21 October 2021
Covid vaccine milestone: 1 billion doses of the covid vaccine have been administered since the start of the programme earlier this year; 50% of Indians have one dose, and 20% have both; Dr Subhash Salunkhe, Covid National Task Force Member sounds a note of caution, says “We are heading for a serious situation unless 60% population is vaccinated with both doses"
Militarization of the India-China “border”: India adds firepower in eastern sector of LAC with new inductions and upgrades
Imaginary hospital in Delhi: In a minority dominated neighbourhood in Delhi, a hospital exists only on paper; it went from a 100-bed plan in 2007 to a 460-bed promise in 2021; residents allege communal bias
Stubble burning and air pollution: Stubble burning receded temporarily due to sudden showers in many parts of North India last week; it is likely to be back as soon as weather opens up; This is because paddy harvesting will be delayed further due to unseasonal rains
Employees' Provident Fund sees record: The formalisation of the economy gained momentum in August, with Covid-induced lockdowns easing; The Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) saw net addition of 1.48 million subscribers, which was a record high