Dealing with a deluge: Flood in Hyderabad

Dealing with a deluge Context: As floods swamp Hyderabad, the focus is on the inadequacy of drainage infrastructure Relevance: GS Paper 1: Urbanization GS Paper 3: Disasters & Disaster Management Mains Questions: The frequency of urban floods due to high intensity rainfall is increasing over the years. Discussing the reasons for urban floods. highlight the […]

NFHS FOR POPULATION SURVEILLANCE FOR CORONAVIRUS

Why in news? There have been proposals for the use of the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) framework to ascertain the prevalence of COVID-19. It has been suggested that the scientific and logistical infrastructure of India’s National Family Health Survey (NFHS) be leveraged to conduct a random sample-based population surveillance to track coronavirus. Used earlier […]

INDIA REGISTERED A TOTAL OF 826 FATALITIES AND 26,917 CASES

Why in news? The death toll due to COVID-19 continued to rise on Sunday, with the country registering a total of 826 fatalities and 26,917 cases. 5,913 people have recovered, with a recovery rate of 21.9%. The doubling rate had been showing regular improvement and stood at 10.5 days when seen over a period of […]

THE AGE OF THE NEOLIBERAL VIRUS

Introduction The coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease is the first neoliberal virus in the world. To say so is not to reduce its dangers but to criticize how it has been confronted by most governments across the world. Criticism: Hits and misses On March 12, Denmark largely shut down for at least two weeks, […]

TEAM INDIA AND WINNING THE PANDEMIC BATTLE

Self-reliance is the way India has to chart its own strategy, whether it is in planning a staged release from the lockdown or in developing domestic capacity for medical equipment. There will be a need for scientific and economic cooperation with the rest of the world, but self-reliance is the rudder that must steer our […]

THE SPECTRE OF A POST-COVID-19 WORLD

Why in news? As COVID-19 spreads exponentially across the world, and the figures of those testing positive as also the numbers of deaths keep increasing in near-geometrical progression, profound uncertainty and extreme volatility are wreaking havoc of a kind seldom encountered previously. It might, hence, be wise to start thinking of what next, if at […]