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Rewind 2020: A year full of undesired surprises

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2020 has been a year like no other. Over 100 million people in India lost their jobs by the end of March when a lockdown was imposed to combat COVID-19. Since then, many who managed to hold on to their jobs were forced to take pay cuts. CNBC-TV18’s Ritu Singh looks back at the year that was for India's job market and finds that employment rate has been falling since 2017.

2020 has been a year like no other. Over 100 million people in India lost their jobs by the end of March when a lockdown was imposed to combat COVID-19. Since then, many who managed to hold on to their jobs were forced to take pay cuts. CNBC-TV18’s Ritu Singh looks back at the year that was for India's job market and finds that employment rate has been falling since 2017.
2020 will also be remembered as a year when the India-China relations went through a hard reset. Embroiled in a border stand-off in eastern Ladakh since May, 20 Indian soldiers were killed in June, in what were the worst clashes between Indian and Chinese troops in 45 years. The Chinese side too suffered casualties. India has retaliated by banning Chinese apps and putting Chinese investments under greater scrutiny. Nine months since the border tensions began, lakhs of Indian and Chinese troops remain deployed at the LAC. China has refused to pull back troops from Indian positions and instead wants India to accept the new status quo. So, will the LAC standoff pan out in 2021 in a way that benefits India? CNBC-TV18’s Parikshit Luthra looks for some answers.
2020 also saw the centre cross swords with most state governments - and again, it was the fragile GST that was at the crux of the dispute. Things came to a head when the government threw its hands up and said the prolonged lockdown had left its coffers empty and the near-zero balance in the GST compensation fund meant states could not be compensated. CNBC-TV18's Timsy Jaipuria recounts the skirmish that ended with most states tapping out.
This year has taught us about how we could work from home over an extended period of time. And while the jury may still be out on just how effective work-from-home is, we bring you two contrasting stories from Chennai and Delhi, on how working from home worked out in two different ways for two different people. Here's the story of Neha and Abu, and their work-from-home journey.
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