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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' defence industry outreach webinar via video conference, in New Delhi on 27 August

Mahabharata to irresponsible Indians — How Modi govt’s message on Covid changed in 6 months

In the last few months, the Modi government’s Covid communication has focussed only on absolving itself of all blame. Not data or roadmaps.
Breathing tubes hang next to a Covid-19 patient on a ventilator in Connecticut | Bloomberg

Stanford study estimates fewer than 10% US adults had Covid antibodies in July

The study that assayed patients undergoing dialysis also found higher incidence of the disease among ethnic minorities.
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Johnson & Johnson begins giant trial to test one-dose Covid vaccine

The J&J vaccine is made from a cold virus that’s modified to make copies of the coronavirus’s spike protein, which the pathogen uses to enter cells.
A separate building has been turned into Covid care unit at the Rajkot Civil Hospital. | Photo: Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Rajkot Civil Hospital has other problems amid Covid — patient ‘assault’, recalling dead body

Apart from rising cases in Rajkot, the Civil Hospital is also dealing with controversies over its handling of a 'mentally unstable' patient, and why a body was called back after being released.
Representational image. Shoppers maintain social distance while standing in a queue at Lake Mall, Kolkata after it reopened Monday. | PTI

Handshake is dead — Covid-19 is killing good manners, but here’s what can be done about it

Some pandemic-induced changes in our social conduct will last. Diffidence will rise and we will no longer be judged unfriendly for refusing to strike up conversations with strangers.

Why Modi’s ministers are sounding like Mahabharata’s Yudhisthir

Is China in Indian territory? Did India miss Covid cases? What about doubling farmers’ incomes? Modi's ministers won’t lie on these, but neither will you hear the truth.
A sewadar gives prasad to a devotee at Golden Temple. None of them is wearing a mask. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

No 6-ft distance, no masks, no screening — how Golden Temple is operating in pandemic

The Golden Temple had remained open even during the lockdown. There was no distribution of prasad during that period, amid far fewer visitors.
A health worker at Rajindra Hospital in Patiala, Punjab. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Punjab govt removes top administrators at Patiala hospital with worst Covid figures

New medical superintendent, principal & vice-principal named for Patiala's Rajindra Hospital & Govt Medical College where nearly 1 in every 4 Covid patients has died since March.
Patients recovering from Covid-19 practice deep breathing (Representative image)

At 42.08 lakh, India records most Covid recoveries in the world, US comes second

India now accounts for close to 19% of total global recoveries with a recovery rate of 79.28%, the Union Health Ministry said Saturday.
A Delhi homeguard conducts a thermal screening of passengers at a bus stop during the Covid-19 lockdown

Large population, reforms to help India overcome virus woes, says former White House official

Todd Buchholz, the former White House director of economic policy, said PM Modi is viewed favorably by global investors and investments should gather pace once the pandemic eases.

On Camera

Stigmatise and shame nations that keep nukes if treaties are futile in banning them

Stigma could, in time, turn domestic opinion in China, sway public attitudes in Russia, India & elsewhere, or even bring the U.S. back to the arms-control negotiating table.
File photo | RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani | Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Reliance Retail gets $1 billion from Silver Lake for 1.75% stake

Reliance announced on 9 Sept that the California-based private equity firm with stakes in technology-related companies will pay the amount as part of the deal.

Defence

Representational image | ANI

India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?