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  Dear Subscriber,  
  Life-altering events have multiple dimensions. Some of which are not immediately discernible. The Covid-19 pandemic, which is still coming back in waves, albeit in smaller ones, even after two years, is one such event. The World Health Organisation estimates that 14.9 million excess deaths were associated with the pandemic that left no country untouched. In India, one of the fallouts of the lockdowns that were implemented in order to contain the spread of the pandemic was close to 40 million job losses, according to Centre for Monitoring India Economy (CMIE) data.  
  As a resul of these job loses, children in smaller towns and the countryside could not continue their education because their parents could not afford online education as schools shut down. In many parts of India, these children with no access to smartphones, computers, and internet, which are essential for online education, slipped through the cracks. Though the exact numbers are hard to come by because of poor data gathering, experts say that an entire generation has been left bereft of foundational learning.  
  As household incomes fell, children in Tier-II&II cities and villages were forced into work, either in family enterprises or in the fields as agriculture labour. However, India was not the only country to suffer the spill-over impact of the pandemic. Most of the developing countries face a similar predicament.  
  In this fortnight’s lead story, we have looked the rising incidence of child labour in detail. It’s clear that the SDG 8.7 target of eradicating child labour by 2025 suffered a huge setback and is likely to miss the target.  
  Please browse through the round-up of Tatsat Chronicle newsletter till May 31, 2022.  
In Focus : Failed By The System, Forced Into Labour
Data indicates that the Covid-19 pandemic has set back the fight against child labour as families lost jobs and slipped back into extreme poverty, severely impacting the SDG 8.7 target. Though India has plenty of laws to prevent this abhorrent practice, priorities seem to be misplaced
Commentary : Act Now on Emissions to Meet 1.5 Degrees Celsius Target: IPCC
The climate experts warn that policies implemented till the end of 2020 will add more emissions and lead to a rise of 3.2°C by the end of the century. As the UN body calls for urgent interventions, the perfect strategy that delivers on both climate change mitigation and development still remains elusive
Feature : Seven Local Green Crusaders Drive Global Change
Spread across seven continents, these indigenous activists and lawyers have won the world’s pre-eminent environmental award, Goldman Environmental Prize for their fights against corporates and governments to force climate action
Deep Dive : Lessons in Managing Urban Water Supply
India has a long way to go before it can efficiently manage urban water supply systems
HCL Foundation Joins Hands with Flipkart Samarth to Empower UP Rural Women Artisans
The HCL Foundation has partnered with Flipkart Samarth to revive existing crafts and skills through a training program under its flagship HCL Samuday program to provide livelihood 
In a First, India Post Sends Mail Using Drones in Gujarat
Under a pilot project, the Indian Postal Service for the very first time delivered mail with the help of drones. The mail was delivered by drone in the Kutch district of Gujarat, covering a distance of 46 kilometres in just 25 minutes
Monkeypox Spreads to 23 Nations, “Tip Of The Iceberg” Says WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday (May 29, 2022) that the Monkeypox virus has now been confirmed in 23 countries with a total of 257 laboratory confirmed cases and around 120 suspects so far
Jal Jeevan Mission Achieves 50 Percent Completion Milestone
Under Jal Jeevan Mission, India has reached the milestone of providing tap water to 50 percent of rural households, according to an official statement by PIB
Biomass Responsible for Delhi’s Poor Air Quality: IIT Research
A study by IIT-Delhi researchers concluded that emissions from biomass burning, instead of fireworks, were responsible for poor air quality in the country’s capital in the days following Diwali
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