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PM Narendra Modi with 70th batch of IRS officers | Facebook/itaxirs

The ‘dreaded’ IRS is back and so is India’s pushback against it during Covid crisis

IRS officers — the eyes and ears of the government’s economic decision-makers — found themselves under extra scrutiny this week.
Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, California | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

With Ambani by his side, Zuckerberg has finally made his Mark in India’s telecom space

Apart from paring its debt, the Facebook deal will help RIL enter India’s e-commerce space by tapping into WhatsApps’ 400 million strong userbase.
The Aarogya Setu is a healthcare app launched by the Narendra Modi govt.

Aarogya Setu download rate is faster than Facebook. Can it keep India ahead of Covid curve?

Aarogya Setu is at the centre of Modi govt’s contact tracing efforts to contain the Covid spread. Govt must allay concerns around its privacy provisions.
Boris Johnson | File photo: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Boris Johnson out of ICU, but political vacuum and coronavirus won’t let him breathe easy

Boris Johnson government’s slack response on Covid coupled with the prime minister’s own health has left the UK in a constitutional uncertainty.
Groups of migrants walk towards the Delhi-Ghaziabad border

Between locked down cities and distant homes, migrants lost their way in own country

Modi government’s lockdown to tackle Covid-19 pandemic led to a huge humanitarian crisis, not witnessed by the country in recent memory.
File photo | People clap and clang utensils to show gratitude to frontline workers, during Janata Curfew in Bikaner | PTI

Clapping to slapping — India did everything other than social distancing this week

When PM Modi imposed a lockdown to flatten the coronavirus curve, little did he know how difficult social distancing would be for Indians.
The family of the paramedic who was gangraped and murdered in 2012. The four convicted for the crime were hanged on 20 March 2020 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Asha Devi had never seen a police station. Then she forced India to change its rape laws

The mother of 23-year-old paramedic, who was gang raped in 2012, is hopeful that other pending rape cases will be expedited and concluded.
File photo of Jyotiraditya Scindia (L) with Rahul Gandhi and Kamal Nath in Bhopal | PTI Photo

Madhya Pradesh’s edge-of-the-seat politics gave tough competition to coronavirus on headlines

Madhya Pradesh has often bordered on the boring. And yet, this week, Scindia's exit and Congress defections turned it into a thriller.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi | File photo | Kamal Kishore | PTI

From Modi to Delhi Police to RBI, everyone told India not to panic. And what did Indians do?

After 3,000 distress calls to Delhi Police over riot rumours and coronavirus scare sending Indians into a tizzy, Yes Bank fiasco rounded off a panic-full week.
Amulya Patnaik

Under political pressure or a scapegoat? Where Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik went wrong

Though Amulya Patnaik has been known for his 'honesty' and 'sense of judgement', many now see him as a Delhi Police commissioner who failed his force during the riots.

On Camera

A cashier counts Indian rupee bank notes. | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Glitches, poor coverage: India’s digital payment failing labourers when they need it most

Developing countries such as Thailand and Kenya have already scaled up their infrastructure to deploy Covid relief efforts. Here's how India can fix its cash transfer system.

Lancet HCQ study row: Did WHO, experts rush to damn the drug due to Trump, Modi politics?

Medical journal The Lancet has admitted that questions have been raised about the data published in its earlier paper on hydroxychloroquine drug.

Defence

Indian and Chinese soldiers during a military exercise in Meghalaya last year | Representational image | ANI

‘Unprecedented’ — India, China deploy Lt Gen-rank army officers to solve border row

India’s 14 Corps Commander will meet the chief of China’s Southern Xinjiang Military District on 6 June after other rounds of talks failed to resolve the month-long border row.

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.