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It has been a matter of particular gratification that over the past few years, the Foundation’s grantees' impactful journalism has always been at the forefront of bringing citizens' issues to the public eye and to the authorities concerned.

The Probe’s reporting reversed the injustice meted out to a 52-year-old resident of Wathoora village in Budgam district of Kashmir. A couple of years back, for the Srinagar Semi Ring Road project, the government had acquired more than half an acre of Gulzar Ahmad Akhoon’s paddy and mustard farms, his only source of livelihood. With no compensation in sight, The Probe’s diligent and persistent follow-up meant that Gulzar had his recompense.

ThePrint investigates the “shadowy” world of over 2,700 Registered Unrecognised Political Parties (RUPPs) – now the target of the election commission and tax agencies for suspected tax evasion and dubious financial transactions. Its visits to the registered addresses of these political parties in Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi managed to cull out “ghost addresses and empty offices”.

With the launch of the indigenously developed vaccine for cervical cancer in India - Cervac - Feminism in India delves into its efficacy in preventing the malady, which is one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among women in India. It also focuses on the critically important prevention aspects of cervical cancer, which has largely to do with creating awareness, especially among rural women.

And, when the revamped National Register of Citizens was published in 2019 in Assam, it left out more than 1.9 of the 33 million applicants. It excluded those who were deemed to have settled after the cut-off date of 24 March 1971, mostly Bengali-speaking members of the minority community. They have been forced to endure extended procedures at the Foreigner’s Tribunal (FT) -- forfeiting their livelihoods and facing severe emotional trauma. Their only hope, as Article 14 reports, is a small group of lawyers, based in Assam's capital, who are providing the “illegal immigrants” legal advice at the FT and at the Gauhati High Court, completely pro bono.

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


Sunil Rajshekhar

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The Probe Impact: Kashmir farmer gets over two crore compensation after our report

A month after The Probe reported the story of Gulzar Ahmad Akhoon, a farmer from central Kashmir’s Budgam district, who had lost his entire land to the government for the Srinagar Semi Ring Road project, has now been compensated by the Kashmir administration.

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Ghost addresses, empty offices — the shadowy world of registered unrecognised political parties

ThePrint brings you the story of the Registered Unrecognised Political Parties, some of whom have just been set up to take advantage of the loopholes in the tax regime afforded to them because of their status.

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भारत में सर्वाइकल कैंसर की वैक्सीन के निर्माण के बाद कितनी बदलेगी तस्वीर

As the vaccine against cervical cancer, Cervac, is being launched in India, Feminism in India looks at the likely efficacy of the vaccine and its impact on the battle against one of the deadliest forms of cancer afflicting Indian women.

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Meet The Lawyers Helping Poor, Bengali-Speaking Muslims Accused Of Being Foreigners, Prove Citizenship

Article 14 chronicles the struggles and ordeals of thousands of members of the minority community in Assam, who are declared illegal citizens and are forced to prove their citizenship through legal processes. The report delves into how a group of lawyers in Guwahati have emerged as a lifeline for these families, providing them with legal assistance without a fee.

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The Kashmiri women who clean a lake everyday
Suno India takes us to Wular Lake in Kashmir, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the country, where women set out every morning to clean and de-weed the waterbody, a practice that has now become a social responsibility, as the Lake is the only source of livelihood for nearly 9,000 families.
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Democratic Charkha reports from Bihar on how transgender students are denied admission in schools and colleges in clear violation of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.
Low-cost Jalkund addressing water woes in Imphal East
In Manipur’s Imphal East, a simple innovation through a ‘Jalkund’, a low-cost harvesting system, by the farmers has the promise of fighting back the negative effects of climate change and the depletion of ground water. Imphal Free Press reports.
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After the lockdowns and restrictions of the two years of Covid, ‘revenge tourism’ is booming. However, as Swarajya points out, innovations and technology are also at play – contactless engagements, Robot Butlers, Caravan tourism and even ‘Workations for Bleisure’.

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