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Why you should avoid dairy when ill

MANEKA SANJAY GANDHI One of the effects of this corona pandemic is to make you think about your lungs and respiratory system. Can you breathe easily? It is vitally important to protect your lungs. There are things you cannot control individually (like air pollution, unless you have a factory that is creating it. Don’t add to it by bursting firecrackers …

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Lift the lockdown, save the migrants

Barkha Dutt There is no nuanced way to say this. India is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis. And continuing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) sparked national lockdown will be an unmitigated disaster. I have moved from being a reluctant votary of the initial lockdown – my understanding at the time was that it was a short-term inevitability – to …

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The pandemic may end as an endemic

Nandkumar M Kamat When will the present COVID-19, the new coronavirus pandemic end? That is the most important question on everyone’s lips.But scientifically any pandemic can end either medically or socially. The decisions to “end the pandemic” are basically not medical but political because the forces of economy and pressure building from society on account of the lockdown fatigue neutralise …

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Goa to Mysuru: The 48-hour turmoil

DANUSKA DA GAMA | NT NETWORK On May 1, 2020 when the government started processing applications for interstate travel using a private car, I decided to drop a friend who had been stranded in Goa for over 40 days, back home to Mysuru. After getting an online approval for four persons (one to be dropped), including applying online for a …

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Foolish attitude towards alcohol

Karan Thapar I am struggling to find the right adjective. Is the Indian State’s attitude toward alcohol contradictory? Is it illiberal? Is it anachronistic? Or is it, in fact, all three? Which is why, I will settle for troubling. That’s true in two senses. It’s morally – even logically – hard to understand and it also causes many of us …

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Cows and their moods

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Rosamund Young has written a book called ‘The Secret Life of Cows’ which, surprisingly for a book on animals, has shot to the Top Ten bestseller list of the Sunday Times. It is a very sweet small book about the animals she has brought up and interacted with, specially cows, in her Kitt’s Nest farm in England. She has …

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To stand out, in the worst way

Shashi Tharoor Egregious (adj), flagrantly bad, outrageously offensive Usage: In threatening India with retaliation if we didn’t sell him our stocks of hydroxychloroquine, President Trump behaved egregiously, in a manner unworthy of a Head of State. The word egregious actually began as a term of praise, meaning exceptional, distinguished, eminent, or excellent, since it descended from the Latin word egregius …

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Remember, the migrants are human too

Mark Tully A friend of mine was in a group which was driven on official business from Delhi to Lucknow. As I have not seen a single report of a long drive and I am locked down in a containment area, I asked him to take notes on what he saw. He was not allowed to stop and interview anyone. …

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Goa has high viral diversity

Nandkumar M Kamat Viruses are not novelties in the tropics. The entire western Ghats and Arabian sea ecosystems are teeming with wild viruses many of which are still locked up in their natural quarantines like the bats. The present scare on SARS like new coronavirus – COVID-19 needs to be contrasted with several deaths classified wrongly in the reports of …

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A crisis greater than COVID-19

Barkha Dutt India has extended the national lockdown – but admittedly, with a range of relaxations across zones. But the government should have been more liberal in its opening up. Other than the key districts in the severely hit red zones, which are still struggling with a high percentage of coronavirus cases (Covid-19), the rest of the country needed to …

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