Tuesday, January 5 2021

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On Saturday, as the first snow of the year fell on Kashmir, Wani dug an icy grave in Putrigam village cemetery. If the body of his son was not returned for burial, he said, he would lie in the grave himself.

Those are the concluding lines of a Guardian report on the killings of three teenage boys in Kashmir. The Indian army claims they were terrorists shot in the midst of an armed encounter—and has refused to return their bodies. But unlike other such cases, even the local police admitted the three “were not mentioned in our list of terrorists” and had no previous arrests—and yet maintains they were “hardcore associates of terrorists.”

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The great Covaxin debate (continued)

The TLDR: The hasty approval of the vaccine raised a firestorm of criticism. In turn, the critics themselves were attacked. On the sidelines, makers of the two approved vaccinesBharat Biotech and Serum Institutegot into a slanging match. After the dust settled, we now know more but are even less reassured.


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