Reportage

January 17, 2022

Their fields cut off by dam’s water, farmers in UP’s Lalitpur demand govt to make way or buy their land

Although the Bhavani dam project will provide irrigation facilities to thousands of farmers in and around Lalitpur district in Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region, hundreds of cultivators in Jarawali village complain that the project has cut off access to their agricultural fields. Read on to know more.

Arvind Singh Parmar
January 17, 2022

‘Collarwali’, ‘Supermom’, ‘Queen of Pench’ – Here’s how forest officials, vets and villagers remember T-15 tigress

T-15 was popularly known as ‘Collarwali’ as she was the first tiger to be radio collared in the Pench Tiger Reserve in 2008 where she birthed 29 cubs. Her contribution to making Madhya Pradesh the top state with the highest tiger population in the country is immense and unparalleled, say the forest officials.

Arun Singh
January 16, 2022

A qawwali to quit alcohol

Stories can change lives, teach valuable lessons and of course entertain. And when they are set to music, they can be transforming, as this qawwali written by the famous storyteller Neelesh Misra shows.

Gaon Connection
January 15, 2022

Odisha: Protest against proposed steel plant in Jagatsinghpur turns violent, 40 villagers injured in police action

Paddy and betel farmers of Dhinkia, Nuagaon and Gadakujang villages in Jagatsinghpur district declare they will not give their land for the construction of a steel plant. However, the state administration claims the land in question has already been acquired after due procedure and compensation. More details here.

Ashis Senapati
January 15, 2022

Migration causing lower voter turnout in Uttarakhand, situation to worsen due to COVID19: Report

An analysis by a non-profit organisation shows that migration of population from Uttarakhand to other states is contributing to a low voter turnout in the elections. The situation is worse in the hill districts which, according to the analysis, are witnessing higher incidence of migration than the districts in the plains.

Gaon Connection
January 14, 2022

More than 70% surveyed rural household in Andhra consume iodised salt: Survey

A survey to assess the iodine nutrition status in Andhra Pradesh has found that 71.9 per cent households in the southern state are consuming iodised salt. However, consumption of traditional crystal salt is exposing the rural and tribal people to iodine deficiency as the disease prevalence is higher in such populations.

Gaon Connection
January 14, 2022

‘At 350 deaths, Maharashtra reports the highest toll due to extreme weather events in 2021’

2021 was the fifth warmest year on record since 1901, as per the India Meteorological Department. The Met department also stated that in addition to the five tropical cyclones that formed in 2021, the year was marred with extreme weather events like extremely heavy rainfall leading to floods, landslides, lightning, thunderstorms, and droughts which took lives of 1,750 people across the country.

Gaon Connection
January 14, 2022

Explained: Why govt’s move to allow genetically modified food is facing criticism

The food regulatory body, FSSAI, introduced the GM (genetically modified) draft rules in November, 2021. These rules pave the way for the entry of genetically modified food in India. But many activists across the country oppose the move as they contest that introduction of GM food is harmful not only for one’s health but also for the environment. What is the controversy about?

Sarah Khan
January 14, 2022

Three doses of Vaxzevria/Covishield give good protection against Omicron, claim manufactures

Trials of a vaccine, sold as Covishield in India and Vaxzevria elsewhere, shows increased antibody response to Omicron. It also enhances the body’s immune response to the Alpha, Beta, Delta and Gamma variants of SARS-CoV-2, as per the vaccine manufacturers.

Gaon Connection
January 14, 2022

Holy cow? Not for the UP farmer, who now spends nights protecting crops against stray cattle attacks

Stray cattle in the rest of the country have reduced by 3.2% from 2012 to 2019. However, their population has registered a 17.34% increase in Uttar Pradesh. Though the state government has set up cattle shelters, levied additional taxes, and launched cow welfare schemes, farmers continue to suffer crop losses. A ground report as part of Gaon Connection’s ‘The Gaon Postcard’ series.

Gaon Connection