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Food, cash and air tickets — how NLSIU, NALSAR, BITS Pilani students sent migrants home

Students and alumni of the three institutes arranged for the migrants' air travel after reports of passengers dying aboard Shramik Special trains started surfacing.
A cashier examines Indian rupee banknotes at the Mayuresh Watches and Traders watch and mobile phone store in the Byculla area of Mumbai

India to see recession due to worsening consumption, investment demand: Monetary policy panel

Michael Patra, RBI deputy governor and a member of the panel, said the ‘damage is so deep’ that India’s potential output has been pushed down, and it will take years to repair.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan | Photo: Commons

Covid-19 is making and unmaking the political reputations of India’s chief ministers

Chief ministers fudging data might pay the heaviest price, and those doing well risk not being able to stand tall in a post-Covid situation.
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) headquarters in New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

UPSC preliminary exam to be held on 4 October, test centres could be doubled

Mode, format of exam will remain the same and will be held on a single day, but while observing social distancing norms. More steps could be taken for venues in hotspots.
PM Modi's Covid-19 address on 14 April. Photo | YouTube

Migrant workers are caught between India and Bharat. It’s time to build a bridge

Yogi Adityanath has put a claim on UP’s labourers, but prospects of creating jobs overnight remain daunting in locations inherently unattractive to investors.
Workers cycle to their places of employment on Kolkata's Howrah Bridge (representational image) | Photo: ANI

Why migrant workers are starting to return to cities & how this can revive economy faster

Resumption of economic activity can lead to a larger number of people falling ill than during the lockdown, and govt needs to make policy based on Indian data.
Salon workers don face shields to serve a customer in the 'Unlock 1' phase of the Covid-19 lockdown | Photo: ANI

India can build the boat as it sails rough Covid crisis waters, but should know where to go

The govt needs to prepare in detail for all eventualities, and not seek refuge in ‘uncertainty’. It should trust and seek active public support.
Supreme Court of India

Strike balance between rights of staff and employers, both hit by lockdown: SC to govt

Supreme Court reserves order on a batch of petitions challenging the central government's 29 March order that asked companies to pay full wages during lockdown.
A man walks past the Reserve Bank of India headquarters in Mumbai | Shashank Parade/ PTI

Interest waiver during loan moratorium will jeopardise banks’ stability: RBI to Supreme Court

The RBI stated moratorium on loan repayment was to mitigate burden of debt servicing during lockdown, but it cannot be construed as a waiver.
Farmers put wheat crop through a crusher in Uttar Pradesh | Photo: Samyak Pandey | ThePrint

Govt approves big agricultural reforms that’ll help farmers trade freely, get better price

Union Cabinet Wednesday cleared an amendment to the Essential Commodities Act and brought an ordinance that will allow farmers to sell their produce to anyone.

On Camera

Pakistan PM Imran Khan with Narendra Modi

Few things tie Modi’s India and Imran’s Pakistan like their love-hate for foreign invasion

Be it Hindutva ideologues condemning the wicked foreign invader or Imran Khan hailing Turkish imperial rule, both want to reinforce that going forward means going backward.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.

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.