2.5 million affected by floods; 24 dead in landslides; Baghjan oil well still on fire. Assam battling multiple disasters amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Every year during the monsoon, Assam faces floods. But this year the crisis has magnified, as the state is handling multiple disasters while the COVID-19 cases are also on the rise. The oil well at Tinsukia is on fire since June 9.

Amarjyoti Borah

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EXCLUSIVE: Experts urge environment minister to withdraw, shelve EIA Notification, 2020. Read the letter here

The environment ministry has issued draft Environment Impact Assessment Notification, 2020, inviting public comments. Environmental experts urge Javadekar to withdraw the controversial notification.

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Lallan Bajpai, Vikas Dubey’s nemesis, demystifies the gangster killed in police encounter

Gaon Connection spoke to Lallan Bajpai, former chairperson of Shivli, someone who has known Dubey for over 20 years. Bajpai told us about Dubey’s transformation into a notorious history-sheeter.

Neetu Singh

COVID-19, lockdown restrictions shatter livelihoods of Rajasthan’s nomadic communities

Banjaras, the nomads of Rajasthan, earn a living by migrating to cities and selling blankets, clothes, spices and dry fruits. Because of the lockdown, they failed to sell anything this year.

Rama Sharma

A year on, Chhattisgarh villagers still await permanent houses under the PM Awas Yojana

Last year, beneficiaries of PM Awas Yojana in Chhattisgarh received the first instalment to make pucca homes. They haven’t gotten any funds since then and still await the promised houses.

Tameshwar Sinha
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

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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

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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

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