For the first time since the Modi Government came to power in 2014, senior BJP and RSS ministers are on the defensive, unsure of how or what to communicate to the people as the #COVIDSecondWave rages across the country.
The common refrain is that it was “sudden” and “unexpected,” even when told that the uptick began in Mumbai mid-February and all warning signs — from need of oxygen to the possible impact of the variant — came early. The Government had time to prepare. (2/10)
Asked about the conspicuous silence at the top as compared to daily and regular press briefings by some Chief Ministers, a Union Minister said: “I am with you on the need for a voice of reassurance (from the government). The entire situation is challenging”. (3/10)
#COVIDSecondWave | Kejriwal had earlier announced that he was not in favour of a lockdown to restrict the #COVID19 surge in Delhi, but would have no other option if hospitals started running out of beds. bit.ly/32fGoi2
#COVIDSecondWave | The Gujarat High Court told the state government that it was not utilising its resources properly, and asked it to come out with an “open statement” on the “myths of remdesivir” in the treatment of #COVID19. bit.ly/3djWH3I
#ExpressOpinion | The ongoing elections acquire significance not only because they may define the state and the country’s future, but the limits of the BJP and its Hindutva juggernaut could also be tested.
#ExpressOpinion | Regardless of whether India commits to net zero emissions, coal is on its way out. For a country that depends on it for 70 per cent of its energy, the transition’s social and economic consequences will pose a daunting challenge
#Decision2021 | After his 48-hour ban imposed by the Election Commission for his remarks on the Sitalkuchi firing ended, BJP leader Rahul Sinha said central forces under poll duty must fire shots if they came under attack. #WestBengalElections2021 bit.ly/3uZ2YYD
#COVIDSecondWave | On a day CBSE cancelled the Class X boards and put off the exams for Class XII, several state boards took similar decisions amid the #COVID-19 surge. But some also decided to stick to their schedule. bit.ly/2QtfUXr
#COVIDSecondWave | Genome sequencing data have presented evidence of the 'double mutant' in 61% of samples in Maharashtra. But whether this new variant is driving India's ongoing #COVID19 surge can be said only after more data is available. bit.ly/3mNJHGA
#Decision2021 | The TMC Chief accused the BJP of spreading Covid-19 in Bengal by bringing in leaders from other states. “Last year when Covid was spreading in the state, no BJP leader cared to come over here to control that.” #WestBengalElections2021 bit.ly/3acAKS7
#Decision2021 | The BJP manifesto has promised to tackle the ‘love jihad’ and ‘land jihad’. Shah said, “Congress and Badruddin Ajmal’s alliance means that if they come to power again, then they will fill Assam with infiltrators.” #AssamAssemblyPolls
#Decision2021 | In Lalgarh, “it is unfortunate when local leaders who are supposed to help, indulge in corruption and snatch your rights. Adivasi people want respect, not grants and dole.” #WestBengalElections2021
#Decision2021 | Saravanan has promised to provide a mini-helicopter, Rs. 1 crore to every household, a robot for homemakers to do household work, and 100 sovereigns of gold for women when they get married. #TamilNaduElections2021
#Decision2021 | Almost three years ago, Trilochan Mahato was found hanging near his home, with a message scrawled on his shirt: “This is for BJP politics from the age of 18.” This started a new trend in Bengal’s violent politics. #WestBengalElections
#Decision2021 | It is not dynasty politics, Anbil Mahesh insists on the friendship between him and Uyanidhi Stalin. “There was no calculated grooming... but something that evolved due to the contributions made by our families.” #TamilNaduElections2021
Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Abhinav who will get the shot at Max saket. He had covid earlier. "Have full faith in the medical fraternity, ICMR and govt. There is no fear of things going wrong."
Saroj Bala, 40, sweeper at Panchkula General Dispensary to be the first to get the shot here. "I was told by doctor Madame I am to get the vaccine. I have no fears. I am happy to be the first one to take the shot."
Q: Who will receive the Covid-19 vaccine on Saturday?
A: he priority groups include health workers, safai karmacharis, the Army and disaster management volunteers.
Q: How will the vaccination drive be conducted?
A: Given India's population, the country is drawing on its experiences of holding elections for the vaccine drive. MHA has requested the EC to share the latest electoral roll data to identify people belonging to priority groups.
Mohanlal has been selling kites since he was 10. Now 75, he says COVID-19 pandemic, months-long lockdown, and the lack of sufficient modes of inter-state transport have added to a shortage of kites in the market and pushed the prices up.
Craftsmen usually start making kites meant for sale during Sankranti soon after the end of the previous year’s festival making it a round-the-year activity. In 2020, craftsmen started making kites only in June after the lockdown was eased.
#ExpressOpinion | The Supreme Court has, in a significant recent judgment, Saurav Yadav versus State of Uttar Pradesh, once again artfully negotiated the thicket of issues arising out of reservation, writes @pbmehta
@pbmehta#ExpressOpinion | Some authors are explicit, others indulge in nudge-nudge, wink-wink — these four years were also the first four years of the changing political order in India — the beginning of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister, writes @surjitbhalla
The Kapoor Haveli is where the great Raj Kapoor was born. Even in its dilapidated condition, the mansion has been occupying a special place in the heart of Peshawar. “Tourists and photographers are mesmerised by its unique wooden architecture."
Last month the provincial government in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa announced its decision to buy the ancestral house of the Bollywood legend, conserve it and turn it into a museum. indianexpress.com/article/resear…