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A deserted street in Paharganj during the nationwide lockdown | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Covid-19 hits Modi govt budget, Q1 expenses capped to save funds to fight the virus

The budget caps stand at either 15 or 20% of the full year’s allocations and won’t apply to ministries at the forefront of the Covid-19 battle, including health & food.
Union ministers, including Amit Shah and Smriti Irani, at a lockdown-related meeting at Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's residence Sunday

Working from home, office or via social media, Modi ministers busier than ever in lockdown

Holding regular meetings with states, managing control rooms, daily puja — it's all in a day’s work for many of Modi’s ministers.
Security personnel in Kashmir | Praveen Jain | ThePrint | File photo

What new J&K domicile rule is and how it impacts residents of the union territory

Until August 2019, J&K enjoyed a special status under the Constitution, which restricted its jobs, property for natives. This has now changed.
A medic conducts screening of a patient as part of precautionary measure against coronavirus, at a government hospital in New Delhi | PTI Photo

Use 44,000 youths trained in health sector to plug medical staff shortage: Govt to states

Rural development secretary has written to states & UTs to utilise services of youths trained in the health sector under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushal Yojana.
Migrant workers fleeing Delhi to their native villages after lockdown announcement | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Govt health experts recommend lockdown extension as migrant exodus ‘undermines’ containment

21-day lockdown will help, but top health experts working closely with PM Modi’s Covid-19 team recommend it should be extended due to exodus.
Doctors screening a patient | ANI

Lakhs of coveralls, masks, thousands of ventilators — govt says key Covid-19 gear on its way

The Modi govt’s assurance came amid reports that medical staff tackling coronavirus cases were ill-equipped to handle the pandemic.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Free LPG, cash aid — Modi govt’s Rs 1.7 lakh crore plan to ease Covid-19 lockdown for poor

Besides cash transfers, the package announced by FM Sitharaman also offers free foodgrains for poor & migrant workers hit hardest by the Covid-19 lockdown.
Indian Railways (Representational image) | Commons

Rail coach as ICU — how Modi govt plans to beat healthcare gaps in remote areas

The Modi govt has been thinking of innovative ways to expand its medical capacity in order to address the rising incidence of COVID-19 in India.
Illustration by Soham Sen/ThePrint

RSS gets ready to fight coronavirus with awareness campaign, masks, soaps & food packets

RSS has asked around 70,000 of its daily units and over three dozen affiliates to prioritise the fight against coronavirus.
Thermal screening of visitors at the entrance of Parliament House, in New Delhi | PTI

Modi govt is using two laws to tackle coronavirus spread. But one of them needs changes

While govt is using Disaster Management Act and 1897 Epidemic Diseases Act in tandem to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, experts say India needs a modern public health law.

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File photo | Dr Li Wenliang, who died of the novel coronavirus | Wikimedia Commons

China’s blunders in Wuhan should settle the debate about democracy and economic progress

The virus exploded from Wuhan to the world because the Chinese form of government abhors transparency. What they need is democracy — and India should learn this lesson.

Is talk of lifting lockdown premature or is it necessary to allow some economic activity?

As the Narendra Modi government considers the option of extending the Covid-19 lockdown beyond 14 April, concerns around its impact on the economy are growing.

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USS Theodore Roosevelt. Photo | Bloomberg

Indian Navy veterans slam ‘childish’ US response to Roosevelt ship incident

Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash says captain of USS Theodore Roosevelt should’ve resigned if he felt system let him down, rather than leaking mail to media.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.