COVID-19

From helping the world, India turns to seek help from the world

From helping the world, India turns to seek help from the world

April 27, 2021

On Saturday, a C-17 Hercules transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force took off from Changi Airport in Singapore and barely a couple of hours later it landed at the IAF base at Panagarh in West Bengal. The aircraft had just completed a special and urgent mission of transporting ...

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World Autism Awareness Day: Special schools joust with Covid19 to teach autistic children

World Autism Awareness Day: Special schools joust with Covid19 to teach autistic children

April 1, 2021

Every day at 10 am, a group of about 20 children, aged between 3-20 years, wait in line in a locality in west Delhi for the gates of their school to open. Teachers take special care to escort the kids from the gates to their respective classrooms. Presently functioning at 40 pc c...

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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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Cautious cheers for New Year

Cautious cheers for New Year

December 31, 2020

New Year’s Eve is an eagerly awaited moment for most, especially the youth the world over, as people look forward to the year to end and festivities to begin. This year, too, people have been longing for the year end to arrive, though for a different reason. Practically everyon...

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Time for Indian government to rein in its aggressive tax officials

Time for Indian government to rein in its aggressive tax officials

December 26, 2020

On Wednesday, Permanent Court of Arbitration based in the Netherlands awarded USD 1.2 billion plus costs and interest in damages to the British energy company Cairn Energy Plc in a tax dispute with the Indian government over retrospective application of tax. The case dates back t...

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Curtailed Christmas in times of Covid

Curtailed Christmas in times of Covid

December 25, 2020

Oliver Cromwell remains a controversial figure for curtailing the Christmas celebrations. The Lord Protector and his Puritan supporters declared Christmas illegal until 1660. COVID-19 has brought Christmas to a similar fate this year.

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Nutrition malware hits women & children in India: NFHS5

Nutrition malware hits women & children in India: NFHS5

December 16, 2020

Early data from the latest survey indicates severe setbacks to malnutrition in India, with many states showing a significant rise in malnutrition rates, often setting them back by years.

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Covid-19 pushes malnutrition targets further away from India

Covid-19 pushes malnutrition targets further away from India

October 14, 2020

Already lagging behind its goals for eradicating malnutrition, India slides further due to disruptions in food deliveries to vulnerable sections of the society. Government needs to do much more than simply throw money at malnutrition, wishing it will disappear.

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Coverage, continuity, intensity & quality, key challenges of malnutrition in India: UNICEF

Coverage, continuity, intensity & quality, key challenges of malnutrition in India: UNICEF

October 2, 2020

India is home to the largest number of children suffering from malnutrition and stunted growth. This has been the case for decades. What has not been happening right? I am an optimist. Things are going in a right direction. Malnutrition is improving but my concern is that they ar...

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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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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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