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A health worker with Covid-19 samples (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Capacity is not what’s hindering India’s testing rate, government price caps are

The best policy now is for India’s health ministry to completely deregulate Covid-19 testing, if it wants to focus on contact tracing and isolating.
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Constitution wasn’t ready for health crisis like coronavirus. It is leading to a logjam

Judicial and democratic processes have been put on hold due to Covid. Stark constitutional and legislative reforms are required to ensure India runs smoothly.
A worker serves food to her children outside the Secunderabad railway station | Suraj Singh Bisht/ThePrint

All focus on Covid ignores India’s silent epidemic — malnutrition. Our children are at risk

In post-Covid world, Modi government should consider our Assam model for tackling malnutrition. India can’t afford to risk its young generations.
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.

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Why music’s last best hope lies in live-streaming

Live performances have been one of the few ways for musicians to make money after cheap streaming services undermined sales of most recorded music. And then Covid shut that down.
Representational image of a deserted market during the 2019 shutdown in Srinagar, Kashmir | Photo: PTI

Internet shutdowns, pandemic have cost Kashmir Rs 40,000 cr, 5 lakh jobs, says industry head

Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said the 2G internet currently available in the region is not enough for many businesses.

Defence

Representational image. A file photo of light Sprut-SDM1 tank in Moscow. | Photo: Commons

Russia offers India Sprut lightweight tanks amid stand-off with China

Russia's offer comes as China has deployed Type 15 light tanks while India has relied on the heavier battle tanks. Talks are on, but no immediate purchase is on the cards.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.