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18-06-2021

Heartless in Gaza (June 18, 2021)

Briefing

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ESSAY

Modi as Tuqhlaq

India
What “benefits” does the Central Vista Project bring to India’s people? What is to be gained by massive statues built on land or sea?
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Justice for Sterlite victims

Tamil Nadu government's remedial measures come as solace for Sterlite police violence victims

Human rights
The Tamil Nadu government upgrades the appointments of those affected by police violence in Thoothukudi during the anti-Sterlite protests three years
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COVID-19 Update: Maharashtra

Maharashtra for opening up slowly

Covid-19
Even as the Maharashtra government prepares to announce the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, it is well aware of the dilemma ahead.
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COVID-19 Update: Gujarat

Pyres of a tragedy in Gujarat as the COVID-19 crisis worsens

Covid-19
The State’s fatality rate has not fallen and there is concern over unaccounted COVID deaths.
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COVID-19 UPDATE: Karnataka

COVID-19: Surge in rural Karnataka

Covid-19
In Karnataka, the daily death count remains high and rural areas experience a surge even as the overall case numbers decline.
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Kerala's efforts in tackling COVID-19

COVID-19: No room for laxity in Kerala as deaths rise even as cases fall

Covid-19
The falling number of active cases and test positivity ratio offer a glimmer of hope, but the rising number of daily deaths is a source of worry.
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COVID-19 Update: Goa

Failure of leadership in Goa is leading to the second wave of the pandemic not being handled well

There are no signs that the number of infections in Goa is decreasing, and the State’s infrastructure, including its health facilities, cannot cope wi
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COVID-19 Update: Andhra Pradesh

COVID-19: Andhra Pradesh fight against pandemic marked by community involvement

Covid-19
Although the infection curve shows signs of flattening, the government ramps up measures to involve the people at every level in combating the pandemi
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COVID-19 Update: Tamil Nadu

COVID-19: An all-out battle in Tamil Nadu

Covid-19
Blatant violation of COVID-19 related norms in the urban centres and the pandemic’s rapid spread to the rural areas force the new government to pull o
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COVID-19 Update: Telangana

COVID-19: What the numbers on the Telangana government’s website hide

Covid-19
As hospitals continue to be overwhelmed and doctors say that it is still too early to claim that Telangana is past the second wave of COVID, the numbe
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COVID-19 Update: Odisha

Cyclone in COVID times

Covid-19
Odisha continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic with its focus on villages, where infections were found to be spreading.
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COVID-19 Update: Jammu & Kashmir

Amid a surge of COVID cases in Jammu, the Union territory is facing a shortage of oxygen and vaccines

Covid-19
The daily death toll due to COVID-19 is rising in the Jammu area, but the administration of the Union Territory seems to be preoccupied more with cont
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COVID-19 Update: West Bengal

High death count in West Bengal

Covid-19
As West Bengal continued to struggle with the COVID crisis and the death count showed no sign of coming down, the very severe cyclonic storm Yaas brou
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COVID-19 Update

Local body elections and the Kumbh Mela has taken COVID-19 infections into the rural areas of Uttar Pradesh

Covid-19
As western Uttar Pradesh counts its dead, Shamli tells a story of how ill-timed local elections turned into a COVID-19 superspreader event. The admini
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TRIBUTE

Sunderlal Bahuguna: Himalaya’s foot soldier

Obituary
Sunderlal Bahuguna’s (1927-2021) primary identity is of a crusader to save the Himalayan environment and people, but he also inspired generations of e
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COVID-19

Fudging the death count in Varanasi

Covid-19
Under-reporting of COVID deaths marks the pandemic situation in Uttar Pradesh.
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COVID-19

Hindu right-wing organisations in the U.S avail themselves of low-interest loans offered by the Small Business Administration

Covid-19
Even as questions are being asked in India about the money the Prime Minister and various Chief Ministers collected in the name of COVID relief, in th
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COVID-19

BJP leaders promoting fake cures for COVID-19, peddling pseudoscience

Covid-19
Elected BJP representatives find novel ways to promote fake cures for the coronavirus infection.
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COVID-19

Persons with disabilities face double whammy of inaccessibility and official apathy in the pandemic

Covid-19
Even as two reports on the impact of the pandemic on people with disabilities point out cracks in the system, disability rights advocates complain abo
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Modi, Yogi under RSS microscope

RSS top brass unhappy with Modi, Yogi handling of second wave

Covid-19
Rattled by the recent losses in elections to three State Assemblies and Uttar Pradesh’s local bodies, the RSS top brass takes stock of the situation t
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COVID-19

Black fungus: The deathly infection

Covid-19
The incidence of black fungus, the fatal opportunistic infection, underscores the need for significant public health investment in disease control and
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Reports

How the poor live in the time of pandemic and lockdown

Covid-19
A report by trade union organisations highlights the problems the poor people face in Bengaluru because of the pandemic and the lockdown.
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Interview: Dr Hemanth Nandigala

Dr Hemanth Nandigala: ‘You cannot quicken the process of manufacturing vaccines too much’

Covid-19
Interview with Dr Hemanth Nandigala, managing director, Virchow Biotech Private Limited.
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Interview: Dr Satyajit Rath

‘India needs to spread its bets on vaccines’: Dr Satyajit Rath

Covid-19
Interview with Dr Satyajit Rath, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune.
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COVID-19

COVID-19: Vaccine follies

Covid-19
The Indian COVID-19 vaccine story is a string of missteps based on the Modi government’s exaggerated claims of exceptionalism, grounded in voodoo noti
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Economic Perspectives

The economic crisis is real; the picture of economic resilience is an illusion

C.P. Chandrasekhar
While two official reports on the economic fallout of the second wave of COVID-19 in India suggest that it has been less severe than the first, the fa
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Opposition to Israeli belligerence

Israeli attack on Gaza sparks global outrage

Lead Story
Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip evokes unprecedented worldwide condemnation but right-wing regimes stand by it, while several Democratic leaders urg
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COVER STORY

Israel’s impunity, U.S.’ complicity

Lead Story
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resorts to military operations in Gaza with U.S. support to hold on to power and mow down Hamas as it is the only fo
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COVID-19

Misplaced optimism as COVID numbers go down

Covid-19
The government seems to be showing some optimism that the second wave is waning, but the continuing upward graph of the death toll points to a differe
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West Asia

Savaging the Gaza Strip

Lead Story
Israel targets the defenceless population of Gaza on the direct orders of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is desperately trying to cling on to power. After a
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Book Review: Ishtiaq Ahmed's "Jinnah: His Successes, Failures and Role in History" attempts to understand Partition

Books
This book is not a biography or even an account of what M.A. Jinnah the politician did or did not do. It is an attempt at historical reasoning by a po