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Modi-Shah rely on weakened Nitish Kumar: Risk averse BJP or no better option in Bihar?

Addressing a virtual rally in Bihar, home minister Amit Shah Sunday said that the NDA will retain power in the state under the leadership of chief minister Nitish Kumar.

Should Twitter, FB censor world leaders like Trump or remain platforms for freedom of speech?

Earlier, Twitter issued a fact-checking warning on Trump's controversial tweet threatening Minneapolis protesters.

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.

40 Covid apps across India: Lack of coordination or needed for micro-management?

India now has nearly 40 Covid-19 apps, including Aarogya Setu. The purpose of these apps range from contact tracing to providing health information and issuing e-passes.

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.

Can schools & students be trusted with Covid norms or should classes begin as curve flattens?

Over two lakh parents across India have opposed the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plan to reopen schools in July.

3 states quarrel over NCR sealing: Time for Centre to step in and treat it as one unit?

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced Monday sealing of national capital’s borders with neighbouring states for a week.

How can you make a webinar exciting?

Businessman Anand Mahindra took to Twitter to denounce the word 'webinar' and asked for it to be 'banished' from the dictionary.

Inter-state movement curbs: Are Indian states being paranoid or practical during Covid?

Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa has said there is no ban on flights and trains to the state, a day after after his govt banned flights from certain states after a spike in Covid cases.

Does Trump help or harm India’s interests when he offers to mediate with China, Pakistan?

US President Donald Trump Wednesday offered to mediate between India and China over the "raging border dispute".

On Camera

Representational image | A magnified coronavirus germ is displayed on a monitor during coronavirus patient sample detection tests in the virology research labs in a hospital in Leuven, Belgium | Bloomberg

Four issues that will dominate news for rest of 2021

Covid will dominate the headlines, but here are four stories, none of which is currently prominent in the news, to watch for the rest of 2021.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

Modi govt pushes BPCL privatisation, opens financial data to bidders

The BPCL privatisation, which could be the country’s biggest, is crucial for India. The govt needs to raise capital to make up the fall in tax revenues as the pandemic hit the economy.

Defence

A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Mayday, Mayday — How Modi govt led India into a perfect storm

Triumphalism, premature declaration of victory meant no one checked if India had enough vaccines, oxygen, remdesivir, bringing us back to a crisis where we need foreign aid after four decades.