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07-05-2021

Mounting Challenges (May 7, 2021)

Briefing

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WORLD AFFAIRS: Myanmar

Rebels vs rulers after military coup in Myanmar

World Affairs
The spectre of civil war looms large in Myanmar as opposition parties persist in a nationwide civil unrest even as 10 of the country’s major rebel gro
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WORLD AFFAIRS: Myanmar

People of Myanmar resist army rule

World Affairs
Confronting ever more deadly military repression, and with little support from outside, the people of Myanmar are somehow finding ways to fight back.
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Controversy

Mumbai bomb scare case has shifted to one about allegations of corruption against politicians and police officers

India
What started out as a probe into a bomb scare incident near the Ambanis’ residence in Mumbai has spiralled into an investigation into allegations of c
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Tribute

V. Anaimuthu (1925-2021): Crusader for social justice

Obituary
V. Anaimuthu (1925-2021), who strove to combine Periyarism with Marxism, will be remembered for his marathon labour of editing E.V. Ramasamy Periyar’s
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COVID-19 Update

COVID-19: Families vulnerable in Andhra Pradesh

Lead Story
In Andhra Pradesh, entire families are getting the infection owing to asymptomatic cases and patients are slipping into distress within days, leaving
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COVID-19 Update

Telangana feeling the strain of rising cases, vaccine shortage

Lead Story
Non-availability of doses is hampering the State’s vaccination drive even as the sudden increase in cases, attributed to a new strain of the virus, ha
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Communalism

Targeting Gyanvapi mosque: Sangh Parivar starts campaign to 'liberate' Kashi Vishwanath temple

Communalism
A Varanasi court order seeking an ASI survey of the Gyanvapi mosque emboldens Sangh Parivar outfits to start campaigns for ‘liberating’ the Kashi Vish
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Interview: Dr Shashank Joshi

Dr Shashank Joshi: ‘Vaccination will not impact surge’

Lead Story
Interview with Dr Shashank Joshi, member of the Maharashtra COVID Task Force and a consultant endocrinologist at Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital.
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COVID-19 Update: Kerala

Kerala’s two-pronged strategy to ‘crush the curve’

Lead Story
The Kerala government intensifies its containment and prevention strategies to bring down the test positivity rate during the second wave of infection
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COVID-19 Update: KARNATAKA

Rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru

Lead Story
Bengaluru has more than 65 per cent of all active cases recorded in Karnataka in a virulent second wave where the test positivity rate in the State is
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COVER STORY: Gujarat

Gujarat may soon overtake Maharashtra in COVID numbers

Lead Story
COVID numbers in Gujarat are rising dangerously, straining the State’s poor public health infrastructure. But the government is in denial.
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COVID-19 CASES AND DEATHS

Lessons from the ‘first wave’

Lead Story
An attempt to understand India’s paradox of high COVID infection rate but low case rate and low case fatality rate and their implications for controll
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COVER STORY: Chhattisgarh

Sharp spike in COVID cases in Chhattisgarh

Lead Story
Chhattisgarh’s public health structure is on the verge of breakdown as it faces a deadly second wave.
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COVID-19 Update: UTTAR PRADESH

Yogi regime takes refuge in hype amid corona surge

Lead Story
A sudden surge in COVID cases in Uttar Pradesh exposes the State government’s unpreparedness in handling the crisis.
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Cover story: COVID-19 Update

In second COVID wave, Asia and Latin America suffer acute shortage of vaccines, health sectors overwhelmed

Lead Story
As the pandemic rages across the world and nations of the global South continue to face several hurdles, billionaires add to their wealth and military
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Interview: Sachin Sawant

Sachin Sawant: ‘Democracy under threat’

Lead Story
Interview with Sachin Sawant, spokesperson for the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee.
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Interview: Romila Thapar

‘Hindutva is not the same as Hinduism’

India
Interview with the historian Romila Thapar.
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Covid update

Maharashtra government opts for cooperation over coercion in its new COVID control policy

Lead Story
Opting for cooperation over coercion in its new COVID control policy, Maharashtra struggles with a truculent public and politicking by the Centre.
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Vaccine

What are the criteria to compare vaccines?

Lead Story
India had a golden opportunity to evaluate every serious ‘adverse events following immunisation’, but in the absence of trained public health officers
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Assembly Election

The elections in West Bengal and Assam have been marked by violations of the Model Code of Conduct

Politics
The elections, especially in West Bengal and Assam, have been marked by vituperative campaigns and communally polarising statements in violation of th
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Covid Update

COVID-19 vaccines: Trials & errors

Lead Story
As foreign-made vaccines are cleared for emergency use and post-approval parallel bridging clinical trials are waiting to be done, it becomes imperati
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West Bengal Assembly Election

West Bengal: Trinamool and BJP in a close race

Politics
In the final three phases of the Assembly election in West Bengal, the BJP and the Trinamool are locked in tough contests in several of the 114 consti
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Historiography

Book Review: ‘The Making of Regions in Indian History’ reconstructs the evolution of premodern Odisha

Books
A remarkable collection of 13 essays, written over three decades in the best traditions of Indian historiography, on the making of Odisha as a region.
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Cover story

COVID second wave: Clueless Centre cannot hold

Lead Story
As the second wave of COVID-19 rages across the nation overwhelming the public health system, the Central government remains clueless and ill-prepared
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Economic Perspectives

Biden’s global corporate tax plans send mixed signals

C.P. Chandrasekhar
The Joe Biden administration may have ambitions of restoring U.S. economic competitiveness and dominance, but its position on digital services taxes s
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Covid update

Tamil Nadu: Post-election curbs

India
Infections rise in Tamil Nadu as a rudderless State government struggles to contain new COVID cases, while Puducherry fears a lockdown disrupting tour
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Spotlight

World-class cancer hospital in Odisha to be set up with a substantial donation from Subroto and Susmita Bagchi

India
Entrepreneurs Subroto and Susmita Bagchi pledge to donate a total of Rs. 340 crore towards the establishment of a world-class cancer hospital and pall