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A man prays to a deity on display, not pictured, at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai. | Photographer: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

What’s common to the lockdown and demonetisation? Modi govt’s lack of planning

The national lockdown should have been accompanied by more generous, universal pay-outs, starting immediately and not a week later.
A deserted road in Delhi on the first day of total lockdown Monday | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

COVID-19: ‘India in Lockdown’ in TOI, Mint on ‘great fight’, ‘shades of Wuhan’ warns Tribune

A round-up of the most important reports in major newspapers around the country – from TOI and HT, Express and The Hindu to The Telegraph, Mumbai Mirror and The Tribune, as well as top financial dailies.
Despite global economic tensions, India set to witness continuous economic growth | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

The 5 days when world economy’s guardians fought virus and market turmoil

As the week draws to an end, an unprecedented 31 central banks have slashed interest rates and many of them have even activated the crisis playbook.
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Biggest factory shutdown since world war II hits US, Europe

The shutdowns this time are coming after a bad 2019 for manufacturers around the globe, with the US and Germany reporting plummeting economies.
People wear masks as a precaution against coronavirus | PTI File Photo

Modi govt is considering easier loans, tax rules to help economy fight coronavirus

The Finance Ministry is considering extending loan tenors and relaxing bad-debt norms for small firms.
Former Indian PM Manmohan Singh

Institutions of law & order abandoned dharma, those of justice, media failed India: Manmohan

Former PM Manmohan Singh said social unrest, economic ruin and coronavirus outbreak could diminish India's global standing as an economic and democratic power.
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Blame Modi govt’s political, social agenda for slowdown, says Raghuram Rajan

Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan says Modi govt has focused more on fulfilling its political and social agenda rather than paying attention to economic growth.
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Slowdown persists, economy grew 4.7% in Q3 2019-20 — the ‘lowest in 27 quarters’

Economic recovery remains elusive as sectors such as manufacturing and electricity contract. Full year GDP growth forecast at 5%.

Nirmala Sitharaman can’t just talk up the economy to make it grow faster

ThePrint view on the most important issues, instantly.
File image of medical staff at isolation ward where 3 patients were admitted for suspected coronavirus infection, in New Delhi | ANI

Coronavirus adds risk to India’s nascent recovery, Chief Economic Adviser Subramanian says

India’s economy is seeing some green shoots but faces unknown risks from the coronavirus outbreak, Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy Subramanian says.

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Is India’s coronavirus lockdown leading to stress in families or strengthening relationships?

The 21-day nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus has led to people working from home and thus, spending more time with their families and partners.

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Army personnel distribute packaged food to the homeless in Chennai on 31 March 2020 | PTI

In a first, Army deploys medical team at civil coronavirus quarantine camp in Delhi

The Indian Army has so far only been operating out of quarantine camps set up by the armed service for coronavirus patients.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.