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The End of a Beloved Delhi Institution

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together.NEW DELHI — For more than half a century, Parambaloth Joseph Anthony, a shrewd and sweet-natured man, served as The New York Times’s secret weapon in India.As the New Delhi bureau manager from the mid-1960s until just a few years ago, Mr. Anthony, whom everyone called P.J., played as many roles as anyone at The Times. He was a bookkeeper, a translator, a guide, an archivist, a newshound who could track 10 stories at once, and a beloved and indispensable friend to many correspondents and their families.One former correspondent even called him Kojak, after the 1970s TV private eye. The reason was that many years ago, after a bunch of people fell ill at a dinner ...

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Modi Warns India to Keep Its Guard Up as Hindu Festival Season Nears

NEW DELHI — In a televised address Tuesday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India urged his countrymen to tighten up their vigilance against the coronavirus as the Hindu festival season approaches.“Recently, we saw many photos and videos which clearly proved that people have lowered their guard,” he said. “This isn’t right.”In the next few weeks, more than a billion Indians will celebrate several major Hindu holidays, including Dussehra and Diwali, and the authorities are worried about people packing together.India is rapidly catching up to the United States in terms of reported infections, having almost 7.6 million known cases, compared with 8.2 million in the United States. India had been outpacing the United States in new daily infections, reaching nearly 100,000 in mid-Septemb...

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Modi Warns India to Keep Its Guard Up as Hindu Festival Season Nears

NEW DELHI — In a televised address Tuesday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India urged his countrymen to tighten up their vigilance against the coronavirus as the Hindu festival season approaches.“Recently, we saw many photos and videos which clearly proved that people have lowered their guard,” he said. “This isn’t right.”In the next few weeks, more than a billion Indians will celebrate several major Hindu holidays, including Dussehra and Diwali, and the authorities are worried about people packing together.India is rapidly catching up to the United States in terms of reported infections, having almost 7.6 million known cases, compared with 8.2 million in the United States. India had been outpacing the United States in new daily infections, reaching nearly 100,000 in mid-Septemb...

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India Captures Chinese Soldier Along Disputed Mountain Border

NEW DELHI — The Indian troops fed the captured Chinese soldier a meal. They gave him oxygen and some warm clothes. They treated him respectfully, both sides indicated, and the Indians said that they planned to release him soon.The Indian military revealed on Monday that its forces had captured a Chinese corporal who had strayed across the disputed, unmarked high-altitude border that zigzags between the two nations, the first time a soldier had been reported captured since hostilities exploded between India and China in June.The friendly treatment seemed to signal that maybe, finally, after rounds and rounds of talks, tensions were slightly easing between the Indian and Chinese troops positioned high up in the Himalayas. In June, a vicious brawl erupted in the same area, along the rocky ...

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Shots Fired Along India-China Border for First Time in Years

NEW DELHI — Tensions along the disputed India-China border took an alarming turn on Tuesday after Chinese and Indian officials accused each other’s soldiers of firing warning shots, apparently the first time in decades that guns had been discharged there in such a dispute.Military activities along the unofficial border, which zigs and zags through some of the highest mountain ranges on Earth, are difficult to verify.But according to a statement from the Chinese military, Indian troops on Monday “took the outrageous step of firing warning shots” near a Chinese border patrol. India’s actions, the Chinese said, were “a grave military provocation of a vile character.”Indian officials, however, denied their soldiers had fired any shots and said it was the Chinese who broke the long tradition...

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Coronavirus Shatters India’s Economy – The New York Times

SURAT, India — The hit that India’s dreams have taken from the coronavirus pandemic can be found in the hushed streets of Surat’s industrial zone.You can see it in textile mills that took generations to build but are now sputtering, eking out about a tenth of the fabric they used to make.You can see it in the lean faces of the families who used to sew the finishing touches on saris but, with so little business, are now cutting back on vegetables and milk.You can see it in the empty barbershops and mobile phone stores, which shoppers have deserted as their meager savings dwindle to nothing.Ashish Gujarati, the head of a textile association in this commercial hub on India’s west coast, stood in front of a deserted factory with a shellshocked look on his face and pointed up the road.“You s...

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Air India Plane With 180 Passengers Skids Off Runway and Cracks in Half

NEW DELHI — An Indian airliner with more than 180 passengers skidded off a wet runway in southern India Friday night and split in half, causing many injuries, Indian media reported.The Air India Express flight was returning from Dubai to Kozhikode, a city in India’s Kerala state.Indian media showed injured passengers lying in the hallways of a hospital and, according to news reports, one of the pilots died and another was injured. It has been raining heavily in that area for the past week and aviation experts said it appeared that the plane slid off the runway after having landed.Indian media showed images of the jetliner’s fuselage cracked in half but there appeared to be no fire. Rescue crews were dousing the plane with water as rain continued to pelt down.“There was not much loss ...

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Indian Billionaires Bet Big on Head Start in Coronavirus Vaccine Race

PUNE, India — In early May, an extremely well-sealed steel box arrived at the cold room of the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine maker.Inside, packed in dry ice, sat a tiny 1-milliliter vial from Oxford, England, containing the cellular material for one of the world’s most promising coronavirus vaccines.Scientists in white lab coats brought the vial to Building 14, carefully poured the contents into a flask, added a medium of vitamins and sugar and began growing billions of cells. Thus began one of the biggest gambles yet in the quest to find the vaccine that will bring the world’s Covid-19 nightmare to an end.The Serum Institute, which is exclusively controlled by a small and fabulously rich Indian family and started out years ago as a horse farm, is doing what a fe...

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