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Last week, the Centre told the Lok Sabha that India recorded a shocking 4,484 custodial deaths in the past two years since April 2020. While Uttar Pradesh had the dubious distinction of leading the list with 952 deaths, Bihar came in third with 396 recorded killings in custody.

मैं मीडिया deep-reports from the Araria district of Bihar on six deaths inside police stations and talks to the families of the alleged victims, all from Dalit and minority communities, who narrate their tales of dread and fear, and their fight for justice and closure.

The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), begun in 2016, is one of the flagship programmes of the government to provide a cleaner and healthier cooking fuel alternative to the poor in India. However, The Probe investigates and finds that all is not what it seems. It finds significant inadequacies in implementation, affordability and integrity in the scheme.

India has been cracking the whip on Chinese firms operating in India, including leading players like Xiaomi, Oppo and Huawei. Not only is there suspicion that these companies operate in concert with the Chinese government and, therefore, have a bearing on India’s security, but Indian agencies also assert that they have not kept their stables clean and are not beyond tax evasion, fraud and money laundering. ThePrint examines the alleged transgressions.

Jute, once a flourishing cash crop, has fallen on hard times in India. Lack of a market, indifferent government procurement and lack of diversification have meant that its production has fallen by 13 per cent in the last ten years. This is in stark contrast to Bangladesh, where production and exports of jute is flourishing. Down To Earth finds the reasons for the contrast.

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


Sunil Rajshekhar

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अररिया में हिरासत में मौतें, न्याय के इंतजार में पथराई आंखें

Even as the Centre tells Parliament that over 4,000 people were killed in police custody in the last two years, मैं मीडिया goes back to the families of five victims who died in custody between May 2020 and June 2022 in the Araria district of Bihar and reports on their distress.

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PM Ujjwala Yojana: Beneficiaries and RTI activists allege irregularities, demand probe

The Probe investigates and tells the story of how the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, which offers subsidised gas connection to the rural poor, faces significant challenges in its implementation.

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Chinese giants committing fraud in India? Why Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, Huawei are under fire

Leading Chinese firms in India have been accused of alleged fraud and irregularities. ThePrint investigates why they are in trouble and why the government is going after them.

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Neighbour’s envy: India’s jute economy is faltering while Bangladesh’s is flourishing; here’s why

Down To Earth delves deep to find how lack of a market, lack of government procurement and diversification, and the sorry state of Indian jute mills have led to the decline of India’s jute economy, even while neighbouring Bangladesh flourishes.

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