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The Kashmiri man who is India’s biggest donor

(The Guardian) Shoaib Shafi  Shabir Hussain Khan was taking an afternoon nap when he heard a commotion outside his house. A friend had been injured playing football and had lost a lot of blood. Khan, without any transport, rushed to the hospital by foot to donate some. It was 4 …

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Feature: COVID-19: How Fake Tests, Fudged Data Helped Paint a Kinder Picture for Kumbh Mela

The Wire New Delhi: Following a reveal by the Uttarakhand health department that around 400,000 COVID-19 test results issued during the Kumbh Mela at Haridwar in April this year were fake, independent investigations carried out by media outlets have also revealed that this data obfuscated the real picture of the outbreak …

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Feature: No woman priest applicants for nearly 2,000 temples in Kerala

(The Hindu) No woman has sought appointment as priest in the temples managed by the State Devaswom boards across Kerala. According to a report by The Hindu, no woman has approached the Travancore, Cochin and Malabar Devaswom boards, which have administrative control over the nearly 2,000 temples in the State, …

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Feature: Health experts say India missed early alarm, let deadly coronavirus variant spread

Devjyot Ghoshal, Zeba Siddiqui June 15 (KMS): A veteran public health expert warned top Indian officials in early March that a new variant of the coronavirus was spreading quickly in a rural district in the heart of the country and that the outbreak required urgent attention. Federal health authorities failed …

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A giant, poor-sighted bird stands in the way of India’s green goals

(Bloomberg) Rajesh Kumar Singh The majestic, endangered bird is massive, making it slow to maneuver in flight. It has poor frontal vision, and an unfortunate habit of scanning the earth while flying across the flat grasslands of India’s western borders. That combination too often sets it on a fatal collision …

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Storm is brewing over India’s Lakshadweep archipelago

(N World) Taniya Dutta A storm is brewing over the picturesque Lakshadweep archipelago off India’s western coast, where the indigenous population is accusing a new administrator appointed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government of acting against their traditions and interests. Since taking office in December, Praful Khoda Patel …

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Feature: Retired Security Officials Now Need Govt Nod for Any Writing Related to Former Organisation’s ‘Domain’

Courtesy: The Wirenetwork New Delhi, June 13 (KMS): In an attempt to stop retired security and intelligence officials from commenting critically on issues relating to current policy, the Narendra Modi government has notified an amendment to the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules 1972 prohibiting them from communicating to the media …

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Feature: Violent religious-nationalist cult targets India’s minorities on Facebook

 (South Asian Wire) Hindu Janjagruti Samiti and Sanatan Sanstha continue to stoke sectarian tensions using Facebook pages and groups By Ayushman Kaul (DFR Lab) Hindu Janjagruti Samiti (HJS), a subsidiary of the Sanatan Sanstha (SS), a violent and right-wing religious-nationalist cult based in India but operating internationally, developed a network on …

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Feature: Covid orphans are a tragic legacy of India’s pandemic

(CNN) Vedika Sud, Esha Mitra and Julia Hollingsworth Each day, Devika wakes up and prepares breakfast for her six siblings. As they sit on the floor of their brightly painted Delhi home, she places another plate of food in front of a framed photo of her parents. They died just a few weeks …

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Feature: The children of India orphaned by Covid

(The Guardian) Hannah Ellis-Petersen and Manoj Chaurasia Nitish Kumar will never forget the day he and his sisters buried their dead mother in the back garden. Just 32, Priyanka Devi had died from Covid on 3 May. Neighbours and relatives refused to help with her burial, and all the family’s …

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