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More than Wang Yi’s remark, India should worry about the proposal for a new island nations’ forum

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s statement that no “third party” should interfere in China-Sri Lanka ties is a bit rich considering Beijing has been doing exactly that with India’s neighbours. But what should worry Delhi is his proposal for an Indian Ocean island nations’ forum. This opens yet another front.

9-month wait for booster shot flies in the face of logic. Give easy access to vaccines lying unused

The nine-month-long wait after second vaccine for Covid booster shots doesn’t have a robust scientific basis and flies in the face of logic as vaccination centres are empty and stocks of vaccines lie unused. With the raging third wave, all Indians should have easy access to the third dose.

Three years after Lokpal was formed, there’s only one conclusion. It was a lot of hype

Anna Hazare’s movement sparked the demand for an anti-corruption watchdog, the Jan Lokpal, transfixed India and birthed Lokpal. So far, though, it received just a handful of complaints, and achieved nothing noteworthy. The wrong conclusion is that we’re alright with bribery. The right one: it was a lot of hype.

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