Coronavirus pandemic

Protesting farmers make Singhu Border their home away from home

Protesting farmers make Singhu Border their home away from home

May 13, 2021

“There is a memorable event from our village where a liquor shop had opened in 1987. So our mothers and grandmothers got together and protested against the liquor shop. That protest went on for one year and for what? Just for a liquor shop. After a year, the women won the battl...

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What weekend curfew in Delhi looked like

What weekend curfew in Delhi looked like

April 17, 2021

Stark empty streets, shops shuttered down, near empty public transport, abandoned tourism monuments and deserted spiritual places defined Saturday, the first day of the two-day curfew imposed by the Delhi government in a desperate bid to cut down the spread of the coronavirus pan...

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Patchy progress in ‘world’s largest vaccination drive’

Patchy progress in ‘world’s largest vaccination drive’

March 6, 2021

India was rather late off the block in the roll out of the vaccination drive, that began after much dilly dallying only on January 16, almost a month after dozens of other countries had already been immunising their populations against the pandemic. There was another major differ...

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Developed world way ahead in jobs of future

Developed world way ahead in jobs of future

November 25, 2020

Though the global economy as a whole is down on its knees due to the coronavirus pandemic, the year-long crisis has hit the poor and developing nations much harder than the rich ones. There have been numerous reports of how the inequality has risen sharply at a global, regional, ...

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BeepTrace: Solution to privacy issues in Covid19 contact tracing

BeepTrace: Solution to privacy issues in Covid19 contact tracing

September 29, 2020

With aggregated phone tracking helping governments fight coronavirus, the next wave of technology is digital contract tracing. However, due to the nature of contact tracing, privacy is a major concern, significantly affecting uptake of contact tracing applications across the glob...

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Industries that pipped the pandemic

Industries that pipped the pandemic

September 20, 2020

“I stopped taking food from local tiffin service since April. I switched to ordering from Swiggy regularly as it assured me of following all possible safety and hygiene measures including the body temperature of the delivery person and cleanliness rating of the restaurant I ord...

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International Democracy Day 2020: Lockdown on Indian democracy

International Democracy Day 2020: Lockdown on Indian democracy

September 15, 2020

“I was supposed to receive an award from the state government for one the best professors but suddenly after a Facebook post, my name was withdrawn from the list of nominees,” says an assistant professor at Lucknow University. “All I did was to put up a Facebook post about ...

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Pandemic to cloud Indian automobile market despite August uptick

Pandemic to cloud Indian automobile market despite August uptick

September 12, 2020

On Thursday, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said that the passenger vehicle sales in August stood at 215,916 units, a rise of 14 pc as compared to August 2019, ending a 9-month long losing streak that had clouded the mood in the world’s fourth largest automob...

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Confusion, anger, panic in Delhi slums over Supreme Court order on demolition

Confusion, anger, panic in Delhi slums over Supreme Court order on demolition

September 8, 2020

Supreme Court’s order for demolition of slums on railway land in Delhi has created panic and confusion in the slums as residents say they will not vacate unless given alternative accommodation.

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Pollution spikes as governments shift focus from ecology to economy

Pollution spikes as governments shift focus from ecology to economy

September 8, 2020

Euphoria over clean environment during lockdown is replaced with despair as pollution levels soar again & leaders look for economic recovery at all costs, especially cost of environment.

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Data experts concerned over contact tracing apps

Data experts concerned over contact tracing apps

September 3, 2020

Globally, the Covid-19 outbreak has upturned all systems with an increasing number of infections and about a million deaths. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Artificial Intelligence and big data is playing a significant role in controlling the spread of the pande...

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India’s GDP meltdown: Unprecedented but not unforeseen

India’s GDP meltdown: Unprecedented but not unforeseen

August 31, 2020

The only shock about India’s first quarter GDP numbers is the extent to which the economy has tanked. However, it may not be enough to shake Nirmala Sitharaman out of her stupor. Finally, the cat’s out of the bag. It’s official and on record. The catastrophic drop of 23.9 p...

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