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It is the world’s largest lockdown ever: 1.2 billion Indians have been ordered to stay at home for 21 days. The government has said the extreme measure is necessary to break the chain of transmission of the coronavirus, though public health experts point out that all this does is give the country some time to build capacity to fight the virus in the coming months.

04:13:45 on 27 Mar

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In his second address since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a national lockdown from midnight March 24. The lockdown will last for 21 days, he said, without mentioning how critical services were going to be maintained and essential supplies delivered and bought during this period if people are not meant to step outside.

09:14:01 on 25 Mar

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Anugeeth AG, a staff nurse working in the Covid-19 isolation ward at the general hospital in Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district, has not met her 10-month-old baby for 10 days. Her team of 13 are treating five of one family who have tested positive, which has already killed more than 15,000 around the world. Two aged family members have been moved to another facility.

07:51:30 on 24 Mar

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“This year August came in March only,” said Abrar Ahmad Shah, a businessman who lives in Khanyar, in downtown Srinagar. On Thursday, paramilitary forces unspooled concertina wiring across Srinagar’s streets once again and set up barricades to check the progress of cars and pedestrians. Restrictions were particularly severe in downtown Srinagar, the old part of the city.

09:04:03 on 20 Mar

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Centre Tells Supreme Court NRC Necessary

The Central government came out clean on its pan-National Register of Citizens (NRC) agenda and mentioned in the affidavit that NRC is a necessary exercise for any sovereign country “for identification of citizens from non-citizens” while claiming that it has been part of the Citizenship Act, 1955 since December 2004.

10:24:13 on 20 Mar

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“Social distancing… You must be kidding me.” Earlier this week, three Indian doctors made a compelling case about how tone-deaf, insensitive and non-inclusive the measures put out by the government to tackle COVID-19 are. The doctors—Vijay Gopichandran, Sudharshini Subramaniam, Vinod H Krishnamoorthy—based their argument on an incident at the rural clinic they work at.

01:24:42 on 19 Mar

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'India Could Be Next Coronavirus Hotspot'

In an interview that could cause considerable apprehension and even possibly fear, the director of the Washington-based Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy and lecturer at Princeton University Ramanan Laxminarayan has said that India could be the next coronavirus hotspot.

05:12:51 on 18 Mar

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With coronavirus sweeping the globe, countries are locking down, hoping that social isolation will stem the spread of the virus. This crisis could not have come at a worse time for India as the largest protests in the country’s history are underway. Protestors are demanding that the Modi government roll back the religious filter in India’s citizenship laws.

08:19:51 on 18 Mar

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In a move that has sent shockwaves through legal and political circles, former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has been nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha by President Ram Nath Kovind. A notification to this effect was issued by the Union home ministry on Monday. He retired from the Supreme Court barely four months ago.

08:44:25 on 17 Mar

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As the Congress-led government in Madhya Pradesh faces a battle for survival as the Bharatiya Janata Party engineered defections in a bid to topple it, the speaker on Monday had an unusual excuse for refusing to conduct a vote of confidence in the assembly.

09:02:28 on 16 Mar

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In the three days at the end of February, when New Delhi’s north eastern district was convulsed with violence, there were pitched street battles between supporters of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and its Hindu majoritarian ideology, and small groups of Muslims residents. Fifty three people were killed, both Hindu and Muslim, and over 300 injured.

01:55:01 on 16 Mar

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In a climate of international conflict and turmoil, a disease begins to spread across the globe. It hits the United States on the way to becoming a worldwide pandemic. While most infected survive, the fatality rate is well above that of an ordinary flu. Eventually, 1 in 3 humans on earth is infected. At least 17 million people, and maybe as many as 100 million, perish.

05:55:02 on 16 Mar

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On hearing that a legal camp has been set up in Lane No. 5 of Chaman Park in Mustafabad area by the Citizens Collective for Peace, a group of individuals and civil society organisations, Rukhsana had immediately set off for it. A resident of Bapu Nagar, she lost her livelihood as the families she worked for as a domestic help had to flee the area.

08:13:51 on 15 Mar

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Predictions for post-coronavirus world

I am interested in examining not what has been done or not done to tackle the Covid-19 threat, but what its consequences might be. One of the long-term consequences of the pandemic was visible right from the start when strongly racist remarks were made about the Chinese on social media, and in some cases Chinese people were beaten up or threatened.

10:00:24 on 15 Mar

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Will the onset of Indian summer arrest the march of the novel coronavirus? This question has been asked repeatedly in the past two weeks as the viral respiratory disease took a firm hold in several parts of India. Covid-19, coronavirus has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation because of its rapid spread to over 100 countries around the world.

07:25:07 on 14 Mar

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Speaking in the Upper House of India’s Parliament on the recent communal violence in Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah segued briefly into the topic of Indian citizenship. The Citizenship Amendment Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens have pushed the concept of Indian citizenship and the role of religion in it to the centre of Indian politics.

02:29:05 on 13 Mar

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In late February, Julie Eaker, a physician's assistant and supervisor at a small, rural, tribal community health clinic in Siskiyou County, California, had a patient who had a possible exposure to Covid-19. It wasn’t direct: They had been exposed to a person, and that person had been in direct contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case.

05:55:01 on 13 Mar

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