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A doctor checks the temperature of a migrant worker as part of the screening process. (Representational Image) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Indians seem to have genetic and regional advantages in fight against coronavirus

Epidemiological data indicates Indians may have better chance at fighting coronavirus. But it’s important to keep viral loads in check & below threshold.
File image of the Chinese ship Dai Cui Yun

DRDO confirms Chinese ship India stopped was carrying nuclear-capable equipment to Pakistan

According to DRDO officials, it is now up to India’s national security planners to expose the nuclear proliferation nexus between Beijing and Islamabad.
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Balakot airstrike ensured no Pakistan-sponsored attack in India a year since

By leaving a gaping hole in the nuclear shield behind which Pakistan pursues terrorist agenda, Balakot sent a chilling message to Pakistani generals.
Leander Paes

Travelling with Leander Paes — the locker room mood, glamour and music, but routine is king

Music from Paes’ speaker has mellowed from hip hop to easy jazz but he stays a creature of routine with persistent focus on ‘deliberate perfect practice’ as he prepares to shift from being on court to building next generation of athletes.

If we had Rafales, we’d have shot down 4-5 Pakistani jets after Balakot: IAF ex-chief Dhanoa

Former IAF chief B.S. Dhanoa says India will hit back harder if Pakistan tries a Pulwama-like attack again.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Rajapaksa receives Guard of Honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan

India is a relation. China just helped us develop after the war: PM Rajapaksa

India & China have both said they will protect us. Ultimately, Sri Lankans have to decide what is interference and what is not, says Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Anti-CAA protesters in Delhi lifting a banner which says reject CAB and boycott NRC.

CAA-NRC-NPR controversy throws up new challenge for Census 2021 — collecting credible data

In the last few years, official data has suffered from credibility issues. With the CAA-NPR-NRC controversy still raging, the Census exercise could see citizens misreporting age, religion and language data.
Narendra Modi at a BJP rally in Karkardooma, New Delhi | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

PM Modi on front pages, ET & Mint tick upturn in manufacturing, hotel cons in Hindu, NIE

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.
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Fake news is here to stay. But it can be countered easily, without sources & links: Study

Cow urine cures cancer. EVMs hacked. These are just some of the fake news that circulate on social media and WhatsApp. So, a new study tested correction methods.
Service dogs in the Indian army | Representational Image | Hindustan Times

India’s first war memorial dedicated to service animals is coming up in Meerut

The war memorial will include names of 300 dogs, 350 handlers, and some horses and mules, who lost their lives in Kargil, counter-insurgency operations.

On Camera

Men smoking hookah | Representational Image | Commons

Chewing gum ban good but Haryana’s hookah culture can be real Covid-19 culprit

Hookah is popular in the state of Haryana and people, especially the elderly are defying Covid-19 lockdown and coming together to smoke hookah.

Modi’s 9-min candle plan Sunday: Needless spectacle or much-needed motivation for Indians?

PM Modi requested Indians to light candles, lamps or mobile torches at 9 pm Sunday for nine minutes in a show of solidarity in the fight against Covid-19.

Defence

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.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.