Reportage

December 4, 2021

Human trafficking survivors highlight loopholes in the pending draft Bill

The Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Care and Rehabilitation) Bill 2021 is expected to be passed in the ongoing Winter Session of the Parliament. Human trafficking survivors from different parts of India spoke to Gaon Connection about the gaps in the Bill which are yet to be addressed. More details here.

Sarah Khan
December 3, 2021

Cyclone Jawad forms in the Bay of Bengal; expected to hit Odisha, Andhra tomorrow

Due to cyclone Jawad, forecasts for heavy to very heavy rainfall in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal have been issued. The rainfall intensity is expected to reduce after December 6 and shift towards the northeast parts of the country.

Gaon Connection
December 3, 2021

Omicron variant: Govt releases FAQs after 2 COVID19 cases attributed to the new strain in Karnataka

As cases of COVID19 infected with Omicron variant continue to spread around the world, the Indian government has released a list of FAQs on the most contagious strain of the coronavirus so far. Check here.

Gaon Connection
December 3, 2021

Ground Report: After arsenic, fluoride and iron, now high levels of radioactive uranium in Bihar’s groundwater

At least ten districts of Bihar have reported high levels of uranium in their groundwater, the primary source of drinking water in rural areas, which far exceeds the tolerable limit prescribed by the World Health Organization. Millions in Bihar are already facing a high disease burden due to elevated levels of arsenic, fluoride and iron in their water. Presence of uranium has multiplied their worries manifold. The state government is still yet to prepare a response plan. A ground report from Siwan, one of the affected districts.

OP Singh
December 3, 2021

Of all states, only Punjab reported suspected COVID19 deaths due to oxygen shortage: Health Minister

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that all states were asked for COVID19 deaths due to oxygen shortage, but only 19 states responded. Of these, only Punjab reported four ‘suspected’ deaths due to the shortage. Details here.

Gaon Connection
December 2, 2021

Gaon Connection Turns 9: Here’s what its founder Neelesh Misra has to say

Two out of every three Indians live in rural India, but rural India is media-dark and India’s policymakers and citizens in general have no credible way of knowing what rural India wants, and what it doesn’t. Gaon Connection, India’s biggest rural communications and insights platform, has been created to do precisely this – give voice to the concerns, issues, challenges and achievements of rural India. Today, December 2, is our ninth anniversary. From a small room of a village school, today Gaon Connection has its network in 425 districts of India.

Gaon Connection
December 1, 2021

UP kick-starts a special 6-day screening drive amid Omicron threat

The Uttar Pradesh government has launched a special six-day screening drive from December 1-6 to enable early detection of the virus and early treatment. Details here.

Gaon Connection
December 1, 2021

Jaltol, an open-source digital tool to ensure water security in rural India

Bengaluru-based Centre for Social and Environmental Innovation has launched a digital tool – Jaltol – that provides remote sensing data such as rainfall, soil moisture, changes in groundwater storage, together on a single platform. It is expected to make data more accessible, for water budget estimation and water management in rural areas.

Gaon Connection
December 1, 2021

World AIDS Day: 11 steps to reduce AIDS deaths in India

In India, about 60,000 AIDS-related deaths were estimated in 2019. People living with HIV in India currently do not have access to the complete package of screening tests and treatments needed to reduce deaths due to Advanced HIV Disease, say organisations working on the disease.

Gaon Connection
November 30, 2021

Govt teachers, sanitation workers in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh strongly protest the new pension scheme

Thousands of government employees, including teachers, sanitation and anganwadi workers, from across Uttar Pradesh gathered in Lucknow today to protest against the new pension scheme. They want the old pension scheme implemented. What is the new pension scheme and why the protests? Details here.

Shivani Gupta