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A health worker wearing PPE, attends to Covid-19 patients at a new 100 beds ICU COVID Ward with Oxygen and Ventilator facilities in Hyderabad on April 27, 2021 | PTI

Second wave jolt pushes Modi govt to train 1.17 lakh health workers for possible third wave

Besides non-medical personnel, ITI students will be trained in managing oxygen plants, ventilators and oxygen concentrators.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

These 4 factors will shape how Indian economy rebounds from shock of Covid second wave

Current lockdowns, fear & uncertainty are driving down growth, but with second wave slowing, there’s hope that economic activity will improve in next quarter.

MHA extends deadline for NGOs to open FCRA accounts to get foreign funds

The Centre, citing the pandemic, has given a four-month extension to those whose FCRA registration has already expired or will expire between 29 September 2020 and 30 September 2021.
Migrant workers at the Ahmedabad Railway Station Saturday | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

5 lessons from India’s first wave that can protect livelihoods in the second wave

New report shows first wave pushed 23 crore Indians into poverty, led to permanent job loss for many women, and made one-sixth salaried health workers quit.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March 2021 | Twitter @BJP4India

For Modi govt, health is not the focus, headlines are

Criticism, feedback and questions are a vital aspect of any thriving democracy, more so during an unprecedented crisis.
Birds pick at remains floating in the Ganga river between Gahmar in Ghazipur, UP, and Chausa in Buxar, Bihar | Photo: Sajid Ali | ThePrint

It’s 2021, but floating bodies in UP and Bihar have sent us back to 1918

In Bihar’s Buxar, 71 corpses washed up at Mahadev Ghat of the Ganga river. In UP's Hamirpur, local residents fear the floating bodies will pose a new risk to their health.
Covid testing in Lucknow on 25 April 2021 | Representational image | Photo: Nand Kumar | PTI

India records 3.43 lakh new Covid cases, 4,000 deaths in last 24 hours

The active cases fell to 37.04 lakh comprising 15.41 per cent of the total infections, while the national recovery rate improved to 83.50 per cent, the health ministry data showed.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

How this Covid wave has hurt Indian economy — falling indicators, lower growth expectations

Indian economy is expected to do better than last year, but growth could be 11% or even lower, compared to the pre-2nd wave projections of 13% and above.

Off The Cuff with Srinivas BV

In this edition of Off The Cuff or #ThePrintOTC, Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta is in conversation with Indian Youth Congress president Srinivas B.V., who has been receiving praise and appreciation for the relief work being carried out by him and his team during the devastating second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The leader says all credit goes to the thousands of IYC workers toiling day and night to help people in their hour of crisis, and that he has just served as a medium through whom people could seek help. Srinivas also talks about how his cricketing career met with a sudden end due to an injury, why he joined the Congress, and how he rose up the ranks in the party.
File photo of US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci | Photographer: Al Drago | Bloomberg

India made incorrect assumption, opened up prematurely — Anthony Fauci on 2nd Covid wave

US' top infectious disease expert Fauci said one of the important things is to not underestimate the situation and the lesson that this global pandemic needs a global response.

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Covid has devastated India’s self-employed women

Women employed as domestic workers in India’s cities have lost work in vast numbers, forcing many to return to their home villages.

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Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

Induction of Rafale aircraft into Indian Air Force to take place by 2022, says IAF Chief

IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria also said that some deliveries from France have been ahead of time, while minor delays happened with 'one or two' aircraft due to Covid-related issues.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.