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29-01-2021

COVID-19 Vaccine: A dose of politics (January 29, 2021)

Questions over rushed approvals to COVID-19 vaccines in India

Briefing

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AIADMK troubles

AIADMK in crisis ahead of 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections

Politics
With an ambitious BJP breathing down its neck, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, rudderless and divided after Jayalalithaa’s death, faces
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Covid vaccine

Approval for Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin lacks scientific basis

Lead Story
The decision to approve a major vaccine without consideration of its efficacy in itself is rather extraordinary to the point of being termed unscienti
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Naveen Patnaik's BJD braces for battle against the BJP in Odisha

Other
The Biju Janata Dal led by Naveen Patnaik falls back on its old plank of regionalism to hold on to its own political space in the face of an increasin
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Maharashtra local body elections

Another test of unity lies in store for MVA in Maharashtra

Politics
The MVA’s strategy to meet the Maharashtra electorate as a single entity has been successful and the upcoming local body elections are yet another opp
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Renaming of places

Maharashtra government decides to rename localities with caste-based names

Politics
In a far-reaching initiative, Maharashtra plans to rename places having caste-based names.
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Farmers' protest

Farmers dig their heels in at protest sites on Delhi's borders

India
Despite several odds and the government refusing to budge, the protest against the farm laws is gaining momentum and the resolve among farmers is grow
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NFHS Round 5 data

Latest NFHS data reveal high levels of anaemia across nation

Health
Data from the latest round of the National Family Health Survey show disturbing trends in indicators such as nutritional levels.
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US war crimes in Iraq

Trump's pardon of mercenaries guilty of massacre in Iraq leads to outrage worldwide

World Affairs
Trump’s decision to pardon mercenaries guilty of massacring innocents in Baghdad evokes global outcry and consternation within the U.S.
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BJP using all means to get chairmanships in the Jammu and Kashmir District Development Councils

Politics
Failing to secure the mandate they wanted in the DDC elections, the BJP and its allies have embarked on a campaign to bag as many council chairmanship
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Communalism

Congress seeks to beat the BJP at its Hindutva game in Chhattisgarh

Communalism
In a bid to retain power and be one up on the BJP, the Congress in Chhattisgarh is utilising Hindu symbols to the core.
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‘Ma reads’ by S.R. Harnot: A Hindi short story in translation

Literature
Creative explorations helped to put ageing on the literary map. By being in touch with feelings and relationships, and demonstrating that that they co
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Biological warfare experiment

Biological warfare experiment in India and the curious case of yellow fever mosquitoes

Science & Technology
Did mosquito research in India in the 1970s act as a cover for certain U.S. research projects having a bearing on biological warfare?
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Tribute

Shamsur Rahman Faruqi: An illuminating life

Literature
Shamsur Rahman Faruqi (1935-2020) married Western perception to Urdu sensibilities, enriching the world of literature and criticism with his unique pe
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Communalism

Lawyer’s office raided arbitrarily by Delhi Police

Communalism
The police raid on the premises of an advocate who represents several of the North-East Delhi riot accused to search for “incriminating documents” was
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Investor exuberance amidst real economy recession

C.P. Chandrasekhar
Even while the real economy remains in contractionary mode, not only have stock market returns exploded but India’s stock of foreign exchange reserves
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Book Review: K.A. Nizami's "Ehd-e-Wusta ki Dilli" traces six centuries of Delhi as a cultural capital

Books
A fine translation of K.A. Nizami’s Urdu book, “Ehd-e-Wusta ki Dilli”, which chronicles the history and culture of Delhi across six centuries.
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Battle Against COVID-19

Politics drives India's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic even as questions over DCGI's approvals for vaccines persist

Lead Story
The approval process for the two vaccines released for Restricted Emergency Use once again makes it clear that politics, rather than science, is the g
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Tribute: Sugathakumari, iconic Malayalam poet-activist

Sugathakumari spearheaded successful campaigns to save the Silent Valley and other Kerala forests and roused concerns about social ills

Obituary
Sugathakumari (1934-2020), Malayalam poet, nature warrior and guardian of grieving hearts, played a leading role in campaigns to save nature and natur