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Why mass testing isn’t really helping Europe curb the Covid spread
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Why mass testing isn’t really helping Europe curb the Covid spread

Commuters wearing protective face masks walk along a platform at Liverpool Street railway station, in London on 12 August | Photo: Simon Dawson | Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ Munich: When the coronavirus swept across Europe this spring, overwhelming hospitals and killing thousands each day, few but the sickest patients could be tested, leaving health officials in the dark about how widely Covid-19 had spread. Six months on, with the virus surging again, authorities can point to dramatically expanded testing capacity. Britain alone carried out some 1.3 million tests in a recent week — a 20-fold increase from early April. France and Spain, Covid hotspots, have likewise increased their capabilities. The ramp-up...
Rajkot Civil Hospital has other problems amid Covid — patient ‘assault’, recalling dead body
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Rajkot Civil Hospital has other problems amid Covid — patient ‘assault’, recalling dead body

A separate building has been turned into Covid care unit at the Rajkot Civil Hospital. | Photo: Manisha Mondal/ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ Rajkot: Amid a steep rise in the number of Covid cases in Rajkot, the city’s largest government facility, Civil Hospital, is dealing with two controversial incidents — an alleged physical assault of a patient and a procedural goof-up in another case. The first case came to light after a video, which went viral, showed hospital staff physically assaulting a patient. The patient, a man, had been admitted to the Civil Hospital on 8 September for Covid treatment, and died several days later on 12 September. The video surfaced six days after his death. कल राजकोट के सिविल अस्पत...
Modi govt’s economic package for J&K is just cosmetic without political stability
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Modi govt’s economic package for J&K is just cosmetic without political stability

A man cycles past closed shops on a deserted road amid curfew in Srinagar | Photo: Azaan Javaid | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ The Rs 1,350-crore business relief measures announced for Jammu and Kashmir have made curious headlines in the country. Close on its heels, news reports on Monday said that J&K was among 21 states and union territories that had signed up for the Centre’s new borrowing plan to offset the GST revenue shortfall. But would these measures put a stop on job layoffs, business closures, bankruptcies? More importantly, would they help create jobs and promote overall demand for goods, services and investment in J&K? From a macroeconomic perspective, would these measures help generate reve...
Congress to field Sachin Pilot on buddy Scindia’s home turf to swing votes in MP bypolls
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Congress to field Sachin Pilot on buddy Scindia’s home turf to swing votes in MP bypolls

Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ Bhopal: Not that long ago, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Sachin Pilot were comrades-in-arms as young leaders of the Congress party. But in the upcoming by-elections to 28 Madhya Pradesh assembly seats, they are set to square off on the campaign trail. Although the bypolls have not been announced yet, the Congress has sounded out Pilot that he will have to campaign in the Gwalior-Chambal belt, the area of Scindia’s influence, where 16 of the 28 seats up for grabs are situated. Congress sources told ThePrint that there are at least six to seven seats with a substantial Gurjar population where Pilot, who hails from the community, could swing votes. T...
India summons Pakistan High Commission official over abduction of Sikh girl
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India summons Pakistan High Commission official over abduction of Sikh girl

The Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi | Facebook Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) summoned a senior official of the Pakistan High Commission on the issue of abduction of a Sikh girl in Pakistan, according to sources. This came after the abduction of Gurdwara Panja Sahib’s head granthi’s daughter in Pakistan. Protests from the Sikh community in the national capital broke out on Monday outside the Pakistan High Commission in wake of the abduction of the Sikh girl. “This has been going on for years where the Sikh community has been subjected to violence in Pakistan. Girls have been abducted and are subjected to forcible conversions. The whole country must be involved in th...
Pakistan targeting Indians in Afghanistan, moved UN panel to get terror tag for 4, says govt
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Pakistan targeting Indians in Afghanistan, moved UN panel to get terror tag for 4, says govt

Pedestrians walk past the Abdul Rahman Mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan | Representational image | Photo: Jim Huylebroek | Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: India on Monday said Pakistan was targeting Indian professionals working in Afghanistan through a variety of ways and several of them engaged in various development projects have been attacked and kidnapped over the past 12 years. Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan, replying to a question in Lok Sabha, said Pakistan attempted to designate four Indian nationals, who had previously worked in Afghanistan, as terrorists under UN Security Council resolution 1267. “However, the 1267 Sanctions Committee, based on its internal procedures, ha...
FCRA Bill not against NGOs, meant to stop misuse of foreign funds, says minister Nityanand Rai – ThePrint
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FCRA Bill not against NGOs, meant to stop misuse of foreign funds, says minister Nityanand Rai – ThePrint

Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai | Photo: ANI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The Lok Sabha Monday passed the Foreign Contribution Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2020, amid objections from the Opposition on various clauses introduced by the Narendra Modi government. Replying to the debate in the lower house of Parliament, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said the Bill was “not against NGOs or an attack against a religion or community, and it will not stop foreign contribution”. The Bill, Rai said, was meant to “bring in transparency” and “stop misuse of foreign contributions by people”. He said the FCRA amendment is required for an Atmanirbhar Bharat, is in the interest of national ...
Summoned for report on ‘cyber-bullying’ by police, slapped by cop, says Kashmir journalist
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Summoned for report on ‘cyber-bullying’ by police, slapped by cop, says Kashmir journalist

Representational image of a J&K Police barricade | File photo: PTI Text Size: A- A+ Srinagar: A journalist working for a news portal has accused the cyber police in Kashmir of assaulting and harassing him over a story he had filed about alleged intimidation of social media users critical of the government by the police. The cyber police, however, refuted the accusations as “misleading and factually incorrect”. Journalist Auqib Javaid alleged that he was slapped twice by a masked cop at the Cyber Police Station, where he was summoned in connection with his story. The story was published by news portal ‘Article14’, and it carried a quote of the Superintendent of Police of the Cyber Wing, Tahir Ashraf Bhat...
College students’ irresponsible partying, bar visits adding to US Covid burden
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College students’ irresponsible partying, bar visits adding to US Covid burden

A bartender serves drinks as customers watch Clemson University's first home football game at a restaurant in Clemson, South Carolina, US on 19 Sept,, 2020.| Micah Green/Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ Across the U.S., the reopening of college campuses is fast becoming a new public-health crisis. The arrival of students for the start of the fall semester has caused Covid-19 infections to spike in college towns from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, to Chico, California. Of counties where college students are at least 10% of the population, half have seen Covid cases hit their highest-ever levels in the past month. Given lack of guidance from federal and state officials and the inadequacy of the U.S.’s testing system,...
Bihar hurt by Congress, RJD insult of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman, Ravi Shankar Prasad says
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Bihar hurt by Congress, RJD insult of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman, Ravi Shankar Prasad says

Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses media during a press conference in New Delhi Monday | ANI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Monday sought to turn the unruly behaviour of opposition Congress and RJD MPs with Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh as an insult to Bihar’s pride, saying the people of the state have been “very hurt”, and the Congress and RJD owe them an answer.  JD(U) leader Singh, who was elected the Upper House’s deputy chairman last week, hails from Bihar, which will go to polls later this year. “We do not want to make it a political issue but the way the Congress and RJD (Rashtriya Janata Dal) kept looking when Harivansh ji ...
US looks at ‘third Covid wave’ as infections sweep colleges
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US looks at ‘third Covid wave’ as infections sweep colleges

Freshmen wait in line in front of an informational tent while arriving on campus at University of Colorado Boulder on 18 August | Photo: Mark Makela | Getty Images via Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ Bloomberg: College administrators and government officials summoned students back to campus. Now, they are presiding over viral reservoirs poised to release a flood of infected undergraduates at Thanksgiving — if they make it that far. Schools have turned into de facto sanitariums: Covid-19 infections are sweeping student populations, though health departments are seeing relatively few hospitalizations or deaths so far. Colleges that tried to hold classes in person have had to send students into seclusion. Last week ...
UK on course to record 50,000 Covid cases daily by October if it doesn’t act now
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UK on course to record 50,000 Covid cases daily by October if it doesn’t act now

Representational image |A medical worker in PPE suit holds the door, to a Covid-19 positive area, in the ICU at a hospital in Cambridge | Photo: Neil Hall | EPA via Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ London: Boris Johnson will convene crisis talks on tackling the resurgent coronavirus, after his top scientific adviser warned the U.K. is on course for 50,000 new cases a day by mid-October without urgent action. The prime minister will chair a meeting of the government’s so-called Cobra emergency committee Tuesday morning, which the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will also attend. He’ll then make a statement to the House of Commons to lay out the next steps in his government’s pandemic response — expe...
Govt increases minimum support price for 6 rabi crops, MSP of wheat hiked by Rs 50
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Govt increases minimum support price for 6 rabi crops, MSP of wheat hiked by Rs 50

Representational image for wheat | Photo: Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: The government on Monday hiked the minimum support price of wheat by Rs 50 per quintal to Rs 1,975 per quintal to encourage farmers to increase cultivation of the crop. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was announced by Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Lok Sabha. The announcement comes in the backdrop of widespread protests by Opposition parties as also by farmer groups in Punjab, Haryana and some other states after Parliament passed two key farm bills on Sunday, which the government says will give farmers’ marketing fre...
Maharashtra govt files plea in Supreme Court over Maratha quota stay order
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Maharashtra govt files plea in Supreme Court over Maratha quota stay order

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray | @uddhavthackeray Text Size: A- A+ Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has filed an application before a larger bench of the Supreme Court seeking vacation of the apex court’s stay on implementation of Maratha quota in jobs and education, an official statement said on Monday. The Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government’s move comes amidst protests by various pro-quota Maratha bodies in the state. PWD Minister Ashok Chavan later told reporters that the application was filed on Monday morning and added the counsels representing the government will try to see that the hearing on the application takes place soon. Asked about the protest by Marathas, Chavan said, “..It i...
Cash-strapped Maharashtra govt hires ad firm to highlight schemes on social media, faces flak
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Cash-strapped Maharashtra govt hires ad firm to highlight schemes on social media, faces flak

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray | Photo: ANI Text Size: A- A+ Mumbai: The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government has signed on an advertising firm to highlight its projects and schemes on various social media platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The contract with the firm is worth about Rs 6 crore and will run for 12 months. The Uddhav Thackeray-led government’s move comes at a time when the state’s finances are overburdened due to the Covid-19 crisis and loss of revenue due to the lockdown. Maharashtra’s Directorate General of Information and Public Relations (DGIPR) issued a work order to The Storytellers, a Mumbai-based advertising agency, earlier this month, and the...
Supreme Court giving Sudarshan News case a constitutional colour is curious
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Supreme Court giving Sudarshan News case a constitutional colour is curious

File photo of Sudarshan News' Suresh Chavhanke | Facebook Text Size: A- A+ Two judgments on prior restraints to free speech were handed down by the Supreme Court and the Andhra Pradesh High Court earlier this week. The Supreme Court restrained Sudarshan News from telecasting future episodes of its programme ‘Bindas Bol’ pertaining to Muslims in India’s civil services by way of an interim order. The Andhra Pradesh High Court also passed an interim order restraining all media from publishing any information about an FIR which was registered against the former Advocate-General of Andhra Pradesh and other accused persons relating to land purchases in Amravati before it was announced as the new capital of Andhra ...
MP Nusrat Jahan says dating app used photo without consent — ‘ready to take this up legally’
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MP Nusrat Jahan says dating app used photo without consent — ‘ready to take this up legally’

File photo of Trinamool Congress MP Nusrat Jahan | ANI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Actor and Trinamool Congress’s Lok Sabha MP Nusrat Jahan is contemplating legal action against a video dating app, FancyU, for using her photo “without consent”. Jahan took to Twitter Monday to complain about the app after a user pointed out that her photo has been used by the app without her permission.  “This is totally unacceptable — using pictures without consent,” she wrote, adding, “I am ready to take this up legally”. She tagged the cyber cell of Kolkata Police and Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma, requesting them to look into the matter.  This is totally unacceptable – using pictures without consent. Would re...
Delhi court reserves order on cognisance of chargesheet for 25 Sept in AgustaWestland case
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Delhi court reserves order on cognisance of chargesheet for 25 Sept in AgustaWestland case

A file image of Michel Christian, the alleged middleman in the multi-crore AgustaWestland chopper deal | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: A Delhi court Monday reserved order on whether to take cognisance of a supplementary charge sheet against British National Christian Michel James and businessman Rajeev Saxena in the AgustaWestland chopper scam. Special Judge Arvind Kumar reserved order for September 25 after the public prosecutor, appearing for the CBI, submitted his argument that there was enough material to proceed against both the alleged middlemen as well as 13 others in the case. According to sources, the probe report filed on Friday details the alleged role played by the accused in bringing bribes ...
UPA made Indira’s draconian FCRA tougher, Modi govt’s amendments will now make it worse
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UPA made Indira’s draconian FCRA tougher, Modi govt’s amendments will now make it worse

Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai introduces the FCRA amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha Sunday | Photo: ANI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi introduced the draconian Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) in 1976, the UPA government made it much tougher in 2010 and now, the Narendra Modi government seeks to tighten whatever few loopholes or breathing spaces were left in the law, ThePrint’s Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta said in episode 572 of ‘Cut The Clutter’. The FCRA was passed by Indira Gandhi at the peak of Emergency. Her purpose was first to make sure that rival political parties could not receive money from overseas. It was draconian, xenophobic and res...
Biden’s $466 mn bankroll tops Trump by $141 mn — unprecedented financial edge for a challenger
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Biden’s $466 mn bankroll tops Trump by $141 mn — unprecedented financial edge for a challenger

File photo of Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden | Flickr Text Size: A- A+ Washington: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden started September with a $466 million mountain of cash to take on President Donald Trump and the Republicans, completely reversing the GOP’s financial advantage in just four months. In April, Biden, the Democratic nominee, had about $98 million in the bank compared to $255 million for the incumbent. Yet Democratic donor enthusiasm, driven by opposition to Trump and further energized by the selection of Senator Kamala Harris as Biden’s running mate, has given the former vice president an unprecedented financial edge for a challenger. The money is held by the Biden campaign, th...