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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.
Representational image of social media apps | Alexander Bahena | Pixabay

Modi govt invites bids to monitor online data, 2 years after scrapping controversial tender

The new ‘Expression of Interest’ is a continuation of the 2017 EOI. At the time, the Supreme Court had called the tender an example of a ‘surveillance state’.

Opinionated, on Twitter and from LSR, JNU? Good luck in India’s shaadi bazaar

Indian matrimonial apps once wanted women who were tall, fair and thin, but are now emphasising patriotism, patriotism and more patriotism.
Instagram app | Omkar Patyane | Pexels

How Instagram went from hipster favourite app to must-have by Pepsi, Playboy and Snoop Dogg

In ‘No filter’, Sarah Frier chronicles Instagram’s rise as a photo-sharing app that competed with Facebook and Snapchat & how it shaped influencer culture.

Penguin, Bloomsbury, Juggernaut can wait—Twitter is the new fiction publisher

Indians are writing stories on Twitter. In case you can’t sit through a 500-page novel
Members of a health team at Sahnewal village of Ludhiana in Punjab to collect samples for Covid-19 | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Organ smuggling, ‘false’ results — rumours are stopping rural Punjab from taking Covid tests

Rumours spread through social media have taken a firm hold in rural Punjab. Although govt has taken action, they seem to have stymied its efforts to control the virus.
BJP supporters celebrating Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 70th birthday in Chennai Thursday | ANI Photo

What we don’t know about the BJP election machine

We don’t know what exactly the BJP says to the voter through multiple channels of below-the-radar messaging. That’s why voter behaviour takes us by surprise.
Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party moves to hashtag politics, Akhilesh ‘monitoring’ #NoMoreBJP, other campaigns

Apart from its usual strategy of aggressively hitting the streets to protest, Samajwadi Party is now also seeking to bolster its online campaigns to counter BJP on several issues.
Trump signs executive order to ban WeChat, TikTok | Bloomberg

TikTok and WeChat have taken Chinese-style censorship to rest of the world, study says

These findings may lend ammunition to the Trump administration, which banned TikTok and WeChat after accusing them of bending to China's will in censoring content.
Divya Spandana | ThePrint Team

No more politics or movies, time off has helped me find myself, says Divya Spandana

In an interview with ThePrint, Divya Spandana aka Ramya, former Congress social media chief, talks about an unsavoury experience with Facebook and her plans ahead.

On Camera

Erdogan’s assault on Macron is the height of cynicism

There was a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t see the West as Turkey’s enemy and even wanted to join the European Union.

Turkey waging new war of economic liberation, says Erdogan after country’s currency falls

Erogan's speech follows the Turkish lira weakening to a record low of 8.3849 per dollar on Friday.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.