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Gold bangles | Representational image | pikist.com

How India’s strict lockdown choked gold smuggling routes to country

Illegal shipments of gold are estimated to have slowed to a trickle of about 2 tons a month, and may total about 25 tons this year, compared with an estimate of 120 tons last year.
Migrants arrive to board a train to reach their native places in Dhanbad (Jharkhand) and Bihar at a railway station, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown. | PTI

97 migrants died on-board Shramik special trains, government tells Rajya Sabha

Shramik special trains were started by the government to ferry migrant workers to their native states during the lockdown period.

‘Missing’ data on migrant workers, and the 11-lakh page mountain against Umar Khalid

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File photo of migrant workers on their way back to their native villages and cities amid the coronavirus lockdown | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Migrant exodus triggered by panic created by fake news on lockdown, govt tells Lok Sabha

Home ministry was replying to unstarred question from a TMC MP, who asked why thousands of labourers started walking home as soon as the lockdown kicked in.

Delhi pubs reopen with no loud music, AC at 24°C & WhatsApp menus but Delhiites cry ‘freedom’

Turnout was low as pubs and bars across Delhi reopened Wednesday. They will function at 50% capacity until 30 September, when the authorities will review the 'trial'.
A teacher and student in a remote village in Nagaland (representative image) | Photo: Yimkumla Longkumer | ThePrint

On International Literacy Day, a look at how teachers in India trying to keep kids in school

Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected the education sector with many students unable to access online classes due to the lockdown and digital divide.
The iconic Mother’s market, located in the heart of Manipur’s Imphal, has been run by women for the past 500 years | Yimkumla Longkumer | ThePrint

Caught between Covid & hunger, women at Imphal ‘mother’s market’ are struggling to survive

The iconic mother’s market has been shut since lockdown. Though the govt promised loans to the vendors, they say only 100 of the over 4,000 traders got the loans so far.
File photo of Delhi Metro

Unlock 4 brings Metro back, but schools, colleges and cinema halls to stay shut

The MHA Saturday released guidelines for the fourth phase of Unlock, which comes into effect from 1 September or Tuesday.

Only Delhi Metro’s success will prove if Kejriwal’s city can live with coronavirus

The AAP govt has been on an ‘unlocking’ spree in Delhi, but neglected Metro stations have served as a taunting reminder that we are still in a pandemic.

Lipstick under burkha to lipstick under mask — Why Indian women won’t stop now

Mask or no mask, lipstick continues to be a game changer in the self-fashioning of Indian women.

On Camera

A Harley Davidson dealership (Representational Image ) | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Harley-Davidson riding away reflects poorly on both US icon and Modi’s ‘Make in India’

Modi’s ambitious plans to ‘Make in India’ could have been helped by a symbolic gesture to hold on to Harley, a premium manufacturer with an outsize brand.

Defence

Representational image | ANI

India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?