Editorial in MDM
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan's words while welcoming Keralites who had set out from foreign countries in early May out of Covid fear were: "These non-resident Keralites are more Keralite than we are; they too have a right to this safe soil." In words which Keralites heard with hopes and expectations, he also made it clear that all the returning NRK's would be well received and adequate arrangements had been made for their quarantine and treatment.
The Left Democratic Front government led by Pinarayi Vijayan in Kerala is entering its fifth year at a critical time with Kerala, India and even the entire world going through a health and economic crisis. On the occasion of the government's anniversary, the chief minister held a press conference where he said confidently that even amidst the crisis caused by natural disasters and infectious diseases, his government was able to fulfil the promises given to the people, that most of the items listed for five years were completed within four years, and that
India is limping back to business from the lockdown imposed due to the Covid pandemic. Domestic flighs resumed on Monday, which marked the end of two months since the prime minister declared a complete lockdown on 25 March. It has been announced that Indian Railways will resume normal service on 1 June. Buses and taxis are back on the roads in most cities.
Emerging news from Delhi shows that BJP government is not ready to step back from its violent agenda all the while when the whole country is perplexed under the attack of Covid 19 pandemic and the lockdown to curb its spread. This column had earlier dwelt at length on the witch hunt by the state after the students who took part in the protest against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
The time of Corona is also the time when it is getting proven that no deadly virus would be more dangerous than the ultra-right movements of the world committed to racial ideologies. They are using the Covid phase - when the world is in tremor of the spread of the virus - as a golden opportunity to implement their agenda, as exemplified in India too. The Zionist regime in Israel will have to be termed as one step ahead in this respect.
Admist the heavy damage inflicted by Covid on the nations's economy and social structures, the threats from neighbouring countries on the borders add to the turbulence. In the northern borders, Nepal and China are causing new headaches. Ever since the first week of May, skirmishes have been happening between the forces of bilateral countries in the Lineof Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh and Sikkim sectors - in a way reminiscent of the Doklam military faceoff of 2017.
US President donald Trump and WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (file photos)
The global figure of incidence of Covid is about to touch the 5 million mark, with death toll having exceeded 3.5 lakh.
Although the lockdown has entered its fourth phase, the exodus of migrant labourers from different states is continuing as indefinitely as the spread of virus. Although over 3,000 new Covid cases per day were reported last week, the spread of the disease of a dangerous scale is limited to a few states, with the condition in other states matters remaining relatively safe. But this march of 'refugees' that started on day one of the lockdown does not seem to have any let up. Not only that, the adventurous flow to home villages situated
A budget re-assembled by an economic package and a crucial policy declaration crucial with privatisation and centralisation of power – these are the three components that make up the declarations of central finance minister Nirmala Sitaraman made in five installments. All the items of the package look like a collective one that can be compressed into a one-day declaration. There are criticisms already in the air that most of it is loan schemes and those that had already been announced. And it is a reasonable reproach that the way to rescue people totall
In this file photo taken on February 29, 2020, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad (R) and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar shake hands after signing a peace agreement during a ceremony in Doha.
US efforts to rope in India in intra-Afghan dialogue in the efforts to bring Taliban into the mainstream of power in Afghanistan, has put the Narendra Modi government in a dilemma. Zalmay Khalilzad, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, who was in India last week, has asked the government to engage in dialogue with Taliban.