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Devotees gather to offer prayers during the third 'Shahi Snan' of the Kumbh Mela 2021, in Haridwar, 14 April 2021 | PTI

‘Corona jihad’ to ‘holy dip’ – India’s TV channels shocked at Kumbh but it’s no ‘human bomb’

News channels’ coverage of Haridwar continued to dip in and out of Kumbh Mela. But no channel called this a ‘human bomb’ or ‘corona warfare'.
Devotees gather at Har Ki Pauri Ghat to offer prayers during Kumbh Mela in Haridwar on 11 April 2021 | PTI Photo

Comparing Kumbh with Markaz is likening ‘Gangajal to dirty drain water’, says VHP

The VHP backing for the event comes a day after Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat made it clear that the Kumbh Mela will continue. 

Silence on Kumbh shows Indians think only Muslims spread Covid

There’s nothing more liberating than the truth. And the truth is that India has fangs of communalism deeply dug into it.
The Nizamuddin Markaz mosque in Delhi, centre of Tablighi Jamaat activities in India | Image: ThePrintTeam

OCI cardholders will need special permit to undertake ‘Tabligh’, media activities — govt

The Home Ministry, in a notification, also allowed cardholders parity with Indian nationals in air fares in domestic sectors, entry fees for parks, monuments and museums in India.
Suspected Covid-19 patients being transported to various hospitals from the Nizamuddin Markaz in New Delhi

36 Tablighis set to return home a year after court battle against Delhi Police

In 2020, 44 Tablighis decided not to plead guilty to Delhi Police charges on violating visa conditions & Covid protocols. All of them were acquitted by court.
The Nizamuddin Markaz mosque in Delhi, centre of Tablighi Jamaat activities in India | Image: ThePrintTeam

4 move Delhi HC against FIRs filed for keeping women Tablighi members at homes during lockdown

The four petitioners gave shelter to 12 women Tablighi Jamaat members, who came to India to attend the event at its headquarters in Nizamuddin in March 2020.
Representational image of Karachi Police | Bloomberg

Karachi Police gets on rollerblades to stop crime, preacher fashions idea to fund madrasas

Our prolific feature about Pakistan’s fascinating politics, economy, society, culture, cricket, fashion and more — stories beyond the routine headlines.
File image of Tablighi Jamaat attendees being moved out of the Nizamuddin Markaz mosque in New Delhi | Photo: ANI

No evidence to show 18 foreigners indulged in banned Tablighi activity, Patna HC quashes case

Patna High Court allows prosecution against 3 Indians for not informing police regarding the stay of foreigners in the mosque managed by them.

BJP, media, MHA — slander on Muslims and Sikhs have a lot in common. Outcome will be too

As a Muslim, I am humbled that the Delhi court exonerated the much-maligned Tablighi Jamaat members, who were accused of intentionally spreading the coronavirus.
People suspected of Covid-19 being transported to various hospitals after Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, Delhi | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Possible that cops picked up 36 Tablighi foreigners to ‘maliciously prosecute’ them — court

Tablighi Jamaat was at the centre of a row in March, with authorities alleging that the participants had defied prohibitory orders and had become human carriers of Covid.

On Camera

Representational image | A magnified coronavirus germ is displayed on a monitor during coronavirus patient sample detection tests in the virology research labs in a hospital in Leuven, Belgium | Bloomberg

Four issues that will dominate news for rest of 2021

Covid will dominate the headlines, but here are four stories, none of which is currently prominent in the news, to watch for the rest of 2021.
File photo of a Bharat Petroleum Corporation gas station in Mumbai

Modi govt pushes BPCL privatisation, opens financial data to bidders

The BPCL privatisation, which could be the country’s biggest, is crucial for India. The govt needs to raise capital to make up the fall in tax revenues as the pandemic hit the economy.

Defence

A file photo of a Covid ward set up at an Army hospital, in Prayagraj. | Photo: ANI

Armed forces plan to hire 400 retired military doctors to assist in fight against Covid

The forces are looking to hire, on a contractual basis for about a year, medical officers who retired in the last four to five years.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Mayday, Mayday — How Modi govt led India into a perfect storm

Triumphalism, premature declaration of victory meant no one checked if India had enough vaccines, oxygen, remdesivir, bringing us back to a crisis where we need foreign aid after four decades.