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2 of Assam’s biggest hospitals shut after teenager dies of Covid, doctor tests positive

Snippets from the vibrant Northeast that capture politics, culture, society and more in the eight states.
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Not surprised, way of life, say those from northeast over racist ‘corona’ attacks

There has been a spate of attacks & prejudicial incidents amid the coronavirus epidemic, highlighting longstanding racism against those from the northeast.
Medics place home quarantine stamps after thermal screening at Guwahati Railway station in wake of the coronavirus pandemic | PTI

‘We live in fear’ — people from Northeast endure racist slurs in Bengaluru

In the midst of the 21-day lockdown, multiple cases of people from the Northeast being called ‘coronavirus’ and other racist slurs have emerged in the city.

Dear Indians, attacking northeastern people shows your ignorance. Not resolve to fight Covid

By being prejudiced towards people because of how they look and where they come from, you are not just being a racist, but also a xenophobe and a bigot.
Woman from Manipur was spat on by a man | Twitter

‘Corona’ is not just a virus. Indians are using it as a slur against people from northeast

Several people from northeast India are facing racial attacks. A woman from Manipur was spat on and called 'corona' by a man in Delhi.
Government hospital officials wear masks as precautionary

50-year-old pastor from Mizoram tests positive for COVID-19, second case in Northeast

Health Minister Dr. R. Lalthangliana assured that the patient is fine and urged people not to panic after the state reported its first COVID-19 case.
People wearing masks | Prashanth Vishwanathan | Bloomberg India

‘Beaten, abused, spat on’: People from Northeast endure racist slurs amid coronavirus panic

People from Northeast have been targeted as panic over coronavirus, which emerged from China, increases amid the lockdown.

MHA asks states to take action against those harassing people from Northeast over COVID-19

The Union Home Ministry's communication comes a day after a Manipuri woman alleged that an man spat on her and called her 'corona' in Vijay Nagar, New Delhi.
File photo of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul | OfficialHardikPandya/Facebook

On International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a look at our own racism

From Bollywood to everyday life, India does not fare well when it comes to racially discriminating people based on skin tone and features.
Kiren Rijiju

Advisory issued over racial remarks against Northeast Indians in wake of coronavirus

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said the racial remarks are a consequences of cultural ignorance, prejudice & lack of understanding.

On Camera

File image of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Jaishankar’s moment to help Modi reset ties with Bangladesh, bury Shah’s ‘termite’ episode

Modi realises the India-Bangladesh relationship is special and wants to refurbish the bond that has been fraying since Amit Shah described illegal Bangladeshis as 'termites'.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Vivek Prakash | Bloomberg

MPC appointments delay is unusual, but vacancies at the top of RBI & banks almost a norm

In the last few years, delay in appointments has resulted in several posts in regulatory bodies and public sector banks lying vacant for months.

Defence

File photo of Army Chief General M.M. Naravane at Leh to review security situation and operational preparedness along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh | Photo: Twitter/@adgpi

Indian Army equips troops with American assault rifles amid stand-off with China in Ladakh

The Defence Acquisition Council Tuesday accorded approval for procurement of additional 72,400 SIG 716 rifles at an estimated cost of Rs 780 crore.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.