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States can impose local restrictions, must consult Centre for lockdown —MHA’s new guidelines

Containment strategy should focus on surveillance, containment & strict observance of the guidelines and SOPs issued by the govt, which will be effective from 1 to 31 December.
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ABP News on ‘vaccine tourism’ to US, Times Now on chargesheet against Umar Khalid

A quick take on what prime time TV news talked about.
Morning rush hour commuters wear protective face masks while boarding and exiting a train at Saint-Lazare metro railway station in Paris, France. | Photographer: Cyril Marcilhacy | Bloomberg

France plans to ease lockdown in three steps as Covid infections recede

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the first easing will take place around 1 December, followed by a second one before end-of-the-year holidays and a third from January 2021.
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Trump’s last-ditch push for drilling in wildlife reserve, and an Xmas gift from Boris Johnson

The best cartoons of the week, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.
The Ahmedabad Civil Hospital | Photo: Swagata Yadavar

Ahmedabad imposes night curfew from 9pm to 6am to curb spread of Covid

Additional Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar Gupta said that beds for Covid patients are fast filling up in private hospitals, with just around 400 of them currently vacant in the city.
A protest march held by student organisations near LSR, Delhi, last week after Aishwarya Reddy's suicide | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

LSR students claim principal lying on Aishwarya’s suicide, say many sought help from college

In letter to media, LSR students’ union alleges college administration refused to help students with matters such as hostel facilities, internet connection and attendance despite multiple requests.
Delhi Chief Minsiter Arvind Kejriwal addresses an online media briefing on Tuesday to seek Centre's permission impose lockdown in markets which may emerge as Covid hotspots | Twitter

Delhi govt plans to withdraw earlier order, allow only 50 people at weddings, says Kejriwal

In a proposal sent to the Lt. Governor of Delhi, the government sought permission to impose lockdowns on market areas that are likely to be Covid-19 hotspots.
File photo of Notting Hill gate underground station in London during the lockdown in UK | Commons

England could need tough Covid curbs after lockdown, top medical adviser warns

The warning comes at a sensitive time for UK President Boris Johnson, who has pledged to lift England’s lockdown as planned in December.

With Pfizer raising hopes of a Covid vaccine soon, lockdowns now make sense

Buying time with lockdowns, while a possible endgame is in sight, helps reduce the number of people who catch the most severe forms of Covid and eases burden on healthcare.
A road sign directs people to a drive-in Covid-19 testing site set up at the Melbourne Show Grounds in Melbourne | Photographer: Carla Gottgens | Bloomberg

After crushing Covid, Melbourne emerges wary and more sedate

Melbourne is an example of how the coronavirus can be brought under control even in the peak of winter by following stay-at-home and compulsory mask-wearing orders.

On Camera

Representational image for the Indian Army | Photo: ANI

Neo-nationalism defends Army’s rogue actions, but clean human rights record is key

The distinction between the govt and the military has got blurred, and neither is being held accountable for serious lapses with respect to national security.
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Indians consumed less meat, fish, ice-cream in first half of this fiscal due to Covid fear

CARE Ratings data show impact of Covid fear on consumption, reduction in discretionary spends, a drop in demand from hotel, tourism & aviation industries led to a production slump.

Defence

A Sea Guardian drone | Source: General Atomics

Indian Navy inducts two American drones on lease, could add more later

The two drones, flying with Indian Navy logo, are under the full operational control of the force and it will have exclusive access to all the information that the drone will capture.
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What the amazing rise & sudden death of a ‘Holy Warrior’ tell us about Islam & politics in Pakistan

Khadim Hussain Rizvi was the face of Pakistan’s radical Islamist politics. His sudden death, however, will not end the mass appeal of religious fundamentalism.