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20,000 farmers in border districts seek pending relief for two years

Over 20,000 farmers of 220 villages in six border districts in the state, who own land between the barbed fence and the 553-km India-Pakistan border, have sought the release of Rs 48 crore of compensation given to them due to this adverse location, for the year 2018 and 2019. These districts are Tarn Taran, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Ferozepur and Fazilka districts; farmers here claim that they are in urgent need of the money, as the lockdown has affected their crop.

Review: Mobilising the Marginalised: Ethnic Parties Without Ethnic Movements by Amit Ahuja

It is fashionable, especially among the urban middle classes in India, to portray elections as a caste-versus-development contest, where the latter always ends up losing. More often than not, development is seen under threat if a leader from a socially-deprived caste is successful in getting elected. This sweeping generalisation is rightly critiqued on the grounds that belonging to the bottom of the caste hierarchy is the single biggest hindrance to achieving progress in India. Therefore, the socially (and hence economically) backward people are justified in seeking solutions to their problems through democratic politics. The hope of achieving equality through universal suffrage, among India’s discriminated-against and downtrodden, is the most basic foundation of our democratic stability.

Woman names baby boy ‘Covid’

A woman delivered a baby boy at the district hospital in Sadar locality, on Monday and named him ‘Covid’. She was subsequently asked to remain in the quarantine facility set up by the district administration till lockdown ends, officials said.

Down with fever, panicky woman ends life in Phagwara

A day after her samples were tested for covid-19, a 65-year-old woman Santosh Kaur, of Khurampur village in Phagwara, committed suicide on Sunday morning. Police are treating this as a case of panic attack that turned extreme. She has tested negative and had been getting treatment for fever at the local civil hospital.