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In a moving documentary, TrueCopy Think brings the story of Chamikkutti from Palakkad, who is running from pillar to post to get justice for the sufferings of about a hundred families, the victims of ‘Endosulfan’ spraying on the cashew plantation in Mannarkkad years ago. The spraying which required extraordinary safety procedures was done without even basic precautions in place. This cruel insensitivity has maimed and devastated the lives of many, including Chamikkutti’s own son.

The abysmal state of the medical infrastructure in rural India is no secret. However, Main Media’s ground report from Dighalbank block of Kishanganj district in Bihar tells you that the ground reality is beyond telling. A hospital built just five years ago is now a ruin with doctors and medicines nowhere in sight.

In another ground report, Mojo Story brings you the tale of how technology is transforming apple farming in Kashmir. Leveraging Artificial Intelligence on a mobile app - Apple Doc - which uses satellite data to provide information on the prospective weather, soil health and optimum fertiliser usage, to raise the bar for Kashmir’s apple economy and the farmers.

And, the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) will be held in Beijing on October 16, with Xi Jinping all set to be elected for a historic third term as the general secretary and consolidate his hitherto unquestioned power. The India Forum reports that behind Xi’s quest for “common prosperity”, as the omnibus tonic for China’s rise and power, lie many challenges. The high price of the harsh Covid containment, banking and real estate sector collapses, the increasing discontent among workers, along with growing regional inequities, bedevil Xi’s 'new deal’ for China.

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


Sunil Rajshekhar

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'സര്‍ക്കാറിന് വേണ്ടി ഞാന്‍ തളിച്ച മരുന്നിന്റെ ഇരയാണെന്റെ മകനും നാടും'

TrueCopy Think documents the saga of a lone man’s fight for relief for about a hundred families, who have been devastated by the ill effects of Endosulfan, which they handled for spraying years ago in the cashew plantation in Kerala’s Mannarkkad without basic safety procedures.

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आधा दशक पहले बना अस्पताल, मगर अब तक नहीं हुआ चालू

Main Media reports from Dighalbank block of Kishanganj district in Bihar on the sorry state of a government hospital that was built just five years ago.

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How An App Is Transforming The Lives Of Apple Farmers In Kashmir?

Mojo Story reports from the apple orchards in Srinagar in Kashmir where an App is helping transform the livelihoods of apple farmers.

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Xi Jinping’s 'New Deal' for China

As the CPC heads for its 20th Congress two weeks from now, supremo Xi, the general secretary, faces many challenges to consolidate his absolute power and his quest for “common prosperity”, as the panacea for all of China’s challenges, The India Forum analyses.

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