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Rohit, a resident of Sehlang village in Mahendragarh district, reads a textbook at home | Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

‘How can we study on phone?’ — why Haryana private schools likely lost 12.51 lakh students

3 months into academic year, Haryana has discovered that 12.51 lakh students who got enrolled in private schools in 2020-21 have not returned for academic session 2021-22.
Representational image | PxFuel

WFH and gaining weight by eating junk, ordering online? This is how you can fix it

Weight gain is frustrating, depressing and stressful, but tackle it one step at a time. We are going through a pandemic. 
Parents protest outside DPS Dwarka on 13 July | By special arrangement

Parents protest, move court as Delhi private schools charge non-tuition arrears for lockdown

A 31 May Delhi HC order allowed schools to charge annual fees and development fees, which they use for the upkeep of facilities, for the period since lockdown ended last year.

Religious places & malls open, transport at full capacity in Karnataka as govt eases curbs

The new guidelines announced by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa Saturday came into effect from 6 am on 5 July and will be in force up to 6 am on 19 July.
A Delhi school student studies online via WhatsApp | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Only 1 in 3 students in class V to XII had online access in 6 states, shows survey

Students in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh were severely impacted while half of all children in Haryana transitioned smoothly to online schooling.

How to reopen without risk? That’s the big question for Singapore

Singapore has largely managed to stamp out infection & 36 people have died during the entire pandemic. Yet it hasn’t made clear its path to post-Covid era with a timeline or details.
Crowd at Sadar Bazar market after authorities eased Covid-induced restrictions in New Delhi, 14 June 2021 | PTI

Centre asks states, UTs to ensure unlock ‘carefully calibrated’, no crowding in markets

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla urged all states and UTs to ensure the five-fold strategy of Covid appropriate behaviour test —track-treat and vaccination.
Visitors to the village are now being stopped and turned back from a police checkpoint set up outside it | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Pandemic policing has no SOPs but it must move beyond restriction enforcement

It is important that the police carry out a thorough post-mortem of their performance during the pandemic.
Crowds returned as local trains in Mumbai resumed for the general public, at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminal, on 1 February. | Photo: ANI

Local trains to be off-limits for common people in Mumbai’s Level 3 unlock plan

As per the fresh guidelines issued by the BMC on Saturday, an entry in suburban trains will be available only for 'medical and few essentials.'
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur/ThePrint

GDP data shows India is now on recovery path. But faster vaccination is key

With a decline in new Covid cases and gradual unlocking, demand will mend in the next few months. Some weekly indicators are already signalling a pick-up in economic activity.

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Mehar Singh, the RIAF pilot with heart of a Bengal tiger, who flew like a Himalayan eagle

Mehar never thought he would die in an aircraft. He used to say 'Old pilots never die; they just fade away.'
Several fraudulent withdrawals were made from the MEA employees' GPF accounts | Bloomberg

Centre’s fiscal deficit stood at 18.2% of budget estimate for FY22 at end of June

In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit was at Rs 2,74,245 crore. For the current financial year, the government expects the fiscal deficit at 6.8% of GDP or Rs 15,06,812 crore.


File image of Indian soldiers in Ladakh | By special arrangement

12th India-China Corps Commander talks tomorrow, focus on ‘low-hanging fruits’ Gogra, Hot Springs

The India-China talks are expected to bring progress to the disengagement process in Gogra and Hot Springs, which was agreed upon by both sides last year.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Mizoram vs Assam is a BJP project to ‘integrate’ northeast gone wrong

Assam-Mizoram violence is an outcome of BJP trying too hard to ‘integrate’ distinct northeastern states. This has unleashed latent regionalism.