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15-01-2021

COVID-19 January 15

Vaccine and other developments in the fight against COVID-19

Briefing

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Tribute

Roddam Narasimha, an illustrious master

Obituary
What I learned from my interactions with Prof. Roddam Narasimha.
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Tribute

Mangalesh Dabral: Poet of the masses

Obituary
Noted Hindi poet Mangalesh Dabral (1948-2020) lived, thought, spoke and wrote among the masses. His poems, notable for their simplicity and sensitivit
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SAND MINING MAFIA

SANDRP report points to increasing violence by illegal sand miners and calls for urgent need to regulate riverbed mining

Environment
SANDRP’s report on deaths caused by incidents relating to illegal sand mining and attacks on law enforcement agencies exposes the devastating impact o
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Online education

Digital divide deprives have-nots of proper online education

India
The experience of Vidya Bhawan Society (VBS) in Udaipur shows that an enormous gulf exists between the digital haves and have-nots in the realm of onl
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Spotlight

Lignite mining triggers tremors in Bhavnagar district, Gujarat

Environment
Even as lignite mining operations in the seismically unstable region of Bhavnagar district in Gujarat cause mild tremors and sudden elevations in patc
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Essay

How a Supreme Court judgment brought back the sedition law in India

India
K.M. Munshi’s amendment had removed “sedition” from the Constitution, arguing that its scope was too broad to be compatible with free speech in a demo
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Defence Pension

General Bipin Rawat’s proposals to increase retirement age and slash pension benefits for armed forces face criticism

India
The Department of Military Affairs’ new proposals to increase the retirement age of officers and lower the stipulated pension of officers opting for p
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Social Issues

Tablighi Jamaatis' acquittal shows evidence of innocence

Communalism
The acquittal of Tablighi Jamaat members from abroad nails the widespread lie that they were wilfully spreading COVID-19 and raises questions about th
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Jammu and Kashmir

BJP’s game plan gone awry in Jammu and Kashmir

Politics
The outcome of the first-ever District Development Council elections has put paid to the BJP’s plan to raise an alternative mainstream leadership in J
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Crimes against women

Women’s organisations in Maharashtra want a holistic approach, not the Shakti Bill

India
The Maharashtra government defers the Shakti Bill, a proposed law on crimes against women and children, after women’s rights lawyers and activists pro
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Kerala local body elections

LDF achieves trailblazing win in Kerala local body elections

Politics
With its impressive governance record in Kerala, the Left Democratic Front registers a thumping victory in the local body elections, countering a barr
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West Bengal politics

Bengal BJP workers, victims of violence by Trinamool cadre, protest against TMC leaders joining the saffron party

Politics
The Trinamool Congress suffers a huge setback as heavyweight leader Suvendu Adhikari and several others join the BJP, but workers of the saffron party
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Interview: Major Singh Punnawale, AIKS (Punjab)

Major Singh Punnawale: ‘We never asked for these laws’

India
Interview with Major Singh Punnawale, general secretary, All India Kisan Sabha (Punjab).
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Farmers' Agitation

Farmers in Punjab stand in for those involved in the Delhi agitation by fulfilling their farming roles

India
Giving a boost to the agitation, the practice of friends and neighbours standing in for the agitating farmers by collectively carrying out farming act
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Farmers' struggle

Farmers' struggle in India offers a lesson in resilience

India
A month into the protests, farmers are determined not to yield. And they have alternative media, books, songs and a similar protest in history to keep
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COVID-19 Update

The emergence of two new variants of the virus poses concern amid plans for the roll-out of vaccines

Lead Story
A global second wave of infection spread with the new UK-variant is possible unless the usual precautions are strictly adhered to and other restrictio
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COVID-19 Update

As the first vaccine doses are administered for COVID-19, there is light at the end of the tunnel

Lead Story
Developing a vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic is an extraordinary feat of science made possible by of years of scientific work and investment in u
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THREATENED ECOSYSTEMS

Book review: Urgent need for conservation action to save India’s habitats

Books
Comprehensive and thought-provoking essays dealing with the state of India’s wilderness and wildlife and the conservation strategies under way.
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COVID-19 Update

COVID vaccination poses both a challenge and an opportunity

Lead Story
It would be premature to believe that the epidemic has burnt out and unpardonable to leave the population unguarded against a possible catastrophe. Th
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Little value from global chains

C.P. Chandrasekhar
The episode of violence at a Wistron iPhone assembling facility near Bengaluru was not the ploy of a set of rogue managers but is in tune with the nat