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Top court overturns attempt to muzzle social media that criticised the government for deaths caused by oxygen shortages and rising vaccine prices that will harm the poor. In Tami Nadu, High Court asks what the central government has done in 14 months to prevent the disaster.

| 30/04/2021
| INDIA
by Thanh Thao

Vietnam’s deputy foreign minister and India’s ambassador meet in Hanoi, pledging to renew mutual support. Shipping oxygen, medicines, drugs and equipment is under consideration. About a thousand Vietnamese nationals have been repatriated in the past few days. ASEAN and India expect bilateral trade to reach US0 billion next year.

| 30/04/2021
| VIETNAM – INDIA

A new pilgrimage was confirmed and then suspended despite the experience of the Kumbh Mela. West Bengal to the vote as the country hits a new death record in the past 24 hours. Father Joseph: "Medical aid is coming from the countries that fundamentalists usually attack".

| 29/04/2021
| INDIA

The official death toll tops 200,000 for the whole country, but evidence suggests that real number is probably much higher. “COVID-19 deaths in hospital are recorded, but many die at home,” said Bishop Thottumarickal. “Many of these deaths could have been avoided if we had had adequate stocks of medicines and oxygen,” noted Father D'Souza.

| 28/04/2021
| INDIA

Oxygen concentrators will be delivered by the weekend. India is grappling with a dramatic surge in infections. Indian antidotes against the coronavirus for Paraguay, a Taiwan ally that China courts with "vaccine diplomacy". Beijing has also promised health support to Indians.

| 28/04/2021
| TAIWAN - INDIA
by Shafique Khokhar

Despite the wounds of the past, Pakistanis send messages of closeness to India. Pakistani authorities are worried about the rising numbers of cases at home. The Pakistani military is enforcing protection measures in cities. Schools and offices have already been closed in Sindh province.

| 27/04/2021
| PAKISTAN
by Cedric Prakash

The Jesuit prison has been in prison for more than 200 days for defending tribal people. For Father Prakash, today celebrations are about Fr Stan’s courage and the gift he represents for so many people, especially for the poor and excluded.

| 26/04/2021
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The disease has taken the lives of a young missionary from Kandhamal district and the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar. For Archbishop Barwa, we are in God's hands, and must continue to serve our brothers and sisters.

 

| 26/04/2021
| INDIA

In Gujarat six pages of funeral announcements in a city where according to the government there are only 13 victims of the virus. In the abandoned lands of Mumbai improvised pyres to burn the bodies. The New Delhi High Court: "It is not a wave, it’s a tsunami".

| 24/04/2021
| INDIA
by Mathias Hariyadi

In order to avoid a new wave of the pandemic, Indonesia banned the mudik, the mass exodus of millions of people who leave their towns and cities days and weeks before Eid-al-Fitr to visit their family and relatives in their hometown.

| 23/04/2021
| INDONESIA

In the country there are more than 300 thousand infections and over 2 thousand deaths from Coronavirus every day. Fatal accidents occur in collapsing healthcare facilities. Criticism of Prime Minister Modi: It's pointless being the pharmacy of the world when you can't heal your own people".

| 23/04/2021
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The lasted wave is getting worse with 314,835 new cases, the highest in the world for a single day since the start of the pandemic. Makeshift crematoria are set up along the Ganges, while oxygen cylinders are transported under escort for fear of looting.

| 22/04/2021
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

The solidarity of Catholic families is helping more than 2,000 people unable to pay for hospital care. The Corpus Fund was set up by Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Percival Fernandez who today celebrated the 20th anniversary of his episcopal ordination.

 

| 21/04/2021
| INDIA
by Nirmala Carvalho

Members of various religions donate blood in one of the cities most affected by the new COVID-19 surge that is bringing the country to its knees. Some people accuse the government of hiding the true number of deaths. “People are dying in the streets,” said Father Mathew. “People are burning bodies of the dead everywhere.”

 

| 20/04/2021
| INDIA
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