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Beneficiaries show their vaccination report card after getting the Covid-19 vaccine, in Lucknow on 5 February 2021 | ANI

Uttar Pradesh announces lockdown on Sunday, doubles fine for not wearing mask to Rs 1,000

The state Thursday reported 104 deaths and 22,439 fresh cases, pushing the fatality count to 9,480 and the total infection number to 7,66,360.
Uddhav Thackeray addresses media

Uddhav Thackeray hints at Maharashtra lockdown, set to meet with task force on 10 April

State PWD Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan said his government's priority is to keep the people safe, and the details of the lockdown 'will be finalised soon'.
File photo of Chandrakant Patil | Twitter/ANI

BJP says Maharashtra govt cheated people with strict lockdown, demands financial package

Speaking on the occasion of BJP's foundation day, state unit president Chandrakant Patil said traders and common people will not tolerate such "cheating" by those in power.
File photo of Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai | Twitter

Delhi govt not considering lockdown, exploring other options, says AAP minister Gopal Rai

Night curfew has a role in checking the spread of coronavirus but the government is not completely dependent on it, the AAP minister said.
Kozhikode: Students outside a school after giving a Board examination, May 27, 2020 | PTI

64% kids in rural India fear they have to drop out if not given additional support: Survey

Conducted by a Delhi-based NGO across 20 backward districts in 10 states in November 2020, the survey was carried out among 1,725 children, 1,605 parents, and 127 teachers.
Image: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Not just turmeric milk, protein powders also became health fad in Covid times, survey finds

Protein supplements are prescribed to patients who have survived extreme illness, such as severe Covid-19, or were in ICU. But people can also self-prescribe.

No lockdown in Maharashtra but restrictions to be made stricter, says health minister Tope

Though the number of Covid cases has seen a rise in the last few days, the mortality rate remains low, Rajesh Tope noted. Maharashtra recorded a spike of 16,620 new cases Sunday.

2 countries that got the coronavirus fight right, and 2 that got it wrong

We studied 27 countries. Those that politicised the coronavirus saw the most deaths and cases.
Representational Image | Students wearing masks in a classroom | Photo: Abhishek Saha/ANI

85% parents in India are willing to send children back to school by June, finds survey

The survey by a Bengaluru-based pre-school and daycare centre was conducted across two phases — once in November 2020 and in February 2021— among 2,000 families. 

Covid impacted 247 mn children in India due to closure of 1.5 mn schools, UNICEF study shows

The UNICEF report also stated that online education is not an option for all as only one in four children has access to digital devices and internet connectivity in the country.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani in New Delhi | Shahbaz Khan/PTI

India shouldn’t hope for too much from upcoming Turkey meet on Afghanistan

Thanks to US’ intervention, India will have a seat at the 10-day Istanbul conference beginning 24 April.
Andy Jassy, chief executive officer of web services at Amazon.com Inc., speaks during the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.| Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Amazon’s future CEO firm on India expansion amid protests by local vendors

Speaking to partners and customers in India, Andy Jassy announced a $250 million venture fund for startups working on innovations for small businesses, agriculture and health care solutions.

Defence

CDS General Bipin Rawat | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Backed by disruptive tech, China tried push & shove tactics but India stood firm: CDS Rawat

At the Raisina Dialogue, Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Bipin Rawat says some countries seek to reshape rules that govern global order via geopolitics coupled with geo-economics.

Why mosques in rear view mirror, like Kashi’s Gyanvapi, can crash India’s drive into future

Court’s order to ASI to survey Gyanvapi Mosque for remains of old Kashi Vishwanath Temple questions the optimism that Ayodhya wouldn’t be repeated.