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5 Jun
Mainstream media led by two small group of virologists dismissed lab leak as a conspiracy; they were caught up in ideological struggles. Trump’s intervention was extremely unhelpful in polarising the issue: Nicholas Wade, author and journalist, tells @ShekharGupta #ThePrintOTC
There are 2 theories-that it came naturally from animals, that it leaked from a lab. Both are hypotheses, there is no conclusion for either. Existing evidence is explained better by lab leak. Lab leak does not mean biowarfare: Wade sums up his argument #ThePrintOTC
Gain of function sounds mild but involves creating a dangerous virus that didn’t exist before. There’s been considerable debate abt it. It’s tempting tech that gives a sense of power, there are all kinds of reasons for virologists to monkey around with viruses: Wade #ThePrintOTC
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2 May
EC orders FIRs over celebratory congregations in anticipation of poll victories

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Trends at 2:30 pm:

West Bengal: TMC leading in 207, BJP in 81
Tamil Nadu: DMK+ leading in 147, AIADMK+ in 86
Kerala: LDF leading in 94, UDF in 45

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Leads at 2:30pm

Assam: BJP+ leading in 74, INC+ in 49
Puducherry: BJP+ 8, INC+ 4

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2 May
Five reasons why Mamata Banerjee is set to sweep Bengal despite a BJP surge

Madhuparna Das @Madhuparna_N reports

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2 May
Visuals from a counting centre in Kerala’s Kannur. Counting of postal ballots will begin at 8am:

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Visuals from a counting centre in Guwahati. Exit polls have predicted a second term for the BJP in Assam.

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Security personnel outside a counting centre in Lawspet, Puducherry

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30 Apr
On 8 May, I took charge at 7 pm and held meetings till midnight. That evening we coined the term ‘Chase the Virus,’ @mybmc Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal tells @ShekharGupta at #ThePrintOTC
I am a national level marathon runner, a swimmer and yoga instructor. I don’t feel fatigue, BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal says at #ThePrintOTC
The first game changer was that in the middle of the pandemic I abolished the central control room. We came up with ward war rooms, Iqbal Singh Chahal says at #ThePrintOTC
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