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The key point is that we now have evidence that targeting the spike protein, which is what these vaccines do, is an effective way to produce neutralizing antibodies. (Photo: AP)
The key point is that we now have evidence that targeting the spike protein, which is what these vaccines do, is an effective way to produce neutralizing antibodies. (Photo: AP)

Beginning of the end of the pandemic

  • A year from now, India is likely to be in the midst of a massive vaccination initiative. What’s the fine print?
  • There are long days ahead. But there’s reason to remain positive about prospects of getting vaccinated in India. In the meantime, continue to socially distance, wear masks and so on

Rural India may not be on as strong a wicket as is commonly believed and the government isn’t in a position to do much given that its tax revenues have collapsed. (Photo: Mint)
Rural India may not be on as strong a wicket as is commonly believed and the government isn’t in a position to do much given that its tax revenues have collapsed. (Photo: Mint)

Clearing the fog on economic recovery

  • Green shoots of revival are apparently here. But the numbers show India’s economy is not out of the doldrums
  • Parameters like new investment and demand for MGNREGS tell us that the economy is on a weaker wicket despite attempts to put a positive spin using month-on-month improvement

Volunteers receive covid-19 health kits from companies.  (Photo: Raj K. Raj/Hindustan Times)
Volunteers receive covid-19 health kits from companies. (Photo: Raj K. Raj/Hindustan Times)

India Inc can’t let this crisis go waste

  • The pandemic has changed everything for business globally. Ignoring sustainable goals is no longer an option
  • In India, presently these ESG metrics are mostly relegated to the fine print but many business failures point to the absence of tight corporate governance standards

A final decision about the next president of the US will take days, and once that happens, the lawyers will get into the picture. (Photo: AP)
A final decision about the next president of the US will take days, and once that happens, the lawyers will get into the picture. (Photo: AP)

The hanging verdict’s impact on the world

  • The US election will probably be decided by the courts. What will be the implications for the world—and India?
  • In reality, the difference between the two candidates in the fray over India is rather marginal. Strategically, ties between India and the US won’t be affected significantly in any way

This year, there is a near presumption that legal fights will ensue and that only a definitive outcome is likely to forestall them. (Photo: AFP)
This year, there is a near presumption that legal fights will ensue and that only a definitive outcome is likely to forestall them. (Photo: AFP)

The US elections are down to the waterline

  • From unofficial ‘poll watchers’ to legal teams, the X factors could be crucial as the final votes are cast and counted
  • The scale and scope of legal action related to the presidential elections has never been seen before. In case of a close contest, the final outcome could well be decided by the courts

The idea is to centralise the government machinery in one place.
The food delivery business in India is at an inflexion point
Thin carry bags, wrapping films, straws and disposable cutlery likely to be targeted.
Thin carry bags, wrapping films, straws and disposable cutlery likely to be targeted.

Long Story Capsule | Fallout of the battle against plastic waste

From 2 Oct, 12 items are proposed to be banned by the Central Pollution Control Board. Thin carry bags, wrapping films, straws and disposable cutlery likely to be targeted. There’s no denying Indian cities are drowning in plastic waste But the confusion regarding what could be banned is taking a toll on small manufacturers.

West Asia is in turmoil after Houthi attack on Saudi oil facilities.
Rural households struggling to stay afloat.
The Union seeks a separate mechanism for funding of defence and internal security, currently in the Union list.
The Union seeks a separate mechanism for funding of defence and internal security, currently in the Union list.

Beware the nudge effect in Indian federalism | Long Story Capsule

The centre is trying to get the 15th Finance Commission to give it a larger share of taxes from the divisible pool. The Union seeks a separate mechanism for funding of defence and internal security, currently in the Union list. This raises further uneasiness for those who cherish the values of cooperative federalism.

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