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CM Mamata Banerjee with Alapan Bandyopadhyay during a meeting, in Kolkata | Photo: PTI

Not IAS rules but Modi govt issues show cause notice to Bengal chief secy under disaster law

While Centre can't unilaterally initiate disciplinary proceedings against an IAS officer posted with a state govt, it has instead used NDMA under which anyone can be tried for non-compliance of orders.
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Either be accountable or revoke DMA — Centre can’t keep blaming states for Covid

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People standing in queue to buy groceries during coronavirus lockdown in Delhi's Bhajanpura | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

India kept improvising during coronavirus. Age of Pandemics needs a new public health law

An up-to-date legal framework will ensure there is no misuse of police power and human rights are protected. India can't tackle next pandemic with a 19th-century law.
The Supreme Court of India | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Existence of NDRF doesn’t bar creation of PM CARES for voluntary donations: Centre tells SC

A petition filed by the Centre for Public Interest Litigation says that NDRF has not been utilised by the authorities and the PM CARES Fund has been set up instead.
File photo of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Why ‘family elder’ Modi, and not aggressive Amit Shah, is govt’s face in Covid-19 fight

Covid-19 pandemic is a crisis in which the government must reach out and bring everyone together. Amit Shah's combative image might not work.
Daily wagers leaving Delhi-NCR for their native villages on foot on Yamuna Expressway on 27 March 2020

Noida authorities seek donations from residents to help fight Covid-19 crisis

The District Magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar also ordered landlords to postpone rent collection from daily wagers.
Thermal screening of visitors at the entrance of Parliament House, in New Delhi | PTI

Modi govt is using two laws to tackle coronavirus spread. But one of them needs changes

While govt is using Disaster Management Act and 1897 Epidemic Diseases Act in tandem to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, experts say India needs a modern public health law.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan with MoS Health Ashwini Choubey in a press conference on novel coronavirus, in New Delhi | PTI

These are the two laws Modi govt has invoked to tackle coronavirus. But it’s not enough

The Disaster Management Act, 2005, and the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 are innovative, but they still fall short of comprehensibly dealing with outbreaks.

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Govt open to more measures to boost economy, Chief Economic Adviser says

According to CEA K.V. Subramanian, demands for stimulus should also consider that the Budget this year was presented amid the pandemic and incorporated significant fiscal expansion.

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Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

Induction of Rafale aircraft into Indian Air Force to take place by 2022, says IAF Chief

IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria also said that some deliveries from France have been ahead of time, while minor delays happened with 'one or two' aircraft due to Covid-related issues.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.