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Prasanna D Zore

Senior Journalist Prasanna D Zore covers national politics and Maharashtra politics, as well as business and personal finance. You can e-mail the author at prasannaz@rediff.co.in

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How tech alumni plan to raise 21,000 crore to fight COVID-19

How tech alumni plan to raise 21,000 crore to fight COVID-19

Rediff.com4 days ago

Over 5 million alumni from the Indian Institutes of Technology, Mumbai University and Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, plan to raise Rs 21,000 crore to start the world's largest infection testing lab in Mumbai.

The Chinese will keep pushing India'

The Chinese will keep pushing India'

Rediff.com25 Jun 2020

'India will keep trying to avoid conflict.' 'This is the moment when we draw a line in the sand.'

'If any Chinese comes with a baton or barbed wire, shoot the chap dead'

'If any Chinese comes with a baton or barbed wire, shoot the chap dead'

Rediff.com25 Jun 2020

'I don't see how any Indian government or any Indian military leadership can now ask the soldiers to patrol without weapons.'

Congress eyes dy CM's post in Maharashtra

Congress eyes dy CM's post in Maharashtra

Rediff.com16 Jun 2020

'Who else will solve these issues if not the chief minister?' 'Who else shall we take our complaints to?'

COVID-19 deaths: Why Supreme Court order is important

COVID-19 deaths: Why Supreme Court order is important

Rediff.com13 Jun 2020

'There is a special benefit in the matter being taken up by the Supreme Court rather than the high courts.' 'The orders of the high courts are limited, but the Supreme Court order is binding upon everybody.'

Post lockdown: SAVE! SAVE! SAVE!

Post lockdown: SAVE! SAVE! SAVE!

Rediff.com10 Jun 2020

'People can start making a safety net, and that safety net should be at least three months of your monthly salary.' 'If somebody is earning Rs 25,000 then s/he should have at least Rs 75,000 in her/his bank account, so that if anything like this (lockdowns) happens in the future, they are not struggling.'

Cyclone Nisarga: Mumbai, Thane, Gujarat safe

Cyclone Nisarga: Mumbai, Thane, Gujarat safe

Rediff.com3 Jun 2020

'Cyclone Nisarga will pass by Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan, Panvel and Navi Mumbai by a safe distance,' says Air Vice Marshal G P Sharma (retd), President, Meteorology and Climate Change, Skymet Weather Services,

'The fiscal stimulus is zero'

'The fiscal stimulus is zero'

Rediff.com3 Jun 2020

'If the government spends Rs 10 lakh crore this year then you would be looking at a GDP growth of minus 5 per cent.' 'If you do not do this, you will be looking at GDP growth between minus nine and minus 10 per cent.'

'Average wind speeds will be about 90 km per hour'

'Average wind speeds will be about 90 km per hour'

Rediff.com3 Jun 2020

'It could rain about 200 mm in short span of time.'

'Politics happening in governor's bungalow is very disappointing'

'Politics happening in governor's bungalow is very disappointing'

Rediff.com28 May 2020

'These frequent political visits to the governor's residence show the state and the office of the governor in bad light.'

'BJP can stoop to any level to grab power'

'BJP can stoop to any level to grab power'

Rediff.com27 May 2020

'Time and again, through their actions, often more covert than overt, the BJP has shown that it is a power-hungry party and its hunger isn't getting satiated sitting in the Opposition.'

COVID-19: How Mumbai cops maintain order amid chaos

COVID-19: How Mumbai cops maintain order amid chaos

Rediff.com25 May 2020

'Given the nature of our jobs, getting infected is a constant fear we all face.' 'The most we do is follow all the rules strictly and pray that we don't get infected.'

'Indian economy is in survival mode'

'Indian economy is in survival mode'

Rediff.com23 May 2020

'Once the lockdown is lifted, we will see some pickup in demand.' 'And my sense is that it will be a long walk this time given that we have lost three months of economic activity.'

Explained: Mumbai's Dharavi-COVID-19 Challenge

Explained: Mumbai's Dharavi-COVID-19 Challenge

Rediff.com19 May 2020

'Unless the living conditions change here, no amount of testing, screening, treatment would make a difference.'

See: Why these migrants won't come back to Mumbai

See: Why these migrants won't come back to Mumbai

Rediff.com16 May 2020

'If we don't get any bus from here, we will start walking home.' 'What else can we do?' 'We don't want to die of hunger here.'

Dear Modiji, an Indian's SoS from Turkey

Dear Modiji, an Indian's SoS from Turkey

Rediff.com13 May 2020

'Kindly have us airlifted at the earliest. We are in a very bad situation here.'

Vizag gas leak: 'Fear hangs over the city'

Vizag gas leak: 'Fear hangs over the city'

Rediff.com9 May 2020

'All the animals -- buffaloes and dogs -- in the proximity of the factory are dead.' 'The situation is so serious that almost one lakh people from nearby localities have moved to safer places fearing the after-effects of the gas leak.' 'There is lot of panic.'

How to protect yourself from Fake News & Cyber Crimes

How to protect yourself from Fake News & Cyber Crimes

Rediff.com6 May 2020

'More than 114 cases have been registered for spreading fake messages, rumours and fake news on WhatsApp.' 'People on various groups are reporting such crimes.' 'The most heartening development is people are now not tolerating such things.'

The COVID-19 challenges confronting a Mumbai hospital

The COVID-19 challenges confronting a Mumbai hospital

Rediff.com4 May 2020

'Given the first-time healthcare emergency of this nature and scale, we don't have enough experienced hands to deal with the situation.' 'The models, policies and protocols keep changing everyday depending upon the evolving situation.' 'We are all in trial-and-error mode where we do some right things as well as wrong things.' 'We cannot have an ideal environment to fight this pandemic.'

COVID-19: 'Better to die before my family than die in Mumbai'

COVID-19: 'Better to die before my family than die in Mumbai'

Rediff.com30 Apr 2020

'We don't want to lead this hellish life. Enough is enough.'

'Blanket withdrawal is not a good strategy'

'Blanket withdrawal is not a good strategy'

Rediff.com30 Apr 2020

'Investors should restrict themselves to a few category schemes with high quality portfolios apart from overnight and liquid funds.'

Uddhav's election: NCP attacks BJP's 'dirty politics'

Uddhav's election: NCP attacks BJP's 'dirty politics'

Rediff.com29 Apr 2020

'If the BJP doesn't want to accept the will of the people, then we will show them what a majority means.'

COVID-19 lockdown: How cyber criminals cheat YOU

COVID-19 lockdown: How cyber criminals cheat YOU

Rediff.com28 Apr 2020

'There has been a marked increase in four types of cases.' 'One is fraud related to online deliveries, online shopping and online groceries and liquor.' 'Second fake news, third hate speech and fourth sextortion.'

COVID-19 Warrior: My god keeps a kind eye on me

COVID-19 Warrior: My god keeps a kind eye on me

Rediff.com27 Apr 2020

'My biggest challenge is to keep motivating my staff to do their best without compromising on their safety even as we all strive to do our best for the patients under our care.'

How Mumbai will tackle Dharavi's COVID-19 problem

How Mumbai will tackle Dharavi's COVID-19 problem

Rediff.com23 Apr 2020

'They are doing a good surveillance job.' 'It is not easy to undertake this task on such a huge scale given the risks.' 'But home quarantine is not effective.' 'Only institutional quarantine can bring good results.'

'Mortality rate in Maharashtra has come down to 5%'

'Mortality rate in Maharashtra has come down to 5%'

Rediff.com21 Apr 2020

'There has been no significant increase in the number of fatalities.'

COVID-19: From 25 to 0; How the Sangli battle was won

COVID-19: From 25 to 0; How the Sangli battle was won

Rediff.com16 Apr 2020

'If you look at the deaths that are occurring across the state or country, I think out of these 25 not even one required ICU care. That's what we are proud of.'

COVID-19: What India can learn from Sangli's success

COVID-19: What India can learn from Sangli's success

Rediff.com16 Apr 2020

'Have discreet, separate corona and non-corona hospitals for treating these two categories of patients.' 'Concentrate on your non-corona patients as well.' 'Because then your diabetics, your hypertensives, the ones on dialysis, the asthmatics, who, if and when they get corona, are the ones who are going to require more intensive care and are going to be more at risk of death.'

'Corporates may not opt for downsizing right away'

'Corporates may not opt for downsizing right away'

Rediff.com16 Apr 2020

'We don't expect any immediate impact on salaried jobs.'

What you must know about Mumbai's migrant crisis

What you must know about Mumbai's migrant crisis

Rediff.com16 Apr 2020

'For them life is very difficult since there has been no universalisation of PDS.' 'And let's understand that there are people who need ration instead of cooked meals.'

A day in the life of a Dharavi COVID-19 Warrior

A day in the life of a Dharavi COVID-19 Warrior

Rediff.com13 Apr 2020

Manjula Chimbalkar, a health coordinator from Mumbai's COVID-19 hotspot Dharavi, speaks about her concerns and fears

How a woman inspired this lawyer to help the needy

How a woman inspired this lawyer to help the needy

Rediff.com11 Apr 2020

'On that day, I decided no matter what harm comes my way, I am going out to help the poor.'

Why COVID-19 is spreading swiftly in Mumbai

Why COVID-19 is spreading swiftly in Mumbai

Rediff.com11 Apr 2020

'Considering Mumbai's population density, one can expect to see more positive cases in areas like Dharavi in the days to come.' 'That is the challenge before the public health infrastructure and preparation of the city in dealing with such crises.'

COVID-19: 'My job is to save and help people'

COVID-19: 'My job is to save and help people'

Rediff.com8 Apr 2020

'This is a long haul, god knows where it will end.' 'So it is best to conserve all the funds right now for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.'

A day in the life of a COVID-19 Warrior

A day in the life of a COVID-19 Warrior

Rediff.com7 Apr 2020

'My wife, who expresses her fears and anxieties every night when I return home after doing my duty at a COVID-19 containment zone, promptly wakes me up the next morning so that I can report for duty on time.'

'No economic activity will cost India $120 billion'

'No economic activity will cost India $120 billion'

Rediff.com7 Apr 2020

'We believe there will be a full shutdown for four weeks and a partial shutdown for eight weeks.' 'Hence, economic activity is unlikely to normalise before the end of May.'

Will Maharashtra extend lockdown? Decision between Apr 10-15

Will Maharashtra extend lockdown? Decision between Apr 10-15

Rediff.com6 Apr 2020

'The spread of COVID-19 is not increasing across Maharashtra.' 'Only Mumbai remains a concern.'

Coronavirus: A peek into Mumbai's 'Containment Zones'

Coronavirus: A peek into Mumbai's 'Containment Zones'

Rediff.com3 Apr 2020

This is how Mumbai's civic administration, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation along with Mumbai Police are dividing the city into 'Containment Zones' to prevent the spread of the deadly Coronavirus as the tally of those testing positive and those dying because of it shows no sign of abatement.

Can you help these 500 nowhere people?

Can you help these 500 nowhere people?

Rediff.com1 Apr 2020

'It is a ticking time bomb if the authorities don't come forward to help these hapless people.'

'We are hoping for the best, but we are prepared for the worst'

'We are hoping for the best, but we are prepared for the worst'

Rediff.com1 Apr 2020

'As of this moment, we have 1,173 ventilators, 2,695 ICUs and about 10,408 plus isolation beds.' 'But this number keeps changing with every passing hour as we incorporate more private as well as government hospitals in our fight against the pandemic.'

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