articles by Manasi Chandu

India

Right-wing group targets multiple brands including IRCTC, Air India over halal certification

Halal certification is a religious authentication of any food product making it permissible for Muslims to consume.

World

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa revokes state of emergency

In a gazette notification no 2274/10 issued on Tuesday night, the president said he has withdrawn the emergency rule ordinance which gave security forces sweeping powers to curb any disturbance in the country

World

US president Joe Biden proposes $1.8 billion for Indo-Pacific Strategy

The budget, the White House said, promotes integrated deterrence in the Indo-Pacific and globally. To sustain and strengthen deterrence, the budget prioritizes China as the Department's pacing challenge.

India

52 journalists died in India due to COVID-19 in last 28 days, 101 in last one year, finds study

According to a study conducted by the Delhi-based Institute of Perception Studies, as many as 101 journalists have succumbed to COVID-19 between 1 April, 2020 and 28 April, 2021. Uttar Pradesh has seen the maximum number of verified deaths, followed by Telangana and Maharashtra.

India

From Deep Sidhu to union leader Rakesh Tikait: Profiles of those named by Delhi Police, farm unions for Republic Day violence

As police action against the protestors continued, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha on Wednesday reiterated that they had nothing to do with the violence, alleging that a 'dirty conspiracy was being hatched' against farmers to malign their movement

India

From 'peculiar work conditions' to 'may cause instability', why Centre wants SC to keep adultery a crime in armed forces

In the Indian Army, for instance, adultery is described using the military euphemism 'stealing the affection of a brother officer’s wife'. The case is similar in the Air Force and the Navy too

India

Is Indian media complying with suicide reporting guidelines? Study shows language used by many newspapers problematic

According to the Centre for Suicide Prevention, there have been other studies that have too noted this correlation between sensational portrayals of suicide by the media versus the risk of attempted suicide and suicide rates. Media reporting on suicide can cause a 1 to 2% variance in suicides

Entertainment

Film Heritage Foundation struggles to preserve film material in lockdown with limited physical access, drying funds

Unlike most, film archivists don’t have the option of work from home. The process of restoring and repairing film is an often laborious and expensive job that entails physical access to fragile material.

India

Indian pharma well-placed to develop, manufacture COVID-19 vaccine; but it must guard against rushing trials

Some experts told Firstpost that the government is willing to fast-track regulation, which is a risk they are willing to take, after completing "due protocols to check the safety of the drug"

India

Bengaluru student, charged with sedition for raising 'Pakistan Zindabad' slogans at anti-CAA rally, granted bail after 3 months in jail

Amulya Leona Noronha, a college student from Bengaluru who was charged with sedition for raising the 'Pakistan zindabad' slogan at an anti-Citizenship Act (CAA) rally earlier this year, has been granted bail by the magistrate court under the provision of CrPC Section 167(2). Amulya is expected to have the bail order by Friday.

Entertainment

Films in the time of COVID-19: Scarce crews, PPE kits — what will the industry look like post-lockdown?

From the doubling of budgets to account for masks and sanitisers, to more projects being released directly on streaming platforms, the very face of Bollywood is likely to change in a post-lockdown world

India

With migrants heading home, some experts call for herd immunity to combat coronavirus crisis but others warn it is no panacea

Where some see crisis, others see opportunity. Some experts have been advocating another method of fighting the coronavirus: Herd immunity. But what is it? And why is it so controversial?

India

Vande Bharat Mission: Grateful to be back home, say students despite costly tickets; lack of in-flight social distancing spooks passengers

Firstpost spoke to some passengers on these special flights under the Vande Bharat Mission about their journey back home and their experience being airlifted. While most of the passengers were grateful for the opportunity to return home, they felt 'blindsided' by the lack of communication by officials, not only to the run-up to the flight and also right through their journey home.

India

Coronavirus Outbreak: From keeping peace to sanitising public spaces, Central Armed Police Forces form backbone of lockdown

Along with the mammoth task of keeping about 135 crore population inside their homes, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) are also exposed to the virus on a daily basis, as there have been cases reported from various states.

India

At Hyderabad COVID-19 hospital, off-roll cleaners, security guards work without protective equipment as admin shifts blame to contractors

At a state government-run hospital in Hyderabad, many non-clinical hospital staffers say they are woefully unprotected.

India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Maharashtra mortality rate higher than national, global averages, says report; over three-fourth of state's COVID-19 dead are male

According to a report by Maharashtra Medical Education and Drug Department, dated 11 April, reveals that not only does Maharashtra account for nearly a fifth of the national burden of COVID-19 cases with the highest nationwide tally but also has the highest mortality rate.

India

Anti-CAA protestors in Ahmedabad say police arbitrarily impose Section 144; move Gujarat HC to fight for right to protest

As nationwide protests against India's amended citizenship laws continue, protesters in BJP-ruled Gujarat are facing major difficulties in holding peaceful rallies in state capital, Ahmedabad