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Xi wants China’s image to be ‘trustworthy’. He can begin with coronavirus origin

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Xi Jinping wants China’s image to be ‘trustworthy, lovable and respectable’. Noble thoughts. Here’s how he can achieve it: First, tell Chinese diplomats to be real diplomats, not wolf warriors. Second, be transparent about the origin of the Covid virus. And third, be less of a nuisance to your neighbours.

Waiving bridging trials alone won’t help vaccinate all Indians. Increasing production key

Government’s decision to waive bridging trials and testing each batch of vaccines at CDL, Kasauli, was overdue. This can speed up vaccinations to an extent but can’t fulfil the government’s ambition to vaccinate the entire population by 2021-end. For that, production needs to be massively increased and indemnity logjam resolved.

Notice to Alapan Bandyopadhyay has an alarming message — defy CMs if it suits bosses in Delhi

Centre’s notice to ex-Bengal CS Alapan Bandyopadhyay under the Disaster Management Act displays arrogance, vendetta and contempt for federalism. The message is alarming: civil servants must defy CMs if Delhi so commands. For a PM and ex-CM who mostly governs through IAS officers, Modi’s loyalty test must hurt their pride.

Buying booze in Delhi has always been a torture. Cheers to legal and responsible drinking

Buying booze in Delhi has always been a torture, and especially unsafe for women. Liquor sales privatisation relieves some of that. But home delivery is the real kick, now allowed by the AAP government. When almost everything is home delivered now, why not alcohol? Cheers to legal and responsible drinking.

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