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Most of the parents are dependent on agriculture but due to the deplorable road conditions, selling the produce to the nearby towns has been next to impossible. "Whatever crops we grow are used mostly for our own consumption. There's no monthly income as such and for my kids school fees. We rear pigs, goats and chickens. Sell them and with that money, I use it for their education," said Bovika Zhimomi, father of 8-year-old Hivika. | Yimkumla Longkumer | ThePrint

3-km trek for online exams in Nagaland village and how Covid has now reached rural Gujarat

A recap of some of the best on-ground reporting of the Covid-19 pandemic from ThePrint’s reporters and photojournalists.
Abdul Rehman Malbari gives Gangajal to the deceased in with accordance with Hindu last rites | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

In Surat, this Muslim man performs all Hindu rituals for Covid victims brought for funeral

As undertaker, Abdul Malbari has seen some of the worst disasters — 1998 Gujarat cyclone, 2001 Bhuj earthquake, 2013 Kedarnath floods. And now, he adds 2020 Covid to the list.
In Gujarat, BJP hopes to retain power in the name of ‘chief minister’ Narendra Modi

The Modi magnifier

This is the first Indian election where a politician is winning by not promising governance, but simply seeking a vote against Musharraf, the Muslims and the Italian church.
Two women cover their faces as they walk through village Jambusar in Bharuch district of Gujarat | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

As Covid spikes in rural Gujarat, testing labs and awareness in short supply

Districts like Bharuch, Kheda, Anand and Surendranagar have seen massive spikes in the last week. Steps taken so far by the administration have fallen flat.
Residents of Juhapura area in Ahmedabad | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Why residents of Ahmedabad have become sceptical about testing for Covid-19

In May, central Ahmedabad had witnessed a spike in cases. But now, the outbreak has spread to the western parts, which have the maximum number of containment zones.
A kid takes a ride on a camel | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Chariot rides, trip to park, anti-corona juice — it’s life as usual, well almost, in Ahmedabad

ThePrint's Praveen Jain and Kairvy Grewal visit Ahmedabad's Law Garden and Teen Darwaza, where people were seen taking selfies and chatting with each other.
Misbah is all smiles now she is back home. After a painful accident in which she sustained 71 per cent burns, Misbah contracted Covid as well | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Man drives 36 hours from Gujarat to Karnataka during lockdown to transport skin for wife

Misbah, a 23-year-old woman, suffered 71 per cent burns after a kitchen mishap, and then tested positive for Covid. She returned home in July after 70 days in a hospital.

‘Rath’ clinics, 24×7 helpline, ‘Sanjivani’ care — how Ahmedabad reduced its positivity rate

After Ahmedabad saw one of the worst outbreaks in the country, the municipal corporation launched a series of initiatives to increase testing in the city and limit Covid-19 spreading.
Some of the volunteers of the Covid-19 Action Committee Cum Task Force from Upper Chandmari colony in Kohima, Nagaland. | Photo: Yimkumla Longkumer/ThePrint

Nagaland’s Covid vigilantes, Pune’s auto hub saviours & Gujarat’s ‘more fatal’ viral strain

A recap of some of the best on-ground reporting of the Covid-19 pandemic from ThePrint’s reporters and photojournalists.
A patient under treatment at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Gujarat, once a model healthcare system, is struggling with India’s worst Covid death rate

Gujarat has registered over 50,000 Covid-19 cases, and despite a dip in the mortality rate since June, the infection seems to be peaking again.

On Camera

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath | ANI

Yogi Adityanath is the ‘best chief minister in India,’ only not in Uttar Pradesh

India Today’s ‘Mood of the Nation’ survey overplays Yogi Adityanath’s ratings in an all-India survey, and downplays the lacklustre ratings he gets within Uttar Pradesh.
A storage tank containing liquid gas stands at the Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) facility in Saudi Aramco's Shaybah oilfield in the Rub' Al-Khali desert. | Photographer: Simon Dawson | Bloomberg

Saudi Aramco remains interested in investing $15 billion in Reliance Industries

A deal with Reliance would help Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest crude exporter, join the ranks of the top oil refiners and chemical makers.

Defence

A Heron 1 UAV in flight. The 14 corps is looking at procuring at least 10 to 15 long-range Heron UAVs | Representational image | Commons

UAVs, high speed boats, All Terrain Vehicles — what Army’s Ladakh corps wants amid LAC row

The corps, which takes care of the northern part of the LoC with Pakistan besides the LAC, has also sought for Israeli Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missiles & long-range surveillance cameras.
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.