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Last month, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), under the Union IT Ministry, issued new directives on reporting cyber-attacks, information on crypto transactions, and VPN providers, among others. MediaNama finds that the directives could be violative of the right to expression, privacy and freedom to do business; and may face legal scrutiny.

May 25 marked the 55th anniversary of the Naxalite movement, which began as a revolt for ‘land to the tiller’ in the Naxalbari block of Siliguri in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal in 1967. The “movement” was against the inequities faced by peasants, the lower castes and the tribals. It was joined by India’s “intellectual cream” but eventually regressed into an extreme and violent Maoist insurgency which took many lives and still rages on. Live History India traces and discusses the events.

The efficacy of the Mohalla Clinics in Delhi, the first of which was launched in Peeragarhi in West Delhi in 2015, has been a much-debated issue. The Citizen investigates the state of these clinics on the ground and delivers a split verdict.

Providing quality and affordable healthcare is one of the foremost challenges for India. This challenge is particularly writ large in the state of Mizoram. Last week, the citizens of Lawngtlai district in the state were on the streets protesting the abysmal number of doctors in their hospitals – with just seven doctors serving a population of well over a lakh! EastMojo reports.

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


Sunil Rajshekhar

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Deep Dive: The Legality Of India’s New Cybersecurity Directive

MediaNama analyses how the recent directives of the government on cybersecurity could be violative of freedoms and rights and could be challenged by civil society groups, VPN providers and tech companies.

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Travels along the Naxal corridor

Last week marked the 55th anniversary of the Naxal movement for land rights, born in the Naxalbari village of West Bengal’s Darjeeling district, which at its apex extended to Telangana, Andhra, Punjab, Jharkhand, Bihar and even Nepal. For a significant period, it was one of India’s “biggest national security challenges”, as Live History India analyses.

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Ground Report: Delhi’s Mohalla Clinics

The Citizen reports from the ground on the state of the Mohalla Clinics in the national capital and finds mixed results.

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7 doctors for 1.17L: Why Mizoram’s Lawngtlai residents are out on streets

EastMojo reports from Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district where people are out on the streets protesting the totally inadequate number of doctors in their hospitals, severely affecting the citizen’s access to medical care.

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