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The Union Public Service Commission headquarters in New Delhi (representational image) | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Not much enthusiasm for Modi govt’s latest IAS lateral entry push, just about 1,200 apply

In the previous round, in 2018, when govt had announced 10 vacancies for the posts of joint secretaries, the UPSC had received 6,077 applications. 
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan | Photo: ANI

BJP leaders are upset with Shivraj’s Covid management, say virtual meetings are ‘tamasha’

BJP members say statements by leaders claiming everything is fine are ‘a joke’, flag gaps in Madhya Pradesh's healthcare infrastructure, want complete lockdown.
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Committed to free media, says EC, calls it a natural ally days after seeking gag order

In statement Wednesday, Election Commission said that it recognised the media's role in enhancing effectiveness of elections. It had earlier sought a media gag order in Madras HC.
A shipment from Ireland carrying 2 oxygen generators, 548 oxygen concentrators, 365 ventilators & other medical equipment arrives in New Delhi on 4 May 2021 | MEA | Twitter

Centre is distributing foreign Covid aid, but some states & govt hospitals are still waiting

Some states, hospitals say they received a part of the required supplies, while others are yet to receive anything. Centre assures all the foreign aid received will be distributed effectively.
PM Narendra Modi addresses the nation on Covid-19, on 20 April 2021 | PIB

Jolted by bad press, Modi govt drafts plan to show it is ‘responsive, hard-working’

I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar and I&B Secretary Amit Khare have been holding video-conferences every day with senior govt officials for over a week now to review negative press.
(Representational image) UP police personnel on duty during panchayat elections in Lucknow last month | Twitter/@adgzonelucknow

‘Even we can’t get help’, IAS, IPS, IRS officers say as panic sets in after spate of Covid deaths

Many in the country’s IAS, IPS and other civil services complain that informal networks, which protected them earlier, have all collapsed.
Grieving relatives outside the district hospital at Chamarajanagar | Rohini Swamy | ThePrint

Lack of oxygen blamed as 24 patients, including 12 with Covid, die at Karnataka govt hospital

Staff at Chamarajanagar district hospital say all patients died when the facility ran out of oxygen. District authorities say too early to reach that conclusion.

EC orders FIRs over celebratory congregations in anticipation of poll victories

The Election Commission had recently banned victory processions on the counting day to curb the spread of Covid-19. Counting of votes is underway in 4 states and a Union Territory.
A BMC medical staff administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a beneficiary at Nair hospital in Mumbai, on 27 April 2021 | PTI

States grapple with vaccine shortage, but Modi govt asks them to return ‘unutilised’ stock

In a letter written to states on 23 April, the health ministry said any unutilised vaccine stocks will have to be returned to the cold chain point from where the stocks were issued.
Covid testing in Lucknow on 25 April 2021 | Representational image | Photo: Nand Kumar | PTI

In UP’s two worst-hit districts, the fight is just to get tested

According to UP government, it is conducting 2.25 lakh-2.35 lakh tests every day, but state’s testing/million rate lags below the national average.  

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Nurses giving oxygen pump to coronavirus COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit (I.C.U.) at Ramakrishna Hospital | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

ICU for 70yr man or 30yr woman? Doctors, nurses are turning to psychiatrists in 2nd wave

Don’t advise India’s doctors and hospital staff to do yoga, meditation and exercise in the middle of the second wave of Covid. They need mental healthcare.
Health department officials at Majhgaon village in Chhattisgarh’s Bemetara district | By special arrangement

‘Worrying signs’: Covid hits rural India hard, it now has nearly half of all new cases

The total number of daily cases being reported across India is nearly 300 per cent higher as compared to last year, meaning they will exert pressure on rural health infrastructure.


Last rites being performed at the Brar Square Crematorium in the Delhi Cantonment | By special arrangement

These soldiers are serving 24×7 to cremate veterans, dependents succumbing to Covid

From 4 pyres at Delhi's Brar Square cremation ground, the infrastructure is being raised to deal with 20 bodies at a time due to the increased Covid toll.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Modi govt is in denial & India is back to being a flailing state

Modi government didn’t strengthen the foundations of basic governance in the last 7 years. Now, the PM has retreated and ministers are failing, adding to the Covid disaster.