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Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Silver Linings: A Yearbook

2021 New Year special: It’s here, the end of the year that seemed endless. As a virus locked us down and, in some cases, threw the keys away. There couldn’t be a more fitting way to bid goodbye to it than listening to voices telling us that 2021 will be a new year. From the Wuhan student who returned home to the vaccine volunteers. From shelter homes now shut, with migrants back at work, to a Covid-positive mother with a healthy newborn — The Indian Express marks 2021 with 21 postcards of hope from across the nation.


'Stayed up till 1 am to take on players from other time zones’: Chess prodigy Nihal Sarin

January 02, 2021 10:47 am

As per, Sarin has played over 30,000 games on its website, of which 28,000 have been in the bullet and blitz formats – both popular short-format games in which he is considered among the best in the world.

Gonda shelter homes for migrants: ‘I pedalled and pedalled... Even the TV set didn’t break in the journey to Madhubani’

January 01, 2021 6:10 pm

The last of the migrants to leave the shelter in May were 15 people from Bihar, on a truck. Among them was Sandeep, with the cart and his belongings.

Nizamuddin, Delhi ‘super-spreader’: ‘Since cases began, no evidence found... Finally healing has begun’

January 01, 2021 9:30 am

According to data maintained by the Delhi government, 1,080 people from the Markaz tested positive for Covid in Delhi till mid-April.

Nawanshahr NRI hotspot: 'It's back to usual... We're busy arranging langar now for farmers on the Delhi border'

January 01, 2021 9:28 am

On March 18, the country’s fourth coronavirus death had been reported from this village of 2,400 — that of a priest who had returned from abroad — setting off alarm bells among officials as Pathlawa is part of Nawanshahr’s NRI belt.

Surat return of migrants: ‘Salary same as before lockdown... Will buy phone for children’

January 01, 2021 6:10 pm

Following the lockdown in the early days of the pandemic, Surat’s powerloom units had shut shop, and nearly 25,000 migrant workers from Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were out of jobs.

Bihar covid polls: ‘Toughest assignment... When it ended, I felt like I had won a trophy’

January 01, 2021 9:29 am

Despite the pandemic, Bihar saw a good voter turnout and recorded polling of over 57 per cent. More than seven crore single-use gloves, over seven lakh units of hand sanitisers, and about six lakh PPE kits were procured for the polls.

Ahmedabad longest hospital stay: ‘Joy of returning home greater than any pain’

January 01, 2021 9:29 am

Of the 113 days in hospital, Parmar spent nearly 90 on ventilator. He lost count after the first few days, and says realised it had been one-and-a-half months only when a ward boy told him that.

In Bhilwara, 'India's Italy': 'It’s all in the past now… We were just doing our job, treating patients'

January 01, 2021 5:47 pm

The district now has over 300 active cases, most of them in home isolation, while 9,008 others have been discharged.

Dantewada a mitanin's challenge: 'Once vaccine is here, we’ll all have a good laugh as to how a virus shut the world'

January 01, 2021 9:28 am

Handling migrant workers returning from big metro cities was among her major challenges, says Rekha.

Shramik Specials: 'When the train left, we broke into an applause... It was spontaneous'

January 01, 2021 10:23 am

Sometime in the end of April, a month after the sudden nationwide lockdown was announced, triggering the migrant exodus, a plan was formed.