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Up to 530% spike in poll states, 152% after Holi — the big culprits in India’s new Covid wave

Experts say these superspreader events have been the main reason behind the surge in numbers during the ongoing second wave of the pandemic.

AIADMK may have lost, but for Palaniswami, Tamil Nadu election results are seen as a win

With no Jayalalithaa & battling anti-incumbency, Chief Minister Palaniswami held his own and ensured AIADMK will still be a vital part of the state's politics as the main opposition.
A view of the Madras High Court in Chennai | hcmadras.tn.nic.in

Consider lockdown on 1, 2 May during counting of votes, Madras HC tells TN, Puducherry

On these two days, movement of vehicles used in connection with votes counting and emergency services alone shall be allowed, the court said.

iPhone 12 now made in Tamil Nadu, could boost Apple’s efforts to expand in India

Apple's Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn successfully assembled the new iPhone 12 at its plant in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.
The movie Karnan released on 9 April | Twitter/@dhanushkraja

Why DMK is angry with portrayal of 1995 Kodiyankulam violence in the Tamil movie Karnan

DMK and its supporters question the year mentioned in new Dhanush-starrer Karnan, which chronicles a Dalit community’s fight against caste oppression and state-sponsored violence. 
R Rajendran, a farmer who recently started cultivating chilli, at his farm in Neyveli village | Revathi Krishnan | ThePrint

Paddy to chilli — What Tamil Nadu farmers’ ‘Red Revolution’ can teach Punjab

Aided by a company called Aachi Masala and a natural farming group called Nallakeerai, farmers in Thiruvallur are making a shift that is likely to boost their earnings manifold.
A BJP-AIADMK rally in Thovalai in Nagercoil. | Photo: Revathi Krishnan/ThePrint

How the BJP-AIADMK alliance isn’t sitting well in Kanyakumari — with anyone

AIADMK’s alliance with BJP in Tamil Nadu elections may be the most talked-about in the southern state. But this is coming at a price for the ruling party.
Madras High Court Justice N. Anand Venkatesh. | Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

‘Wants to solve it all’ — cricketer & singer HC judge who is breaking ‘preconceived notions’

In a protection plea by a same sex couple, Justice N. Anand Venkatesh said he’s trying to break his ‘own preconceived notions’. But this isn’t the first time he is making headlines.
Screengrab of the video going viral on several Christian WhatsApp groups in Kerala | Facebook/Christian Association and Alliance for Social Action

How the Church is now driving ‘love jihad’ narrative in Kerala

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
BJP’s Coimbatore South candidate, Vanathi Srinivasan | Photo: Revathi Krishnan/ThePrint

Why this constituency in Tamil Nadu is the BJP’s ‘island of hope’

Coimbatore South will see a three-way fight between BJP's Vanathi Srinivasan, Congress' Mayura S. Jayakumar and actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan.

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India’s Covid vaccine policy is bound to promote inefficiency, inequality

Modi govt’s policy for Covid-19 vaccine has thoroughly exposed both the failures of an incompetent state and the vagaries of the ‘free’ market.
A health worker attends to Covid-19 patients at a Covid ICU Ward in Hyderabad, on 27 April 2021 | PTI Photo

How Wall Street giants are being hit by India’s brutal Covid wave

India’s Covid crisis has exposed a little-discussed vulnerability for companies that have spent decades outsourcing functions to the country.

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.