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Medics collect a swab sample for COVID-19 (Representational image) | PTI

Muzzling the ICMR — Why we know so little about Covid-infection levels in India

It’s a telling commentary on India’s healthcare system that for weeks the ICMR and health ministry are ‘reconciling data’ on test positivity.

Govt’s agricultural reforms will boost farm income, but they must not be abandoned midway

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Representational Image | A doctor collects sample from a person for Covid-19 testing | Photo: Shrikant Singh/ANI

This is how India’s Left and Right read Covid-19 numbers differently

The answer to if India is managing the coronavirus pandemic or is it getting out of hand keeps changing depending on the indicator one chooses to assess.

Covid hasn’t gone viral in India yet, but some in the world & at home can’t accept the truth

India isn’t going through a picnic. But our drains aren’t filled with bodies, hospitals haven’t run out of beds, crematoriums and graveyards not out of wood or space.
Passengers use smartphones at Mumbai Central railway station | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

A unique SuperCloud is taking shape above coronavirus-hit India. It is unlike US and China

Through the coronavirus pandemic, we have come to appreciate India's digital infrastructure and the power of our smartphones. It's time to further build our SuperCloud.
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How scientists are tracking us to help tame Covid-19

The Covid-19 Mobility Data Network is analysing cell phone data & sharing insights with governments in the US, India, Italy and Spain.
Representational image. Airport employees wear full body protective suits at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai on 28 March. | Photographer: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

China has concealed extent of its coronavirus outbreak, US intelligence report says

China’s public reporting on Covid-19 cases & deaths is intentionally incomplete and its numbers are fake, US intelligence report says.
A security personnel spraying disinfectant near India Gate, New Delhi | Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

Here’s how the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown can be India’s last

India is at a stage where it can control the coronavirus outbreak and better its healthcare. It just needs a digital push and vigilant contact tracing.
A security personnel spraying disinfectant near India Gate, New Delhi | Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

India should make SuperCloud, disease tracking a must to overcome pandemics like Covid-19

To avoid another pandemic like Covid-19, health and student records may be linked to give admissions to only those students who are vaccinated.
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India has to toe a fine line in defining non-personal data — between public interest and IPR

It won’t be wise to coerce large businesses to share data that indicates consumer behaviour. These are the intellectual property rights of these companies.

On Camera

Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.
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After luring Google & Facebook, Mukesh Ambani plans to build a global digital company

Mukesh Ambani unveiled a slew of services from Jio, including a 5G network as early as next year and a mega video-streaming platform.

Defence

The new SiG 716 G2 rifles in use with the Indian Army | By special arrangement

Rifles, missiles, ammunition, drones — armed forces on shopping spree amid LAC tensions

Unprecedented emergency powers given to armed forces under the capital budget, for purchases of new equipment and systems, are likely to ease bottlenecks.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.