Reportage

November 30, 2021

Dehradun’s smart water ATMs provide clean drinking water at an affordable price

As part of the Smart City Dehradun project, 24 water ATMs have been installed at various locations in the capital of Uttarakhand. Shopkeepers, slum dwellers, migrant workers and travellers find these ATMs convenient. Fifty per cent of the ATM operators are women.

Megha Prakash
November 30, 2021

Tribal communities in Odisha’s Koraput protest bauxite mining to save their Mali hill

Exactly two months after a public hearing was held on September 22 to grant permission for bauxite mining in the tribal dominated Semiliguda block, and which had led to the arrest of 28 tribal leaders, the district administration organised another hearing on November 22 amidst tight security. Protests continue.

Ashish Senapati
November 29, 2021

He threw the liquor bottle to pick up the spice jar and they lived happily ever after

Gaon Connection collaborates with the World Health Organization for a social campaign against alcohol abuse. Video and audio stories along with memes constitute ‘Meri Pyaari Zindagi’, a series that aims to raise awareness on alcoholism. Sarju was a chronic drinker. His life was all about alcohol abuse and unleashing violence on his wife. Could his wife’s act of leaving the household convince Sarju to quit drinking?

Gaon Connection
November 29, 2021

Artificial lungs turn black in Chandrapur, Maharashtra, just in a week; indicates high air pollution

An installation of white faux lungs in Chandrapur turned a sooty black within a week of its being put up, indicating the alarming rise in air pollution that puts everyone, and particularly the elderly at considerable health risk.

Gaon Connection
November 29, 2021

Explained: What is known about Omicron — the worst COVID19 variant ever

First discovered in South Africa following a surge in COVID19 infections, isolated cases of people infected with the Omicron variant have so far been traced across five continents — Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and North America. Many countries have imposed travel restrictions. How dangerous is the new Omicron variant of COVID19. Details here.

Gaon Connection
November 29, 2021

Parliament passes Bill to repeal the three Farm Laws

The Bill to repeal three contentious farm laws has been passed by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha today. The opposition alleges the laws have been repealed without discussion.

Gaon Connection
November 29, 2021

Garima Greh provides a safe space for the transgender community in Jaipur, Rajasthan

As part of a pilot project by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Garima Greh Yojana has been launched which encourages the transgender community to attend workshops that impart various professional skills to help earn a living.

Avdhesh Pareek
November 26, 2021

B.1.1.529 variant: Israel ‘on the verge’ of emergency after new strain of COVID19 detected, countries planning to shut borders

The new COVID19 strain is said to be more infectious than the Delta variant which wreaked havoc in India during the second wave of the pandemic. Details here.

Gaon Connection
November 26, 2021

Bird flu: 70 crows found dead at Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan

There is concern that the large number of migratory birds that have arrived at the lake this year could get affected by the avian influenza. The animal husbandry department has sanitised the area where dead birds were found.

Gaon Connection
November 26, 2021

Farmers’ protest completes one year; 90-yo Bhagwan Kaur has been camping for a year now

Farmers and their families from Punjab and Haryana joined the protest against the farm laws, fighting the harsh winters, unseasonal rain and blistering summers. Gaon Connection visited Tikri border, one of the protest sites, to gauge the mood there and find out why the protestors haven’t returned to the comfort of their homes yet.

Sarah Khan