Study portrays a grim picture of labourers

Only 5% workers earned Rs 15,000 a month, over 10% went hungry for more than a week

The Most suffered :

  1. Ever since nationwide lockdown has been imposed, it’s the labourers who been worst affect by all means.
  2. The study shows pathetic scenario they have been and are still suffering in.
  3. It says not more than 5% of the workers could earn over 15,000 Rs a month. 20% went completely out of food for seven days at a stretch.

Impact of lockdown

  1. The study which was conducted by the JNU in collaboration with Delhi Search Group included 1405 labourers across the country and 45 days impact of lockdown on them.
  2. The study reveals stunning facts about their life and livelihood. 14.8% men and 46.8% who ran their families could earn less than 5,000 in a month time.
  3. Job loss has been to urban and rural both areas irrespective of location. If the state governments will not support many of them will strive.

Feeding only children :

  1. The direct attack of lockdown was on the eating patterns of these poor people. They had to eat less frequently to run the same food long.
  2. Reports tell that over 10% people went out of food for more than 7 days and 50% of them ate once a day only.
  3. These people were partly lucky to have received help from NGOs and religious organizations.

Eviction sacre :

  1. Though the government claims that it protects the public by law, yhese laboureres as usual were scared of those law makers while gauging miles home on foot.
  2. The government distribution centres are over crowded and mismanaged so they feared the virus and rules both.

The Ring of Fire : The annular phase

“The solar eclipse will continue for around six hours today.

A Sunday for skywatchers :

  1. On Sunday, 21st June people from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and southern China will witness a the annular phase of solar eclipse.
  2. The dramatic event will start at 10.19am and end at 2.02pm. The partial phase will end at 03.04pm said the Ministry of Earth sciences.
  3. The moon is not close enough to cover the Sun entirely hence at about 12pm the event will turn into a spectacular scene of ring of fire.

Visible from :

  1. The ring of fire event will be visible from Dehradun, Kurukshetra, Chamoli, Joshimath, Sirsa, Suratgarh.
  2. From rest of the country, it can be seen partially.
  3. Places like Delhi will be dark for 5 to 7 minutes from 11am to 11.30am.

A solar eclipse :

  1. When Earth, moon, the Sun come in a straight line with moon between them the event is said to be a solar eclipse.
  2. In annular solar eclipse the moon is farther from Earth so it fails to cover up the Sun completely leaving the disk visible from Earth, commonly known as ring of fire.
  3. Next annular eclipse will be seen from South America in December 2020. Another annular eclipse will occur in 2022 which will not be visible from India.

A great coincidence & govt advice:

  1. Today’s celestial event is coinciding with the summer solstice which is the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere.
  2. Do not use sunglasses, goggles, exposed X-ray sheet or lampblack over a glass. They are not safe. Nor is viewing the Sun’s image on the surface of the water.
  3. Only Welders glass number 13 or number 14 can be used to see the Sun directly with naked eyes.

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