Farmers’ protest: SC-appointed committee will be impartial; well-being of agriculturalists ‘our priority’, say panel members
Notwithstanding the ambitious objectives of the committee, it is clear that the process of bringing about a consensus will be a long haul.
Twitter suspends Donald Trump's account, but company's crackdown on misinformation must be systemic, impartial
The suspension of Trump’s account, however, does raise troubling questions about the thin line between curbing misinformation and hate speech on one hand, and suppressing free speech on the other hand
MNREGA during COVID-19 pandemic: More households got work in 2020, but fund crunch a major concern, finds study
The importance of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme as a safety net for the rural poor increased manifold during the COVID-19 lockdown, a new report has found
COVID-19 vaccine shot for all Indians unrealistic; better health services, masks crucial, say experts
Universal mask-wearing is a non-pharmaceutical intervention that can help reduce the lethality of COVID-19 in the absence of a vaccine.
Non-registration of sexual offences is widespread, unfair media reporting compounds problem: Ex-UP DGP Sutapa Sanyal
The benchmark for police efficiency should be truly delinked with the number of FIRs registered, says former Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police Sutapa Sanyal.
Data shows UP’s rape, molestation figures falling, but independent study says police refusal to register FIRs is the reason
Official data would suggest a scenario which is rather implausible that crimes of rape and molestation reduced sharply in Uttar Pradesh in the same period that saw a massive increase in incidents of cruelty against married women by husbands or their relatives.
Reopening Mumbai local trains tougher than resuming public transport elsewhere, says state disaster management secy
In an interview with Firstpost, Kishor Raje Nimbalkar talks about how the Maharashtra government is planning to allow the general public to board Mumbai locals while preventing COVID-19 transmission
Protesting farmers fear dismantling of MSP system, creation of large monopolies: Agri expert Ajay Vir Jakhar
Jakhar said that the bills will result in a trickle-down model, which will only benefit large companies, not farmers or small traders
Serious health hazards force women beedi workers in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka to quit profession amid COVID-19
A research study found that a large number of workers frequently suffer cough, fatigue, body ache, etc. Worryingly, the study also found that they spend an average of Rs 7,248 per year on medical expenses, which amounts to 29.2 percent of their annual income
'Prepared for NEET, JEE, but terrified of catching COVID-19': Why students aren’t convinced by govt’s assurances
While the NEET is scheduled to be held on 13 September, the JEE-Main has been planned from 1-6 September.
Despite paltry wages, women beedi rollers have few other job prospects, shows research; gender gap exacerbates matters
While most beedi workers have been pushed out of the formal economy, the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax also appears to have had a negative effect on them.
Reported cases of several crimes in Mumbai declined marginally during March, and then reduced sharply in April.
PIB uploads article claiming none of six Indian companies working on COVID-19 vaccine will have it ready before 2021, later removes mention of year
The statement deleted from the article on PIB contradicted the Indian Council of Medical Research's plan to launch a vaccine by 15 August this year.
Aarogya Setu not ‘open source’ in real sense, claim cybersecurity activists, say server code must be made public
Cybersecurity activists have termed the Indian government's claim of making the source code of Aarogya Setu app public as half-truth.
As coronavirus lockdown puts brakes on academic activities in Maharashtra, HSC students face uncertain future
Students preparing for their HSC (Higher Secondary School Certificate) examinations are facing an uncertain future in Maharashtra, the state that presently accounts for the most cases of the novel coronavirus by far
'Indian govt should convince public on Aarogya Setu's efficacy rather than forcing it on them': Cybersecurity expert Elliot Alderson tells Firstpost
In an interview with Firstpost, Elliot Alderson replied to several assertions made by the Union government about Aarogya Setu, which is being widely being promoted as a contact-tracing app that help to combat COVID-19.
For Mumbai doctors at centre of fight against coronavirus, donning PPEs for long hours is an unprecedented ordeal
The high number of cases in Mumbai means that overstretched doctors have to wear extremely uncomfortable PPEs for long periods of time.
Coronavirus Outbreak: For families of child sexual abuse survivors, lockdown makes dealing with trauma much more difficult
while the economic hardships due to the coronavirus lockdown are more evident, the restrictions also add to social inequities in less visible ways.
BMC scrambles to contact trace in cramped slums of Mumbai; lack of personnel, unique challenges hamper efforts, say experts
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has attributed the steep rise in reported coronavirus cases partly to “vigorous contact tracing efforts” by its health workers.
BMC's attempts to help migrant workers in Mumbai inadequate, claim activists; need more time, say officials
Maharashtra is presently dealing with the twin crises of rising coronavirus cases and ensuring the welfare of its large migrant population.