I am sad to announce that our channel Swaraj Express has abruptly and suddenly shut down. It’s telecast was unilaterally stopped by our licence partner for reasons yet unknown to us. I would like to thank everyone who supported us and was co-passenger in this journey. 1/n
I would like to thank our promoter Dr. Sunil Kapoor for his sustained and unqualified support.
2/n
Unfortunately, Covid-19 has created unprecedented situation for everyone. Yet we were inching forward. Despite the sudden brakes, we tried to rework and restart the channel. But our efforts didn’t materialise.
3/n
We are proud of our journalistic journey, which however short, tried to re-emphasise the need and importance of classical journalism and utilise it to empower people and uphold accountability of the powerful.
4/n
I thank all our team members who worked with us to make this journey memorable. In this hour of crisis, we stand by our team members and staff in all possible manners.
5/n

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यूरोप में बड़ी संख्या में ऐसे भारतीय हैं। 2/n
सरकार कोई भी हो, 5-7 लाख लोगों को वापिस लाना लगभग असम्भव है।

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3/n
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Lockdown 3.0
*Arogaya App mandatory in containment zones
*Containment zones will be made within Red and Orange districts. It can be anything like colony, mohalla, ward, thana area, village, panchayat, block etc. depending on Covid incidence.
1/n
Outside containment zones:

*OPDs and medical clinics allowed in all districts outside containment zones.
*Taxis with 1 driver, 2 passengers allowed in Orange zone
*barber shops allowed only in Green zones.
*Buses can operate only in green zone with 50% seating capacity
2/n
*All activities allowed in Green zones, except activities that lead to gathering, like schools, malls, religious places, sports, political/social gatherings, gyms, metro rails, hotels etc. But states can decide not to allow permitted activities also
*Trucks allowed everywhere
3/n
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How any govt must not function:

1. Ayush ministry orders to stop publicity & ads of claims of Carona treatment using Ayush- April 1

2. Same Ministry published ads giving details of Ayush medicines for‘Prevention of Corona Virus infections’- Jan 29
(Links provided in thread)
1/n
Those who said that claims were bogus, were attacked & trolled.

What happened now? Why this change?

As face saver, now ‘Ayurveda’s immunity boosting measures for self care in COVID 19 crisis’ are issued.

No one debated immunity angle. The claims for treatment were always wrong
PIB release on steps for for Prevention of Corona virus Infections...& symptomatic management of Corona Virus infection’
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AYUSH orders to stop such claims
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3/n
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29 Mar
People r asking what could have Govt done before lockdown to avoid this chaos?

Experienced administrators can tell you that a lot could’ve done, like:

*meeting with all CMs to ensure common strategy

*anticipation of distress in urban poor & pre-publicity of relief plans
1/n
*mobilisation of elected representatives at all levels for human interface with troubled ones

*blueprint for use of schools/anganwadis

*plan for smooth movement of trucks

*pre-plan for distribution of cooked food packets

*mobilisation of anganwadis for rural relief
2/n
*3-4 days time given for preparations to people

*meeting of local administration with reputed civil society organisations and religious institutions for their help

& I am not talking about economic stimulus/measures yet. That could have followed soon after assessment
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26 Mar
In this crisis, we in media ask questions not to corner govts, but to draw their attention

The calamity of such scale can only be addressed by Union & State govts. Not by any other political/ social/cultural organisation

So some questions follow from FM’s good announcements 1/n
The money will go in people’s bank accounts, but how will they withdraw it?

Village level Business correspondents system has almost collapsed due to lockout.

Is an alternative system being planned?
2/n
Will the biometric verification system of PDS be set aside for the time being, as virus can spread by touch?
3/n
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23 Feb
ठीक है कि NRC का ड्राफ़्ट अभी सामने नहीं आया है & CAA में भारतीय मुसलमानों का ज़िक्र नहीं है।
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1. सरकार ने कहा है कि NRC अभी नहीं आएगा। क्या सरकार बताएगी कि अभी नहीं आएगा तो कब आएगा या कि कभी नहीं आएगा? 1/n
2. सरकार से पूछ लीजिए कि CAA का लाभ असम में उन ग़ैर-मुस्लिम लोगों को मिलेगा या नहीं जो NRC में नागरिकता खो चुके है।
अगर नहीं मिलेगा का ये मामला भी ख़त्म। लेकिन अगर ग़ैर-मुस्लिम को लाभ देने का प्लान है, तो फिर साफ़ है कि CAA और NRC का लिंक है।
2/n
@ReallySwara @dirtigmanshu
3. सरकार से पूछ लीजिए कि क्या NPR का डेटा doubtful citizen का रजिस्टर या लिस्ट बनाने में इस्तेमाल होगा कि नहीं?

यदि सरकार अधिकारिक तौर पर मना कर दे, तो ये मामला भी ख़त्म।

नहीं तो साफ़ है कि NPR के रास्ते NRC का पहला कदम तय हो गया।
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