Nature walk, safaris, meena bazaar, shows: Agra tourism needs helping hand

The bustling Fatehebad road and Taj ganj area that was till February wearing festive colours and reverberating with sounds of tourists flocking to the 17th century Mughal mausoleum, now looks like a ghost city. Covid hit Agra’s tourism industry hard. With months of lockdown and …

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India gets 2nd set of Swiss bank account details via info exchange pact

India has got the second set of Swiss bank account details of its nationals and entities under the automatic exchange of information pact with Switzerland, marking a key milestone in the government’s fight against black money allegedly stashed abroad. India is among the 86 countries …

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World Coronavirus Dispatch: WTO sees merchandise trade falling 9.2% in 2020

. Two custodians of the global economy signalled that while the early days of pandemic recovery were stronger than expected in some countries and industries, a return to full health is likely to be longer and bumpier than they first predicted. . The World Trade Organization …

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A 75% spike: How Covid spread faster among Delhi prison staff than inmates

In the national capital’s three prison complexes–Tihar, Mandoli and Rohini–175 of 240 confirmed COVID-19 cases (72.9%) by August 30 were among jail staff and the rest (65 or 27.1%) were among inmates. Cases among inmates increased by 22.6% while those among staff increased by 108.3% in 58 …

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Droughts, water shortage: Here’s why Marathwada isn’t giving up Sugarcane

Shankar and Chandrakala Tandale vividly remember the summer of 2016. “We have three borewells and two wells on our farmland,” said Shankar, 52. “They had completely dried up. Even the queues for drinking water were longer than what they usually are in summer.” The situation …

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Covid patients’ claims denied as insurers, hospitals battle over bills

Peter Prem and his wife were admitted to St John’s Hospital in Bengaluru in August 2020 after they tested positive for COVID-19. They both had mild symptoms and were discharged in six days. But Prem’s discharge report showed an unexpected diagnosis–it said that he had chronic kidney …

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Covid-19 peak is coming in Mumbai’s highrise societies: Shivkumar Utture

The number of cases in Mumbai is rising, but within that, the number of cases in highrises and building societies is rising much more than in slums or high-density population pockets. Of nearly 11,000 containment zones in Mumbai as of September 27, only 676 were in slums–this …

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New study of coronavirus cases in India offers some surprises to scientists

With 1.3 billion people jostling for space, India has always been a hospitable environment for infectious diseases of every kind. And the coronavirus has proved to be no exception: The country now has more than six million cases, second only to the United States. An …

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