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On Camera

A pilgrim prays at the Sangam during the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh | Bloomberg

India’s Covid numbers are alarming, and there is a lesson in them for the world

The new variant, B.1.617, has features associated with higher infection rates and lower antibody resistance. It's turning up in more than half of viral samples taken in India.
An employee arranges frozen chicken products in a freezer at a Big Bazaar hypermarket, operated by Future Retail Ltd. | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Future Retail’s resolution plan to restructure bank debt eases some immediate concerns

The debt resolution plan, accepted by lenders, is subject to approval by a committee formed by the RBI and exchanges.

Defence

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid hospital in Delhi, set up by DRDO | By special arrangement

DRDO reopens makeshift Covid hospital in Delhi, 5 other facilities to come up across India

DRDO says the 500-bed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid hospital in Delhi will cater to Covid patients who require critical care.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.