Seven to eleven: On India and G-7

Dismissing the current configuration of the “Group of Seven” or G-7 of the world’s most developed nations as “outdated”, U.S. President Donald Trump announced over the weekend that he would like to expand it to a G-11, by adding India, Russia, South Korea and Australia. He followed that up with invitations to their leaders, including Prime Minister Modi, to attend the G-7 summit in the U.S. later this year. The news was welcomed by Mr. Modi, who commended Mr. Trump for his “creative and far-sighted” decision to expand the format of the grouping to keep up with the new realities of the “post-COVID world”. Australia and South Korea have also welcomed the invitation, while Russia, that lost its membership of the grouping in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea, said President Putin would attend “if treated as an equal”. Notable by its absence in the proposed grouping is China, which had earlier, along with India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa, been invited regularly to G-8 summits as an

Curves and recoveries: On India’s coronavirus numbers

The silver lining equivalent of science in this COVID-19 pandemic for India is the relatively low case fatality rate, and the high recovery rate. Case fatality rate — the number of deaths among the cases detected — has been dropping over the months, and is at 2.79% (as of 5 p.m. on June 3). Experts have advanced several hypotheses, but without a precise understanding, health-care managers are just hoping the good run would continue. Recovery rate, which is the rate of transition from a state of infection to recovery from the disease, here measured as a percentage of the total cases, has been on an upward trajectory. This figure, inclusive of people who tested positive being discharged from hospitals, is now over 48%, according to Health Ministry officials. As the total numbers keep climbing daily, well over 2,00,000 cases so far, the ideal of flattening the case curve with what is currently known about the disease, and with available resources, is perhaps difficult. However, reducing

In Himalayan staredown, the dilemmas for Delhi

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India’s Parliament is missing in action

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Jawaharlal Nehru is seen in this photograph as addressing a gathering on the occasion of the opening of the National Fuel Research Institute at Digwadih, then in Bihar, in 1950.

Bihar needs a State-specific stimulus

Shaibal Gupta

You may say I’m a dreamer

Ruchir Joshi

Fourth estate and the fifth column

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First responders: The National Disaster Response force in action in Digha after Cycone Amphan made landfall.
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A sucker punch of a storm

Govindan Nair
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The fun we had

Umesh Patra
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Being a braveheart

Preetam Satish