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A pedestrian walks past the Olympic rings outside the Japan Olympic Museum near the New National Stadium, the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Tokyo | Photo: Kiyoshi Ota | Bloomberg

Tokyo Olympics become biggest sporting event halted by virus

The postponement will be first since modern games began in 19th century and make Tokyo 2020 Olympics the biggest sporting event called off due to COVID-19.
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A coronavirus explosion was expected in Japan. Where is it?

As of 18 March, Japan had only a little more than 900 confirmed cases despite being one of the first countries to be hit by coronavirus outside of China.
Large swathes of cloth were put up ahead of Japan PM Shinzo Abe's visit to Ahmedabad in 2017 | @JoshiJi_ | Twitter

Ahmedabad building a wall to ‘cover’ slums isn’t new. Govts have done it before

Ahead of US President Trump's visit, Ahmedabad wants to use a wall and trees to screen slums from the road. A similar exercise has been carried out before at least thrice.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

Kashmir and CAA protests forcing foreign leaders to take a second look at PM Modi’s India

Bangladesh ministers have made their displeasure clear. The US and France have raised concerns on Kashmir clampdown and Japan’s Shinzo Abe cancelled a trip.
VIP huts meant for guests of the summit, now lay abandoned on the banks of the Bhramaputra river. | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

Banners, hoardings, huts — Assam dismantles arrangements for Modi-Abe meet that wasn’t

With India-Japan summit being postponed, the Guwahati administration is now dismantling what is left of the arrangements that were made for Modi-Abe meeting.

CAB, NRC, Kashmir: Is Modi govt damaging India’s diplomatic standing for domestic politics?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe postponed his visit to India amid protests in Assam over the passage of the new citizenship law.
Japan's PM Shinzo Abe

India, Japan postpone PM Shinzo Abe’s visit amid escalating violence in Guwahati

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe was scheduled to land on Sunday for a 3-day visit in Guwahati, which has been witnessing violent protests against the Citizenship Act.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan’s Abe says he’ll visit India despite reports that trip cancelled over CAB protests

Abe is scheduled to begin his visit Sunday & had been slated to meet PM Modi in Assam, which has been hit by violent protests against new citizenship law.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe’s visit to India uncertain as Assam unrest continues: Report

According to a Japanese news agency, PM Shinzo Abe is considering cancelling his visit to India, which was scheduled from 15-17 December in Guwahati, given the escalating citizenship bill protests.
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India-Japan summit could be shifted out of Guwahati as Assam burns over citizenship bill

The bilateral dialogue between Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe is likely to be moved to New Delhi.  

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With the anti-poor lockdown, BJP is back to its upper caste, middle class, urban roots

Demonetisation’s political gain was to rebrand the BJP as a pro-poor party. The poorly implemented coronavirus lockdown is undoing that image.

Jails give Covid-19 parole: Can overstretched govt track prisoners’ movement and behaviour?

Prisons across India have begun to release inmates on parole after the Supreme Court directed to decongest jails to prevent the spread of coronavirus.


Newly-appointed CDS General Bipin Rawat

Ready to operate beyond mandate to fight the pandemic: CDS Bipin Rawat

In interview to ThePrint, Rawat also says Quick Reaction Medical Teams (QRMTs) have been readied to mobilise at short notice to meet the requirements of civil administration.

Modi’s India isn’t Mao’s China. Silly forecasts assume we’ll let corona kill millions of us

There are many scary scenarios about how badly we Indians may be affected or how many killed by Covid-19. But they presume we will do nothing to influence our fates.