The twin calamity of COVID-19 and floods in Assam and Bihar has crippled fieldwork for NGOs.
Data shows that the COVID-19 pandemic in the Indian context is intimately linked to the differential access to clean air and water, particularly in urban centres.
The Indian finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, recently blamed the ongoing economic crisis on god. Blaming it on 'Karma' could be more effective.
Pandemic-induced lockdowns and subsequent loss of livelihood in informal sectors might push the vulnerable sections into the clutches of bonded labour.
Once again, the Modi government's flagship national cleanliness survey has glossed over intricacies of cleanliness, sanitation and hygiene in India.
The Central Asian country's initial response to the outbreak was swift and effective. But it faces a daunting economic challenge now.
Moody's downgrade comes amidst a sluggish national economy, made doubly worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the reelection of the ruling People's Action Party, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong must revive the Singaporean economy while balancing ties between the US and China.