As the second wave of the Covid pandemic sweeps the nation, no one is safe—not even wildlife. Over the past month, reports have trickled in of lions testing Covid-positive—as many as eight Asiatic lions in Hyderabad zoo (April 29) and two at the Etawah Safari Park in Uttar Pradesh (May 6). According to officials, tests are on at other zoos and the number of cases of Covid among wildlife may rise.
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How to Win over the Biggest Votebank
On June 2, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar announced 33 per cent reservations for women in the state’s medical and engineering colleges, marking another watershed in his determined push to empower women in a state where patriarchal mores have held sway.
A TRIANGULAR POWER TUSSLE
Differences between top leaders of the AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) have been sharpening ever since the party’s assembly election debacle in April.
A MATTER OF PROPRIETY
Adhering to norms and protocols is the only way civil servants can protect themselves from political pressures
THE RUMBLINGS WITHIN
EVEN AS THE BJP’S EXPANSIONIST DRIVE CONTINUES AT A NATIONAL LEVEL, IT IS BATTLING ATTRITION IN SEVERAL KEY STATES IT RULES, INCLUDING SOME THAT GO TO POLLS EARLY NEXT YEAR
THE YOUNG SURVIVORS
On April 8, Deepak Solanki, resident of Bagratawa, a village in Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad district, tested positive for the coronavirus. Two days earlier, Solanki and his wife Anita developed a fever and other flu-like symptoms, but they thought it was likely just about of common flu—it hadn’t yet sunk in that Covid was no longer the urban phenomenon they imagined it to be. However, an RT-PCR test, done on the insistence of Deepak, 45, a district medical representative, proved otherwise. Deepak was admitted to a private medical facility the same day and Anita two days later. Their children—two daughters, aged 18 and 15, and a son, 12—were left in the care of their nephew Shrikant Solanki. All three children, too, had tested positive.
Q+ A ‘I want to do everything'
Actor Arjun Kapoor on breaking the mould, shooting in the ‘new normal’ and on his latest film, Sandeep aur Pinky Faraar
An Indian fugitive in the Caribbean makes a sensational claim of abduction. Can India bring Mehul Choksi back to face justice?
ON A ROLL
Huma Qureshi talks about juggling the multiple roles of an actress, a fundraiser for Covid relief and an author
Fear and ‘Safe Zones' in Kashmir
The dramatic and hostile reord er ing of Jammu and Kashmir’s political status visavis the Indian state on August 5, 2019 was followed by a systematic emasculation of the old political order and its replacement by a new set of elected lead ers. The BJPled central government felt that taking control of local governance institutions (panchayat and municipal committees) was the best way to neutralise the traditional political parties and its legislators in the absence of a functioning assembly. But nearly two years down the line, grassroots democ racy has become a hostage in the battle between the militants and government forces. There have been threats and executions and instances of elected representatives fleeing their native villages.
Can Inoculate Its India's 900 Million Adult Population By December 31?
Battered by the second wave of covid-19, the government recalibrates its vaccination strategy in the hope of inoculating india’s 900 million adult population by december 31. How realistic is this target?