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World Bank headquaters in Washington | Commons

World Bank approves $1 billion emergency funding for India to tackle coronavirus

In South Asia, the World Bank also approved $200 million for Pakistan, $100 million for Afghanistan and $128.6 million for Sri Lanka.
Quarantine centre at Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama | Photo: Facebook

Quarantined in Kashmir, Jamia student booked after he posted photos of ‘unhygienic’ centre

Pulwama police says the Jamia PhD scholar was involved in a scuffle after which the FIR was registered.
File image of North Block in New Delhi, which houses the Ministry of Home Affairs | Photo: Bloomberg

Inside Modi govt’s virus ‘war room’ — ministers sleep over, 50 phone lines, 4 control rooms

From coordinating with states to tracking cases around the world, North Block is guiding the Covid-19 effort, with Amit Shah monitoring from his residence.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Indian women are locked in with their abusers, but are finding new ways to seek help

Several domestic abuse helplines say the number of calls has fallen since the lockdown kicked in last week. But the number of complaints hasn’t.
Ramayan

Ramayan records 17 cr viewers for DD in first weekend, YouTube numbers double

BARC-Nielsen report says 5.1 crore saw Ramayan episode on Sunday while DD officials say the show along with Mahabharat & Shaktimaan have doubled Doordarshan’s YouTube traffic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address Friday | Screengrab

After bartan bajao, PM Modi asks Indians to light lamps, candles as symbols of hope

Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls for lamps to be lit for 9 minutes at 9 pm Sunday 'to defeat despair of coronavirus', but says social distancing is imperative.
Residents of a village in Birbhum, West Bengal, stand in a queue to collect ration distributed by the district administration | By special arrangement

These Bengal villagers found ways to keep Covid-19 out, instead of waiting for govt help

Residents of tribal villages in Purulia, West Midnapore, Bankura, Birbhum voluntarily inform district authorities about people returning from other states, say officials.
IAS officers outside the Parliament (representational image)

IAS, IPS officers say 50-70% pay cuts are mere optics, unnecessary and will hit morale

Amid Covid-19 outbreak, Maharashtra, Telangana, Rajasthan, Odisha & Andhra have announced pay cuts or delays for elected representatives & govt employees.

India isn’t on top of list for coronavirus test kits suppliers

Red tape is slowing deployment of local test kits and global suppliers are prioritising countries such as Italy, Spain, US and UK.
Sadhus and devotees at the Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya on Ram Navami Thursday | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Angry sadhus, deserted Janmabhoomi, but no social distancing in Ayodhya on Ram Navami

The Ram Janmabhoomi site & the city gates were deserted, but in the inner lanes and temples, devotees and even policemen could be seen violating orders.

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Men smoking hookah | Representational Image | Commons

Chewing gum ban good but Haryana’s hookah culture can be real Covid-19 culprit

Hookah is popular in the state of Haryana and people, especially the elderly are defying Covid-19 lockdown and coming together to smoke hookah.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.