‘Everybody is angry’: Modi under fire over India’s Covid second wave

From an approval rating of 80% earlier in the year, now tough questions are being asked of PM’s leadership Pyres burn at a crematorium in Delhi. Photograph: Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images Hannah Ellis-Petersen in DelhiMon 17 May 2021 05.00 BST Last modified on Mon 17 May 2021 05.14 BST 574 The missing persons complaint was filed […]

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India’s Strict Rules on Foreign Aid Snarl Covid Donations

International donors are raising millions, but the Modi administration has erected hurdles for overseas organizations and guided money toward officially endorsed groups. By Anupreeta Das Bake sales on Instagram. Online fund-raisers involving Hollywood celebrities. Pledges of aid from companies like Mastercard and Google. A middle-of-the-night flight by a FedEx cargo plane transporting thousands of oxygen concentrators and […]

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A Desperate India Falls Prey to Covid Scammers

As the health care system fails, clandestine markets have emerged for drugs, oxygen, hospital beds and funeral services. Fake goods may be putting lives at risk. By Hari Kumar and Jeffrey Gettleman NEW DELHI — Within the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak, few treasures are more coveted than an empty oxygen canister. India’s hospitals desperately need the metal cylinders […]

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The reality of Modi govt’s vaccine funding: Rs 35,000 cr for states, zero for Centre

Budget documents for 2021-22 show govt didn’t allocate any funds for vaccine expenditure by the Centre. However, it has spent Rs 2,520 crore so far this fiscal for vaccine procurement. REMYA NAIR New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government’s Union Budget 2021-22 appears to have made no provision for expenditure on Covid-19 vaccination by the central government. The […]

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India’s other vaccine mess: Modi govt lost hundreds of crores on faulty shots for cows in 2019/20

New Delhi: Rs 400 crore: The cost of vaccines purchased by the Modi government in 2019 as part of an ambitious programme to eliminate foot-and-mouth disease, which has plagued Indian livestock for a century, by 2030. The vaccines were procured from three companies: Brilliant Biopharma Pvt Ltd, Biovet, and the public sector Indian Immunologicals Ltd.© Provided […]

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Why India’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is faltering – podcast

In this episode of The Conversation Weekly podcast, as India’s COVID-19 crisis continues, we look at what’s holding back the country’s vaccination rollout and how a shift in strategy on distribution and pricing is causing concern. And we speak to a researcher who went hunting for fungi in the world’s largest seed bank. India’s catastrophic COVID-19 […]

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India’s Covid death toll passes 250,000: official data

India’s coronavirus death toll surged past 250,000 on Wednesday, official data showed as the pandemic raged across the vast country of 1.3 billion people. According to the health ministry, 4,205 people died in the past 24 hours, taking total fatalities to 254,197. The number of cases rose almost 350,000 to 23.3 million. Many experts suspect […]

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Experts blast early pandemic failures as India deaths top 250,000

An expert panel on Wednesday blamed bad coordination as well as dithering by national governments and international organisations for the failure to tackle Covid-19 before it became a full-blown pandemic, as India’s death toll topped 250,000. India added a record 4,205 deaths to its Covid-19 toll in the past 24 hours, with the variant stoking […]

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Covid Desperation Is Spreading Across India

Infections, deaths and breakdowns that began in big cities a few weeks ago are rapidly advancing into rural areas, unleashing deep fear in places with little medical safety net. By Jeffrey Gettleman and Suhasini Raj NEW DELHI — Dozens of bodies washed up on the banks of the Ganges this week, most likely the remains of people who […]

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India Covid: Dozens more bodies wash up on Ganges river bank

Dozens more bodies have washed up on the banks of the Ganges in northern India as the country struggles with a second Covid wave. More than 50 bodies have been discovered in Gahmar, Uttar Pradesh over the past few days. On Monday, at least 40 bodies were pulled from the river some 55km (34 miles) downstream […]

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