Governance

September 22, 2021

Blood In The Bottle: In Punjab, Illicit Liquor Trade Is Deeply Entangled With State's Economy

A year after Punjab's Hooch tragedy when over a 100 people died in mid-2020 after consuming illicit liquor the state's politicians, police and excise officials have ensured the state's illicit liquor trade carries on.

Governance

August 17, 2021

Gujarat's Real Covid Tragedy Revealed: Data Suggests At Least 2.8 Lakh Excess Deaths During Pandemic

Data from thousands of pages of death registers maintained by municipalities in Gujarat show an excess death count of 16,892 for just 6% of the state's population during the pandemic. When projected across the state, the figure zooms to a staggering 281,000.

Environment

June 10, 2021

How Niti Aayog Hand-Picked SC Rulings To Probe Judicial Activism

The Niti Aayog wants to review economic impacts of Supreme Court rulings on environmental-law violations. Its officials are supposedly not investigating ‘judicial activism’. Files we obtained under RTI show that is indeed what they are doing.

Governance

August 16, 2021

Flawed Reform: How Modi Govt's New Coal Auction Regime Robs Chhattisgarh of Rs 900 Crore a Year

Under its commercial coal mining auctions, the Modi govt has sold off at least two coal blocks for rates cheaper than their 2015 prices. As a result Chhattisgarh will end up losing Rs 900 crore every year and over Rs 24,000 crore over decades.

Governance

May 14, 2021

Govt Records Expose Its Lies On 'Effective' Foreign Covid Aid Distribution

Two days after the Health Ministry said it has ensured 'effective' distribution of foreign Covid aid and lambasted media for reports on its haphazard handling of the donations, its own records belie the claims. Internal records show large consignments were either 'in transit' or yet to even be allocated -- some from as far back as April 30!

Governance

May 4, 2021

How MEA's Inaction Forced Embassies To Seek Covid Assistance From Opposition

MEA made urgent late evening deployments to its Covid Cell as late as May 01. This was 24 hours after the Philippines Embassy sought help from Indian Youth Congress for delivery of oxygen cylinders. In response, the MEA launched a bitter Twitter dogfight against the opposition for supplying cylinders to the embassy.

Governance

April 15, 2021

Fake Recovery: How Economic Turnaround After Covid's First Wave Was Built On Slashing Jobs, Wages

Investigating the records and practices at India's largest and government owned-steel plants in Asansol and Durgapur in West Bengal shows hundreds of workers lost jobs, and many more suffered wage loss even as the company made profits.

Legal

April 21, 2021

A Hack: Evidence Was Planted To Frame The Bhima Koregaon 16, Reveals Report

A new report by US-based Arsenal Consulting, a digital forensics agency, claims that 22 ‘incriminating’ filed were planted into activist Rona Wilson’s laptop. These files are among the primary evidence against Wilson and 15 others currently in jail.

March 27, 2020

कोरोना वायरस: मोदी सरकार की घोषणाएं ऊंट के मुंह में ज़ीरे समान- नज़रिया

लॉकडाउन के कारण आयी मंदी से निपटने के लिए सरकार द्वारा घोषित वित्तीय पैकेज का क्रमवार विश्लेषण बताता है कि प्रस्तावित मदद उम्मीद से बहुत ही कम और अपर्याप्त है

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