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Voiceless and marginalised tribals, dwelling in remote areas, are usually soft targets of the state’s excesses. Janchowk reports from Anjedbeda village, close to Jharkhand's West Singhbhum, where innocent tribals were allegedly assaulted, a minor girl molested, and their houses vandalised, during a search operation by security forces on November 11.

The violence, sketchily reported in the local media, came to light when a fact-finding mission of civil society organisations and activists visited the site and submitted a report to Singhbhum’s deputy commissioner and superintendent of police last week. The report demanded that an FIR be filed against the violators, and immediate action be taken against the alleged molesters.

In neighbouring Bihar, in 2006, the government abolished the mandi system for the procurement of wheat and established the Primary Agriculture Credit Societies (PACS) in each panchayat. The PACS were mandated to buy wheat from the farmers at a government-stipulated MSP. In practice though, as मैं मीडिया finds, not only are farmers short-changed and cheated by the PACS but many of them are unaware of the scheme’s modalities.

Down South, in Kerala, post-matric scholarships for students from the backward communities (shared sixty-forty between the Centre and the state) have not been disbursed by the state government for at least the last seven months. This is even though the Centre has transferred its share of the monies. Keraleeyam Masika reports on how this lapse has severely disrupted the students’ studies.

And, MediaNama analyses the new ‘guidelines for online reviews’ for e-commerce platforms introduced by the government, in partnership with the Bureau of Indian Standards, in a bid to curb deceptive and fake reviews.

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


Sunil Rajshekhar

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पश्चिमी सिंहभूम में सुरक्षा बलों का नंगा नाच, हिंसा से लेकर महिलाओं के साथ की छेड़खानी

Janchowk reports from West Singhbhum in Jharkhand where, it is alleged, that a community of tribals were assaulted by security forces and a minor girl molested. The incident prompted civil society organisations to petition the police commissioner for filing an FIR and call for precipitate action.

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पैक्स से अनाज खरीद में भारी गड़बड़ी, निजी व्यापारियों के सहारे किसान

Bihar’s decision, one-and-half decades ago, to give up the mandi system for procurement of food grains was seen as a landmark and a game-changing move. However, मैं मीडिया discovers that all is not what it seems.

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എസ്.സി-എസ്.ടി വിദ്യാർത്ഥികൾ പഠിക്കുന്നത് സർക്കാർ ഭയക്കുന്നുണ്ടോ?

The Kerala government’s inability to disburse the post-matric scholarships to students from deprived communities has caused severe disruption in their studies, reports Keraleeyam Masika.

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India’s New Guidelines For Online Reviews On E-Commerce Platforms

MediaNama explains the provisions of the new guidelines by the government on online reviews.

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