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In India’s Opinion | The Dispatch on 16 July, 2020

 

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State of deluge

“Assam’s flood problem cannot be entirely blamed on vagaries of nature. It needs to jettison outmoded flood control measures,” reads the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads,”In the last week of April, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took stock of the state’s flood preparedness. Less than a month later, the river Brahmaputra swelled up and has been in spate ever since. In spite of the CM’s directives, the state administration seems to have been caught unawares. At least 65 people have lost their lives. More than 35 lakh people in 26 districts of the state have been affected. Nearly 90 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park is reportedly submerged. Floods are a recurrent feature during the monsoons in Assam. In fact, ecologists point out that flood waters have historically rejuvenated croplands and fertilised soil in the state’s alluvial areas. But it’s also a fact that for more than 60 years, the Centre and state governments have not found ways to contain the toll taken by the raging waters. The state has primarily relied on embankments to control floods. This flood control measure was introduced in Assam in the early 1950s when the hydrology of most Indian rivers, including the Brahmaputra, was poorly understood,” read the full editorial here.

Better Bunny

“The first digital cover of ‘Playboy’ signals a shifting notion of masculinity,” read the editorial of The Indian Express. It further reads, “Till earlier this week, only one man had appeared on the cover of Playboy — its founder, Hugh Hefner. For all the brouhaha about its centrefolds, and even at times some very high-quality writing, the magazine was seen as a symbol of a particular notion of masculinity. The “bunnies” and their objectification, the Playboy mansion and the decadence (some would say debauchery) of the parties held there, told men for over two generations what to aspire to. The essence of that aspiration was the female body — the “bunny” — and desire for it was inextricably tied up with a kind of consumerism,” read the full editorial here.

A digital bridge

“Synergise corporate interests with national goals,” read the editorial of The Tribune. It further reads, “The first tranche of the $10-billion fund announced by Google to ostensibly drive the Digital India programme has gone into the kitty of Reliance Industries’ digital unit, Jio Platforms. Alphabet conglomerate CEO Sundar Pichai, who had a virtual interaction with PM Narendra Modi earlier this week, has stated that the Jio outlay is the biggest investment Google would make under its digitisation fund. With an investment of $4.5 billion (around Rs 33,750 crore), the US tech giant will get a 7.7 per cent stake in the unit that runs Reliance’s music, movie apps and telecom ventures. Several big players have invested in Jio Platforms over the past few weeks, including Facebook, Qualcomm and Intel Corp. Considering the huge Indian market waiting to be tapped, it’s not surprising that Google has jumped on to the bandwagon,” read the full editorial here.

Evolving Covid care

“Medical fraternity on its toes as situation dynamic,” read the editorial of The Tribune. It further reads, “Of late, remdesivir, an intravenous anti-viral drug that showed effectiveness and was first recommended in the US, has been conditionally included in India’s Covid care management protocol under medical supervision. It is not advisable for patients with signs of liver and kidney impairment, pregnant mothers, and children below 12 years. Even as the licensed manufacturers are ramping up its production, it is shameful that the costly medicine (in thousands of rupees) has been hoarded and sold at prices jacked up by five to 10 times. The cost factor has, sadly, deterred states like Punjab to go a bit slow in its use and make do with the cheaper dexamethasone,” read the full editorial here.

 

 

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