• Under Modi, India’s Press Is Not So Free Anymore0

    India’s government has pressured advertisers and even shut down channels to shape the information that 1.3 billion Indians receive. It’s part of a wider assault on dissent. Ravish Kumar, managing editor of NDTV’s Hindi news channel, anchoring an evening newscast at the studio’s headquarters in New Delhi in February.Credit… By Vindu Goel and Jeffrey Gettleman

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  • Trump touts India-sourced malaria drug as coronavirus ‘game changer’1

    Kashish Parpiani 2 April 2020 Even as experts urge caution on the drug’s efficacy against COVID-19, production of chloroquine in India is being ramped up to cater to US demand Source: White House As the world continues to grapple with the novel coronavirus, diagnosed cases of the COVID-19 respiratory disease has surpassed 700,000. With little breakthrough

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  • Rights Group Blasts Bangladesh for Targeting Doctors, Others over COVID-190

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Apr 01, 2020 Bangladeshi authorities have arrested at least a dozen people suspected of spreading “false rumors” about the coronavirus pandemic, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday in calling on the government to stop targeting doctors and others who have raised concerns about its handling of the outbreak. Meanwhile, health authorities

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  • India’s lockdown threatens millions with hardship0

    India’s poor ask: ‘If we can’t go to work, how will we get money? And if we don’t have money, how will we eat? by Craig Jeffrey, Febe De Geest and Jane Dyson April 2, 2020 Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown for India’s 1.3 billion people. With only four hours’

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  • The law of generosity combatting coronavirus in Pakistan0

    As Pakistan imposes greater social distancing measures to combat coronavirus, a Muslim law of generosity is helping to save those out of work. By Aysha Imtiaz 1 April 2020 Outside grocery stores in Karachi, a remarkable scene has been unfolding over the past two weeks. Instead of rushing home after shopping to avoid being exposed

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  • India; Why Flinging the Term ‘Corona Jihad’ at the Tablighi Jamaat Makes No Sense0

    Far from waging ‘CoronaJihad’ as some right-wing politicians are alleging, the Jamaat is anathema to the Salafi ideologies of organisations like Al Qaeda and ISIS, who condemn it as having destroyed Islamic jihad. Shail Mayaram 2 April 2020 If there is one thing that does not define the Tablighi Jamaat, it is jihad as we

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  • Coronavirus update: Positive cases in India rise to 2,069, death toll at 53. Here’s state-wise tally0

    3 min read. 02 Apr 2020 By Aparna Banerjea Maharashtra is the most-affected state with 335 cases and 13 deaths Currently, there are close to 940,000 people around the world who have been infected by the virus, and more than 47,000 people have died The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 2,069 on Thursday,

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  • Asians will become the new Muslims — how coronavirus will change our world like 9/110

    To control another Covid-19 outbreak, solutions like body screening, temperature guns, sanitising kits will become a permanent part of our lives. KAIRVY GREWAL 2 April, 2020 Coronavirus is our 9/11 moment. Things will never go back to the way they were. Surveillance systems will never be the same, and public places will constantly remind us of

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  • Ex-BBC Hindi employee claims he was sacked after alleging caste discrimination in office0

    Abhimanyu Kumar Shah claims he was sacked on 23 March, six days after he sent a mail to BBC employees across the world about the ‘torture’ he faced in the newsroom. TARUN KRISHNA 2 April, 2020 New Delhi: A former BBC Hindi employee has accused the media organisation of caste discrimination, which, he alleged, drove him

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  • Delhi’s Nizamuddin — a bustling blend of history and spirituality, until Covid-19 struck0

    Nizamuddin Basti is home to many things — food, culture, history and a sense of community that is inclusive and keeps reeling you back in. FATIMA KHAN 2 April  The Print  New Delhi: Walls that are history lessons, streets crammed with flower sellers, and winding lanes that lead to the revered shrine of Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya

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  • Coronavirus: Bangladesh defends readiness after leaked UN report warns 2 million could die0

    Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mohammed Shahriar Alam said social distancing policies and Chinese medical supplies will help in the fight But the country’s manufacturing industry is suffering, including firms owned by ethnic Chinese businessmen Phila Siu South China Morning Post 1 Apr, 2020  The United Nations’ warning that up to two million people

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  • Saudi Arabia to Muslims: Hold off on Hajj0

    This year’s Hajj was meant to take place from July 28 to August 2 by Alison Tahmizian Meuse April 1, 2020  Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Hajj has called on Muslims to hold off on planning the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca while the kingdom – and the world – deals with the Covid-19 pandemic. “Dr Mohammed

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  • India; When Even a Pandemic Is Communalised0

    The right-wing ecosystem appears bent on blaming the Tablighi Jamaat for the COVID-19 outbreak in India – even though that has no purpose. Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashasta 1 April 2020 Although everything in nature is telling us to sober up as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian right-wing warriors have chosen to communalise

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  • Sri Lanka faces danger of heading to next stage of COVID-19 as cases rise0

    by Editor April 1, 2020 Colombo, April 1 – Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry, Military and Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) have appealed to the public to co-operate in coming forward if anyone has developed the COVID-19 virus while the rest were urged to remain indoors as the GMOA warned the country now faced the danger of

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