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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
May 2020

1. India Abroad, a publication founded by Gopal Raju in 1970, announced that it will no longer produce a print edition.

2. An Indian-American doctor in Tennessee said at a press conference that the state’s health department advised doctors to use diapers and swim goggles to protect their faces if they could not obtain personal protective equipment due to shortages related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

3. An immigration analyst at the Cato Institute wrote that more than 200,000 Indians who have filed for permanent residency in the U.S. could die of old age before receiving green cards.

4. After repeatedly calling a Covid-19 helpline to request samosas, a man in Uttar Pradesh received samosas from local authorities.

5. In addition to samosas, the UP man also received a broom—so he could clean drains as punishment for misusing the Covid-19 helpline.

(All five really happened.)

Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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