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4 dead, 12 injured in explosion at toy factory in Aligarh

The explosion, apparently caused by a gas cylinder Tuesday, had ripped apart at least half a dozen neighbouring houses in Khatikaan locality of Aligarh.
People crowd a weekly market which reopened after the COVID-19 lockdown, in New Delhi | ANI

This coronavirus likes to linger, and that makes the pandemic scarier

The realization that Covid-19 can be a chronic disease means we have to weigh the dangers not only of lives ended but also of lives permanently limited.
Technicians conduct a Covid-19 test in Kolkata | Photo: Ashok Nath Dey | ThePrint

India’s Covid caseload nears 60 lakh with 88,600 fresh infections, recoveries cross 49 lakh

The total Covid cases mounted to 59,92,532, while the death toll climbed to 94,503 with 1,124 people succumbing to the virus in 24 hours, according to health ministry data.
A medic in PPE collects samples for Covid-19 tests in Bengaluru on 25 August 2020 | PTI

With 97,570 new infections, India’s Covid caseload races past 46-lakh mark

The national recovery rate stood at 77.77 per cent on Saturday with over 36.2 lakh patients recuperating from the virus. The Covid fatality rate has further dropped to 1.66 per cent.
A medic collects a swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test via Rapid Antigen in Gurugram | PTI

With 78,761 new cases in last 24 hours, India’s Covid tally zooms past 35 lakh

The total Covid cases rose to 35,42,733, while the death toll climbed to 63,498 with 948 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours.
A woman undergoes a Covid-19 test in Delhi | Photo: ANI

India records 63,490 new Covid cases in a day, recovery rate at 71.91%

The death toll due to coronavirus climbed to 49,980 with 944 people succumbing to the disease in last 24 hours. However, the case fatality rate has declined to 1.93 per cent.
A medic collects a swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test via Rapid Antigen in Gurugram | PTI

India’s Covid tally crosses 22-lakh mark with 62,064 new cases

The recoveries surged to 15,35,743 with a record 54,859 people recuperating in the past 24 hours, while the death toll climbed to 44,386 with 1,007 new fatalities.
Medics and hospital staff applaud as patients who recovered from Covid-19 prepare to leave Krishna Hospital in Karad, Maharashtra, on 10 June 2020 | PTI

India’s Covid recovery rate rises to 67.19%, fatality rate at 2.09%

As per government data, the active cases have reduced to 5,86,244 and comprise 30.72 per cent of the total Covid-19 caseload due to record highest daily recoveries.
A medic collects a swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test via Rapid Antigen in Gurugram | PTI

India registers 52,050 new Covid cases in last 24 hours, total tally rises to 18.5 lakh

The recovery rate among Covid patients has risen to 66.31 per cent, while the fatality rate has further dropped to 2.10 per cent.
Covid-19 testing at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi. | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

India’s Covid-19 tally crosses 18 lakh day with 52,972 new cases, recoveries near 12 lakh

The number of Covid-19 tests carried out in India has crossed the 2 crore-mark, according to ICMR. There are 5,79,357 active cases in the country at present.

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.
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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.