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Recent events in Punjab have threatened to revisit the tragic and dark days of the past – the decades of the Eighties and Nineties – when the state was held to ransom by secessionist and sectarian forces. A tragic chapter that consumed thousands of lives in its aftermath, including on the streets of the national capital.

Mojo Story reports from far and wide in Punjab on how joblessness, unreal aspirations and rampant drug addiction among the youth have been exploited by ‘cult figures’ who have promoted a culture of gangs and guns. However, it says, their bid to foment separatism and recreate the events of the past has found no takers on the ground.

Last week, in response to a question in the Lok Sabha, the Centre revealed a list of “areas” where Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) was being used. The government while asserting that there was not a single case of misuse nevertheless passed the buck for its appropriate use to the states, pleading that “police” and “public order” came within the ambit of the state governments. MediaNama brings you the story and the implications of the Centre’s stand.

The Covid pandemic brought home, if we did not already know, the central and critical role that doctors and healthcare professionals play in our communities. However, in Kerala, TrueCopy Think reports that the lessons are being forgotten as cases of attacks and assaults on doctors by patients’ families are on the rise.

And, from Bihar, मैं मीडिया highlights the plight of mid-day meal scheme workers, employed to make and serve the meals in schools across the state, who are paid an ‘honorarium’ which amounts to a shocking and paltry sum of “Rs 63 per day”. Unable to fend for their families, the workers are increasingly deserting their jobs for other means of livelihood.

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


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Barkha Dutt Uncovers Sidhu Moosewala, Amritpal Singh, The Khalistan Debate & Punjab's Fault Lines

Mojo Story brings voices from the ground on the state of affairs in Punjab which has seen a bid to foment sectarianism and violence by ‘cult figures’.

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Here Are 6 Ways The Indian Government Is Collecting Your Facial Data

The Centre’s revelation about the ‘areas’ it uses FRT, and its assertion that it was the states’ responsibility to ensure proper usage, MediaNama says, has raised questions about the protection of citizens’ data.

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ഡോക്ടര്‍മാരെ അക്രമിച്ചാല്‍ പരിഹാരമാകുമോ?

TrueCopy Think looks at the issue of increasing attacks on doctors, especially obstetricians and gynaecologists, in the recent past in Kerala, and speaks to practitioners who feel threatened by the turn of events.

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रोजाना 63 रु. मजदूरी, आठ घंटे काम – एमडीएम बनाने वालों की दुखभरी कहानी

मैं मीडिया highlights the struggles of workers in the mid-day meal schemes in Bihar who are paid remarkably abysmal sums, forcing them to look for other jobs.

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