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Maharashtra hospital fire kills 13 COVID patients in ICU



Maharashtra hospital fire kills


India is engulfed with several problems. With rising COVID casualties, other problems on the economic and social front also keep intruding. In another such casualty, 13 Covid patients who were admitted to ICU in a Maharashtra Hospital became a victim of a fire accident. This fire kills happened in a hospital, named Vijay Vallabh Hospital in Virar, Maharashtra which is located about 70 km from Mumbai. 

How did the fire break out? 

According to the sources, the fire kills broke out at around 3 Am in ICU. ICU was on the second floor of Vijay Vallabh hospital. According to the CEO of the hospital, Dilip Shah, there were at least 90 patients in the hospital at that time. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. 

The havoc and the response from family members: 

As the fire broke out havoc was spread in the whole hospital. Videos showing people mourning the death of loved ones went viral. Some people were waiting outside the hospital to know of their loved ones, as the news spread. The eyewitness, Avinash Patil says that when he reached the hospital at around 3 am to see his friend’s mother-in-law, he saw that the second floor was filled with smoke. Fire engines were employed and it took almost half an hour to extinguish the flame. He also said that there was no doctor but only nurses, although this claim has been refuted by the CEO of the hospital. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response

After the tragic accident, PM Narendra Modi conveyed condolences to all those who were injured or whose loved ones were injured. He has also granted Rs. 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for those who had lost their family members in the fire, along with Rs. 50000 to those who were severely injured. 

Response from Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray and other leaders

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Udhav Thackeray also conveyed his condolences to the loved ones of the injured people. He also expressed sorrow over the death of people. He had issued orders to relocate other patients so that other patients don’t get harmed. Fire extinguish has been given a priority, along with the treatment of other patients. He has also issued orders to look into the cause of the fire and whether fire safety was adequate or not. Other leaders like Devendra Fadnavis, Rajnath Singh, and Rahul Gandhi also expressed their grief over this tragic news. 

The tragic part is that it was not the first incident: 

This fire kills accident was not the only one in these harsh times of COVID. Before this accident, Maharashtra was struck by another tragedy on Wednesday when 24 Covid patients died in Nashik after an oxygen tanker leaked outside a hospital, disrupting supply to patients for around 30 minutes. A fire had also broken out in Mumbai mall last month leading to 10 deaths. 


This kind of incident brings our attention to the loopholes in fire safety in India. Although India is indeed fighting with COVID it does not mean that we don’t pay attention to other hazards. Adequate safety measures must be taken so that this kind of tragedy doesn’t happen in the future. 

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Check all the details about the new PF rules



New PF rules


The government provides its citizens with various schemes for the benefits. One of the most famous government schemes is the provident fund (PF). Recently the government has announced several new rules regarding provident funds impacts almost everyone by PF in one way or another; it becomes crucial to know these new rules. So in this article, we will tell you all the details about these new PF rules. 

All the details about the new EPF Rules

1. New time for linking PF and Aadhar card

linking PF and Aadhar card

The labour ministry has announced that the new date for linking provident funds with the Aadhaar card is extended till 1st September 2021. All the EPFO (Employees Provident Fund) subscribers have to link their PF account with an Aadhar card to get benefits. If their universal account number is not attached with Aadhar Card, the employees might not receive benefits from the provident fund into their accounts. 

2. Amendment to Section 142 of the Code of Social Security

Section 142 of the Code of Social Security

The second significant development regarding the provident fund scheme is that the labour ministry has amended section 142 of the Social security code. According to the new rules, Section 142 calls for revealing the Identity of employees to get the benefits under the social security scheme. Now under the new amendment the labour ministry will use Aadhar cards to establish the identity of the employees. 

Social security code 2020’s objective is  to provide various social security schemes to the Employees and workers regardless of whether they work in an organised sector or unorganised sector. Therefore, The labour ministry aims to consolidate all the laws related to employees in one code for better efficiency. Section 142 of this code will be the first section of this act that the labour ministry will implement. Further, On 3rd June, The ministry released the notification for the implementation of section 142. 

Under the certification, all the organised and unorganised employees must link their universal account number with their Aadhar card to enjoy benefits. Due to COVID-19, the ministry has extended the date of ECR (Electronic Challan Cum receipt) till 1st Sep 2021.

3. Shift to online approach

Shift to online approach

Another significant development in the labour laws is that the labour ministry is trying to switch to an online model to provide services better. The processes that will soon switch to an online mode are withdrawals, KYC updates, requests for advances etc. The ministry emphasised that to avail all these online benefits, one mu, onecessarily, have linked to the Aadhar card number with their account number. 

What if the employees fail to link their account with their Aadhar number?

The labour ministry has specified that if any employee fails to link the account with Aadhaar card number, it can have serious repercussions.  The employee will lose all the EPF benefits, including those insurance benefits for coping with the pandemic. The bank can reject even their interest credit and withdrawal claims. Therefore all the employees should link the Aadhar card number with the account number within the stipulated time. 


Employees get various social security schemes announced by the government. But they need to fulfil specific criteria for getting these benefits. Employees must take note of all these new PF rules and fulfil all these conditions within the required time. The ministry has already specified that non-compliance can lead to the loss of these benefits. Therefore the employees must stay updated with all the labour ministry notifications. Otherwise, missing out on any vital notification by the labour ministry can negatively impact the schemes provided to these employees.

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Court grants bail to student activists Natasha, Kalita and Asif



Court grants bail to student activists


Almost all of us know that the youth is the future of the country. Undoubtedly, the youth of the country tries to come ahead and fight injustice. The voice of the youth became louder after a protest in JNU and Jamia University last year. When Several JNU activists and students protested the injustice last year the police arrested them for, different charges. The main student activities from JNU included Natasha Narwal, Devangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal Tanha. Last year they were arrested for the Delhi riots. But finally, after a long row of struggle, court grants bail to student activists, they got bail and came out of jail. In this article, we will tell you all the details of this bail and the related news of these student activists. 

What were the charges against these student activists, and how did they get bail?

 how did they get bail

Last year after the passing of the citizenship amendment act North East Delhi witnessed violent riots. There was considerable scale destruction, and many people got injuries in these riots. As a result, police started searching for the people who initiated this violence and hatred. Several Pinjra Tod student activists from JNU Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Milia students, namely Natasha Narwal Telangana Kalita and Asif Iqbal tanha arrested by the police. Charges under the provisions of the unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) were imposed against them.

Finally, after spending one year in jail, the court has ordered for the immediate release of the activists in the northeast Delhi riots “conspiracy” case.

What response did the student activists enjoy after coming out of jail? 

The three student activists got the support of a massive crowd of supporters after coming out of jail. Natasha Narwhal revealed that she received tremendous support even in Tihar Jail. She said that the student activists would continue their struggle. The student activists thanked their supporters for constant motivation and support even during their stay in jail. 

What did they say about their stay in jail?

their stay in jail

Natasha told the media that it took her a long time to believe that she was in jail for supporting the right cause. They faced stringent charges in jail. Supporting Natasha Kalita said that it is miserable that people are in jail for raising their voice for the right thing. She said that the government is trying to suppress the voice of people by putting them in jail

But they were happy that people supported them even in jail. Regarding the grant of bail, Kalita said that even after getting the bail order two or three days back, they got actual bail today. After coming out of jail, they want to continue their struggle against CAA, NPR, NRC etc. 


Youth is indeed the country’s future. However, there might be instances where this future and the present might have conflicting views. Last year we saw how people had divergent views regarding the citizenship amendment act and National population register, etc. The police arrested the students who came in protest in the matter. Whether there was concrete evidence against these students for inciting violence or not is a fact that remains conflicted. Now since court grants bail to student activists and they have come out of jail, there is a high probability that the country can witness massive protests (either online or offline) again.

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Automation Vs. Employment in Tech. Companies



Automation v. Employment in Tech. Companies


In the present Era, when technology is progressing, life has become far more comfortable than in primitive times. But these comforts are not without dangers. As we are progressing towards artificial intelligence and machine learning, automation of work is gaining momentum. But if we look at the negative sides of automation, the first major impact will be on employment. The tech industries that witness the highest automation are also witnessing a fall in the employment of individuals. In this article, we will look at the case study of automation vs. employment in tech. companies to understand how automation can impact employment in India. 

Revealings of the Report on employment in Tech companies

 employment in Tech companies

Recently a report was prepared about employment in tech companies like HCL, TCS, Wipro, Mahindra, Cognizant etc. The report revealed that there could be a loss of almost three million workforces by 2022 in these tech companies. These revelations are based on the increasing automation of work in these tech companies. If We look at the present data, The domestic tech industries employ more than 16 million workforces. But unfortunately, there can be a huge reduction in the workforce in these tech industries by 2022 due to ever-increasing automation. 

This reduction in workforce will help the company save almost 100 million US dollars that was earlier spent on the wages and salaries of these employees. Another positive impact on the companies will be that after successful implementation of automation and new softwares, they will get enhanced efficiency and accuracy. For instance, if these tech companies use robots for work, they can work 24 into seven without tiring and accuracy. 

Recent statistics about the distribution of workforce in tech industries

workforce in tech industries

 Let’s look at the current stats published by Nasscom regarding the employment distribution in these tech companies to understand better. 

  • These tech companies presently employ almost 16 million people, out of which employees work in low skilled jobs, including BPO roles. 
  • According to the data, 3 million that is 30% of this 9 million workforce working in law skill tech job, can become unemployed by 2022 due to digitalisation and automation
  •  The worst impact of technological advancements in rpa will be witnessed in the USA, according to the report published by Bank of America.

What does the report say about RPA (Robot Process Automation

Robot Process Automation

Robot process automation refers to the process of using softwares rather than physical Roberts for doing specialised work. This will help the companies in the differentiation of work. There will be a huge reduction in time and costs. RPA can also help developed countries in gaining back the outsourced work. The beginning of software offshoring dates back to the 1970s and 1980s, when people started using personal computers. 

What are the expected outcomes of automation: 

According to the report, even after automation, developed countries can face a shortage of labour while some countries like the Philippines, Greece etc., will have surplus labour. Countries like India and China, with a huge labour surplus, can suffer a lot due to this automation. 

Rounding up

Automation and technological progress are helpful in creating a better society. But we must not ignore other crucial aspects under the veil of automation. The debate of automation Vs. employment in tech. companies is an ever-growing debate. Therefore the need of the hour is to balance between automation and employment. Concrete legislation for protecting workers’ rights in the age of digitalisation is the right step in this direction. It will remain interesting to see how the countries increase automation without creating more unemployment in the economy. 

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