The Print:Nepal to send its controversial new map to UN, Google this month

ThePrint: Nepal to send its controversial new map to UN, Google this month. “The map, finalised earlier this year, shows Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani within Nepalese borders. In June, Kathmandu had amended its constitution to incorporate the new map into its national emblem, a move New Delhi had slammed as an ‘artificial enlargement… not based on historical facts and evidence’.”

Bloomberg: Herd Immunity May Be Developing in Mumbai’s Poorest Areas

Bloomberg: Herd Immunity May Be Developing in Mumbai’s Poorest Areas. “Around six in ten people living in some of India’s biggest slums have antibodies for the novel coronavirus indicating they’ve recovered from infection, in what could be one of the highest population immunity levels known worldwide. The findings, from a July serological survey of 6,936 people across three suburbs in India’s financial center of Mumbai, may explain why a steep drop in infections is being seen among the closely-packed population, despite new cases accelerating overall in the hard-hit country.”

India coronavirus: ‘More than half of Mumbai slum-dwellers had Covid-19’ (BBC)

BBC: India coronavirus: ‘More than half of Mumbai slum-dwellers had Covid-19’. “More than half the residents of slums in three areas in India’s commercial capital, Mumbai, tested positive for antibodies to the coronavirus, a new survey has found. Only 16% of people living outside slums in the same areas were found to be exposed to the infection. The results are from random testing of some 7,000 people in three densely-packed areas in early July.”

CNN: India is blocking more apps in the wake of the TikTok ban

CNN: India is blocking more apps in the wake of the TikTok ban. “India is banning dozens more apps and reportedly reviewing hundreds of others from well-known Chinese companies, as tensions between the world’s most populous countries continue to rise. The Indian government banned an additional 47 apps, all clones or variations of 59 other apps India blocked last month on national security grounds, an official at India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology told CNN Business on Tuesday.”

Coronavirus: Why won’t India admit how Covid-19 is spreading? (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Why won’t India admit how Covid-19 is spreading?. “The WHO’s guidelines say the same: ‘community transmission is evidenced by the inability to relate confirmed cases through chains of transmission for a large number of cases’. This is certainly happening in India, according to Dr Arvind Kumar, chairman of the Centre for Chest Surgery at Delhi’s Sir Gangaram Hospital. He says that more and more patients are turning up at hospitals whose source of infection cannot be traced. And, he adds, the rising case numbers support this.”

Hindustan Times: Online classes leading to stress, eye problems in children, say parents

Hindustan Times: Online classes leading to stress, eye problems in children, say parents. “The long hours children spend on computers and smart phones for online classes as schools remain shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic is beginning to bother parents as complaints of headaches, eye problems and stress surface, it has been learnt.”

Coronavirus in India: ‘PM Modi, please make men share housework!’ (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus in India: ‘PM Modi, please make men share housework!’. “Housework in India usually involves a lot of heavy lifting. Unlike in the West, few Indian homes are equipped with dishwashers, vacuum cleaners or washing machines. So, dishes have to be individually cleaned, clothes have to be washed in buckets and hung out to dry, and homes have to be swept with brooms and mopped with rags. Then there are children to be looked after and the elderly and infirm to be cared for. In millions of middle class homes, the housework is delegated to the hired domestic help – part-time cooks, cleaners and nannies. But what happens when the help can’t come to work because there is a nationwide lockdown?”

Coronavirus: India’s biggest airline IndiGo to cut 10% of staff (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: India’s biggest airline IndiGo to cut 10% of staff. “Indian airline IndiGo has become the latest carrier to reveal how hard it has been hit by the collapse in demand for flights due to Covid-19. The country’s largest airline said it will shed 10% of its staff as it grapples with a slump in revenues.”

The Print: India’s online classrooms are outdated for disabled kids. Covid just made it worse

The Print: India’s online classrooms are outdated for disabled kids. Covid just made it worse. “The manner in which digital education is being made accessible is outdated and uncoordinated. In 2012, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) published a National Policy on ICT in School Education, which is silent on universal design principles for digital education and does not refer to the most up-to-date Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) that were released in 2018.”

Exclusive: Over 15,000 frontline workers tested positive for coronavirus in India (India Today)

India Today: Exclusive: Over 15,000 frontline workers tested positive for coronavirus in India. “The total number of frontline workers and health care staff who got affected by coronavirus stands at 15,200 in India, reveals unreleased government data accessed by India Today through sources. Sources said that of the total, more than 5000 are health care workers who have tested positive for Covid-19 while on duty.”

New York Times: India Coronavirus Cases Surge Past One Million

New York Times: India Coronavirus Cases Surge Past One Million. “The virus has been gnawing its way across this country of 1.3 billion people and gaining speed, fueled by high population density, an already beleaguered health care system and a calculation by the central government to lift a nationwide lockdown in hopes of getting the economy up and running, come what may.”

Phys .org: COVID-19 lockdown reduced dangerous air pollutants in five Indian cities by up to 54 percent

Phys .org: COVID-19 lockdown reduced dangerous air pollutants in five Indian cities by up to 54 percent. “The COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown measures have led to a dramatic reduction of harmful air pollutants across major cities in India, finds a new study from the University of Surrey.”

Reuters: Alphabet’s Google commits $10 billion to accelerate digitization in India

Reuters: Alphabet’s Google commits $10 billion to accelerate digitization in India . “Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday said it would spend around $10 billion (8 billion pounds) in India over the next five to seven years through equity investments and tie-ups, marking its biggest commitment to a key growth market.”

Coronavirus: Three generations of Bollywood Bachchan family infected (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Three generations of Bollywood Bachchan family infected. “Three generations of a high-profile Bollywood family have tested positive for Covid-19, officials in the Indian state of Maharashtra say. Results on Sunday showed the actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, a former Miss World, and her daughter Aaradhya, eight, were infected with coronavirus. Her husband Abhishek and father-in-law Amitabh, both also actors, were taken to hospital on Saturday with the virus.”