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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministers and officials interact with chief ministers via video conference Monday | Photo: ANI

Narendra Modi govt has failed India in its hour of need — both economy and people

As India goes for a free fall due to Covid and lockdown, insensitive would be too mild a word to characterise Modi government’s shameful handling of the crisis.

Short trip, virus screening hotel, social distance on beach – this is the future of holidays

It’s becoming painfully clear that our next vacations will be close to home and overshadowed by concerns about health precautions.

The Covid crisis has changed what we eat and how we eat

People want comfort. They also want to eat their way to stronger immune systems. They’re stress baking, but they’re also eating healthier.
Children studying

Why children may be the silent victims of coronavirus

The most consequential effects of this Covid crisis for children are likely to come from two areas: Health and education.
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Indians in lockdown find new passion in baking bread, and it’s helping them beat the blues

Be it supply-chain issues or the need to channel anxious energy, quarantined Indians are turning to the culture of baking bread in a big way.
A toilet block in a village in Bhopal District, Madhya Pradesh | Photo: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Study finds Indian households with female children reduce practice of open defecation

The study found a reduction in open defecation owing to a firstborn child being a girl far greater in poor urban households than richer ones.
Doctors inside a protective chamber before collecting swab sample at a newly installed Walk-In Sample Kiosk (WISK) for COVID-19 test, in Chennai | PTI

To meet world average, India must add at least 10 lakh doctors to healthcare force

Doctors can’t be added to fight the pandemic overnight. So each year, India must add 30,000 medical seats. Casual attitude won’t do anymore.
File photo | PM Narendra Modi talks to chief ministers on plan to tackle coronavirus | Narendramodi.in

Delhi to Kerala — State response to Covid-19 makes it clear India needs a new health policy

The 123-year-old Epidemic Diseases Act isn’t good enough for a pandemic in the Information Age. India must revisit the National Health Bill that wasn’t passed.
File photo of Pakistan PM Imran Khan | Facebook | Imran Khan

Pakistan launches Corona Relief Tiger Force, gets 90,000 volunteers in two days

The relief force volunteers will distribute food to the poor and create awareness about Covid-19 in areas under lockdown.
File photo | TB patients wait to receive treatments, offered free by Delhi Tuberculosis Association, at Chandni Chowk, New Delhi | PTI

India’s long TB battle has 3 key lessons for fighting the coronavirus

Tuberculosis keeps coming up in the context of the novel coronavirus pandemic. India’s tuberculosis burden has taught us a thing or two about infection control.

On Camera

Should Twitter, FB censor world leaders like Trump or remain platforms for freedom of speech?

Earlier, Twitter issued a fact-checking warning on Trump's controversial tweet threatening Minneapolis protesters.

Defence

Indian and Chinese soldiers during a military exercise in Meghalaya last year | Representational image | ANI

‘April status quo’ discussed as India, China generals hold 7-hour meeting over Ladakh

The formal meeting between the top military officers of India and China started around 11.30 am and is believed to have lasted until the evening.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Modi doesn’t feature in a list of India’s reformist prime ministers

Despite big ideas, Modi comes off poorly as a reformer, because his bureaucrats lack the motivation to push reforms and are beginning to enjoy unbridled power.