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PM Narendra Modi addresses the nation on Covid-19, on 20 April 2021 | PIB

‘Mahamanav, warrior’ — how BJP leaders describe PM Modi for Covid effort as his govt faces flak

The glowing praise comes at a time when Modi govt is drawing criticism for becoming complacent during the let-up in the pandemic after the first wave.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the first Quad Leaders’ Virtual Summit with US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga, in New Delhi on 12 March. | Photo: ANI

India ‘raises’ Covid vaccine concerns, supply chain issues with Quad partners as cases surge

The concerns raised are over restrictions in the export of raw materials required for making Covid vaccines, not just with the US bilaterally but also under the Quad framework.
Patients at a Covid care centre in Delhi | For representational purpose only | PTI

SC takes suo motu cognisance of Centre’s Covid management, appoints Harish Salve amicus curiae

Supreme Court also indicates it may withdraw some of the Covid-related issues being taken up by different high courts across the country and instead take them up itself.
PM Narendra Modi addresses the nation on Covid-19, on 20 April 2021 | PIB

‘Healthy fear’ of Covid — Modi govt has a new pandemic communication pitch

The campaign could include videos, sound bites from celebrities and influencers, encouraging vaccination and urging people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour.
Graphic: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Delhi govt pegs total Covid deaths at 2,500 less than municipal corporation records

Since the pandemic began, Delhi has recorded 15,161 deaths as of 20 April, shows data from municipal corporations. However, govt has pegged this figure at 12,638 — a difference of 2,523 fatalities.

Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh dies of Covid at 89

Ghosh, who suffered from several comorbidities, tested positive for Covid on 14 April, and died Wednesday morning while he was in home isolation.
PM Narendra Modi addresses the nation on Covid-19, on 20 April 2021 | PIB

PM Modi’s speech was short – on answers that Indians demand of him during second Covid wave

It is one thing to lose territory in Ladakh and convince the public that it was China that got a thrashing. It is quite another to convince we have done our best to those running from hospital to hospital.
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States and private sector need better clarity on new vaccine plan. Now, not on 30 April

ThePrint view on the most important issues, instantly.
A Covid patient's oxygen level being checked at Mayo hospital in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh | Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

UP’s unprepared district hospitals now frontline as Lucknow turns away Covid patients

Lack of hospital beds in Lucknow is seeing patients flock to nearby districts, where hospitals are equally burdened, if not worse off due to insufficient facilities.

Netflix stares at worst Q1 in 8 years after pandemic boom shudders to near-halt

The streaming service added far fewer new customers than Wall Street expected in the first three months of 2021, even missing its own forecast by millions of subscribers.

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.

Defence

Rafale jet at the induction ceremony in Ambala. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Rafale training of IAF pilots in France comes to an end, eyes on ‘Lethal 16’ next

Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria also flagged off 4 more Rafale fighters in France that are expected to land in India Thursday, taking the total number of the aircraft to 18.
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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.