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A massive explosion, said to be caused by ammonium nitrate, struck Lebanon's capital Beirut Thursday, causing widespread death and destruction | Photo: PTI

Chennai Port has stored over 700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate — chemical behind Beirut blast

Ruling AIADMK’s ally S. Ramadoss of the PMK says the ammonium nitrate needs to be safely disposed of and used for making fertilisers.
Municipal health workers screen residents for Covid-19 at Dadar in Mumbai, on 25 July 2020 | Mitesh Bhuvad | PTI

Delhi, Mumbai & Chennai infection rates dip below 1, India’s overall R value now at 1.16

In major metros, the rate of Covid spread has slowed significantly. An epidemic is considered to have been arrested when the R value remains below 1 consistently.
A file photo of ABVP national president Dr Subbiah Shanmugam. | Photo: Twitter/Gujarat ABVP

Chennai woman alleges ABVP chief urinated at her door, student body calls case NSUI handiwork

Woman files police complaint against ABVP president Dr Subbiah Shanmugam for harassing her. NSUI posts CCTV footage on Twitter, but ABVP calls it doctored.
File image of Tablighi Jamaat attendees being moved out of the Nizamuddin Markaz mosque in New Delhi | Photo: ANI

‘They aren’t criminals’: Madras HC gives bail to 31 foreigners who took part in Tablighi event

The high court also said it viewed the petitioners as 31 individuals instead of 'collectively thingifying them as Tablighis’.
File photo of medic taking samples from an Indian national arriving from Myanmar at Anna International Airport, during the ongoing lockdown, in Chennai | PTI

Chennai, 3 more Tamil Nadu districts to be under strict lockdown from 19-30 June

Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami said only essential services will be allowed with restrictions during the 12-day lockdown.
Workers at the Kasimedu fish market | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Chennai’s fisherfolk set for business, while Telangana’s brick workers vow never to return

A recap of some of the best on-ground reporting of the Covid-19 pandemic from ThePrint’s reporters and photojournalists.

Tamil actor Varadharajen booked after releasing video on shortage of hospital beds

In the viral video, S. Varadharajen said that his friend could not be admitted to any hospital despite showing Covid symptoms because of a shortage of beds.
Hyundai's manufacturing unit in Chennai is its only one in India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

In India’s Detroit Sriperumbudur, Hyundai is rolling out cars again, 12,583 units sold already

Chennai’s automotive corridor slowly finds its feet after nearly 2 months of lockdown. Hyundai and many other manufacturing units resumed operations on 8 May.
A man draws a Covid-19 awareness message on a road in Ahmedabad | Representational image | ANI

Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai account for nearly 50% of nationwide Covid-19 cases

These four have a similar share in the death toll, which is fast approaching the 7,000-mark. Total number of Covid-19 cases have risen to 2,36,657 in India.
Dr J. Radhakrishnan, special nodal officer for the Greater Chennai Corporation

Tsunami, fire, floods, Covid — the IAS officer who has led fight against disasters in Tamil Nadu

Dr. J Radhakrishnan worked in Nagapattinam, one of the worst-affected by the 2004 tsunami, and was health secretary during 2015 floods. He is now fighting ‘unseen enemy’ Covid.

On Camera

File photo | PM Narendra Modi being presented with a memento by Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath during the Ayodhya Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan | PTI

Not Modi, not Yogi, it is Ram versus the rest for the BJP in UP 2022 election

Modi-Shah’s BJP knows the politics of George Bush-esque's binaries is clever and pushes opponents into a corner. That’s exactly what happened with the Ayodhya bhoomi pujan.
An employee counts Indian rupee banknotes at a Walmart Inc. Best Price Modern Wholesale store in Hyderabad, India, on 16 March 2019 (Representational Image) | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Record stimulus to fight Covid crisis is slowing credit downgrades of Indian companies

There have been around 5 downgrades for one upgrade of rupee debt of Indian firms since 1 July, compared to ratio of almost 11 to one in first quarter.

Defence

File image of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh | Photo: ANI

Govt will take more steps towards indigenisation of defence infrastructure, says Rajnath Singh

Kick-starting the 'Atmanirbhar Week' in the defence sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the govt is looking to expand defence manufacturing capability in India.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.