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  Letter from the Editor-in-Chief  
  Dear Subscriber,  
  At the turn of the first decade of this century, there was much hope and optimism about India’s demographic dividend. With approximately 65% of the population under the age of 35, it held the promise of reaping the riches of having a massive young workforce to power the economy. Instead of capitalising on the benefits of having a young population, the India of 2022 is grappling with a massive unemployment problem. A series of unfortunate events — some due to bizarre policy decisions and some unforeseen — has brought the country to a juncture where the lack of jobs has driven the youth into despair and pessimism. In our cover story, we dig deep into data to understand how and why we reached where we stand today.  
  Another area of concern is the environment. The latest forest survey report paints a rosy picture with the overall forest cover increasing by 1,540 sq km. But a closer look at the data reveals a contrasting narrative. There has been very little growth in the Very Dense Forest cover, while the area under Moderate Dense Forest has decreased significantly. This number jugglery in plain sight has made environmentalists see red in the attempted greenwash. Equally troubling is the roadmap that India has charted for transitioning from fossil fuel-based to green energy generation. The plan to set up mega solar power parks runs contrary to the SDG 15 objective.  
  Amidst this, the emergence of companies like Attero represent hope. The Roorkee-based company has patented more than 30 technologies to power the circular economy, which is the way forward, as the quantity of e-waste increases exponentially with each passing year. In March issue if Tatsat Chronicle, we also peel the layers off the contentious issue of marital rape, on which Indian lawmakers have been dragging their feet. And we highlight the plight of the handloom weavers of eastern UP, who have been severely impacted by the effects of the lockdowns.  
  Please browse through the round-up of Tatsat Chronicle newsletter till February 28, 2022.  
Top Story : No Vacancy
While the government is cagey about admitting that there is a massive amount of joblessness in the country, all employment data points towards a crisis of humongous proportions that is staring us in the face...
Second Lede : Greenwashing Numbers
The latest forest survey report sets low ambition for environment sustainability by conflating tree cover with forests to show increase in overall forest cover despite significant degradation in the quality of forests...
Deep Dive : Bitter Harvest
Indian apple growers are under siege due to illegal dumping of the Iranian variety that has sent the price of the cash crop crashing in the wholesale market. But the worst affected are the Kashmiri growers...
Feature : Teetering On The Brink
The devastation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns proved to be the last nail in the coffin for weavers after demonetisation, GST, Chinese yarns, and higher power tariff, pushing them on the path...
Commentary : Brace For Impact as International Crude Prices Surge
The Indian economy is about to hit turbulence as international crude prices climb steeply due to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, which will further fuel food inflation...
GeM Adds Stitching and Tailoring Services for Women Entrepreneurs
The Government procurement portal, Government e-Marketplace (GeM) has launched a new segment on its platform, Tailoring and Tailoring Services, in partnership with Usha International Limited through its Sewing...
Drishti Se Shristi Project Brightens Up the Lives of 2,100 Visually Challenged People
Chief Commissioner, Delhi Customs Zone, has dedicated the Drishti se Shristi project of the ICD Tughlakabad Import Commissionerate, which relates to the renovation of five blind schools and hostels in Delhi...
123Pay Explained: RBI Opens up UPI for Feature Phones, No Internet Needed
Unified payment interface (UPI) has become the most popular payment method for daily transactions in India after cash and on Tuesday to make the service more accessible, Reserve Bank of India (RBI)...
NGT Imposes ₹25 Crore Fine on Coca-Cola, Pepsi Bottlers
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed about ₹25 crore on two Indian bottlers of US cola majors Coca-Cola and Pepsi for causing environmental damages in Uttar Pradesh by illegally extracting groundwater...
Invest in Care Services to Generate Jobs, Support Working Parents: ILO
In a new report, International Labour Organisation says that greater investment in care services could create nearly 300 million jobs by 2035. The report was published on Monday ahead of International Women’s Day...
Hero MotoCorp Gifts 215 Scooters to the Delhi Police Under CSR
In keeping with its commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I) and safety, Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest motorcycle and scooter manufacturer, gifted 215 110cc Pleasure scooters to the Delhi Police Department...
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