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How Mumbai’s poorest neighbourhood is battling to keep coronavirus at bay

Ishita Chatterjee, University of Melbourne | The Conversation Informal settlements are experiencing a greater surge in COVID-19 cases than other urban neighbourhoods in Mumbai, India. Their high density, narrow streets, tight internal spaces, poor access to water and sanitation leave residents highly vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus. One of Mumbai’s poorest and most underdeveloped neighbourhoods, Shivaji Nagar, is one of three ...

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Mumbai meat ban

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has banned the sale of meat in Mumbai for 4 days in view of the Jain fasting season. This news has definitely not gone down well with the Twitterati. While some took the comic route to vent their views, some fervently opposed the announcement. And some even trolled celebrities who came out in support of ...

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Hooch tragedy in Mumbai : Death toll crosses 100

The death toll in Mumbai’s hooch tragedy has crossed 100 with latest estimates pointing to 104 dead and 40 more hospitalized. The tragedy took place at the Laxmi Nagar slum in Malwani on Wednesday night when some people consumed locally-produced liquor at a bar in Malwani area. The next day, several people were rushed to hospital for methanol poisoning. While this ...

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Heavy rains lash Mumbai : City halts

For those who are yet to experience Mumbai rains, these pictures tweeted by Mumbai residents will give you an idea about these unrelenting rains and the havoc they can cause in one of the greatest metropolitian cities in Asia. Dadar station. #MumbaiRains @WeAreMumbai @TrafflineMUM pic.twitter.com/5V3vQNFDeX — Orphic (@Baeryllium) June 19, 2015 A view in lower parel last eve. Clouds so down. #MumbaiRains ...

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Why we should weep for the sparrow

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara| New Internationalist] Did you celebrate World Sparrow Day on 20 March?  It bothers me when I read that these birds are becoming extinct in Indian cities. Chirpy, cheeky little sparrows were part of our life, growing up as children in a dilapidated Kolkata flat. They nested high up in an old-fashioned ventilator. And caused us kids ...

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What clicked for Kejriwal

|By Narendra Kaushik| New Delhi:  It was sometime in July 2013. I was doing a pre-election survey in Delhi and had gone to Timarpur to speak to husband of a Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader.  After I was done with my questions, he asked me what feedback I was getting on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). I told him that ...

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