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Air India flight returning with repatriated Indians from abroad | (Representational image) | ANI

Hong Kong bans Air India flights for the 4th time as passengers test positive for Covid-19

According to Hong Kong govt rules issued in July, passengers from India can arrive only if they have a Covid-19 negative certificate from 72 hours prior to the journey.
People at Congress-RJD election rally ahead of the Bihar Assembly Elections in Hisua, Nawada on 23 October 2020 | ANI

Bihar’s Covid numbers are remarkable, but experts say it’s ‘very difficult to explain’ how

Poll-bound Bihar has the second lowest positivity rate in the country, and is testing over 1 lakh samples every day, with a case fatality rate of just 0.5 per cent.
Residents of Mumbai undergoing Covid-19 screening and antigen testing | Photo: ANI

Mumbai collects nearly Rs 3 crore in fines from people without masks during Navratri

In an effort to curb a post-festival Covid spike, the Mumbai civic body enforced a Rs 200 fine on those without masks, penalising about 1.25 lakh people over the last 15 days.
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

Make Indians invest, not donate. Bharat Navnirmaan Bonds can be answer to fund crunch

Raising funds through Bharat Navnirmaan Bonds will help the Modi government mobilise a large section of the population and build a national financial war chest to fight the Covid crisis.
Non-Covid patients' relatives wait outside the emergency ward. | Photo: Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Covid decisions across the world being made by men, not women, study finds

The study has also found that men are four times more likely to be the protagonist of a Covid-related news story and those portrayed as 'empowered' tend to be men.
Hearse van drivers at the Nigambodh Ghat in Delhi | Photo: Sravasti Dasgupta | ThePrint

Difference in Delhi Covid toll again, govt has 895 fewer deaths than civic bodies’ numbers

Three municipal corporations recorded 6,437 coronavirus deaths as of 5 October while the Delhi government health bulletin has pegged the figure at 5,542. 
Kerala Chief Secretary Dr Vishwas Mehta | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Worried about Covid strain we have, it’s highly infectious, says Kerala chief secretary

Kerala Chief Secretary Dr Vishwas Mehta says samples were sent to ICMR and results are awaited, suspects strain came from Maharashtra. Kerala has reported 52,566 Covid cases between 28 September and 2 October.
The Covid care centre at the Government Homoeopathic Medical College in Iranimuttom, Thiruvananthapuram | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

How coastal areas, protests made Thiruvananthapuram epicentre of Kerala’s Covid resurgence

Thiruvananthapuram, where Section 144 has been clamped, accounts for a quarter of all Covid deaths in Kerala and a sixth of the total cases.
Health workers in protective suits at LNJP Hospital in New Delhi on 15 June 2020 | Manvender Vashist | PTI

Prioritise breaks for health staff as ‘we move into next phase of pandemic’, UK journal says

The article in British Medical Journal points out increasing ‘Covid fatigue’ among health staff due to fewer chances to grab a coffee & less time to catch up with colleagues, among others.
The largest freshwater lake in the Northeast — Loktak Lake — has contributed about 60% of fish production in Manipur, which has dropped to 11% in the recent times | Yimkumla Longkumer | ThePrint

This Manipur village floats between non-existence and a hard reality, made worse by Covid

Champu Khangpok village was struck off the electoral records in the 1980s, making its residents encroachers and limiting their already meagre access to govt welfare systems.

On Camera

Why French President Macron’s clash of civilisations with Islam is misguided

Macron seems oblivious to a deepening problem at home: The old French model, which claimed to be superior to all social systems, is unsuited to an increasingly multi-ethnic society.

Revival in demand & business activity push Indian economy’s animal spirits up in September

Economists attributed the recovery to pent-up demand after a strict lockdown imposed in March hit the consumption of goods and services.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.