articles by Debobrat Ghose

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Poorly-planned lockdown and unlock caused COVID-19 spike in Chhattisgarh, says CM Bhupesh Baghel

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel, in an exclusive interview, speaks on the state’s preparedness to deal with the sudden rise in the number of COVID-19 infections, measures to rehabilitate the migrant labourers who returned to the state after the lockdown began in the country in late March, state recording one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country despite combating Naxalism and more

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Remembering Ajit Jogi: A staunch believer of sons-of-soil concept, JCC chief steered Chhattisgarh into statehood

Chhattisgarh and its capital Raipur will remember Ajit Pramod Jogi, one of the few leaders from the state with high national recall, for steering the two into the 21st century with an independent identity beyond the confines of Madhya Pradesh

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Suspension of labour laws by UP, MP, Gujarat crushing workers’ rights, says Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh national general secy Virjesh Upadhyay

If the state governments really wanted to bring reforms, first they should have focussed on the poor labourers, says BMS national general secretary Virjesh Upadhyay.

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Emotions run high as first passenger train chugs into Bilaspur after 48 days; passengers brave long queues, elaborate screening protocol

The loud cheer and silent prayers as the train slithered off the platform conveyed what this journey meant to all aboard.

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Coronavirus lockdown: Despondency in adults can quickly spread to their children in times like these, warns child psychiatrist

The mix of information and misinformation, and exaggerated fears of the situation, result in symptoms of anxiety of various kinds depending on the age of the child, warns child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr Amit Sen.

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Spike in COVID-19 cases due to aggressive testing, our health teams visiting every nook and corner, says Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani

This is a critical scenario, and we are being cautious in giving any kind of further relaxation, over and above the permissions given to industrial units and businesses, says Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani.

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While Urban India struggles, tribals in Bastar follow strict self-isolation norms; villagers barricade roads to prevent spread of virus

Tribals in the seven districts of Bastar region in Chhattisgarh have voluntarily adopted measures to implement lockdown in their villages, without much of the state’s intervention, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus

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In Indore's COVID-19 hospital, patients help lighten the mood, motivate health workers to keep up fight against coronavirus

The COVID-19 ward in Indore's SAIMS hospital has taken efforts to create an alternate family – for the doctors as well as the patients – in order to help allay the fear that hangs uneasily over it

India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Mamata Banerjee displays little cooperation even as Opposition unites to stand behind Centre

Why is there a need for West Bengal to hide actual figures when some of the worst affected states — Maharashtra, Delhi and Kerala — and even others, are transparent about it?

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MP Congress spokeperson defends Tablighi Jamaat organisers in video; BJP, local leaders question party leadership's silence

While Congress spokesperson Abbas Hafeez's video defending the Tablighi Jamaat flies in the face of facts, what intrigues political observers is that the Congress leadership has not even responded to the video

India

Maoists release statements claiming only 3 of cadre killed in Sukma encounter, say police version incorrect

As a proof of their claim, they have issued photos of the three Maoists killed along with their names, area of operation and villages they belonged to

India

Sukma attack: Chhattisgarh Police under scanner for failing to train tribal recruits properly, possible leakage of operational details

In this joint operation, none of the slain or injured belonged to CoBRA battalion, as the CRPF headquarters clarified.

India

Maoists adopt new propaganda strategy, amp up rhetoric on CAA, NRC, NPR to drive new offensive against State

In a major shift in their outreach strategy, the Maoists in Chhattisgarh have decided to tap into burning national controversies such as Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR), and treatment of minorities in general, as a new offensive to fight against the State.

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Digvijaya Singh's RS nomination has Congress divided; supporters cite unrelenting loyalty, critics blame him for Scindia's exit

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh evokes extreme reactions, through his speeches and actions. His nomination for a second term in the Rajya Sabha, amid controversy over Jyotiraditya Scindia joining the BJP, has also raised conflicting voices

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Congress accuses BJP of trying to topple MP govt, but analysts say internal rivalries over Rajya Sabha seat may be cause of crisis

The Congress has accused the BJP of holding eight of its MLAs captive at Gurugram in a bid to topple the government.

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Delhi students appearing for CBSE exams on edge as violence grips Delhi; parents fear for safety, mental well-being

Delhi continues to be ravaged by violence between the pro and anti-CAA protesters, but schoolchildren who are taking their board exams have become an unintended victim of the situation

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'Narendra Modi and Amit Shah can't help out in Assembly elections': RSS blames 'same old formula' by BJP for Delhi poll rout

The BJP has been out of power in Delhi for the last 21 years and it couldn't win since 1998, after the fall of Sushma Swaraj-led government on the issue of rising onion price. Absence of a credible chief ministerial face and local leadership, lack of grassroots connect, among others have contributed to the poor show by the BJP in Delhi year after year.

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Mohan Bhagwat's appeal to India's youth to imbibe Gandhian principles indicates RSS success in distancing Congress from the Mahatma

The move to embrace Gandhian principles by Hindutva-based organisations got a real fillip when Prime Minister Narendra Modi started majorly invoking Mahatma Gandhi in his governance policies, the flagship being the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.