Double whammy for MGNREGA workers: Outstanding dues and no work

The Centre has announced an over Rs 4,000 crore package for the benefit of workers under the job guarantee scheme, but many say this is not enough to clear outstanding wages. Also, the increase in wages doesn’t help since there is no work due to lockdown

Kushal Mishra

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Lockdown enforced when they were at sea — so more than a lakh of fishers now wait in deep waters

At least a hundred thousand migrant fish workers are stranded in fishing boats off the Maharashtra coast. Meanwhile, the lockdown is a death blow to the livelihood of 16 million fishers and fish workers

Nidhi Jamwal

Lockdown disrupts supplies, essential medicines running out of stock at medical stores

Many pharma companies have stopped operations due to lack of raw material that comes from China. Even though medical stores are open, many are fast running out of stock of essential medicines

Ranvijay Singh

Amid the lockdown gloom, there is some good news — the air quality in India has improved

In the absence of vehicular emissions and shutting of industrial operations due to the 21-day lockdown, the level of nitrogen oxide has reduced in the air considerably

Shivani Gupta

Poultry hubs in Haryana are in tatters, broilers and layer farms are closing by the dozens

With a turnover of Rs 15,000 crore, Haryana is the largest centre of egg-broiler chicken. But, the rumours linking coronavirus to chicken followed by the lockdown has destroyed this business

Divendra Singh
Positive stories
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This ‘Birdman of Chennai’ spends his earnings on feeding parrots, cooks 60 kgs of rice daily for them

A camera mechanic by profession, Joseph Sekar, who lives in a rented apartment in Chennai, has been feeding birds for the past 28 years. During monsoon, around 6,000 parrots flock to his terrace

Divendra Singh
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This startup is spreading the essence of traditional cuisine, also making women self-sufficient

Nativ Chefs, an online platform, offers home-cooked meals to those craving traditional cuisines. Besides, this platform also provides employment to home chefs, mostly women, with good culinary skills

Shivani Gupta
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This ‘seed woman’ never went to school, but has valuable lessons for us and the farmers

Rahibai Popere, who lives in a small Adivasi village in Maharashtra, is all set to win the Padma Shri for her contribution in agriculture. She has preserved indigenous seeds that need only water & air to grow

Swati Subhedar
We killed these rivers ... watch how

Do you know the last 120 kms of the Sabarmati river comprise just industrial effluents and sewage?

The farmers in the state have been using this "black and red-coloured" water, laden with chemicals, for irrigation and this is what people living in the state have been eating since decades

Swati Subhedar

India is fighting a critical battle to save the Ganga -- a river that's a lifeline for hundreds of millions

The governments have been promising citizens a clean Ganga since 1986, and thousands of crores of rupees have already been spent. But will the river, that supports 43% of our population ever get clean?

Nidhi Jamwal

“It’s acid, and not water, that is flowing in these rivers. It’s making us very, very sick”

Around 150 villages in six districts of Western Uttar Pradesh are situated by three rivers -- Hindon, Krishna and Kali. The water is so polluted that people are suffering from deadly diseases

Ranvijay Singh
The endangered species ...
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How often do you hear the buzzzzz now? Why can't you find many beehives around?

Honey collection is a major source of livelihood for many. But changing farm practices, reducing forest cover, increasing use of pesticides and growing cell phone penetration are killing honeybees

Shivani Gupta
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House sparrows, which disappeared almost two decades ago, could make a comeback

Conservationists attribute the decline in the population of house sparrows to the unfriendly architecture of our homes, chemical fertilizers in our crops, noise pollution that disturbs acoustic ecology

Jaspreet Luthra
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Will fireflies live only in our memories? Their population has been falling substantially

Many of us have cherished memories of spotting and catching fireflies that twinkled as if stars. But kids of today may not grow up with similar memories. That’s because fireflies are disappearing

Shivani Gupta
The videos that narrate a story

Do you know one quintal of sugarcane yields 11-13 kgs of sugar? Watch the whole process

Sugar production involves two operations -- processing cane into raw sugar and processing the raw sugar into refined sugar. Watch to understand the process of making sugar from cane

Arvind Shukla

Miles and miles of orange and yellow ... this village in Bihar is famous for Marigold farming

In Dumaria village in Purnia district in Bihar, farmers have taken up marigold farming, which fetches them more than maize and paddy. They sell these flowers across India and Nepal

Gaon Connection

These artisans from Benares weave colourful sarees but there's no spark in their lives

These weavers work long hours but don't get paid enough. They want to take up other jobs but most of them don’t have any other skillset. The next generation is already moving out

Manish Mishra
Gaon Connection interviews

Giriraj Singh’s unique biogas model has helped farmers in this village in Gujarat earn more

The animal husbandry ministry provided biogas plants to houses having milch animals and bought the slurry in return. The ministry claims it has increased the farmers’ income by three times

Arvind Shukla

More than climate change, destructive fishing methods impacting small-scale fishers

The small-scale traditional fishers in India are facing many challenges. T Peter, secretary, National Fishworkers' Forum, believes the government should give some subsidy to the fisher folk

Nidhi Jamwal

“The dairy and the livestock are the sectors which may help farmers increase their income"

Amul belongs to 36 lakh farmer families of Gujarat, said its managing director RS Sodhi. The best thing about Amul is that the profit from value addition goes directly to the accounts of farmers

Arvind Shukla
My rural connection
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Busting the myth. There are beautiful villages in Jharkhand, home to culturally-rich Adivasis

Preconceived notions are dangerous. The general tendency is that when we think Jharkhand, we think about poverty-stricken people or the Naxal menace. Here's a photo series to prove you wrong

Abhishek Verma
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In this computer era, the traditional skill of Calligraphy is fast slipping to oblivion

Mohammad Ghalib, one of the few remaining calligraphic artists, sits in a corner in an old bookstore in the Urdu Bazaar, Delhi-6. He says he is destined to see his art meet a sad end

Preeti Raghav
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From Egypt to Libya and from Central Asia to India, the humble Samosa has come a long way

The first mention of samosas was found in Abolfazl Beyhaqi’s work Tarikh-e Beyhaghi in 10th century, where it is referred to as sambosa. There is proof that the Delhi Sultanate too had relished samosa

Harsh Pathak
The tribal way of life
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Adivasi hamlets, around 85 kms from megacity Mumbai, are still waiting for development

Originally forest dwellers, Katkaris tribe in Maharashtra face the risk of increasingly getting marginalised as they grapple with landlessness, lack of connectivity, water and electricity

Nikhil Kanakamedala
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The Adivasis in Jharkhand need a Birsa Munda today as their land is being taken over for development

Over 90% of Adivasis have lost their land to ‘development’ in Jharkhand, especially in Ranchi and Jamshedpur. Adivasis continue to be exploited and are facing injustice and discrimination

Ashish Birulee
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Tribal districts report more land conflicts compared to other regions in the country

Laws enacted to protect the rights of tribal and forest dwelling communities have failed to deliver. Poor, marginalised tribal communities residing in resource rich districts face maximum land conflicts

Nidhi Jamwal
Tales from faraway forests
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These village women in Odisha fight timber mafia, reclaim lost forests and streams

The unrelenting fight of a forest committee comprising women and led by 67-year-old Sasi mausi has helped regenerate the forests, providing nearby villages with most of their requirements for sustenance and livelihood

Priyaranjan Sahu
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Do you want to experience the life of a villager living near a tiger reserve? Read this

Forest communities are defined as people who rely on forest resources for subsistence, medicine and livelihoods. They possess a plethora of skillsets and knowledge that can help integrate the community into conservation efforts

Bhavna Menon
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Caught in a storm, gripped by climate change ... lives of villagers in Sundarbans remain tragic

Away from the cameras of media persons, the poor in the Sundarbans bore the brunt of a cyclonic storm that flattened their mud houses and destroyed the standing crops in a continuing tale of the impact of climate change they have had to endure

Aparna Venkatachalam
Tails
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She loves to pose for pics. Meet Durga -- the most adorable baby elephant at Dudhwa

When Durga, who was three-month-old, lost her way after the herd she was moving with was attacked by bees. She was then badly injured and roamed around, in pain, looking for her family

Daya Sagar
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Phulmati, once a slave, is well-fed and receives a lot of attention at a protection centre in Mathura

Phulmati is a content elephant. But nearly six years back, she was a slave. Her caretaker was unkind to her. But she was then rescued and got a new lease of life at a protection centre in Mathura

Diti Bajpai
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Read how "an idiot jumbo" ruined a forest guard's Sunday. And that day changed his perception

A forest guard shares with us his chance encounter with an elephant that had strayed out of the jungle. It was a harrowing experience for him as this was his first job. But he learnt something important

Shailendra Kumar
Stories from Coastal India
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A village in Andhra Pradesh is facing an uncertain future due to coastal erosion

People of Uppada, a village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, are facing nature's wrath. The village has had to move multiple times due to coastal erosion

Faizi Noor Ahmad
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Hundreds of families await fishers, who went 'missing' in Ockhi cyclone, to return home

Delay in warning and lack of communication lead to hundreds of fishers in Tamil Nadu and Kerala to go missing in Ockhi cyclone. Bodies of some dead fishers were found. Many are still 'missing'.

Nidhi Jamwal
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Women facing livelihood crisis in a fishing belt in Andhra spark a change; set up small businesses

The fisheries sector provides employment to more than 14 million people. However, these fisherfolk are staring at a gloomy future as livelihoods get affected and unemployment looms

Faizi Noor Ahmad
The Slow Interview
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"Girls look down and walk. The moment they look up, they will find someone staring at them"

There are separate rules for girls set by others. Like, they must wear 'proper' clothes, sit cross-legged and look down while walking, said Taapee and added she started questioning these rules after she grew up

Neelesh Misra
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People run away to become actors; I was thrown out of my house so that I could become an actor!

Ayushman Khurana, who calls himself an old-soul, said he was an extremely laid-back as a person. It was his father who made him ambitious. But what he is today is because of his mother and his wife

Neelesh Misra
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“Many people don't know me by my name but by the characters that I have played, and that’s fine”

He is funny and a very fine actor. But Sanjay Mishra has an emotional side. He has regrets. He wishes to go back in time and undo some damage that he has done. Meet the real Sanjay Mishra

Neelesh Misra
Hands of India

The heritage village of Odisha where every single resident is a pattachitra artist

For generations, the inhabitants of Raghurajpur village in Puri district of Odisha have been narrating mythological stories through their world-famous paintings — pattachitra — and palm leaf engravings

Nidhi Jamwal

Did you know that cinnamon is added to the powdered glass while making the kite thread?

The earliest evidence of kite flying can be seen in Mughal paintings. From being a stress-busters for the Mughals in India, to being used in military operations in China, the kite has come a long way

Harsh Pathak

Why discard old and broken things? We can easily upcycle them and give them a new life

Gurpreet Singh, who lives in Punjab, is an engineer by profession. He has this unique habit of collecting old, discarded stuff. He creates something useful out of those things that are considered to be useless

Gaon Connection
India's Secret Kitchens

When in Lucknow, let Malai Makkhan melt in your mouth

It’s white, soft, sweet & fluffy … it simply melts in your mouth! Malai Makkhan is a dessert that truly has a nawabi touch. It is believed that the Mughals used to polish this delicacy off in minutes. Head to Old Lucknow to have the best malai makkhan

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Head to Lalla’s in Old Lucknow for some lip-smacking Biryani

Meticulously measured ingredients and a practiced technique makes the perfect biryani. The evolution of biryani spans many centuries, many cultures, many ingredients and many cooking styles. Head to Lalla’s in Old Lucknow for some yummy biryani

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They are hot & spicy … fancy some yummy kachoris?

A hole in the wall shop in Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh, just 60 kms from state capital Lucknow, has been selling finger-licking kachoris for years now. Head to the shop — fondly known as Tandon jee kachori wala — for some yummy kachoris

Gaon Connection
Folk studio
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Songs of the battlefield and bravery are pride of Bundelkhand

The pride of Bundelkhand, these are songs of the battlefield, songs of bravery from a bygone era. Sung in Veer rasa, Aalha songs are sung by sword-wielding men and women in very powerful voices

Gaon Connection
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Close your eyes … sway to the tunes of Ravanahatta

If you are in Rajasthan, chances are that you will find many folk artists playing this instrument, commonly known as the Ravanhatha. There are not many artists who play the instrument now, but its melodious tune will attract you to the folk artists instantly

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This is how women in Bihar welcome their husbands home

Jhumar is a folk-dance form from Bihar. It is said women express their joy and happiness through Jhumar when their husbands, who have been away from them, return home after a long time

Gaon Connection