articles by Devparna Acharya

India

COVAXIN controversy: Bharat Biotech-ICMR readying a COVID-19 vaccine in 45 days baffles reason, ignores safety concerns, says bioethicist

Dr Anant Bhan, a researcher in global health, bioethics and health policy and former president of International Association of Bioethics, spoke to Firstpost about the "extreme urgency" shown by ICMR in developing India's COVID-19 vaccine, COVAXIN, by 15 August

India

COVID-19 Lockdown: 50% of stranded migrant labourers have less than Rs 100; 97% didn't get cash transfer from govt, finds report

With no cash-relief for migrant workers, the SWAN report said 64 percent have less than Rs 100 left with them. With no change since 14 April, about 78 percent of people had Rs 300 or less left with them and 74 percent of people had Rs 200 or less left with them. “This is out of 9,981 stranded workers for whom we have this data,” the report added. Over 97 percent (out of 10,383) have not received any cash relief from the government.

India

Tap here for relief: 90% of India’s workforce are without food or shelter, but govt requires smartphone apps to deliver help

The government also overlooked the fact that a majority of the stranded labourers who are from the unorganised sector are either vulnerable or extremely vulnerable.

India

Pakistani man's back-to-roots trip to India went off script during COVID-19 lockdown; here's what happened next

When a Pakistani man came looking for his ancestral home in India, he had not intended for it to be a long stay

India

Police’s flawed reading of lockdown cripples Ranchi; irregular 'curfew' timings, random checks add to confusion

For the police, understanding the spirit of the guidelines rather than the letter would ensure a more sensible and smoother lockdown.

India

Coronavirus threatens world population, but for migrant labourers in India hunger and poverty still loom large

The poor in India are in a fix. They don’t know which is a bigger killer: the novel coronavirus or hunger which has been thrust upon them due to an unprecedented crisis.

long-reads

Khambhat violence: Residents recall 2002 riots as communal clashes erupt in Gujarat town

The riots in Khambhat come at a time when Delhi is reeling under communal violence after Hindu and Muslim protesters clashed over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens.

India

How many immigrants will benefit from Citizenship Act? 25,447 Hindus, 5,807 Sikhs, 55 Christians, two Buddhists and two Parsis, says Intelligence Bureau

Those who will immediately benefit from the Citizenship Amendment Act are a total of "31,313 persons belonging to minority communities, including "25,447 Hindu, 5,807 Sikhs, 55 Christians, 2 Buddhists and 2 Parsis who have been given Long Term Visa on the basis of their claim of religious persecution in their respective countries and want Indian Citizenship".

World

Note referencing New Zealand terrorist attack found at possible arson fire at California mosque

A note referencing the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand was found at the scene of a possible arson fire at a Southern California mosque, police said Sunday. Nobody was hurt, and members of the Islamic Center of Escondido were able to extinguish the small blaze before firefighters, officials said.

India

Three news reports and a row: Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, Rafale deal shrouds BJP's campaign, gives impetus to Congress

A government-to-government agreement between India and France to procure 36 Rafale jets has all Opposition parties up in arms days before the biggest electorate event in the country. Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, where the ruling NDA alliance led by the Bharatiya Janata Party will be fighting to win another mandate at the Centre, the controversy around the Rafale deal has exploded to huge proportions.

Politics

Rahul, Sonia's potential absence at Mamata's 'show of unity' rally on 19 Jan won't hurt Opposition togetherness

Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi will most likely skip the 19 January rally called by West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Congress will take part in the rally, only to be represented by the Opposition leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge. Is that some sort of political messaging?

India

Odisha forgives Abhijit Iyer-Mitra: The timing of the pardon and mercurial system of punishing dissent merits examination

First arrested in September this year for alleged derogatory comments on the Konark Sun Temple, Abhijit Iyer-Mitra was granted bail by the Orissa High Court on Wednesday. Iyer-Mitra was lodged at the Jharpada Jail in Bhubaneswar and was in in judicial custody since 24 October.

World

Singapore's public housing has led to creation of jobs, safer living conditions for residents

The public homes of Singapore use the technology and innovation at their service to build lives around them

Life

Mahindra Open Sky: Piyush Mishra, Ayushmann Khurana perform at first edition of cultural fest

Amid the dunes of the Thar and under the stars, the first edition of Mahindra Open Sky boasted of a line-up consisting of Nikhil D'souza and Papon

Politics

Gujarat Assembly election 2017: The (d)evolution of BJP-Congress poll rhetoric since Uttar Pradesh polls

Fever pitch campaigning ahead of Gujarat polls by both the parties brings back memories of Uttar Pradesh elections which was the last major litmus test for the BJP.

World

Donald Trump's debut speech at UNGA was tough on terror, but India shouldn't get too excited just yet

Even though Trump's bold debut speech is indicative of his stand on terrorism and 'loser terrorists', it reflects where the nation stands as far as Pakistan is concerned.

India

Gauri Lankesh murder: Speculations rife as search for killers and justice spring up multilevel battle

Suspicions that a fringe Hindutva group was behind the murder grew stronger after reports drew parallels between Gauri's murder and previous killings of rationalists like Narendra Dabholkar, MM Kalburgi and Govind Pansare.

Mumbai

Ujjwal Nikam and death penalties: With Ankur Panwar's sentencing, SPP secures 6th death penalty of career

Nikam had termed the case fit for death sentence, saying that it falls in the 'rarest of rare' category.

India

Sikkim standoff: Belligerent editorials in Chinese media give a shrill war cry against India

There is no let-up in the India-China stand off over Sikkim border issue and the way things are going it does not look that like there will be a solution anytime soon.