After the arrest of Rhea Chakraborty in a drugs case following the death of her boyfriend and actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor & others are summoned by NCB. In episode 576 of Cut The Clutter, Shekhar Gupta explains India’s messy drug laws, how they evolved & the price of over-criminalisation.

Fish kills or mass fish die-offs are becoming increasingly common, leading to toxicity in river waters. Turtles play a crucial role in fixing this problem. ThePrint’s Science Editor, Sandhya Ramesh, takes a look at new findings that explain the critical role played by turtles in freshwater ecosystems. Read the rest of this entry »

Three new Labour Codes were passed besides one passed earlier, as Parliament’s curtailed session reached its conclusion. Shekhar Gupta simplifies the reformist impact of the four codes and explains the politics & controversy over them.

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West Bengal, which votes next year, should be told who will replace Mamata Banerjee if the BJP was to pull off the big win, and that Narendra Modi will only remain an influence, not the campaign’s driving force, argues News Editor Ruhi Tewari in her column #PoliTricks.

Ministers in the  Narendra Modi government are being economical with the truth in their answers to questions from Parliamentarians this monsoon session, be it on the current India-China face-off at the Line of Actual Control, Covid management, PM CARES-Fund or any other issue of public concern. Their answers are not factually incorrect but don’t give out the whole truth either, says ThePrint's Political Editor D K Singh

India and China have had their sixth round of talks to resolve the Ladakh crisis, with a diplomat from the Ministry of External Affairs attending the military-level dialogue for the first time since the two foreign ministers met in Moscow on September 10. ThePrint's National & Strategic Affairs editor Jyoti Malhotra argues in her column, Global Print, that there are 4 options in front of both countries to resolve the crisis : China should withdraw and return the LAC to status quo ante, both countries could descend into a hot, shooting war, both nations should accept each other's transgressions and PM Modi should play the diplomatic card by refusing to attend the SCO & BRICS summits later this year and shaming China.

Corp Commander-level talks between India and China have resumed, went on for over 14 hours but to no avail. Meanwhile new details on Chinese buildup along LAC emerge.  In episode 574 of Cut The Clutter, Shekhar Gupta dissects the details & war-games China’s motivations.

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West Bengal, which votes next year, should be told who will replace Mamata Banerjee if the BJP was to pull off the big win, and that Narendra Modi will only remain an influence, not the campaign’s driving force, argues News Editor Ruhi Tewari in her column #PoliTricks.

#PureScience #Covid19 The AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine has now had two participants report rare neurological reactions in a span of two months. ThePrint’s Sandhya Ramesh takes a look at these concerning findings and the implications for the viability fo the vaccine. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- AstraZeneca, Under Fire for Vaccine Safety, Releases Trial Blueprints https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/19/health/astrazeneca-vaccine-safety-blueprints.html?smid=tw-share --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Participant information sheet: https://covid19vaccinetrial.co.uk/files/cov002pisages18-55yearsv11011sept2020pdf --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine study put on hold due to suspected adverse reaction in participant in the U.K. https://www.statnews.com/2020/09/08/astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-study-put-on-hold-due-to-suspected-adverse-reaction-in-participant-in-the-u-k/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

India has now entered its seventh month of the pandemic and there seems to be no flattening of the curve in sight. Meanwhile countries with diverse systems like China and Taiwan have handled the outbreak pretty well, and Pakistan, quite remarkably, seems to have bent the graph. In episode 573 of Cut The Clutter, Shekhar Gupta lifts the layers from these crowded nations’ performance in the pandemic. 

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