Friday, 14 May, 2021

PoV

SMS sent, no. of people registered, poetry — India’s health minister is busy this pandemic

You want data? Dr Harsh Vardhan’s Twitter timeline will drown you in it — from number of SMS’ sent via CoWin to number of vaccines sent to states.

Kate-William using YouTube to make monarchy cool. Diana is the competition, not Harry-Meghan

Following Princess Diana's lead and playing cricket in a salwar kameez is fine, but the Duke and Duchess have to do much more to compete with YouTube content creators.
Long March 5B rocket, carrying China's Tianhe space station core module, at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan province, on 29 April 2021

China’s rocket is coming down with a lesson — avoid schadenfreude on India’s Covid misery

If the space debris of Long March 5B rocket causes widespread damage, China will be 'liable to pay compensation' as per international law. But Indians aren't rejoicing the prospect.

IPL took ‘show must go on’ too seriously. But even bio-bubbles can’t keep away Covid reality

Amid Delhi’s worst-ever Covid spike, the 2021 edition of India’s most lucrative sports event continues unabated in a bubble, in more ways than one.
Howdy Modi

‘Indians for Indians’ is how Indian-Americans are fighting Biden ban on vaccine raw materials

Given the importance of Indian origin communities as political groups in the US, how this Indian-American mission unfolds will be interesting to watch.

New OTT rules won’t stop Bollywood’s queer stories – Geeli Pucchi to The Married Women

From ALTBalaji’s The Married Women, Neeraj Ghawyan’s Geeli Pucchi on Netflix, to Ekta Kapoor’s upcoming His Storyy, there’s a new wave of queer storylines.
The Facebook Inc. Instagram logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone in an arranged photograph taken in the Brooklyn Borough of New York | Gabby Jones | Bloomberg

Instagram Temperature challenge is the new Dalgona coffee of lockdown 2021 trends

As veterans of previous curfews and lockdowns, we have a better chance at surviving being at home.

Bollywood’s Mayawati, Rabri Devi biopics easy. Will it ever touch BJP-RSS leaders?

Be it Modi or Mayawati, Bollywood’s political biopics have either crashed and burned or been mediocre and forgettable. Can Rabri Devi-based Maharani change that?
Tourists at the Maldives (Representational Image) | Pixabay

Bollywood has made Maldives the new Goa. Here are the ‘Best beach pictures’ awards

If you’ve been whether Maldives suddenly seems to be more Bollywood than Mumbai itself, you are not off the mark.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur

Yahoo! Answers was internet’s Stone Age. It was also our friend, agony aunt, and teacher

Sex-education hungry kids to conspiracy theorists — Yahoo! Answers became the internet’s first meme corner.

On Camera

Workers unloading boxes of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin in Uttar Pradesh's capital Lucknow Sunday | Photo: ANI

Covid vaccine patents can be waived without hurting firms like Bharat Biotech. Here’s how

It is time countries acted with a humanitarian approach at WTO and relaxed IPR provisions for Covid-19 vaccines. And it can be done without disincentivising R&D efforts.

Covid hits gold sales on Akshaya Tritiya for second consecutive year

Recovery in India's gold demand, which bounced back in the first three months of 2021, has faltered again as surging infections force many states to impose lockdown-like curbs.

Defence

Representational image for the National Investigation Agency | Twitter

NIA arrests People’s Liberation Army leader for killing Assam Rifles official in Manipur

Mayanglambam Siromani, 32, was arrested for alleged involvement in an ambush on a road-opening party of 4th Assam Rifles in Manipur's Chandel on 15 November 2017.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Modi govt is in denial & India is back to being a flailing state

Modi government didn’t strengthen the foundations of basic governance in the last 7 years. Now, the PM has retreated and ministers are failing, adding to the Covid disaster.