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'Modi praising Ayushman Bharat means he admits govt hospitals have failed'

Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments during the Mann ki Baat radio broadcast, senior Gujarat environmentalist Mahesh Pandya has said while Modi did talk of minimizing the sufferings of the migrant workers, he decided to devote most of his time on his achievements.

MP govt's power purchase agreement with Adanis at 'highest ever contracted rate'

As many 28 civil rights and grassroots organizations, led by the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) and the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) have opposed the Madhya Pradesh government for entering into an agreement with the Adani Group for setting up a 1,320 MW thermal plant in Madhya Pradesh, stating, this is being despite the fact that the state claims it has surplus electricity for the next 10 years.

Restore 700 beds for poor in Ahmedabad's VS Hospital: Representation to PM

Pointing out that it is painful that the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has “abandoned” Vadilal Sarabhai (VS) Hospital, which can treat 700 Covid-19 patients, even as showing interest in acquiring beds in private hospitals, the civil rights organization, Nagrik Sashaktikaran Manch (NSM), has regretted that the VS Hospital’s “excellent infrastructure”, owned by AMC. Is not being put to use for the poor patients.

Advise to 20-yr-old for live-in relationship: Gujarat HC comes to rescue of advocate

In a unique case, the Gujarat High Court came to the rescue of a Narmada-based lawyer against whom an FIR came to be registered on the ground that he advised a couple to enter into a live in agreement despite the fact that the boy was only 20 years and 6 months and not 21 years i.e. the legal age for a man to get married in India.

Withdraw criminal cases against poor during lockdown: Gujarat minority rights leader

Gujarat’s minority rights leader Mujahid Nafees has asked chief minister Vijay Rupani to withdraw cases against those who allegedly violated lockdown regime, saying, majority of them are poor people, who did not have enough stock of essential items, or were not left with any opportunity to earn a living.

Ahmedabad's cleaning workers 'not paid full salary' in April: Senior economist-activist

Gujarat economist Hemantkumar Shah, who is also a senior activist, has accused the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) for refusing to pay full salary to sanitary workers for the month of April. Quoting Ketan Jadav, one of the workers who lives near Khamasa Char Rasta and cleans the road around Chandola Lake, Prof Shah said, his contractor paid him only Rs 5,000 for the month of April, when his monthly salary was fixed at Rs 7,000.

As migrants return, Bihar likely to face crisis in child education: RTE Forum convenor

The Right to Education (RTE) Forum convener Ambarish Rai has warned that following the in-migration of lakhs of people working in other states, Bihar faces a major crisis in the form of a sharp rise in child labour, child marriage, and child trafficking. The girl child education is likely to be affected the most, he added.

Plea for free treatment to poor, restore multi-specialty status to Ahmedabad VS hospital

Following Gujarat High Court stricture on the state government over high death rate of Covid-19 patients in Ahmedabad, especially in the Civil Hospital, independent board members of the second biggest hospital of the city controlled by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), Vadilal Sarabhai (VS), have asked the VS management and AMC “to decisively act in restarting the 1,155-bed VS, restoring its multi-speciality status, which existed prior to 2012”.

Gujarat's 73% industries 'not paying' wages, govt must compensate 75% earnings

Estimating that Gujarat's 73% of industrial units have not paid wages during the lockdown period, which began on March 24, three senior social activists, economist Hemantkumar Shah, environmentalist Mahesh Pandya and farmers' leader Sagar Rabari in a letter to the Gujarat government have said that the state government should pay 75% of their wages for three months, from April to June.

Civil hospital condition pathetic, it's as good as dungeon: Gujarat High Court

The Gujarat High Court has lashed out at the state government, saying the conditions at the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad is “pathetic” and it is “as good as a dungeon, may be even worse”. The court’s observation, made on Friday, was made available on Saturday. The court had taken suo motu congnizance of a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on Covid-19 pandemic.

Gujarat officials admit, locally-made ventilators are not good enough

Authorities in the civil hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s worst coronavirus-hit city, have said ventilators built by a firm in Rajkot and supplied free of cost in large numbers to government facilities last month were not giving “desired results” on COVID-19 patients. State Health principal secretary Jayanti Ravi said the ventilators, with the brand name ‘Dhaman-1’, supplied at a time when there is huge demand for them due to the virus outbreak, will be upgraded by the manufacturing firm.

UP govt takes U-turn, withdraws order of 12 hours shift for factory orders

The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has taken a 180 degree turn on by withdrawing its order of making factory workers slog for 12-hour each shift. The state government did this after the Allahabad High Court issued a notice. A normal work shift is for 8-hours. A PIL had challenged the increase of work hours to 12 hours, saying, tough factory conditions under Covid-19 crisis could have had a disastrous impact on the health of the workers.

Eight political parties write to President, condemn arrest of students, activists

Taking strong objection to the manner and fashion of the recent arrests of students and activists during the COVID 19 Pandemic lockdown in the national capital, eight political parties of India have written a letter to the President, Ramnath Kovind, condemning these arrests as well as the timing of such arrests.

Cash in hand is at the core of restarting Indian economy: Abhijit Banerjee

Nobel laureate economist Dr Abhijit Banerjee has said that the lockdown needs to be lifted, but only after all the factors have been studied, adding, there was a need to recognise that the economic crisis was massive and recovery was a long and ongoing process.