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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Rounak Bagchi


Rounak Bagchi is a Senior Sub-editor at He tweets @RounakBagchi1.

Explained: Nepal stares at Covid abyss as cases skyrocket by 1200% in weeks
Tue, May 11, 2021

Last month, the little Himalayan nation that has around 31 million people was reporting just about 100 cases a day. Now, that figure is slowly nearing the 10,000-mark.

Explained: What foaming a runway means and the controversy surrounding it
Thu, May 13, 2021

An aircraft with a Covid-19 patient made an emergency belly landing in Mumbai on Thursday after it lost one of its wheels. Airport officials sprayed foam on the runway to prevent fire.

Back for third term, Mamata becomes one of the longest-serving woman CMs in India
Mon, May 03, 2021

With Didi all set to take oath for the third time, we take a look at the longest-serving woman chief ministers the country has seen so far.

Explained: How Bhutan vaccination outpaced the rest
Tue, Apr 27, 2021

The vast majority of Bhutan’s first doses were administered at about 1,200 vaccination centers over a weeklong period in late March and early April. That rate was ahead of those of the United Kingdom and the United States, more than seven times that of neighboring India and nearly six times the global average.

Explained: 3 million global Covid-19 deaths and the top 4 contributors
Thu, Apr 22, 2021

The world did not record one million deaths until September 28, but had recorded two million by February 21, less than five months later. And the latest million was recorded in under two months.

Cuba without the Castros: What it means and what the road ahead looks like
Sun, Apr 18, 2021

As a new era beckons for Cuba, one without a Fidel Castro in power, we take a look at the history of the nation, the changes that have happened over time and what the island nation is heading towards with a new set of leaders set to take charge.

Explained: From Germany to Canada, how countries are countering a new Covid-19 wave
Thu, Apr 22, 2021

The Covid-19 surge is fuelled by the new variants of the virus such as the B117 mutation first detected in the United Kingdom.

Facebook data leak: How are Indian users affected, and should you worry?
Thu, Apr 15, 2021

While analysing the data, it found that among the metros, Delhi was the worst hit, with accounts of more than 1,55,000 being compromised. The leaked data also contained account details of over 1,36,000 people from Mumbai, over 96,000 from Kolkata and more than 39,000 from Chennai.

The pandemic has resulted in fewer babies… and that’s not good news
Wed, Apr 07, 2021

Research shows that the US is facing the biggest slump in births in a century, France has recorded its lowest birth rate since World War II and China has received 15% fewer registrations for babies.

Explained: What are the Covid-19 restrictions for Holi? 
Tue, Mar 30, 2021

With the country witnessing a continuous uptick in novel coronavirus cases, the Centre has advised states and Union Territories to impose restrictions on celebrations under Section 22 of the Disaster Management Act.

Explained: Why Bitcoin’s electricity consumption is very high, and its implications
Fri, Mar 19, 2021

The annual carbon footprint of Bitcoins is almost equivalent to that of Mumbai, or to put it to a global perspective, as high as the carbon footprint of Slovakia.

Explained: INS Karanj, the Scorpene-class submarine inducted into service 
Fri, Mar 12, 2021

The earlier version of the submarine, which was first commissioned in 1969 at Riga in the erstwhile USSR, had played a key role during the 1970-71 Indo-Pak war.

Explained: What does the new rule on airbags mean for passengers, carmakers?
Thu, Mar 11, 2021

The Central government's decision of making passenger airbags mandatory for all vehicles is part of its plan to improve safety norms in the country.