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    India's COVID Crisis is Damaging an Entire Nation's Mental Health

    Sushma, a domestic worker who cooks for three houses in the city of Mumbai in western India, was unusually late for work on the first day of May. The 31-year-old had not slept the night before. She kept tossing and turning in her bed on the floor beside a cot on which her mother-in-law snored, thinking about her brother and his family 1,500 kilometres away in the capital New...

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    Scammers Sold Desperate Indians Fire Extinguishers as Oxygen Cylinders

    As India battles a relentless COVID-19 surge with one patient dying every four minutes, families face hurdles accessing life-saving resources. Some are turning to informal markets to buy supplementary oxygen. In one shocking case, a woman was sold an oxygen cylinder that turned out to be a fire extinguisher. Advertisement Geeta Arora, a woman in India's capital city...

    • 2 days ago
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    'I've Had Several Breakdowns': Photographers on Covering India's COVID Horror

    In India, the COVID-19 surge is nothing short of apocalyptic. Serpentine lines of patients wait in front of hospitals hoping to get a bed. Hospitals say they have run out of oxygen cylinders and life-saving drugs. Crematoriums are overwhelmed with dead bodies, while social media apps like Twitter have turned into a COVID crisis helpline. More than 18.3 million cases...

    • a week ago
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    Indians on Twitter Are Desperate for COVID Help. They're Getting Censored.

    Social media has become a crucial lifeline for many in India. In the absence of an effective government response, hundreds of thousands of Indians have turned to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to find hospital beds, oxygen, and COVID-19 drugs for their loved ones. As COVID-19 numbers escalated - reflected in record-breaking daily new cases and unprecedented, but...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Music Producers are Becoming Meme Machines to Get Rich and Famous Fast

    As India found itself caught in the throes of a bleak lockdown last year, it wasn't just dalgona coffee, TikTok challenges and our collective disgust for diversion tactics that brought the country together.

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Why Do So Many 'Straight' Men Have Sex With Gay Men?

    I often yearn for the simpler times before I came out of the ominous closet. Being gay came to me easily when I was 15, because I wasn't aware of the labels associated with what I felt back then. It was easy for my adolescent brain to go through life with a sexual intent that was hardly met until I was allowed to travel in a packed local train with men of all shapes and sizes. The early...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Pregnant Cop Enforces Social Distancing in This Indian City

    There's a raging pandemic and the temperature is scorching. But 29-year-old Shilpa Sahu is on the streets in a flowy kurta, with a visible baby bump and a stick in her hand. In the last few days, this five-month pregnant senior police official in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, swapped her khaki uniform for comfortable South Asian attire, and went viral. World News ...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    22 COVID Patients on Ventilators Died After a Leak in Their Oxygen Supply in India

    At least 22 people died at an Indian hospital on Wednesday after a leak in an oxygen tank interrupted supply to critical patients on ventilators. During the half-hour oxygen disruption in Nashik city, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, medical staff desperately tried to keep patients alive while oxygen was gushing out from a tank outside the hospital....

    • 2 weeks ago
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    I Gave Out My Number for a COVID Emergency. I Got Dick Pics in Return.

    The second wave of COVID has hit India pretty badly, and to say it's been devastating is an understatement. If a whole year of lockdowns wasn't damaging enough, we're currently back to dealing with a major health crisis, statistics of which I can barely get myself to face at the moment. It wasn't long until the second wave quietly seeped into my family in...

    • 2 weeks ago
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    Cannabis Extract Hash Oil is Blowing Up in India

    As 4/20 rolls around, so does the buzz to plan a legendary session befitting the day. For the uninitiated, April 20 is considered the international stoner day. Most years are marked with a high so overwhelming, people do everything from brushing their teeth with mosquito repellent to forgetting to watch the movie after getting high in the theatre's parking lot. Identity The Best 4/20 Gifts...

    • 3 weeks ago

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