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Wednesday, July 1 2020


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We never told the medicine (coronil) can cure or control corona, we said that we had made medicines and used them in (a) clinical controlled trial which cured corona patients. There is no confusion in it.

That’s Patanjali co-founder Acharya Balakrishna, doing his best to confuse the rest of us—hoping we will forget Baba Ramdev’s grand announcement of “corona’s first Ayurvedic clinically-controlled trial based, evidence-based, research-based medicine” that assures “a 100% recovery rate in seven days and 0% death." Mint has more on the so-called Coronil trials and why the latest misstep reveals Patanjali’s growing troubles. Illustration: Parth Savla

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The story of the sky-high bijli bill

The TLDR: This month, people across the country got a very rude shock when they received their electricity bill—which was anywhere between three to fifteen times the usual amount. The culprit: The lockdown which first deflated the owed amount between March and May—and has now sent it soaring. Here’s a short explanation of how this happened.

 

 Sticker shock syndrome

  • The bills that arrived on our doorsteps were so high that even celebs like Vir Das complained. Taapsee Pannu, for example, was charged Rs 57,000 for a vacant apartment. 
  • What seemed like a Mumbai-only problem soon proved to be a national trend—and even politicians weren’t exempt. 
  • In Madhya Pradesh, a BJP leader’s bijli kharcha sky-rocketed from Rs 15,000 to Rs 50,000 in June. 
  • The Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) received about 100,000 complaints about bills received during the lockdown period. 
  • Even Delhi—where electricity is heavily subsidised—was not immune. Residents—including commercial establishments that lay empty—received bills that were often thrice the usual amount.

 

The lockdown effect

 

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