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Feature: Covid orphans are a tragic legacy of India’s pandemic

(CNN) Vedika Sud, Esha Mitra and Julia Hollingsworth Each day, Devika wakes up and prepares breakfast for her six siblings. As they sit on the floor of their brightly painted Delhi home, she places another plate of food in front of a framed photo of her parents. They died just a few weeks …

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Feature: The children of India orphaned by Covid

(The Guardian) Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Manoj Chaurasia Nitish Kumar will never forget the day he and his sisters buried their dead mother in the back garden. Just 32, Priyanka Devi had died from Covid on 3 May. Neighbours and relatives refused to help with her burial, and all the family’s …

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Feature: Education in Kashmir’s lockdowns — A series of traumas

(The Kashmir Wala) Gafira Qadir Uzma Shuja has been distraught since last year when Kashmir went into another round of lockdown. Her children — Jazah, 7, and Abdullah, 5 — were already experiencing changed behaviours and each new day was making them more timid and unsocial. The children of Shuja, …

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Feature: Facebook’s leniency towards Hindu extremist group

(Time) Billy Perrigo The Sanatan Sanstha’s extended presence on Facebook—despite being banned from the platform—raises questions about how effectively the company is delivering on its commitment to root out hate speech and incitement to violence, including in its largest market, India. Facebook allowed a Hindu extremist group to operate openly …

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Three lockdowns choke Kashmir’s wedding industry

(The Kashmir Wala) Shefali Rafiq The deserted streets in Srinagar, currently under a lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19, brings back the memories of the August 2019 clampdown for Junaid Firdous Naqash, a 32-year-old tent supplier. Naqash, a third generation businessman in his family, said that the peak marriage …

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Feature: Frontline doctors in Kashmir losing family members to COVID-19

(The Kashmir Wala) Zenaira Bakhsh Weeks before Eid in May, surgeon Owais Makhdoomi received a distress call from his sister Mursaleen Asim, who was pregnant with her first child. She had developed symptoms of the Covid-19 disease and was worried for her unborn baby. Asim’s pregnancy had elated the entire …

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Feature: Kashmiri health worker afraid of even going near her children

(The Fuller Project) Shaheena Jan walks along a rough road from her home to reach the main street that leads to the hospital, where she is working as a part-time sweeper in a government hospital in Shangus, Anantnag in South Kashmir. With no public transport available due to the lockdown …

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1658 man-animal conflict incidents occurred in Kashmir in one year

(The Dispatch) Five-year-old Mir Adda chose a ‘Barbie dress’, wore a crown and was excitedly calling for family to cut her brother’s birthday cake, minutes before a leopard took her away from the lawn of her house in the city’s outskirts, in a tragic case underlining human-animal conflict because of …

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How COVID 2nd wave engulfed Kashmir

(Early Times) On March 23 when experts warned of a second Covid-19 wave, the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir asked people to visit Tulip Garden in Srinagar. On March 25 when the Tulip Garden was thrown open, Kashmir registered 131 cases and the active cases at that time were around …

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Analysis: History shows India did not lack access to vaccines as claimed by PM Modi

By Jacob Koshy India, even before Independence, was among the countries that indigenously manufactured vaccines almost years within they were discovered, historical records suggest. Narendra Modi’s speech on Friday presented a view of India’s vaccination history that is at odds with the facts. “If you look at the history of vaccinations …

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