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9 May
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.

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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)
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16 Apr
#COVID19 #COVIDSecondWave

🦠 2,17,353 new cases
🚨 1,185 fatalities
😷 Active 15,69,743 cases

in the last 24 hours.
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#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.
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#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.
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16 Apr
#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.

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#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

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#ExpressOpinion | RSS has not allowed itself to be a closed institution, which is why its quest for commonalities brings it closer to even those who disregarded and disagreed with it.

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16 Apr
#Decision2021 | Concerned about a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases in the state, CM Banerjee urged the Election Commission to consider clubbing the remaining four phases and conduct the #WestBengalElections2021 at one go.
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#Decision2021 | In Santipur, Nadia, where the BJP took a massive lead in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the aim of the TMC is clear: bring the elections to local issues. #WestBengalElections2021
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#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
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15 Apr
#COVID19 #COVIDSecondWave

🦠 2,00,739 new cases
🚨 1,038 fatalities
😷 Active 14,71,877 cases

in the last 24 hours.
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#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.
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#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.
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15 Apr
#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
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#Decision2021 | The fifth phase of the #WestBengalElections2021 will see voting across North Bengal’s tea belt, and while the parties promise packages and schemes, the tea garden workers are doubtful.
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#Decision2021 | “Recently, a TMC leader used a derogatory remark against Dalit brothers that I can’t say here. I am sad to see that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is yet to condemn it,” said Nadda. #WestBengalElections202
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27 Mar
Vaccine wastage: What is vaccine wastage, how it happens and ways to prevent it? A #quixplained by @ieexplained
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@ieexplained How the wastage happens? (2/5)
@ieexplained Different stages where wastage occurs (3/5)
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27 Mar
#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

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#Decision2021 | The issue of entry of women into the Sabarimala temple has returned to haunt the CPM as the #KeralaElections2021 campaign enters the last fortnight.

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#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

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27 Mar
As the first phase of elections in West Bengal and Assam begins, PM Modi urges those eligible to vote in record numbers.

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Voters stand in queue at Chatni primary school booth in Baghmundi constituency at Ayodhya hill, Purulia, West Bengal. (Express Photo by Partha Paul)

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A vehicle hired for poll duty was set ablaze at Bandwan in Purulia district on Friday night, hours before the first phase of assembly elections got underway, official sources said.

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26 Mar
WATCH | Fire at Dreams Mall in Mumbai’s Bhandup West; at least four dead

📽️ by Deepak Joshi

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WATCH | The fire broke out at Dreams Mall, in which there is a Covid-19 hospital. Over 70 patients were evacuated

📽️ by Deepak Joshi

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#InPictures | Mumbai Covid-19 hospital fire: At least 4 dead, rescue ops underway

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26 Mar
#Decision2021 | Amit Shah blamed cross-border infiltration for lack of jobs and subsidies for the tribal community in Jhargram, a former hotbed of Maoists, at a rally for the #WestBengalElections2021

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#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

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#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

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25 Mar
Why long jump records take years to be broken? A #quixplained by @ieexplained
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@ieexplained Before Powell, there was Beamon (2/6) Image
@ieexplained Bolt could have jumped higher. (3/6) Image
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25 Mar
#Decision2021 | Modi said that Bengal had once brought the nation together through ‘Vande Mataram’ but Mamata Banerjee is now terming people as ‘bohiragoto’ (outsiders). #WestBengalElections2021

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#Decision2021 | Unlike the LDF and UDF manifestoes, the NDA lays focus on steps to tackle “religious terrorism”, promising to put a system to prevent extremist activities. #KeralaElections2021

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#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

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16 Jan
Dr Suraj Bhan Kamboj, 58, serving DGHS Haryana for the past 1.5 years gets the vaccine. "I am very well. No pain as yet. Hopefully all will go fine."

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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."

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15 Jan
#THREAD: The world’s biggest inoculation drive against the novel coronavirus will begin Saturday as India starts vaccinating three crore of its frontline workers.

Here's everything you need to know:
#CoronavirusVaccine #CovidVaccine
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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.
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14 Jan
#THREAD: In the run-up to #MakarSankranti those involved in the making and selling of colourful kites and manja in Hyderabad were excited to start afresh.

But this time, ‘patangula panduga’ has not turned out the way the traders wanted. | @rahulvpisharody indianexpress.com/article/cities…
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.

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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.

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27 Dec 20
#Thread #ExpressInvestigation

20 years on, where are the Board toppers? @KhurafatiChopra
tracked down 86 men and women who stood first in India, between 1996 and 2015, in their Class 10 and 12 exams.

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@KhurafatiChopra One’s a cancer physician in New York; another is a PhD fellow at MIT; one is a Harvard professor; one a hedge fund manager in Singapore — and as many as 11 are working for Google.

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@KhurafatiChopra ✈️ More than half the toppers live overseas today, the US being the destination of choice.

🔬 Most are in science and technology with IITs their most favoured undergraduate pit-stop

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26 Dec 20
💉 For two days at the beginning of next week, India will hold a dry run for the largest and most ambitious mass immunisation programme in its history.

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💉 The dummy vaccination exercise will be carried out in two districts each of four states at the four corners of the nation — Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, and Assam — on December 28 and 29.

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💉 The dry run is intended to test the country’s flagship vaccine delivery IT platform, Co-Win, at every stage, sources said.

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26 Dec 20
#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

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@pbmehta #ExpressOpinion | Where does extremism spring from? If you take liberal “uncertainty” and “doubt” as your norm, then one can say extremism springs from certitude, writes Khaled Ahmed.

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@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

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7 Oct 20
What is Minimum Support Price and how are MSP's defined.
A #quixplained by @ieexplained

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6 Oct 20
#ExpressResearch: In the years immediately following the Partition, the political decisions taken to deal with evacuated properties went a long way in establishing the relationship that India and Pakistan shared with each other. | @AdrijaRoychow
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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."

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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…
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