The counting of votes is going to be a damp affair on Sunday as the Covid pandemic rages on. Low voting percentage in later phases of West Bengal elections show most supporters will stay indoors at least till the final results are out. With the Election Commission imposing restrictions on celebrations, winners will have to go for muted display of joy. The scenario was very different in the Bihar elections, held just a few months ago.
Jaishankar Likely to Meet Blinken in London This Week
The first high-level foreign meeting after the second Covid-19 surge in India is set to take place in London, when S Jaishankar travels for the G-7 summit this week. India is among the three invitees to the meeting and Jaishankar is likely to have a physical meeting with US counterpart Antony Blinken, where further cooperation in the fight against the epidemic is set to be discussed.
Expenditure on Central Vista Attracts Criticism
There is growing anger against the continuing work at the new Parliament House site despite the high number of Covid cases in Delhi. Government has declared that construction will continue with all precautions. However, a bigger issue now is the criticism over huge expenditure on Central Vista even as there is shortage of oxygen and vaccines are not being provided free.