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Covid

School buses, closed rooms, droplets — Yes, coronavirus can spread through air

If you’re infected, droplets from your mouth or nose can contain the coronavirus, and early research suggests it can be viable for many minutes to hours.
A Mosque in Xinjiang

How China’s project to de-Islamicise its Uyghur Muslims began and continues

In episode 577 of 'Cut the Clutter', ThePrint's Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta discusses the Uyghur issue and a new report that maps China's 'cultural erasure' of the region.
A labourer at work in Mumbai | File Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

India needs to copy China better, and it can start with its special economic zones

With a severely contracted GDP, loss of jobs in millions and 85,000 coronavirus cases being reported daily, it is time for India to start making reforms.
UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath | ANI

Yogi Adityanath’s Operation Durachari is another bad idea. Just like the Anti-Romeo squads

Whatever Yogi Adityanath’s masterstroke is, the central principle appears to be public shaming—it can unleash dangerous social vigilantism.
Bookstore_book shelves

Are you anti-national, seditious, or simply inconvenient? Your bookshelf holds the answer

Indians today should ditch the books that Sharjeel Imam, Akhil Gogoi, Umar Khalid and Kanhaiya Kumar read and stick to Chetan Bhagat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' defence industry outreach webinar via video conference, in New Delhi on 27 August

Mahabharata to irresponsible Indians — How Modi govt’s message on Covid changed in 6 months

In the last few months, the Modi government’s Covid communication has focussed only on absolving itself of all blame. Not data or roadmaps.

Living in CBI-NIA’s shadows for long, NCB now enjoying newfound spotlight

Thanks to some Bollywood A-listers and their WhatsApp chats, the Narcotics Control Bureau now occupies the centre stage of many evening news shows.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Farm reform bills are a beginning, not the agricultural equivalent of 1991

Govt says farmer should be free to sell to who he chooses, where he chooses, when he chooses. But fact is outcomes vary across crops & geographies, over time.

How to prevent Navika Kumar from reading your private WhatsApp chats

Data security is a spectrum. Small things can help you be on the more secure side of the spectrum.
An IAF An-32 aircraft on its inaugral landing at the Nyoma airfield in 2009 | Special arrangement

At Nyoma, how the IAF turned a sandy surface into a smooth landing ground for its An-32

Upon landing at Nyoma, the engines were kept running. After a well-deserved cup of tea, we were back in the skies, leaving behind a dust storm.

On Camera

Posting pictures of food on social media | PxHere

Are Indian men posting more food pictures online? A new trend is emerging during pandemic

Yes, urban Indians are cooking much more during the coronavirus pandemic. But only that doesn’t explain why we are posting more pictures too.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | ANI

India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?