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Monday, September 28, 2020

Dipankar Ghose


Why hold Bihar polls amid Covid; if done on time, use ballot box to cut threat: RJD to EC
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

In a letter dated July 30, RJD national general secretary Abdul Bari Siddiqui offered the idea in the face of “research that shows that coronavirus stays on plastic and metal surfaces for days.”

Bihar Water Resources Minister: These are not ordinary times, even for flood work
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

Bihar Water Resources Minister and national general secretary of JD(U) Sanjay Kumar Jha speaks to The Indian Express on efforts to deal with the pandemic as well as the flood situation, and the upcoming Assembly elections.

As a district unlocks: ‘Left on a truck to see family, but now I am returning to save them’
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

Beginning May, a huge influx of returning migrants, unable to sustain themselves in locked-down cities, walking kilometres, starving in trains, reached the succour of home in Bihar. But with no work, and the lockdown affecting the rural economy as well with falling agricultural prices, they are leaving again.

Forsaken after Covid, Bhagalpur says, ‘This is no time for elections’
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

In Bhagalpur, there is a steeply rising coronavirus curve, complicated by high poverty indicators in its 1,500 villages, thousands of migrants who have returned and are now unemployed, and the spectre of floods.

Lockdown at Bhagalpur’s crossings: Shops stay open, masks few, police checks fewer
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

On July 18, The Indian Express spent time at four main intersections of Bhagalpur to look at the effects of the lockdown and its enforcement.

Virus strikes down Shravani mela, set to send economy of Bihar town to ICU
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

This year, with the dark cloud of Covid-19 hovering over, the Shravani mela, held in the month of “Saavan” – usually spread over July and August – has been put on hold.

Inside Bhagalpur’s Covid ICU: Staff crunch, fearful families, stressed doctors
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

Bhagalpur battling a case spike, lack of manpower and complaints of negligence, the 800-bed hospital in Mayaganj, one of Bihar’s four dedicated Covid facilities covering several eastern districts, is under severe strain.

Coaching moves online, Bhagalpur fears losing out to big city students
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

Nathu Kumar squints into his smartphone, as a teacher at his coaching centre explains medical concepts over a Zoom call. The teacher often mentions a writing board, but on the tiny screen, the board is even tinier.

As cases rise in Bhagalpur, hospitals under pressure, oxygen a concern
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Bhagalpur, a district with a ‘Smart City’ and more than 1,500 villages, is recording an increasing number of cases, which is straining the hospital system.

River rises, villagers pull down their homes to save bricks for rebuilding in Bhagalpur
Mon, Jul 13, 2020

A microcosm of Bihar, Bhagalpur is the focus of a month-long series by The Indian Express to understand the pandemic’s effects in small-town India.

Bhagalpur children get rice: ‘Finally, something has been done for us’
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

On July 6, The Indian Express, as part of a month-long series to understand the effect of Covid-19 and the lockdown in smalltown India, had reported on the plight of children of the Musahari tola, a Mahadalit colony, in Badbilla village.

Under lockdown again, Bhagalpur caught between fear of disease, economic impact
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

Over the past month, the district has seen 541 cases, with more than 63 in the past 24 hours. The number of dead has gone up from 1 to 8.

Patna, Bhagalpur to lockdown, other Bihar districts may follow
Thu, Jul 09, 2020

Bihar’s case count has gone up from 10,205 to 13,525 in a week and 100 people have died of Covid-19 so far in the state.

Bihar: After NHRC, HC prod, work begins to bring mid-day meals to kids
Wed, Jul 08, 2020

The order came even as the Patna High Court and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took suo motu cognisance of The Indian Express report.

Hours after Express report, Bihar orders food, cash to make up for school meals
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

The order states that children in classes 1-5 will get 8 kg of ration and Rs 358 via DBT, calculated on a daily rate of 100g and Rs 4.48 for 80 days.

School shut, no mid-day meal, children in Bihar village back to work selling scrap
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

With the government extending the closure of schools at least till July 31, Keshav Desiraju, former Union Health Secretary, points to “serious questions that must be answered on education and malnutrition”.

In China Market: ‘Want to sell Indian goods but where are they?’
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

With 60,000 returning migrants, and a Covid count touching 500, the district is also the focus of a month-long assignment by The Indian Express to track how lives and livelihoods in smalltown India are coping with the unlockdown.

Bihar: In Bhagalpur, tale of 4 health centres — Crowded rooms, staff and patients without masks, gloves
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

The Indian Express visited four rural health centres in Bhagalpur in the span of a day. And this is what emerged.

First Covid, now hunger, Bhagalpur migrants start packing — again
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

With 63,962 returning migrants, a rising Covid curve, and a town full of aspirations, Bhagalpur is a microcosm of Bihar — where the system is tottering under the weight of numbers and the scale of unemployment.

In Bhagalpur silk hub, looms tell a story: ‘95% collapse’
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

Bhagalpur is a microcosm of Bihar these days, with returning migrants, a rising Covid graph, and an economy showing signs of deep distress.

As a district unlocks
Tue, Jul 07, 2020

Unlock, unlock, unlock, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently defined the way forward to chief ministers. Beginning today, The Indian Express drops anchor in Bhagalpur to track this unlockdown.

Delhi and Maharashtra among five states that may face shortfall in critical Covid care: Centre
Fri, Jun 12, 2020

It warned the five most affected states — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh — that going by current trends, they are projected to fall short in terms of ICU beds and ventilators between June and August.

Centre warns of shortfall in hospital capacity in Delhi
Fri, Jun 12, 2020

Delhi coronavirus news update: Based on current trends, the presentation made to the states projected that Delhi will see 91,419 cases by June 30.

Modi govt has shown attacking India’s borders is no child’s play, says Shah
Tue, Jun 09, 2020

Speaking at a virtual rally for Odisha from New Delhi, Shah also said that under previous governments the “Delhi durbar” stayed quiet when the country's borders were attacked, but that is no longer the case.

Amit Shah: On Corona, we may have fallen short (but) what did Opposition do?
Tue, Jun 09, 2020

Saying that the Narendra Modi government had announced a package of Rs 1,70,000 crore, Amit Shah asked the Opposition what it had done. Shah was addressing a virtual rally for Odisha from New Delhi.