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India's All-Female News Outlet Battles Sexism, Caste — And Hits The Silver Screen

India's All-Female News Outlet Battles Sexism, Caste — And Hits The Silver Screen

India's All-Female News Outlet Battles Sexism, Caste — And Hits The Silver Screen : Goats and Soda Meera Devi is on a mission to get her community heard — and facing discrimination and death threats in her work . She's featured in a new award-winning documentary, Writing With Fire.In a mud-walled house in rural northern India, Meera Devi sits across from a woman who recounts how four men broke into her house and raped her. "They [people in positions of political power or of a higher caste] can do anything. They can even kill us," the victim tells Meera, who's recording the interview on her...

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India Authorizes AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine For Emergency Use

India Authorizes AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine For Emergency Use

India Authorizes AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine For Emergency Use : Coronavirus Updates Almost 150,000 people in India have died from complications of COVID-19, behind only the U.S. and Brazil. India plans to begin inoculating its population of 1.4 billion this month.India's drug regulators gave the country a gift on New Year's Day: a vaccine against the coronavirus. An Indian minister confirmed reports that an expert panel had authorized the AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use in India on Friday, making it the first coronavirus vaccine to be authorized in India. "Last year began with...

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Fireworks Of Diwali Spark Worries About Pollution ... And Coronavirus Cases

Fireworks Of Diwali Spark Worries About Pollution ... And Coronavirus Cases

Fireworks Of Diwali Adds to New Delhi Air Pollution — And Coronavirus Concerns : Goats and Soda Air quality is awful in New Delhi in winter. Smoke from the fireworks of the Hindu festival of lights adds to the problem. That's a cause for concern during a pandemic caused by a respiratory virus.Toggle more optionsToggle more optionsNew Delhi's air quality has already reached its worst level this year. And the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, which starts this weekend, is likely to make things even worse as the traditional rounds of firecrackers add to the air pollution. During the five-day...

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Nov 12
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Child Marriages Are Up In The Pandemic. Here's How India Tries To Stop Them

Child Marriages Are Up In The Pandemic. Here's How India Tries To Stop Them

Child Marriage On The Rise In India During The Pandemic : Goats and Soda Local sources say there's been a spike in child marriage during the pandemic. A key reason: By marrying off girls early, poor families have one less mouth to feed in desperate times.Toggle more optionsHeard onToggle more optionsSometimes the call comes from a teenage girl. She is pleading for help, "saying her parents are trying to get her married but she wants to stay in school," says Vijay Muttur. He's the child protection officer in the town of Solapur in south-central India. After India went under a coronavirus...

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A 56-Year-Old Finally Learned To Write His Name — Because Of A Coronavirus Lockdown

A 56-Year-Old Finally Learned To Write His Name — Because Of A Coronavirus Lockdown

Migrants Are Learning To Read And Write In India's Coronavirus Lockdown Camps : Goats and Soda Pratap Singh Bora is a migrant laborer from Nepal who had to leave his construction job in India and is now living in a relief camp. But there's an upside to this turn of events.All his life, 56-year-old Pratap Singh Bora has been sticking his thumb in ink to sign documents. He didn't go to school when he was a kid. Little did he know that he would learn to write his first words at a coronavirus lockdown center during a global pandemic. Bora is a construction laborer working in the northern Indian...

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Apr 25
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