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Raging Delta variant poses challenge for China’s strategy to tackle Covid

With most Covid vaccines proving less effective against Delta variant, state-owned Sinopharm said its inactivated Covid shot, given widely in China, is 68% effective.
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Active Covid cases rising. Slow vaccination shows lessons of second wave haven’t been learnt

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India needs more private insurance companies. Govt must use Covid trigger to make this happen

More players could make the market more competitive as they would vie to offer accessible and low-cost insurance products.
A Covid-19 testing centre in Kerala. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Why ‘model state’ Kerala is accounting for more than half of India’s daily Covid cases

Centre has rushed a team to Kerala, the second one this month, to take stock of the situation and work with the state health department.
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SC instructs states to ensure continuation of schooling of children orphaned due to Covid

30,071 children have been orphaned, lost a parent or abandoned mostly due to the pandemic, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights had informed the court last month.
Crowd at Sadar Bazar market after authorities eased Covid-induced restrictions in New Delhi, 14 June 2021 | PTI

28% Indians plan to travel in Aug-Sept amid fear of 3rd Covid wave, survey finds

According to LocalCircles survey, of those who plan to travel, 13% said they will visit a holiday destination, 39% want to visit family & friends, and 22% have 'other travel' plans.
A worker sweeps in front of a banner for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan | Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg

Can’t cancel, can’t hold – Tokyo Olympics was going to help Brand Japan, now it’s a headache

The Tokyo Olympics 2020 is a tale of loss – for many infected players, for Japan’s economy that really needed a boost, and the fight against a hovering virus.
Three women from a family in Kadali village in Razole Mandal, Andhra Pradesh, who have been found in ill-health after self-isolation for 15 months. | Photo by special arrangement

Fearing Covid, 3 Andhra women ‘self-isolate’ for 15 months, come out malnourished & depressed

A family in Andhra’s Kadali village isolated itself in March 2020. On Monday, all three women in the family were found in a severe ill-health.
File photo of a man being vaccinated against Covid in Delhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Modi govt finally raises vaccine prices, will pay Rs 215 for Covishield, Rs 225 for Covaxin

The govt has placed an order for 66 crore more doses to be supplied between August and December for a little over Rs 14,500 crore.

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Cybersecurity breaches are on the rise. What can we do to become more resilient?

Effective collaboration between private and public sector leaders is key to ensuring a nation is cyber resilient. They must take a proactive stance.

Modi govt defers sale of 2 public sector banks to next financial year due to delays

Finance ministry is yet to finalise modalities to seek approval in Parliament for the sale, which leaves little time for the process to be completed this year.

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Talks ‘constructive’, India & China say remaining issues to be resolved in expeditious manner

In a joint statement Monday, Indian Army and PLA said 12th round of Corps Commander level talks 'further enhanced mutual understanding' and resolved to maintain momentum of negotiations.
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Why Mizoram vs Assam is a BJP project to ‘integrate’ northeast gone wrong

Assam-Mizoram violence is an outcome of BJP trying too hard to ‘integrate’ distinct northeastern states. This has unleashed latent regionalism.