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Potential Covid drug favipiravir to be available at Rs 103/pill at pharmacies by month-end

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‘Covid drug’ favipiravir to be available at Rs 103/tablet by month-end

Favipiravir, an antiviral medication developed in Japan, is currently the subject of 18 trials around the world as a potential treatment for Covid-19, reports Himani Chandna.

Bollywood’s nepotism didn’t start with Karan Johar. But it must end with Sushant Singh Rajput

Nepotism-led ‘othering’ has reached a toxic level in Bollywood. Regardless of the extent of its contribution to Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, the Hindi film industry must do some soul-searching, writes Priyanka Sinha Jha.

57 minor girls found Covid-positive in Kanpur shelter home, 5 of them pregnant, 1 HIV+

Fifty-seven minor girls have tested positive for Covid at a children’s shelter home in Kanpur, with five of them found to be pregnant and one HIV-positive. The UP administration officials said the pregnancies happened before the lockdown. The shelter home has been sealed, and its staff quarantined, reports Prashant Srivastava.

Arvind Kejriwal has locked himself in a cage and given the keys to Amit Shah

Unless Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal rethinks his surrender to Modi-Shah, he will make the Aam Aadmi Party a matter of history, writes Shivam Vij.

Modi is sailing smooth now, but history won’t be kind to him

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may continue to win elections for a while, but what will he really be remembered for in the long run, besides his amazing ability to command votes? Read the opinion piece by Ruhi Tewari to know.

Galwan clash is a turning point as Indian soldiers give Chinese a bloody nose

Indian democracy’s chaotic nature rescued PM Modi after his muddled messages from the all-party meeting even as 2 messages from Galwan clash went out into the world, writes Jyoti Malhotra.

India must believe threat of war is real, even if Chinese build-up is coercive diplomacy

India invented coercive diplomacy with Op Parakram. But unlike Pakistan back then, it must never blink, be prepared for war, and wear out the Chinese, writes Shekhar Gupta in this week’s ‘National Interest’.

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  1. Readers are first taken to this Vedic astrology writer’s predictive alerts in hitherto well-known article – “ Predictions for coming year 2020 by kushal kumar” – published last year 2019 on 10 October at The article covering India was published on 10 October , 2019 when Covid-19 was undoubtedly not born. And at that stage of time , this writer was very clear while alerting about something catastrophic likely to visit near about mid-March to last until June in 2020 . The worrisome period was indicated covering three and a half months from mid-March to June 2020 about Italy at , while about India the related predictive text is reproduced from the aforesaid article published on 10 October , 2019 :-
    “ The next three months from April to June 2020 appears to be a period of time testing ‘ patience’ and ‘perseverance’ , introducing several parts of the country to worrisome concerns…………………”. In the month of June , 2020 , readers may be interested to know the latest predictive view of this writer with reference to Covid-19 in particular. Their interest can be understood because at the stage the predictive alerts were made by this writer on 10 October , 2019 , Covid-19 pandemic was not in the scene. Readers may note that this writer’s predictive view remains intact what it was on 10 October , 2019 . However , there is scope of addressing the situation in better refreshed details here. Keeping in view the contemporary planetary postures about India , it can be said that month of June upto 20 June , 2020 , may be stressful more than what April-May 2020 have been , calling for increased patience , resolve and appropriate strategy in the absence of effective drug. After 20 June 2020 , this writer does not foresee easy and sudden or overnight change in the worrisome landscape , but some positive scenario may generate for July –October , 2020. Last ten days of June and after in 2020 , the battle may look to be bringing some ammunition to fight. It seems 11 July , 2020 and soon after may loosen the grip of Covid-19 in India , how much and to what extent it may be , this writer must not say which is not within radar.

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