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What the word ‘curfew’ means & how janata curfew isn’t literally one

PM appealed to the public to stay home and take part in a ‘Janata Curfew’ on 22nd March in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

‘Rarest of rare’ — history of death penalty in India and crimes that call for hanging

Four convicts in 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder case are to be hanged at 5.30 am Friday. This is the first time that four convicts will be hanged together on the same platform.

HAL cuts its profit on Tejas Mark 1A deal by 50%, fighter jets to take to sky by 2022

Defence Ministry Wednesday gave green signal to the purchase of 83 Light Combat Aircraft Mark 1A Tejas from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited at a cost of Rs 37,000 cr.
A file photo of Retd. Air Marshal Anjan Kumar Gogoi. } Photo: Twitter/IAF

Ex-CJI’s IAF officer brother Anjan Gogoi too has post-retirement job — Secretary-level post

Retired Air Marshal Anjan Kumar Gogoi, a recipient of Param Vishisht Seva Medal and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, was named as an NEC member in January.
The protest at Jama Masjid

UP books 27 anti-CAA protesters under gangsters Act — a law controversial since 1986 launch

Lucknow police say the Act has been invoked because the protesters ‘conspired as a gang to commit anti-government activities…’
Coronavirus protection

What is community transmission — how one can contract COVID-19 without travelling

The health ministry has denied cases of community transmission in India which means those sick have only been infected by a known source.
US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister issued a joint press statement after their meeting at Hyderabad House. | Photo: Praveen Jain| ThePrint

Blue Dot Network — US answer to China’s Belt & Road Initiative that India’s ‘interested’ in

Blue Dot Network concept was officially launched in November 2019 at Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Thailand. It will be led by the US along with Japan & Australia.
Representational image | Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg

Why oil prices are going down and how it affects the Indian economy

As Saudi Arabia initiated a price war against Russia, the crude oil price fell by 30%, registering its single-largest fall since 1990 Gulf War.
In India too, many shops and online retailers have run out of hand sanitisers

How the hand sanitiser came about — from 12th century to 1997

Amid coronavirus outbreak, the hand sanitiser has become a most sought-after product, with many countries even reporting shortages.
Officials collect Census data | Photo: censusindia.gov.in

Fear of quota claims, ‘need to save secular state’ — why caste never made it to the census

The last time comprehensive data on caste was collected was in the 1931 Census, and there is now a growing clamour to include caste as a category in the 2021 Census.

On Camera

People wearing masks in a park in Shanghai, China | Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

Asians will become the new Muslims — how coronavirus will change our world like 9/11

To control another Covid-19 outbreak, solutions like body screening, temperature guns, sanitising kits will become a permanent part of our lives.

Covid-19 Battle: Are Indian chief ministers measuring up or need strong central oversight?

PM Modi held a video conference with all chief ministers Thursday to take stock of the situation arising out of the Covid-19 health emergency.


The consignment in Maldives

IAF airlifts 6.2 tonnes of essential medicines, hospital consumables to Maldives

The consignment was airlifted to Male by an Indian Air Force C-130 aircraft, as part of 'Operation Sanjeevani'.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.