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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

File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.

Tata woos investors for digital platform as it seeks to compete with Jio, Amazon, Flipkart

Tata Sons is working with advisers to explore bringing in financial or strategic investors, including global tech companies, for its new digital entity.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.