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PM Modi's Covid-19 address on 14 April. Photo | YouTube

Migrant workers are caught between India and Bharat. It’s time to build a bridge

Yogi Adityanath has put a claim on UP’s labourers, but prospects of creating jobs overnight remain daunting in locations inherently unattractive to investors.
Labourers unloading sacks of onion in Azadpur mandi in Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

From Meghalaya to Jharkhand, how India is ensuring agri supply chains are not disrupted

In a world living with Covid-19, it is clear that supply chains and logistics should be simple and easy to manage. And that’s what several Indian states are doing.
File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

Ahead of talks with China, question for India: Settle geography or wait for history to unfold?

China changed the geography in 1959 by claiming Tibet. But it would be naïve to think China can now force India to settle the border issue to its advantage.
Representational image | Police personnel walk past a message that reads 'Please Protect Yourself And Others' at Marine Drive, during Covid pandemic | PTI

Covid is India’s big chance to fix police – from blunt force instrument to civilian service

Outdated policing techniques such as coercion and suppression won’t work in post-Covid India. Police-public relationship needs to change.
A pedestrian wearing a protective mask walks past shuttered stores in a near-empty Connaught Place during a partial lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in New Delhi, India | Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

Are coronavirus lockdowns slowing infection rates? Yes, says science

Anyone who says lockdowns don’t work is simply wrong. Restricting human contact has had a dramatic effect on Covid-19’s infection rates.
Salon workers don face shields to serve a customer in the 'Unlock 1' phase of the Covid-19 lockdown | Photo: ANI

India can build the boat as it sails rough Covid crisis waters, but should know where to go

The govt needs to prepare in detail for all eventualities, and not seek refuge in ‘uncertainty’. It should trust and seek active public support.
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Coronavirus attacks blood vessels, creates strange clots, autopsy studies show

Autopsies have revealed that Covid-19 is no ordinary respiratory disease. The virus is killing people by ravaging the circulatory system.
A medical worker takes a swab sample from a man to test for coronavirus in Wuhan, May 19. | Photographer: Hector Retamal | Bloomberg AFP via Getty Images

Coronavirus isn’t getting weaker, it’s just that we’re fighting it better

Coronavirus may appear weaker in some parts of the world as expanded testing & surveillance are catching people earlier in the course of their illness.

Donald Trump is having a bad week. He must find an Amit Shah of his own

Donald Trump needs to learn that the President of the US doesn’t have to stoop low on social media. He can get an IT cell to do that job for him.
PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

Sonam Wangchuk is right. Time for India to hurt Chinese wallet and go Swadeshi

'Boycott China' is a recurring theme in India. But to make it a success, we will have to list all those things around us that are made in China.

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File image of PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping | Wikimedia Commons

China’s on India’s side in Pangong, Hot Springs. ‘Difference in perception’ line suits it

China has, over the years, specialised in salami slicing. In Sept 2017, then Army chief Bipin Rawat had cautioned that China was silently taking over territory.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.


File image of soldiers of the Indian Army and China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: ANI

India, China army commanders to meet tomorrow. These are the issues 14 Corps chief will raise

14 Corps Commander Lt Gen Harinder Singh is scheduled to meet China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District chief at Chushul-Moldo border personnel meeting point Saturday.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.