articles by Natasha Trivedi

India

Mumbai's fisherfolk, already facing low income, fear losing boat parking space to Coastal Road Project

The proposed reclamation of the Lotus jetty near the Haji Ali Mosque in Worli not only threatens the delicate ecosystem of the area's shoreline but will also take away the largest boat parking space available to at least 100 small fishers in the area

India

COVAXIN controversy: Doctors in trial sites chosen by ICMR say human trials can’t be fast forwarded, anticipate 6-month observation period

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech received approval from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) to begin human trials of COVAXIN last week. The vaccine has been developed in collaboration with the ICMR and National Institute of Virology in Pune.

India

Bharat Biotech has passed mandated protocols, animal testing and is now in clinical development of Covid vaccine, Dr Krishna Ella tells Firstpost

Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech, one of seven Indian companies involved in the indigenous production of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, received the green signal from the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) to begin human trials of 'Covaxin' last week.

India

Jharkhand's daily-wage labourers left out of PDS safety net fear starvation as employment dries up during COVID-19 lockdown

The white ration card has become a bane for many daily-wage workers in many districts of Jharkhand, especially Palamu, Simdega, West Singhbhum, and Bokar. More so, since the nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic has left them without any income for more than two months.

India

Hemant Soren govt says no hunger deaths in Jharkhand; activists question claim, say lack of accountability will hurt marginalised

In the past, Hemant Soren has repeatedly criticised the former BJP government’s “stoic silence” over hunger deaths in Jharkhand.

India

'CAA, NRC are not only against Muslims, but whole country': Student leaders lead charge against 'divisive' policy at Mumbai's Azad Maidan

Students, activists, and citizens gathered in south Mumbai's Azad Maidan for another large-scale protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register for Citizens (NRC) on Friday. Named 'Inquilaab Morcha', the gathering was one of the many nationwide protests in resistance to the CAA since the contentious law was passed by Parliament on 11 December.

Politics

Anti-tribal governance of Raghubar Das cost BJP Jharkhand: 'Local' Hemant Soren spoke to us in our language, nailed it with his campaign, say voters

With the Bharatiya Janata Party having lost in 26 out of 28 Adivasi-dominated constituencies in Jharkhand, the tribal community has emerged as a decisive voice against the saffron party in the 2019 Assembly election. Jharkhand is the fifth state that the BJP has lost in last one year.

Politics

Complete breakdown of welfare schemes like PDS, MNREGA in Jharkhand's Latehar district: Villagers blame loopholes, lackadaisical officials

While issues in the PDS scheme have affected people across Jharkhand, activists pointed to another factor that has contributed to the spate of starvation deaths - loopholes in implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA or NREGA), and the lack of accountability for its failure in the state.

Politics

As Jharkhand votes, no party discusses mob-lynching cases, self-appointed gau rakshaks: Tale of 3 affected villages, and how they are getting by without govt aid

The violence, which has largely taken a toll on marginalised population, has been on the rise under the BJP-led Raghubar Das government since 2016.

India

Jharkhand election: Rise of starvation deaths, breakdown of welfare schemes to influence tribal voting

The five-phase election beginning on 30 November is the first time the Raghubar Das government could face the ire of the electorate over the issue that has largely affected the state’s Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities, which make up 38 percent of the population

India

Jharkhand polls: Land-grabs for power plant, dilution of Acquisition Act have turned Godda voters against Raghubar Das govt

Several Opposition parties, including the Congress, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) and activists had in 2018 come together to object to the state government’s proposed amendments to the Act, dubbing the move a "death warrant"

India

In Jharkhand's Khunti district, 'pathalgadhi' movement takes centre stage ahead of upcoming Assembly election

Police visits — and the possible use of excessive force — have become frequent since violence erupted in a neighbouring village over the locally-driven Pathalgadhi movement in June 2018

Politics

Maharashtra polls: BJP's overconfidence, downplaying of local issues behind its reduced tally in crucial Vidarbha region

Although Fadnavis referred to BJP rebels who were unhappy with compromises made during the seat sharing and ticket distribution negotiations, the party’s reduced tally can also be traced to a 'rebellion' from voters in the agrarian-dominated Vidarbha region, which also has a sizeable tribal population

Politics

Maharashtra polls: 'Won't vote', says Bhil tribe in Beed; Fadnavis govt could face reckoning over water issue in drought-hit districts

The severity of drought in Maharashtra's Beed and Latur districts, three years after the Jaldoot Express carried 25 lakh litres of water into the parched Marathwada region, continues to be grim and could prove to be a matter of reckoning for the BJP-Shiv Sena government in the 21 October Assembly election.

India

Maharashtra polls: Yavatmal's Adivasi farmers 'prepared to fight' as govt's promise to fix land rights issue falls flat

Around 30,000 farmers from various parts of the state, including Yavatmal in Vidarbha, covered a distance of 180 kilometres from Nashik to Mumbai on foot, with the aim to gherao the Legislative Assembly building and press their demand for the full implementation of FRA, and also of the loan waiver the government had promised in 2017

Politics

Maharashtra polls: Villages in Chandrapur say will hold BJP 'accountable' in 21 Oct elections as NTFP-based self-employment takes hit

The mismanagement of the case by the forest department has cost at least 50 families in both the villages their primary livelihood, and voters have resolved to hold the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP-Shiv Sena combine government of Maharashtra 'accountable' in the election.

India

Maharashtra polls: Madia tribals in Gadchiroli disillusioned by non-implementation of forest rights, intimidation by cops

Most voters in the Bhamragarh taluka of Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district couldn't care less about the upcoming Assembly election

India

Maharashtra Election 2019: Self-help groups in Gadchiroli unite to fight systemic discrimination against women

The Mahila Parisar Sangha, comprising women from the Gond and Kanwar tribes, is 37 SHGs-strong, spread across 19 villages in both the talukas. Initially, the collective was formed to overcome roadblocks SHG members faced in dealing with bank protocol, but it has become a platform to empower women to claim their rights.

World

Sheikh Hasina's visit is opportunity for India to iron out sticking points in bilateral relations with 'fast friend' Bangladesh

Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday arrived in India for a four-day visit with the aim to strengthen bilateral ties between the fast friends amid an undercurrent of unease regarding the Centre's National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Assam, which is pointedly aimed at identifying and deporting illegal "infiltrators" from Bangladesh.

Politics

Youth first: Aaditya Thackeray contesting Maharashtra Assembly polls reflects tectonic shift in Shiv Sena's strategy

The youngest Thackeray on Monday became the first to take a plunge into electoral politics, a move that is likely to alter the political landscape of the state, as the Yuva Sena chief, Aaditya seeks to take up causes that resonate with the youth ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly election.