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Fake news and disinformation, a scourge of our times, raise communal passions, fuel sectarian tensions and create social disharmonies. The Foundation’s grantees have striven to call out and red flag fake news at every possible instance.

Alt News’ assiduous fact-checking has, from time to time, led to the calling out of many such media and users indulging in misinformation. This report documents the "de-platforming" and “banning” of a clutch of users on YouTube and Facebook, who were consistently and rampantly indulging in communal hate speech and fake news.

In Kashmir, contrary to claims that corruption and nepotism have been brought down since the abrogation of Article 370, Kashmir Observer reports that in many cases the state government’s decisions have, in fact, severely eroded the morale of the state’s anti-corruption bureau. It chronicles one such case, which was being fought for 11 long years, only to be upended by the government itself.

AIIMS was founded to “produce the future leaders of Indian medicine and public health”. However, The India Forum, reviewing a recent book on the Institute, finds that the institution has lost its way – more inclined to strive for “excellence” and “specialisation” - unwittingly pushing it to largely cater to the concerns of the elite.

Last week, the Union Ministry of Environment announced the instituting of a new system of ranking of states in granting Environment Clearances (EC), based on seven criteria – including efficiency and timeliness. ThePrint reports on the new ranking parameters, and the apprehension that this will increase the propensity to grant ECs without the required due diligence, with an eye on the rankings.

For more such stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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Alt News Impact: Facebook and YouTube ban accounts posting hate speech

Alt News reports how its rigorous pursuit of accounts on Facebook and YouTube, which foment hate speech and instigate violence against communities, has led to the "de-platforming" of these dubious instigators.

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Efforts of ACB, Law Department Dashed by Govt?

Despite the Centre’s claim that the abrogation of Article 370 has gone far in instituting a cleaner and more transparent administration in Kashmir, Kashmir Observer reports that things have, in some instances, actually deteriorated.

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No land for widows

India Development Review reports on the pandemic widows in Gujarat who are struggling to get their land rights after the demise of their husbands – fighting both the State and patriarchy in society.

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AIIMS and the Failure of Imagining Healthcare

In a far cry from what was intended, AIIMS has digressed from its original objective of producing doctors for India’s unreached - the citizens in its villages and the hinterland. The India Forum reviews a recent book on one of India’s leading medical institutions to find out why.

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These are the 7 criteria Modi govt will use for ranking states on environment clearance

ThePrint reports on the new ranking criteria for states based on the speed with which they grant environment clearances for 39 types of projects. The rankings announced by the Union Environment Ministry also raise the question of whether this “incentivisation” will result in undue haste and oversight in processing clearances.

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