Reportage

October 15, 2021

Samyukt Kisan Morcha condemns gruesome murder at Singhu, role of Nihang group suspected; police probe underway

A mutilated body of a man, with wrists chopped off, was found tied to a police barricade at Singhu near Haryana-Delhi border where protesting farmers have been camping since last November. Haryana Police have filed an FIR against an unknown person. More details here.

Gaon Connection
October 14, 2021

Every 11 minutes, an adolescent dies by suicide: UNICEF

A first of its kind report on the state of mental health amongst the children and adolescents sheds light on how the risks and protective factors in the homes, schools and community shape mental health outcomes. The report also mentions that COVID19 pandemic may represent only the tip of a mental health iceberg. Details here.

Gaon Connection
October 14, 2021

Using indigenous seeds to sustain livelihoods, fight climate change and pay off loans

A woman farmer from Madhya Pradesh has been conserving indigenous seeds for nearly four decades. These seeds require less water, are suitable for local climate and terrain, and are cheaper alternatives to hybrid seeds, she says. The adivasi farmer also plans to use her seed bank as an asset to pay off loans.

Shivani Gupta
October 14, 2021

Environment ministry assures India will revise its air quality standards

Taking cognisance of the health risks posed by air pollutants in far lesser concentrations than previously understood, the World Health Organisation (WHO) had revised the permissible limits for five major pollutants on September 22. Now, India is about to revise its air quality standards too. More details here.

Gaon Connection
October 14, 2021

Abortion time limit increased for rape survivors, minors, mentally ill women

The new rules of the central government allow termination of pregnancy up to 24 weeks as opposed to the previously mandated 20 weeks, for select categories of cases. These include survivors of sexual assault, minors, women with physical or mental disabilities.

Gaon Connection
October 13, 2021

Explained: Why are hundreds of tribal villagers marching 300-km to meet the Chhattisgarh Governor

As many as 350 villagers from the districts of Sarguja and Korba have been marching for the past 10 days to reach Chhattisgarh capital Raipur in order to protest against the ‘illegal’ acquisition of coal mines in the Hasdeo Aranya forest area, and press for the implementation of the PESA Act. They wish to meet the Governor Anusuiya Uikey and apprise her of their plea.

Pratyaksh Srivastava
October 13, 2021

UP Election 2022: Rising cost of living, women’s safety, farmers’ welfare – Akhilesh Yadav highlights them in his ‘Vijay Rath Yatra’

On October 12, Akhilesh Yadav set the Samajwadi Party campaign rolling for the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. The two-day Vijay Rath Yatra, which concludes today, will cover about 65 kilometres from Kanpur southwards to Hamirpur district in the state as well as Jalaun and Kanpur Dehat districts. Gaon Connection followed the red bus in Kanpur to feel the pulse of the crowd.

Sumit Yadav
October 13, 2021

Brimato, a two-in-one grafted plant that grows both tomato and brinjal

The agricultural scientists at the Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi successfully develop the Brimato – a grafted plant that yields both brinjals and tomatoes. Each plant yields up to 2.3 kilograms of tomato and 2.64 kilos of brinjal. Plans afoot for its large scale cultivation.

Divendra Singh
October 13, 2021

Panna elephants enjoy a spa followed by week-long festivities

The first week of October was a gala at the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh as 15 elephants were indulged at a week-long rejuvenation camp where they did no work, but were pandered, pampered to and fed a delicious diet along with their annual health check-up.

Arun Singh
October 13, 2021

An element of fun: School students in Satna no more troubled by the periodic table

A teacher at a government school in Vynakat Van, Satna, has hit upon a novel idea that not just makes his chemistry classes extra fun, but also helps the students remember the periodic table.

Sachin Tulsa Tripathi