It is fashionable, especially among the urban middle classes in India, to portray elections as a caste-versus-development contest, where the latter always ends up losing. More often than not, development is seen under threat if a leader from a socially-deprived caste is successful in getting elected. This sweeping generalisation is rightly critiqued on the grounds that belonging to the bottom of the caste hierarchy is the single biggest hindrance to achieving progress in India. Therefore, the socially (and hence economically) backward people are justified in seeking solutions to their problems through democratic politics. The hope of achieving equality through universal suffrage, among India’s discriminated-against and downtrodden, is the most basic foundation of our democratic stability.
The Gautam Budh Nagar police commissionerate on Sunday said that it would decide whether on not to extend the imposition of Section 144 in the district on April 14, the last day of the lockdown.
Janata Dal (Secular) leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to offer scientific evidence to back his call for switching off the lights for nine minutes at 9 pm on Sunday and suggested that the symbolic gesture may have been organized to mark BJP’s foundation day, which falls on Monday, April 6.
European Union governments have pushed the bloc’s stringent data privacy rules to their limits by tapping the biggest telecom and tech companies for data to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
London: Indian high commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam on Friday lauded the efforts of various individuals and groups across the UK helping stranded Indians with food, accommodation and advice to deal with the situation created by the coronavirus pandemic.
Patients, doctors, and general public of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) are unable to access latest information, guidelines, advisories and restrictions about COVID- 19 because of restrictions on mobile internet speed to 2G, a plea filed before Supreme Court by an NGO. The petitioner challenged the order issued by the J&K administration on March 26 restricting internet speed in mobile data to 2G and prayed that 4G internet services be restored in the Union Territory of J&K. Slow internet speed renders telemedicine or online video consultation impossible, it said.
Is Delhi prepared?That isn’t a question designed to be alarmist. On Thursday, the number of Covid-19 cases in Delhi rose to293, driven upward by more people who attended the gathering of the Tablighi Jamaat at its HQ testing positive. That trend is likely to continue — in terms of both an increase in cases, and more from the Jamaat gathering testing positive. Hundreds evacuated from the Markaz Nizamuddin are in hospitals in Delhi; around 1,800 are in quarantine. Which is why this is an opportune time to ask the question.
Kolkata heavyweights East Bengal on Monday promised a donation of Rs 30 lakh to the state relief fund to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
About 100 Amazon.com Inc. employees at a New York fulfilment center plan to go on strike at noon on Monday, alleging management has been unresponsive to safety concerns and the spread of the coronavirus at the facility. Employees are demanding that the Staten Island site be closed for at least two weeks and sanitized. The e-commerce giant closed a warehouse in Queens for cleaning after an employee tested positive, as reported by The Atlantic.
Rising tennis star Naomi Osaka on Saturday said Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) took a brave decision of postponing 2020 Tokyo Games due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, IOC postponed the Tokyo Olympics to no later than the summer of 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed more than 27,000 lives thus far across the world.
The ongoing 21-day national lockdown is unprecedented, though it could not have come as a surprise to those who had been watching how other countries responded to the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19). India was quick to react to it, convening a crisis management group in early January.
P Chidambaram, the former finance minister who was among the first to advocate a nationwide lockdown to stop the coronavirus disease from spreading, on Wednesday tweeted a 10-point plan for the government to put money in the hands of the poor during the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Army announced postponement of its 10-day long recruitment drive in Jammu and Kashmir, where authorities on Monday announced additional restrictions in Udhampur and Poonch districts to ensure smooth implementation of social distancing to contain the spread of coronavirus, officials said.
In an extraordinary exchange, President Donald Trump and the government’s top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, publicly sparred Friday on whether a malaria drug would work to treat people with coronavirus disease.
Asian equities enjoyed some much-needed gains Friday after another volatile week on global markets as investors took solace in a blockbuster series of government and central bank measures aimed at cushioning the economic blow from the coronavirus.
Kolkata: The Calcutta high court on Wednesday quashed a notice issued to a Polish student asking him to leave India for participating in an anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) rally in Kolkata, saying the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution apply to “all human beings” in the country and not just citizens.
The Congress has decided to contest both the seats in Gujarat despite 5 of its MLAs having resigned from the party.
The Delhi Police on Tuesday issued a statement regarding the coronavirus outbreak, announcing that they will not be issuing any no-objection certificates (NOC) or permission to any protest, rally or other gatherings in the city till March 31.