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Children set off a firework during Diwali celebrations in Delhi | Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg

No festive events in containment zones, masks mandatory — Health ministry issues guidelines

Health Ministry issued SOPs to prevent the spread of Covid during the festive season, urging people residing in restricted areas to celebrate festivals at their homes.
A health worker wearing PPE kit collects sample from a woman for COVID-19 test, at Chanpora, in Srinagar, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020 | Representational image | PTI

India registers 61,267 new Covid infections, tally rises to 66,85,082

While the country's total recoveries crossed 56 lakh, the death toll climbed to 1,03,569 with 884 people succumbing to the disease in a day.
Covid-19 testing at Vijayawada in Andhra | Representational image | ANI

Active Covid cases in India less than 10 lakh for 2 weeks, says health ministry

The new recoveries have exceeded fresh cases in recent days, with the recovery rate at 84.34%, the ministry said.
An employee of the Central Delhi district authorities patrols the roads dressed as Yamraj as part of Covid awareness campaign

India’s Covid tally crosses 66 lakh, recoveries surge to 55.8 lakh

There are 9,34,427 active cases of the coronavirus infection in the country, while the death toll climbed to 1,02,685.
A woman is tested for Covid-19 in Bengaluru | Representational image | PTI file photo

India’s Covid tally crosses 65 lakh with 75,829 new infections in a day

India's Covid fatalities now stand at 1,01,783, while 55,09,966 patients have recovered, according to Union Health Ministry data released Sunday.
Doctors and nurses at the Mohali Civil Hospital in Punjab | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

India registers 86,821 new Covid-19 infections in a day, total crosses 63 lakh

According to the Union health ministry data, there are 9,40,705 active cases of coronavirus cases in the country, while the death toll stands at 98,678.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan | Photo: ANI

Union minister Harsh Vardhan launches web portal for updates on Covid vaccine development

The National Clinical Registry will collect systematic data on clinical signs & symptoms, laboratory investigations, management protocols, the clinical course of Covid and more.

India’s Covid tally crosses 60 lakh with 82,170 new cases in a day

While the recoveries surged to 50.17 lakh, the death toll reached 95,542 with 1,039 patients succumbing to the infection in the last 24 hours.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' defence industry outreach webinar via video conference, in New Delhi on 27 August

Mahabharata to irresponsible Indians — How Modi govt’s message on Covid changed in 6 months

In the last few months, the Modi government’s Covid communication has focussed only on absolving itself of all blame. Not data or roadmaps.
Representational image of Covid testing in Nagaland | Yimkumla Longkumer | ThePrint

India’s Covid tally crosses 58-lakh mark, death toll climbs to 92,290

There are 9,70,116 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 16.67 per cent of the total caseload, the health ministry data stated.

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A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
The Reserve Bank of India | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Banks have not a signed a single agreement for RBI’s debt recast scheme for high value loans

Tepid response to the debt recast scheme is being seen because there is lack of awareness and reluctance by banks, say bankers.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

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.