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Alarm as infection rate in Bihar & UP, most populous states, 1.5 times above national average

India's overall R value was a reassuring 1.31, compared to 1.30 last week. But it is the two poorest and most crowded states where infection rates have gone up alarmingly.
Representational image. | Madhya Pradesh landscape. | Photo: Flickr

Indian states taking ownership of land records digitisation, up to govt to expand it now: Study

The government of India can profitably look at the N-LRSI experience as an instrument to secure improvement in the domain of land records and services.
The death certificate issued for living Covid-19 patient Chunnu Kumar, by Patna Medical College and Hospital, on 11 April 2021 | Twitter @ANI

How a wife’s last-minute doubt exposed goof-up by Patna hospital that called a living man dead

Senior official suspended. Patna DM Chandrashekhar Singh has ordered the hospital to conduct an investigation and identify those responsible for the goof-up.
The death certificate issued for living Covid-19 patient Chunnu Kumar, by Patna Medical College and Hospital, on 11 April 2021 | Twitter @ANI

Patna hospital declares alive Covid patient dead, hands over another man’s body to family

Following the incident, Patna District Magistrate Chandrasekhar Singh asked the hospital authorities to investigate the matter and take action against the person responsible.
Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library in Patna | Photo: Wikipedia

‘Bulldozing heritage’: Bihar plan to partly raze 130-yr-old Khuda Bakhsh library sparks outrage

Khuda Bakhsh library is an ‘Institution of National Importance’ according to Parliament. Now, Nitish govt's plan for elevated road suggests knocking down its historic Curzon Reading Hall.
File image of Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan | Photo: ANI

Why BJP is still in a dilemma about ‘PM Modi’s Hanuman’ Chirag Paswan

Amit Shah had said LJP’s future as NDA member would be considered after assembly polls. More than 5 months later, JD(U) continues to humiliate Chirag, but BJP is quiet.
Nitish Kumar addressing a press conference | File photo: PTI

Nitish Kumar has changed. It’s as if Bihar has a whole new CM

Those who staunchly believe in democracy in their youth often turn into supporters of totalitarianism as they age. Bihar is seeing it.

The Left-Congress ‘partnership’, and washing clothes for polls in Tamil Nadu

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

Maharashtra govt’s ‘pawri’, and Nitish Kumar’s ‘formidable neighbouring influence’

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel’s 4th poll in 2 yrs fails to break stalemate & why new police law rocked Bihar

In episode 710 of 'Cut the Clutter', Shekhar Gupta analyses Israel's fourth elections in 2 years and PM Netanyahu's failed attempt to break the political deadlock.

On Camera

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during an election campaign rally at Joynagar in South 24 Parganas district on 1 April 2021 | PTI

Modi owns India’s unfolding Covid disaster

India's Covid tragedy was avoidable, and is largely the fault of a boastful, incompetent government. Yet, Modi may suffer few political consequences for his devastating missteps.

India’s ‘casino’ type midcap rally could take a break, large stocks found safer amid Covid

Investors say they are avoiding midcaps based on global economic cues, valuations. While Sensex flirts with technical correction, expensive smaller stocks could have more to lose.


File photo of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | PTI

Rajnath Singh assures support to Indonesian counterpart Subianto in tracing missing submarine

The Indian Navy has already sent a deep submergence rescue vessel to support the Indonesian Navy's effort to trace the submarine that went missing Wednesday around the Bali Strait.
Illustration by Soham Sen

There’s a need to hold up a mirror to Modi govt on Covid management, and this is the picture

Between premature victory mood that allowed Kumbh & elections, and lack of urgency on vaccines, Modi govt has walked into its biggest crisis. The way out needs realism, humility and one ‘Ram baan’ weapon.