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Why the Mughals stayed away from the Sundarbans

In ‘Pandemic’, Sonia Shah writes that the Sundarbans remained largely untouched till the 17th century. Then the East India Company came.
File photo | West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee inaugurates a Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata, 18 Oct |PTI

Bengal’s Durga Puja 2020 is a petri dish of politics and pandemic, a perfect storm for BJP

Durga Puja is West Bengal’s biggest festival — it has also become Mamata Banerjee’s biggest problem now.
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Off The Cuff with Faheem Younus

Dr Faheem Younus, the Chief of Infectious Diseases at the University of Maryland, was the guest at ThePrint's Off the Cuff. Younus talked about his first Covid-19 patient, what we can expect from the vaccine, and what he feels about Pakistan's response to Covid-19. He also stressed how every crisis is an opportunity that can trigger change.
File photo | Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella | Marlene Awaad / Bloomberg

WFH can feel like ‘sleeping at work’, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says

Speaking at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, Nadella said online meetings can make employees tired and make it difficult to transition from a work mindset to private life.
File image of PM Narendra Modi | PTI

Modi govt mustn’t hesitate to make Covid vaccine free for Indians. It only costs Rs 80,000 cr

Serum Institute CEO Adar Poonawalla asked if the government is willing to pay Rs 80,000 crore to vaccinate all Indians. The money isn’t such a big deal.
Diners at a restaurant in London, UK | Representational image | Bloomberg

Covid normal is becoming the new normal. But should it?

The world has entered a new paralysis because no one knows when things will return to normal, or what might become normal, or what might remain strange.
Posting pictures of food on social media | PxHere

Are Indian men posting more food pictures online? A new trend is emerging during pandemic

Yes, urban Indians are cooking much more during the coronavirus pandemic. But only that doesn’t explain why we are posting more pictures too.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' defence industry outreach webinar via video conference, in New Delhi on 27 August

Mahabharata to irresponsible Indians — How Modi govt’s message on Covid changed in 6 months

In the last few months, the Modi government’s Covid communication has focussed only on absolving itself of all blame. Not data or roadmaps.
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How to be happy during a pandemic

Spending money on things like staycations, online shopping, local markets, and meeting friends with social distancing may help us feel more normal, with a few adjustments.
The Delhi Metro resumed partial services from Monday, 7 September after nearly six months | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Delhi Metro sees few commuters on Day 1 of reopening after lockdown, strict rules in place

On the first day, the Yellow Line, between HUDA City Centre and Samaypur Badli, is to run from 7 to 11 am and from 4 to 8 pm. The metro will resume full services from 12 September.

On Camera

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.