articles by Ananya Srivastava

India

Truncated Monsoon Session clocks highest productivity in 20 yrs, but Opposition cries foul over breakneck speed of legislation

On average, Lok Sabha discussed a Bill for 1.5 hours, and Rajya Sabha discussed a Bill for just about an hour before passing it

India

NEET 2020: NTA changes exam centres for some candidates to implement COVID-19 guidelines

Students whose exam centres have been changed will have to download their admit card from ntaneet.nic.in

India

NEET, JEE row: Centre says majority of students want exams, but those from rural, flooded areas say govt being apathetic

Several aspirants took to social media on Thursday to convey to the ministry that travelling to examination centres and lodging amid restrictions are the biggest challenges, and not social distancing at test centres

India

NIA names Masood Azhar in Pulwama attack case, but incriminating evidence may not be enough to bring JeM chief to justice

The NIA's chargesheet rests on technical and material evidence to establish the link between local Jaish operatives and their handlers in Pakistan. However, if the past pattern of Pakistan's behaviour is anything to go by, the JeM chief may still evade justice

India

COVID-19 puts kidney patients at high risk as poor immunity, ill-equipped dialysis centres expose patients to infection

Experience of doctors, healthcare activists and patients suggest that the situation in smaller towns and villages due to hardships faced by patients with acute kidney complications could be much worse than cities because of COVID-19.

India

Coronavirus lockdown compounds kidney patients' woes; 28% skip dialysis, outpatient attendance falls 92%: survey

Millions suffering from chronic kidney disease could be at risk of cardiac arrest due to missed dialysis sessions and shortage of equipment.

India

Understanding COVID-19 numbers: India reported 2 lakh positive cases, but total number or world ranking of worst hit nations tells us nothing

Most headlines on Wednesday informed us that India registered a record jump in its coronavirus cases, crossing the 2 lakh-mark, and becoming the seventh worst-hit nation in the world.

India

Turned away by Thane's Kalwa hospital, Bihar migrant with COVID-19 symptoms found after 2 days languishing on footpath

This is the story of Sugrim Mahto, a migrant worker Bihar's Saran district, who like millions others, decided to walk back home because his source of income had dried up and survival had become difficult due to stringent nationwide lockdown imposed two months ago.

India

Migrant misery continues: Bihar worker with COVID-19 symptoms abandoned on Mumbai's Eastern Express Highway, now missing

A 24-year-old migrant worker, exhibiting serious COVID-19 symptoms, was found abandoned on the Eastern Express Highway in Maharashtra's Thane on Wednesday. However, Firstpost learnt that a group of activists who rescued him are unable to trace his whereabouts after putting him on an ambulance for Kalwa government hospital.

India

168 of 326 non-coronavirus deaths till 9 May were suicides, finds report: COVID-19 lockdown may cost us dearer than economy, warn psychiatrists

Suicide is reportedly the second leading cause of non-coronavirus deaths in India during the lockdown, according to the data compiled by a journalist

Politics

AAP's poll victory is emphatic but Delhi model needs massive rejig before Arvind Kejriwal can go full throttle with his national ambitions

Delhi granting Arvind Kejriwal a successful third innings despite several mistakes and setbacks in his eight-year-long political career, have set off expectations that he might just be the dark knight of alternate politics in India.

Politics

Biggest reason for Congress, NCP to join hands with Shiv Sena: Mid-term elections could be nightmare for cash-starved Maha-Aghadi parties

The idea of Indian National Congress propping up a Shiv Sena government may sound bizarre to many, given the fact that the latter's ideology is anathema for the grand old party

Politics

Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Sharad Pawar: Two veteran warhorses in Haryana and Maharashtra puncture BJP's aura of invincibility

The story of Maharashtra and Haryana election results further cements this theory because this was the first time the central leadership was conspiciously missing from pre-poll action on the ground. Party's interim chief and high command Sonia cancelled her lone rally in Haryana's Mahendragarh at the last moment, while Priyanka Gandhi Vadra stayed completely away from the campaign trail; former president Rahul Gandhi held merely six rallies across the two politically-important northern states, that collectively had close to 400 Assembly constituencies.

Politics

As Congress stares at possible defeat in Maharashtra, experts blame high command's 'insipid' campaigning, lack of will to even fight

In an election dominated by muscular nationalism, the central leadership of the Congress failed to even show up, let alone canvassing hard to turn the narrative back to local issues.

Politics

Understanding BS Yediyurappa's Karnataka cabinet: Lingayats get lion's share of ministerial berths; 3 seats apiece for Vokkaligas, Dalits

Eight Lingayat leaders were sworn in as ministers today (including Yediyurappa himself), out of the total 18, ensuring the community holds almost 44 percent share in the Yediyurappa cabinet.

India

VG Siddhartha's suicide and perils of entrepreneurship: CCD founder among biz leaders who fell prey to high-pressure job

To the outside world, things weren't as bad for VG Siddhartha, founder of India's largest Coffee chain Cafe Coffee Day. But beneath the surface, there were signs of distress.

India

Nathuram Godse row: Gandhi's assassin is problem for BJP; his links with Savarkar, RSS may test party

From disowning Godse's ideological association with the RSS to strongly denying the fact that he had links with Sangh ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, the BJP has been rather embarrassed about Godse and Gandhi's assassination

India

Mamata-Modi bickering in aftermath of Cyclone Fani shows how political parties encash disaster for accolades

When a natural disaster hits a geographical region, it shows no regard for separate jurisdictional boundaries or the political sensibilities (and/ or compulsions) of those governing those areas. And by this very nature calamities challenge us to coordinate disaster response on a regional scale, irrespective of the fact that the two political establishments at the centre and the state may be antipodal.