to execute her right to contest an election as a woman, Anjali Patil of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), has won the local body election in Bhadli Budruk village of Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district. A transwoman, Patil’s candidacy was questioned and rejected, as she had applied from the category reserved for women.
Aaj Tak

Clouds of doubt still looming, India's COVID vaccination drive begins

India
As India begins the world’s largest vaccination drive across the country on Saturday, the doubts and differences around the use of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin also continue to echo as India’s frontline workers get vaccinated in the first phase.
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Even as Delhi 'chickens out', Mah govt backs poultry

India
A statement issued by the Animal Husbandry Commissioner Sachindra Pratap Singh on Wednesday said, “It is completely safe to eat eggs and poultry meat, if the eggs and poultry meat are cooked for 30 minutes at a temperature of 70 degrees Celsius.”
Shubham Patil

An atrocity a day in Maharashtra

India
In the first seven days of 2021, Maharashtra police have recorded a total of 11 cases under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities (PoA) Act, 1989.
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Konkani Academy in Delhi, political but welcome: experts

India
A year ahead of the Goa Assembly polls scheduled to be held in 2022, the Delhi Cabinet, on Friday, approved the setting up of Konkani Academy in Delhi, reportedly for the promotion of Konkani language and culture.
Indie Journal

The year that was 2020: How lives of India's minorities changed

Quick Reads
The recently released 'South Asia State of Minorities Report 2020' stated that India has become a dangerous and violent place for Muslim minorities since the CAA was passed last year. Right from the beginning of this year, the lives of minorities in India have seen a shift, right from the Constitutional amendments and laws, Supreme Court decisions, to fake news and targeted police brutality and communal violence.
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New COVID strain not a mutation, doctors clarify

India
The new strain of Coronavirus discovered in the UK is highly contagious, however, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that it is not yet out of control. However, doctors and experts have cautioned that while there is no need to be scared, the government should not repeat the mistakes it made at the beginning of the year, and begin testing and tracing soon.
The Indian Express

Why are doctors protesting in India?

India
On December 11, thousands of doctors from across the country went on a day-long strike to register dissent against the Government of India’s new rules allowing Ayurvedic doctors to practice minor surgical procedures.
Indie Journal

“My conscience did not allow me to accept the award.”

India
Dr Varinderpal Singh, Principal Soil Scientist, Department of Soil Science, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, has returned the prestigious ‘FAI Golden Jubilee Award for Excellence’ by the Fertilizer Association of India (FAI).
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Mah govt. announce 5k aid for sex workers; Organisations welcome move, ask for more inclusion

India
The Maharashtra Government, on Thursday, announced that registered sex workers in the state will be provided financial aid of Rs 5,000 per month during the pandemic. While the sex workers and their community-based organisations (CBOs) have welcomed the aid, they have also expressed concern that the CBOs are not part of the committees constituted to implement the scheme.
Shubham Patil

Quoting hatred: Love Jihad and where political parties stand on the issue

India
Last month, after an advertisement by Tanishq jewellery brand, that celebrated interfaith marriage, where a Muslim family was shown to organise a baby shower ceremony for its Hindu daughter-in-law, received an unexpected backlash. People trolled the advertisement calling it a promotion of love jihad. Since then, the term has been receiving even more political attention.
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EAC to meet twice a month, experts call it a farce

India
In a recent order, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has proposed streamlining of the Environmental Clearances (EC) process in order to avoid the reasons which could apparently delay the clearance process. Several environmentalists have criticised it as a 'farce' by the Ministry in the name of streamlining.
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Diwali superstitions are endangering owls in the Indian subcontinent

India
Every year, the festival of Diwali becomes a period of concern for owls in India, especially in North India. In India and some surrounding countries, owls are known to be sacrificed under the superstitious belief that the sacrifice will earn them wealth.
Shubham Patil

Students on the streets, go beyond marksheets

India
While the trend of criticising students for protesting has been seen on social media in the past few years, strong student unions and protests have been an important element of the identity of India’s campuses.
Indie Journal

Election tourism is the latest fertile ground for political enthusiasts

India
Amidst loud promises by different political parties, alliances and the looming threat of a possible second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, Bihar Assembly Election is a phenomenon to behold this year. Not just the Bihari public, but the election campaigns and voting have attracted the attention of several socio-political enthusiasts and social activists from across the country.
Indie Journal

The in'disposable' problem of the pandemic

India
Despite a battle against plastic waste, non-biodegradable disposable waste is still a huge part of the country’s garbage. The COVID-19 pandemic has added to this, with plastic and other disposable items, especially pertaining to food and medical material, becoming a crucial part of the day-to-day garbage.
Indie Journal

Anganwadi workers continue protests for recognition as government employees

India
The Anganwadi Karmachari Sanghatana (Maharashtra), in association with the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and Akhil Bharatiya Anganwadi Sevika, Madatnis Federation, had organised a nationwide protest today, on October 1. The protest was timed a day before the 45th anniversary of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) on October 2.
Indie Journal

Researchers call for systemic survey of Dhamapur lake area for conservation

India
To promote conservation activity and sustainable tourism in the area around Dhamapur lake in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg district, experts have called for a systematic study of the biodiversity of the region. Nestled amidst the Western Ghats and rich biodiversity, several areas in the district still remain unexplored and vulnerable to the threats of mining and unplanned developmental and tourist activities.
Indie Journal

Locals oppose to Chattisgarh coal block in already over-mined Mand Raigarh

India
While the commercial coal mine auction for 41 blocks across the country has raised several controversies, Manthan Adhyayan Kendra has released a report demanding the government to stop the auction of the proposed coal blocks in Chhattisgarh’s already over-exploited Mand Raigarh Coalfield.
Indie Journal

Pune Bird Atlas: A people’s project to map the city’s bird diversity

India
Several environmentalists and bird watchers in Pune have come together this year, for the first time, to understand the distribution and abundances of birds in the city. Pune Bird Atlas, as the project is called, is the first of its kind project in Maharashtra that aims to understand the biodiversity in the city.
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मुदत संपत आलेल्या सुगंधी दुधाचं आदिवासी आश्रम शाळा विद्यार्थ्यांना वाटप

India
घोडेगाव येथील एकात्मिक आदिवासी विकास प्रकल्प (आयटीडीपी) कार्यालयांतर्गत शासकीय आश्रमशाळांच्या विद्यार्थ्यांना देण्यात आलेल्या सुगंधी दुधाच्या पाकिटांची मुदत संपण्यापासून दोन दिवसच कमी असल्याचे आढळून आल्यानंतर स्थानिकांनी व आदिवासी संघटनांनी त्वरित चौकशी करण्याची मागणी केली आहे. तसे पत्र त्यांनी विभागीय कार्यालय व आदिवासी मंत्री के.सी.पडवी यांना पाठवले आहे.
Indie Journal

In times of flood and disaster, Kolhapur's wireless man comes to the rescue

India
Since 1988, Kolhapur’s Nitin Ainapure has been working in radio communications after he got licensed for the same. While he is a licensed Ham Radio Operator and also deals in supplying equipment for the marine band (wireless network for fishermen), he also works with government administration before, during and after disasters, to conduct operations using wireless communication.
Indie Journal

A year from the abrogation of article 370, a collective report breaks the silence on Kashmir

India
One year later, when people in Kashmir still face restricted access to internet and movement, Kashmir Reading Room (KRR), a collective of working professionals, has released a report ‘(Dis)Integration at Gunpoint’. On the eve of the day that changed the identity of Jammu and Kashmir, the report was launched by South Asia Solidarity Group in London.
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Breast-feeding their children while being COVID-19 positive

India
While getting infected with COVID-19 or coming in contact with the patients is stressful for everyone, it is even more so worrying for new mothers as being close to their babies and breastfeeding become challenging tasks.
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एक्सक्लुझिव्ह मुलाखत: केरळनं लॉकडाऊनमध्येही यशस्वीरीत्या शालेय शिक्षण सुरु कसं ठेवलं, सांगत आहेत केरळचे शिक्षणमंत्री

India
कोरोनाच्या प्रार्दुभावातही डिजीटल क्लासरूम्सच्या माध्यमातून शेवटच्या विद्यार्थ्यापर्यंत शैक्षणिक सुविधा पोहचण्यात केरळ राज्य यशस्वी ठरलंय. डिजीटल लर्निंगच्या मर्यादा लक्षात घेऊन इंटरनेट सुविधांबरोबरच टेलिव्हिजनचाही प्रभावी वापर केला गेला. या पार्श्वभूमीवर केरळचे शिक्षणमंत्री प्रोफेसर सी. रवींद्रनाथ यांनी कोरोना आणि टाळेबंदीच्या काळात डिजिटल डिव्हाईडवर मात करून सगळ्या विद्यार्थ्यांपर्यंत पोहचण्यात केरळला आलेलं यश, याबाबत इंडी जर्नलशी खास बातचीत केली.
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Goa’s tourism stakeholders demand conservation of protected forests, promotion of ecotourism in the hinterland

India
In a letter addressed to the Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State as Ministry of Tourism and Minister of Culture Prahlad Singh Patel, officials from the Goa State Government and the National Board for Wildlife appealing to revoke the forest clearances approved for Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and Mollem National Park in South Goa.
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Maharashtra creates 29 sq.km safe corridor for tigers, elephants as Tillari Conservation Region

India
A total of 10 villages in the proposed area Bambarde, Ghatiwade, Kendre Bank, Kendre Khadi, Patiye, Shirange, Konal, Ainode, Hewale and Medhe have been deemed under the Tillari CR by the State Government. This is known to be the only corridor for the movement of large mammals in the area, without which, the northern Western Ghats could be completely inaccessible to these animals.
National Herald

Exclusive: Proposed Arunachal Dibang Valley 'mega dam' has 'no economic viability,' says researcher duo

India
The proposed mega-dam project in Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh, which would require clearing of over 2.7 lakh trees, is not economically and financially viable, said, Shripad Dharmadhikary of Manthan Adhyayan Kendra and Ashwini Chitnis, independent researcher and policy analyst, submitting a report to the Ministry of Power (MoP), recommending not to go ahead with this project.