Auto drivers cut up as govt fails to help them

Autorickshaw drivers are facing a crisis as the government has failed to provide the financial support it had promised.  “We have to feed ourselves, take care of our families, and maintain our autos. What government are you talking about; we are our own government,” remarked Lokesh H, an autorickshaw driver.   The drivers are unhappy with the government’s attitude towards them. On March 3, they took out a rally from the […]

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Salary delays worry workers of dry waste centres

Adverse working conditions at Dry Waste Collection Centres (DWCCs) in JP Nagar have made workers vulnerable to infectious diseases. Delays in payment of salaries and lack of awareness about protective gear have added to their woes.  “The BBMP has not helped us. Everything from masks to soaps and ration comes from Hasiru Dala (an NGO),” […]

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Aviation in a Tailspin

The Covid-19 pandemic is not only taking lives but jobs too. The travel and hospitality industries have borne most of the brunt and seem the hardest hit. With most of the world’s fleet of airliners parked and mothballed, airlines both national and international are struggling to sustain themselves. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) claims this has been the worst year for the airline industry ever.  Crisil, a rating agency, predicts an annual loss of Rs. 1.1-1.3 lakh crores (trillion) for India’s domestic airline Industry.    […]

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De-addiction centers’ poor condition, Add to Delhi’s drug problem

Thousands of people of the national capital suffer from an addiction problem and the small number of de-addiction centers in the city are not equipped to accommodate even a fraction of the addicts.   “Only 2-3% people who willingly go to the rehab centers are able to quit,” Yash Badal, a recovering addict and a de-addiction […]

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Travel curbs squeeze the tourism industry

 Tour operators and guides are struggling to make ends meet because of pandemic-induced international travel restrictions. With no assistance for them in the economic stimulus package, they want the government to resume issuing tourist visas. “Covid-19 has affected the travel industry the most. It has sent us five years back (economically). Millions of lives have […]

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SC order to raze 48k slums dwellings may expose lakhs to Covid

The Supreme Court order for demolition of 48,000 slum dwellings along 70 km of railway track in Delhi has put lakhs at risk of displacement and contracting Covid-19. ”The question is, where will they go,” Dev Pratap Singh, founder and CEO of The Voice of Slum, an NGO, said. ”The poor who have tested positive […]

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