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No data on migrants deaths during lockdown so no compensation: Centre tells Opposition in House

Union Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar during the ongoing monsoon Parliament session told Lok Sabha that as was no data on migrant deaths or on their injuries while on their way back home during the nationwide lockdown during COVID-19 was available, the question of compensation did not arise.

Gangwar was asked whether the families of the migrants were provided any economic assistance or compensation, to which, in a written response, he said, No such data is maintained. Question does not arise in view of the above.

Triggering criticism and anger from the Opposition, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Twitter wrote, The Modi government does not know how many migrant labourers died and how many jobs were lost during the lockdown. If you haven’t counted, have the deaths not taken place? It is sad that there has been no impact on the government. The world has seen their deaths. There is a Modi government which has no information.

Due to the lockdown, migrant labours across the nation had faced major challenges; the untimely travel ban had impacted their lives and livelihoods. Gangwar, said that the state-wise data on the assistance provided to the migrant workers wasn’t available but India as a nation responded to these ‘unprecedented human crisis with the support of various government-run local bodies, self-help groups and non-governmental organisations and professionals.

As promised by the Modi-led government, free rations were to be distributed to all ration cardholders across the nation. On being questioned on the data for the same, Gangwar answered that state-wise details regarding the same were also not available.

However, under provisions of National Food Security Act, 80 crore people are being provided with five kg wheat or rice and one kg of preferred pulses, free of cost every month till November 2020, he added. Irrespective of their physical location in the country the government has started the implementation of One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC) Plan, which would help migrants get food security from any fair price shop located anywhere in the country?, he informed.

Calling it ‘utter callousness,’ Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac tweeted, Centre doesn’t care about deaths of migrant workers they caused by pushing them in to trains, makeshift carts and on foot to the distant homes. At least acknowledge tentative and incomplete data of rail Sharmik Trains and road accidents.

To contain the spread the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had declared a nationwide lockdown in March. The sudden decision compelled lakhs of migrants from across the country to make their way to their hometowns on foot or through various other mediums they could afford. With their incomes drying up overnight, the daily-wage workers walked for numerous days sans basic necessities including food and water.

As a result, many labourers succumbed to death before they reached their destination. After facing hefty criticism from Opposition, the Centre then took the decision to seal the state borders and organised special trains for labours to travel to their hometown. 

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Maharashtra Cyber Department to launch “Digital Literacy Campaign” in association with Meta

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Maharashtra Cyber Department and Meta Platforms comprising Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram have collaborated to launch the ‘Digital Literacy and Awareness Program’ on 28th March 2022. The launch event will be held from 12 PM to 1:30 PM at Yashwantrao Chavhan Auditorium situated at Nariman Point in Mumbai.

The program is about digital safety best practices for children, adolescents, parents, guardians, and teachers in Maharashtra. The program will include digital literacy awareness sessions, training resources, knowledge repository including child and adult safety self-help material, safety videos, resources, and help guide, with the aim:
To spread awareness about Cyber Bullying, Sextortion, Darknet Services, Social Engineering, Trolling, Identity Theft.
To equip adolescents with tools and knowledge to tackle online threats.
To promote safe online behavior.

In a world where every day is a technological miracle, cybercrime has emerged as an organized, well-funded enterprise due to which the safety of children on the internet has become a global issue discussed at various strategic forums like the United Nations. India as a country needs to do more about the issue and showcase greater cooperation to international bodies working on this initiative.

In this background, it is exceptionally critical for school students to be aware of the threats on the internet like Cyberbullying, Cyber sextortion, trolling online financial frauds, child pornography, darknet crimes, hacking, identity theft, breach of privacy, etc. to make them Cyber responsible with good Cyber hygiene behavior.

Towards this endeavor, Maharashtra Cyber has partnered with Meta Platforms and the India Future Foundation, a training and advocacy organization, to deliver a Digital Literacy and Awareness Program to school/college students for the state of Maharashtra. It will also ensure that is students are saved from traumas and devastating effects of cybercrime such as bullying, sextortion etc.

Maharashtra Cyber is the state nodal agency for Cyber Crime and Cyber Security for Maharashtra constantly engaged in spreading awareness campaigns against cyber-crime. The agency is involved in building cybercrime investigation labs cyber police stations and creating all the necessary awareness about cybercrime amongst the police fraternity and the citizens in Maharashtra.

Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology.

Actress Ameesha Patel, who was herself victim of cybercrime and was helped by Maharashtra cyber, would also grace the occasion as a special guest of honour and recount her experience. Similarly, actress Aishwarya Raj Bhakuni, who has earned fame in Hindi television and Telugu film industry, would also be present as special guest of honour to recount her cyber experiences. Yashasvi Yadav, Special Inspector General of Police, Maharashtra Cyber, will be prominently present during the occasion.

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Putin warns other nations of ‘interference’ after declaring war on Ukraine; international oil prices hit $100-mark

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Vladmir Putin

Vladmir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin who announced a military operation in Ukraine and called on the latter’s military to ‘lay down its arms’ on Thursday, warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to ‘consequences they have never seen.’ 

Large explosions were witnessed in Ukraine’s Kyiv and Kharkiv regions. “I have made the decision of a military operation,” said Putin in a surprise television announcement shortly before 6:00am (0300 GMT) in Moscow.


Soon after Putin’s announcement,  the global benchmark Brent crude oil futures hit $100-per-barrel mark and oil prices rocketed to the $100 a barrel mark for the first time since 2014.

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CREDAI applauds Gadkaris recommendation to shift Petrochemical Refinery Project from Ratnagiri to Vidarbha

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

CREDAI Nagpur Metro has applauded the step taken by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for writing a letter to Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri for shifting Ratnagiri Petrochemical Refinery Project to Vidarbha.

CREDAI Nagpur Metro, through a press release stated that many industries will be benefitted from this project. Refinery Petrochemical Complex with many small and large ancillary units may generate 5 lakh direct indirect jobs helping per capita income to grow manifold. With the huge investment of more than 4 lakh crore, massive opportunities will emerge for different sectors. Real estate sector will also get a boost and may attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) also.

The project will not only generate many jobs in Vidarbha but also attract various industries and investments. The organisation stated that this project is a need of hour in Vidarbha to create opportunities for employment and growth of the region. The region will get not give a boost to fuel and LPG companies but also many industries like textiles, soap and detergents, paints, cement, steel etc., which use the petrochemical products.

These ancillary industries will attract jobs for the local people and also from other cities people will turn up. The apex body of builders and developers of Nagpur region welcomed the efforts taken by Vidarbha Economic Development (VED) Council for the project.

The mega refinery project of 60 MMTPA will not only meet future oil demand growth but also boost export of petro-products. This will boost the demand for residential as well as commercial spaces. Steel, cement and all needed building materials available nearby will further help the sector. FlyAsh consumption will increase manifold due to huge consumption of bricks, RMC and project related work.

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