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Low testing, delayed results, opaque data: Noida, Ghaziabad face questions on Covid handling

Cases are rising in both UP districts that have also been accused of not being transparent when it comes to releasing Covid data.
India Gate (Representational image) | Suraj Singh Bisht

Earthquake of 2.1 magnitude hits Delhi, epicenter at Delhi-Gurugram border

Delhi-NCR has recorded more than 14 earthquakes of low and medium intensity since the month of April.
File image of the Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

‘One policy, one portal’: SC gives Delhi, UP, Haryana one week to plan interstate movement

The SC has asked the Centre to convene a meeting with the states concerned and find a common programme for interstate movement within the NCR amid the lockdown.
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UP, Haryana have made mockery of NCR concept. Tughluqi orders hurting people, must go

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A health worker checks people's temperature on the Delhi-Noida border Wednesday | Photo: ANI

SC asks Centre to take stand on plea seeking opening of Delhi’s borders with UP, Haryana

The plea challenged the decisions of Haryana, UP govts, asserting it is unconstitutional for them to restrict movement for permissible activities within the NCR.
Representational photo | Noida | Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

By sealing Delhi NCR borders, Covid has ended fluidity between where labourers live and work

The very labourers who have held on for over two months of lockdown and not left, are now abandoning Delhi NCR in droves.
A sealed area in Pasonda village, Ghaziabad | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

App for milk, vendors at the gate — how Delhi-NCR’s hotspots managed on Day 1 of ‘sealing’

Several coronavirus hotspots in Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad were sealed at midnight, while others were sealed Thursday morning amid strict police vigil.
Daily wagers leaving Delhi-NCR for their native villages on foot on Yamuna Expressway on 27 March 2020

‘Better to die with families’ — no food or money, Delhi migrants prefer the long walk home

The govt’s announcement of relief measures for 3 months triggered fear among migrant workers that the lockdown may get extended. This led to more rounds of migration.

Trump’s aversion to ‘Experiments with Truth’ and a wall to hide Delhi violence

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On Camera

A CRPF jawan stands guard along a street on the first day of the two-day curfew in Srinagar, Tuesday, 4 August, 2020. | PTI

In one-year-old Naya Kashmir, development is only visible in Twitter hashtags

For the first time since the emergence of the new militancy in Kashmir, the recruitment of local boys has seen an over 40% year-on-year decline.
A woman in a marketplace deserted due to lockdown in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh | Photo: ANI

India isn’t facing up to the true financial cost of Covid

Truth is currently as scarce as capital in India. The govt doesn’t have the appetite for large-scale socialisation of private losses, lest the opposition accuse PM Modi of cronyism.

Defence

Representational image of China's People's Liberation Army | Photo: Justin Chin | Bloomberg

India-China tensions at Depsang, a disengagement sticking point, began much before May

The situation in Depsang is similar to the one that prevailed at the northern bank of the Pangong Tso, another sticking point in talks, before the intrusion this year.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.