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If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?

COVID-19

Coronavirus: Latest updates on cases in India, all you need to know about COVID-19

As the number of coronavirus cases climb in India, here is all you need to know about how the virus spreads, the symptoms, things to do to keep safe, and more.

China’s vaccines produced antibodies that lasted 6 months, says country’s top scientist

The high levels of antibodies show that the shots can provide immunity against the virus for a longer period of time, chief scientist Zeng Guang said.

In a first, India conducts nearly 15 lakh tests in 24 hours & positivity rate nears 5% target

ThePrint’s daily Covid tracker that brings you the numbers that matter — from total cases, tests done and recoveries to positivity rate and deaths.

Only 37% ventilator beds vacant in Delhi, private hospitals say can’t reserve more ICU beds

Of the total 98 hospitals offering ventilator beds in Delhi, 49 are already out of ventilators. Several others are running close to full capacity.

Kangana, Raveena Tandon want Swachh drug-free Bollywood — they should start with its lyrics

Will the war against Bollywood’s alleged drug problem end in the beeping out of all mentions of intoxicants from hit songs like ‘Pehla Nasha’ or ‘Dope Shope’?

दिप्रिंट

On Camera

Rahul’s dig at PM’s PR, Harbhajan Singh, Yogendra Yadav, Harsh Mander bat for farmers

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.

Nirmala Sitharaman’s reaction to Bharat Bandh & Modi govt’s ‘social distancing’ of farmers

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

‘God won’t let anything happen to us’ — No masks, social distancing at Golden Temple amid Covid

Devotees fail to wear masks or maintain 6-foot distance at Golden Temple in Amritsar. Even the sewadars, granthis and those distributing langar not seen following Covid-19 protocols.

Stanford study estimates fewer than 10% US adults had Covid antibodies in July

The study that assayed patients undergoing dialysis also found higher incidence of the disease among ethnic minorities.

In-Depth

India wants to be Vishwa Guru but IFS gets too few diplomats to take us there

Only 24 officers were recruited to the IFS in this year’s UPSC exam, and officials and former diplomats say there’s a host of reasons why.

Immunity boosters are a myth — why you shouldn’t believe claims that promise to fight Covid

There is no scientific evidence to support claims of companies selling 'immunity boosting' foods which supposedly enhance immunity. The body's natural process is already working.

From Phase 0 to long-term study, a look at how long it actually takes to develop a vaccine

The Modi govt has asked ICMR to fast-track the trial for Covaxin, a Covid vaccine, and hopes to roll it out in six weeks, in time for Independence Day.

Param Bir Singh — ‘encounter specialist’ IPS officer & Mumbai top cop caught in Sena-NCP tiff

Seemingly stuck in the Sena-NCP tug of war in Maharashtra, Param Bir Singh is a celebrated IPS officer but one who has also courted multiple controversies.

End the domination of public sector banks, not simply recapitalise them. That’s true reform

Let zombie firms linger on & banks stay crippled a little longer if it leads to deeper reform, so India can get away from broken financial system of the 1980s.

Dengue antibodies could provide immunity against Covid, Brazil study suggests 

The study was conducted by researchers from the University of São Paulo in Brazil and Duke University, US. It is yet to be peer-reviewed.

Are Chinese incursions ordered by local PLA heads or Beijing? Xi’s reforms hold answer

In ‘India's China Challenge’, Ananth Krishnan writes about Xi Jinping’s sweeping military reforms, and the complex relationship between the Communist Party and the PLA.

Kim Jong Un offers rare apology over killing of South Korean citizen by his military

North Korean personnel shot the 47-year-old official and burned his body, the South Korean Defense Ministry said.

We don’t share GPay customer data with third parties — Google dismisses media reports

Google denies media reports that state the company told Delhi High Court it had permission to share user data with third parties.

Common entrance tests for all undergraduate courses across India likely from next year

Common entrance tests are part of National Education Policy and will simplify admissions to UG colleges in non-technical courses. The NTA, which conducts JEE & NEET, will hold these tests.