Rina Chandran

A woman receives Bharat Biotech's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine called COVAXIN at a vaccination center, in New Delhi, India, April 5, 2021.

Fears of Vaccine Exclusion as India Uses Digital ID, Facial Recognition

Millions risk missing out on COVID-19 vaccines as India uses its national digital identity for registration and pilots facial recognition technology at inoculation centers.
ARCHIVE: A sign indicating the beginning of the congestion charging zone in London, Britain, January 31, 2018. | REUTERS/Toby Melville

Coronavirus Speeds up Push for Congestion Charge in Cities

The coronavirus pandemic could see more cities implement congestion charges.
A homeless man and his son cover themselves with a plastic sheet to protect themselves from rain as they walk to a shelter, during a nationwide lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Kolkata, India, April 27, 2020. REUTER

Millions in India Face Eviction Amid Coronavirus Recovery Push

In the last three years, 22 people were evicted every hour, with only about a fourth being resettled.
A woman wears a mask inside a glass-covered bus stop in which a thermal imaging camera, UV sterilizer, air conditioner, CCTV and digital signage are set, to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in Seoul, South Korea, August 14, 2020. | REUTERS/Heo Ran

Asian Cities Virus-Proof Public Transit with Smart Shelters, Thermal Scanners

As cities open up, authorities are using technology to make commuters feel safer in public transit.
A rendering of Net City, technology company Tencent's planned new smart city in Shenzhen, China. | Handout pic from NBBJ via Thomson Reuters Foundation

Plans for 'Smart City' Seen as Model for Post-Coronavirus China

A new smart city that prioritizes people and the environment with the help of technolgy may be a model in a post-pandemic world.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Phon Tongmak, a rubber tree farmer (back), rows a boat in floodwaters in his rubber plantation with his friend at Cha-uat district in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, southern Thailand, January 18, 2017. Picture taken January 18, 2017. REUTERS

Solar Pumps, Migrant Homes Help Shield Post-Coronavirus World

Building climate resilience and lifting living standards of vulnerable communities can help protect against future shocks.
A boy walks in front of a graffiti promoting the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Mathare slums of Nairobi, Kenya, May 22, 2020. | REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Health Workers, Slum Dwellers Face Housing Bias as Lockdowns Lift

Authorities may use the pandemic as an excuse to clear slums, with landlords also reluctant to rent to certain communities.
RCHIVE PHOTO: Homeless Makoto Shinbo eats his lunch at his makeshift house at Miyashita park in Tokyo, Japan, February 17, 2017. Picture taken on February 17, 2017. | REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Asian Cities Face Pressure to House Net Cafe Homeless and McRefugees

Homeless people who slept in internet cafes and fast-food outlets are stranded amidst lockdowns, sparking calls for solutions.
A group of boys look at their mobile phones, during a nationwide lockdown in India to slow the spread COVID-19, in Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums, during the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Mumbai, India, April 9, 2020.

Privacy Debate Heats Up Over India Contact Tracing App

Without a data protection law, India's contact-tracing app risks becoming a surveillance tool, digital rights experts warn.
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