WHO WILL BENGAL INVITE? – VOICES

With political dynamics of an evolved order, the eastern Indian state of West Bengal recently wrapped up its 17th Assembly election. The 8- phase polling, spread over a month, was marked by exchange of vitriolic statements between opponents, violence leading to deaths of four people due to firing by the Central forces, and large scale […]

BENGAL SET FOR A HUMDINGER OF A CONTEST

Trinamool Congress’s poll strategist, Prashant Kishore is purportedly heard in an audio clip saying that there is anti-incumbency against the TMC and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is as popular as Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal. But the BJP lacks a popular face in the state level, writes ZAFRI MUDASSER NOFIL West Bengal is witnessing its […]

THE GOVERNMENT’S LARGESSE TO THE VACCINE MANUFACTURERS

In any well governed economic system the government legislates laws to prevent industrial practices that are unfair and detrimental to the overall functioning of the national economy. In this respect all well governed nations have legislation to discourage monopoly practices and a commission to check this. India too has a similar commission, called the Competition […]

VACCINE IS STRONG ARTILLERY – SHOULD BE DEPLOYED STRATEGICALLY IN THE WAR AGAINST THE PANDEMIC

• AMITAV BANERJEE • Professor at Dr DY Patil Medical College, Pune. An epidemiologist, formerly with the Mobile Epidemiological team of the Armed Forces Central Epidemiological Surveillance Centre at AFMC, Pune, India. Entrepreneur and multibillionaire, Elon Musk commented that he and his family will not take the Covid-19 vaccine. [1] However, this type of polarization […]

THE DAMAGE IS DONE

In times like these, science needs to be the torchbearer. India is fast falling into the traps and clutches of the deadly virus that it has dodged to an extent so far. While the central and state governments can take certain drastic measures to save lives, such possibilities are fast disappearing now, as is evident […]

BENGAL POLL – 2021: A SAFFRON SURGE

The way the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been positioning itself in this poll is not simply on the strength of an anti-incumbency wave or political rhetoric. It has meticulously planned its strategy. Never before have subaltern Hindus such as namasudras, bagdis, bauris, rajbangshis, matuas, santhals, mundas or upper caste Hindus been the main political […]

TO TAKE OR NOT TO TAKE, WHICH SIDE?

It was difficult for me to decide which side ensured equal opportunities for all, and guaranteed planned development with a goal of positive economic growth in all sectors. But I never imagined only after three decades, religion would become central to West Bengal’s politics. As West Bengal rolled into the heat of the eight-phase election […]

WHO WILL BENGAL INVITE? – VOICES

With political dynamics of an evolved order, the eastern Indian state of West Bengal moves into its 17th Assembly election. Nationalism and secularism being the mostly focussed themes of this election, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who is strongly entrenched at the Centre has unleashed all its resources to apparently train it’s electoral guns on […]

AN IPL OF A BENGAL ELECTION

The upcoming Assembly Election in West Bengal have assumed the proportion of an IPL in terms of national attention. Elections are notoriously uncertain, so crystal ball gazing is a fool’s errand. Instead of getting into predictions, it would be more fruitful to try and develop some perspectives about what it is and what it is […]

Hindutva’s Basilisk Stare

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has morphed Hinduism into the legendary evil serpent that petrifies victims with its stare. It spews toxic Hindutva that makes zombies of thinking people. It unleashes lynch mobs and reduces women to ciphers. It doesn’t aspire to grasp the Upanishad’s intellectual rigour but focuses on imposing a modern version of […]

CLIMATE AND HUMAN DIGNITY

After the devastating pandemic, today our planet is stressed more than ever. Besides CoViD, climate changes are posing the biggest challenge to human kind ever. So, let all of us think and act green to combat the climate changes for a better, safer and sustainable world. This can be achieved with the bilateral cooperation between […]

WILL NUCLEAR WEAPONS REALLY BE ILLEGAL?

On 22 January 2021, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) entered into force. Adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in 2017, it has, so far, been signed by 88 states, out of which 51 ratified it. This civil society initiative was supported by an overwhelming majority of countries except those […]

BLACK HOLE – AN ENIGMA

The Noble Prize for Physics for 2020 was awarded for studies carried out on black holes over a long period of time. Half the prize was awarded to Professor Roger Penrose for “the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity.” The work was wholly theoretical and helped establish […]

INDIA IS A HINDU STATE

Digging the roots of Hindu India from the accounts of Islam’s greatest chroniclers The way history’s greatest storytellers have recounted their tales, India, through its 5,000-year long and eventful narrative, has always remained a Hindu state, except for a brief interregnum of 800 years. To read tea leaves, boil water first. Let this be said, […]

CAN A VACCINE BE DEVELOPED SO FAST?

India has kicked off the world’s largest CoViD-19 vaccination drive. While vaccines generally take years to develop through series of trials, interestingly, the Corona virus vaccines India is rolling out to its citizens, took less than a year to find their way into the human body. But, speculations abound if a vaccine can be developed […]

DONALD TRUMP’S DEHUMANIZING SPEECH, THAT TRIGGERED RIOTS, THREATENED AMERICA’S DEMOCRACY

Outright refuting the US Congress’s move of certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 US Presidential election, President Trump, goaded his supporters as “the real people” instigating them to acts of deadly violence. Writes dehumanization expert, DAVID LIVINGSTONE SMITH, historically, claims that only certain people are the “real human beings” have given rise […]

CRISPER-CAS9 : THE TOOL THAT CHANGES THE GENES

Even though the Nobel Prize is awarded decades after a discovery, the 2020 Nobel award winning technology CRISPR-CAS9, is yet in its nascent stage, and while this tool facilitates major benefits in cutting edge research in the field of biotechnology, vigorous studies, considering all the ethical and social inferences, are required to address the specificity […]

THE PLIGHT OF THE COVID-19 LONG HAULERS

Long CoViD is not just with people taking time to recover from a stay in intensive care. Even people with relatively mild infections of the Corona virus can be left with lasting and severe health problems, writes RAJENDRA T NANAVARE. For most people, CoViD-19 is a brief and mild disease. While some are left to […]

SOUMITRA CHATTERJEE AND I

• PARTHA GHOSE • Distinguished Fellow, Tagore Centre For Natural Sciences and Philosophy, and Rabindrasangeet exponent. He can be reached at partha.ghose@gmail.com I came to know Soumitra Chatterjee many, many years ago, first casually and distantly but later more closely. I used to see him frequently in the College Street Coffee House during the late […]

LAWS WITH PROMPT AND FAIR REGULATION WILL CONTROL COVID

Rules properly and timely actioned will make civil out of Indians which will not only help to lessen illegal activities but also mitigate the spread of Corona virus, writes ANJAN MUKHERJI In today’s world, across all countries, the basic problem appears to be the raging CoViD-19 virus. And of course, we discuss how the citizens […]

NO FLAWS, NO GENIUS

• DENNIS MENDES • Former sports journalist with the Indian Express After all the histrionics, fans usually see beyond the flaws. They take their idol’s theatrics in their stride. They want their man to get on with the game, as it were. Fall from grace: Maradona was an ace with the ball on field as […]

THE INDIAN CONTEXT TO THE BLACK HOLE STORY

The two purely general relativity Nobel prizes, one for detection of gravitational wave in 2017 and the current one for the discovery of black hole formation, had strong Indian trail in the seminal works of some of the Indian astrophysicists. It was Newton who famously said, “If I have seen further than others it is […]

VACCINE INDUCED HERD IMMUNITY KEY TO CONTROLLING COVID-19 CONTAGION

Vaccines create immunity without causing complications. Using the concept of herd immunity, vaccines have earlier successfully controlled deadly contagious diseases. Despite attaining herd immunity through vaccination has its own drawbacks, however, writes RAJENDRA T NANAVARE, herd immunity makes it possible to protect a population from infectious diseases. The CoViD-19 pandemic is perhaps the greatest healthcare […]

ON GANDHIAN PRINCIPLES TODAY: A US PERSPECTIVE

I ask my students when was the last time they, as an individual or a professional, spoke out against injustice, not just committed against them or the group they belonged to, but against people in the society more vulnerable to violence and abuse, than they are. For me, at least, that is the very definition […]

OUR VERY OWN PRANAB DA AND I

Pranab Da‘s charisma was unparalleled, always loving, caring, patient, and understanding. During our interactions with him, I was amazed at his vast knowledge and photographic memory, writes ANJU RANJAN, Consul General of India to Johannesburg, South Africa Pranab Mukherjee (Picture Courtesy: Getty Images) There have been many occasions when I personally met our late former […]

GANDHI’S TRYST WITH STARS

Gandhi’s interest in Astronomy, although peripheral, yet was intense. During one of his imprisonments he had picked up a telescope to observe celestial objects and talks of the inspirational night sky observations offered him a spiritual direction, writes NANDIVADA RATHNASREE The Gandhi 150 year celebrations have seen a convergence of many creative energies coming together, […]

COVID-19: NOT JUST THE SCIENCE, SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY WILL SAVE US ALL

Serological surveys are a nation’s strong indicator of the extent of virus spread. Result from these surveys would allow for mid-stream correction of tactics. Data gathered from the serosurveys for CoVid-19 spread help to understand the efficaciousness of lockdowns and calculate the real Infection Fatality Rate. Writes epidemiologist AMITAV BANERJEE, while outlining policy based measures […]

PRANAB MUKHERJEE, A STATESMAN PAR EXCELLENCE

• AMBASSADOR ASHOK SAJJANHAR • A former career diplomat, served as Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia, also as Secretary/Principal Executive Officer of the National Foundation for Communal Harmony, an autonomous Organisation with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Held significant positions in Indian Embassies in Washington, Moscow, Brussels, Geneva, Bangkok, […]

AT THE WORLD PARLIAMENT OF RELIGIONS A YOUNG SWAMI VIVEKANANDA SPOKE WITHOUT FEAR, HELD HINDUISM HIGH, MADE HIMSELF EQUAL WITH HIS AUDIENCE

At a place far away in the foreign land and time when Christianity reigned supreme, Swami Vivekananda from India, at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893, not only upheld the global relevence of Hinduism but also spoke to his white audience as an equal, writes JEFFERY D. LONG. The first World Parliament […]

BHANU BANDOPADHYAY, THE COMMON MAN’S COMEDIAN

In addition to being a loud and funny man, Bhanu, the ace comedian of Bengali films, also carried in his persona a political message – one that made his comedy the common man’s comedy, recounts SHARMISTHA GOOPTU on the comedian’s birth centenary. Samyomoy Bandyopadhyay, whose stage name was Bhanu Bandopadhyay, was born on August 26, […]

EVEN AS THE PLA STANDS AT THE BORDER READY FOR COMBAT, CHINESE AMBASSADOR SAYS “CHINA SEES INDIA AS A PARTNER INSTEAD OF A RIVAL”

Sun Weidong, Chinese Ambassador to India “Not long ago, an unfortunate incident happened in the border areas that neither China nor India would like to see. In this new century, bilateral relations should continue to move forward instead of backward. China has been India”s largest trading partner for many years in a row, while India […]

HELIOPHYSICIST DIBYENDU NANDI SAYS, THE MARS SIZED SUNSPOT TURNING TOWARDS EARTH, CONTRARY TO SPECULATIONS, “WILL NOT BE DAMAGING”

Astrophysicists have reported begining of the 25th solar cycle, indicating a new 11-year period of electromagnetic activity on the Sun. In each cycle, the north and south magnetic poles of the sun are reversed leading to increased activity on the solar surface. This gives rise to sunspots. Sunspots They are manifestation of the complex, magnetic interactions […]

SACHIN PILOT BACK IN CONGRESS ‘COCKPIT’, SONIA GANDHI TO CONSTITUTE COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE PILOT’S GRIEVANCES

On the meeting of Rahul Gandhi and Sachin Pilot, Venugopal said that Pilot has committed during the meeting that he will work in the interest of the party and the Congress government of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot’s complaint will be investigated Sonia Gandhi decides to constitute an inquiry committee The ongoing political crisis in Rajasthan seems […]

THE HIMALAYAN STANDOFF: CHINA’S ANTI INDIA MACHINATIONS, MISGUIDED NEPAL AND NEUTRAL RUSSIA

• BRAJESH KUMAR • Major General (Retd.), AVSM, VSM, retired from the Madras Sappers, Indian Army. Alumnus of IIT, FMS and NDC. Has varied interests in the field of infrastructure, energy, water resources, geopolitics and strategic affairs. He can be reached at bkum1952@gmail.com and @bkum2000 Nepal’s relationship with India has been built over centuries. It […]

VOTE, MIDDAY MEAL, ADMINISTRATIVE TASKS NO MORE A TEACHER’S JOB – TEACHERS WILL ONLY TEACH, SAYS CENTRAL GOVERNMENT’S NEW EDUCATION POLICY

NEP 2020: Teachers will no longer be able to engage in activities other than those directly related to teaching For long, teachers had been complaining about being engaged in non-teaching related tasks. With the new education policy, NEP 2020, Central Government has brought in good news for the teaching community. In the policy it has […]

GRIEVANCE SYSTEM AT WEST BENGAL CMO GETS AWARD

The public grievance system at the West Bengal Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has been conferred with the Digital India Platinum Award by Skoch Foundation, a senior official said on Friday. There were 4,800 nominations in the category and out of that, the state won the award, he said. The award was a recognition to the […]

RBI PROPOSES TO REDUCE GOVERNMENT STAKE IN PSU BANKS

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has said that the government’s shareholding in public sector banks should be reduced to 26 per cent in order to make them run in a more professional manner. The RBI also said that bank owners need to take long-term measures. Urging the bank’s to work in a more professional manner, RBI […]

SBI PROFIT SURGES 81% YOY: Q1 REPORT

This profit came in from a one-off gain of Rs 1,539.73 crore due to it’s stake sale in the insurance arm, SBI Life. State Bank of India (SBI) on Friday reported an  81 percent year-on-year (YoY) surge in net profit at Rs 4,189.34 crore for the quarter ended June 2020, reports the Economic Times. In the […]

PHOTO EDITING WITH LIGHTROOM MOBILE

BY SIMON RINGSMUTH Lightroom Mobile has been around for many years, with the earliest version dating all the way back to 2014. While it is not as popular as its traditional desktop-based counterpart, Lightroom Mobile has grown into a capable and feature-packed editing tool that can hold its own against many other programs. Editing with […]

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA’S NEW EDUCATION POLICY 2020

The New Education Policy 2020 was drafted in 1986 and updated in 1992. The policy was part of the election manifesto of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before the 2014 elections. The Union Cabinet approved the New Education Policy 2020 and renamed the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) to the Ministry of Education. (Photo from […]

ONE CAN’T GO TO WAR WITH THEIR OWN PEOPLE, SAYS KASHMIRI PANDITS DEMANDING RESTORATION OF STATEHOOD FOR J&K

An organization of migrant Kashmiri Pandits on Monday demanded the immediate restoration of statehood and special status for Jammu and Kashmir. “The Indian Constitution ensures right to equality that extends to individuals, communities, religions, regions and all social and political institutions. The right to equality ensures non-discrimination on basis of religion, caste, region or any […]

UK’S JOHNSON GOVERNMENT ‘PRIVATELY’ HOPING FOR TRUMP TO LOSE NOVEMBER US ELECTION

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson (Getty Images) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government privately wants President Donald Trump to lose the November US presidential election to Joe Biden, according to a new report. UK government sources told The Sunday Times that Johnson’s government had been trying to distance itself from the Trump administration in anticipation of a Biden victory. […]

SAFE FOR SCHOOLS TO REOPEN DURING PANDEMIC?

• JIM MORRISON • As communities struggle with the decision over whether to open up schools, the research so far offers unsatisfying answers. Every year, children are a major driver of transmission for the viruses that cause the flu and the common cold. So this March, when the CoViD-19 pandemic hit different countries across the […]

SIX DISTINCT ‘TYPES’ OF COVID-19 WITH DIFFERENT SYMPTOMS FOUND: NEW STUDY

A new study of COVID-19, based on data from a symptom tracker app, determined that there are six distinct “types” of the disease involving different clusters of symptoms. The discovery could potentially open new possibilities for how doctors can better treat individual patients and predict what level of hospital care they would need. Researchers from King’s College […]

‘ASK YOURSELF’, JAISHANKAR URGES RAHUL TO INTROSPECT BEFORE ACCUSING GOVERNMENT OF FAULTY FOREIGN POLICY

India-China border dispute: Rahul Gandhi accuses Modi government in the dealings of geopolitical affairs. S Jaishankar hits back at Rahul and updates him on India’s international relations. On Friday, Rahul Gandhi bashing the Central government regarding the government’s Ladakh standing as a fallout of the face off between India and China, tweeted: Since 2014, the […]

CHINA ACCUSES AMERICA OF LOSING ‘ITS MIND, MORALS AND CREDIBILITY’

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over the phone Friday the United States government has “lost its mind, morals and credibility.”PAVEL GOLOVKIN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov over the phone Friday that the United States government has “lost its mind, morals and credibility.” […]

OXFORD UNIVERSITY VACCINE FOUND TO PROVIDE ‘DOUBLE DEFENCE’ AGAINST COVID-19, LIKELY TO BE AVAILABLE THIS SEPTEMBER

Hopes for a successful coronavirus vaccine have been raised after University of Oxford researches signalled a potential breakthrough while testing their prototype. The news comes on the heels of similarly strong results from a study in the United States. (Picture: Oxford Vaccine Group) Oxford scientists believe they have made a breakthrough in early trials of an experimental coronavirus […]

THE HOTTER THE WORLD, MORE POORER AND UNEQUAL IT WILL BECOME AND INDIA AT GREAT RISK, WARNS ECONOMISTS

India is singled out by Oxford Economics as following a particularly ruinous trajectory, with GDP falling 90% by 2100 if the country doesn’t improve its current policies. Hotter temperatures by 2100 could slash global GDP by more than 20%, according to a new research, and the way the economic impact will be distributed threatens to turn climate […]

CORONA VIRUS CRISIS MAY GET ‘WORSE AND WORSE AND WORSE’, WARNS WHO

Infection rose above 13 million across the world on Monday The new coronavirus pandemic raging around the globe will worsen if countries fail to adhere to strict healthcare precautions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. “Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one,” WHO Director General Tedros […]

PEOPLE’S CONFIDENCE IN THE LEFT IS GROWING, OUR MOVEMENT AGAINST THE TMC NEED TO INTENSIFY: SURYAKANTA MISHRA

With an eye on the upcoming 2021 Assembly elections in Bengal, the Left Front is up in action. Representatives of the various districts have submitted, at a meeting of the CPI(M) West Bengal State Committee on Friday, reports of increasing public dissent against the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government due to the party’s failure in dealing […]

KMC’S MICROPLANS FOR COVID-19 MITIGATION IN CITY HOUSING COMPLEXES

“If the residential owners agree, Kolkata Municipality will work to control the corona virus spread in the city’s housing complexes by implementing the micro-planning model as it has done in the slums,” said Firhad Hakim, Administrator of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Hakim told reporters at the Municipal Head Quarters in Kolkata today that the city’s municipality […]

EXCEPT DOORDARSHAN, NEPAL BANS BEAMING OF ALL INDIAN NEWS CHANNELS AND URGES INDIA TO SHOW RESPECT TO THE NEPAL PEOPLE

Nepal Parliament – File photo collected EXcepIn the midst of India’s border dispute with China, Nepal got further embroiled in conflict with India. Nepal on Thursday banned all Indian news channels from broadcasting. Only Doordarshan is excluded from this list. Nepali cable operators have reportedly banned signals of Indian news channels. In this context, a spokesperson of the […]

GOOGLE MAPS LIKELY TO SHOW TRAFFIC LIGHTS IN ITS UPCOMING ANDROID VERSION

Google Maps is undoubtedly one of the most popular apps in Google’s portfolio, and the company often releases updates to make the service even better. Since its 15th birthday earlier this year in February, the app has received a ton of new features like Live View AR navigation, integrated menu scanning, a new real-time location sharing po=UI, YouTube Music integration, and much […]

CORONA VIRUS ISN’T FROM CHINA, IT WAS ALREADY EVERYWHERE, DORMANT, WAITING TO EMERGE: OXFORD UNIVERSITY SCIENTIST

Based on data from around the world, a scientist at the University of Oxford believes that the coronavirus is probably not from China. According to one of Oxford University’s principal investigators, the CoViD-19 may have been dormant around the world for a long time before emerging when conditions were favorable for its growth. What if […]

CHINA INTERVENES IN NEPAL DISSENT

Hou Yanqi in talks with Madhav Kumar Nepal at the latter’s residence at Koteshwar in Nepal Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Hou Yanqi  held a meeting with one of the dissent leaders of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP), Madhav Kumar Nepal at the latter’s residence in Koteshwar. Hu is reported to have inquired about the intra […]

PRIME MINISTER WAS 230 KMS AWAY FROM THE LINE OF ACTUAL CONTROL : KAPIL SIBAL

Picture courtesy: Twitter handle of Indian National Congress In his recent visit to Ladakh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was 230 kilometers from the Indo-China Line of Actual Control (LAC). Although, his predecessors Indira Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri went directly upto the border and examined the situation.  The Congress made this comment a day after […]

INDIA’S HEALTH MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IS NOT FIT EVEN FOR 19TH CENTURY : THEKKEKARA JACOB JOHN

• INTERVIEW • Professor (Dr.) THEKKEKARA JACOB JOHN is a paediatrician and virologist of international repute. Professor John started his academic career as Assistant Professor in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Arizona, USA. Later he worked at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, as Professor and Head of the Departments of Clinical Virology and […]

WEB CONCERT OF WORLD MUSIC ON THE EDITION

MUSIC FOR HARMONY Music unites. Music harmonizes the humanity and the world. So long a musical performance is in session, the audience remains united. United in their mutual appreciation, in their understanding of the story being told, and in their acknowledgement of excellence That is because music has the power and ability to stir the […]

INDO-CHINA STANDOFF: WAY AHEAD AFTER GALWAN

• HARSHA KAKAR • Major General (Retd.), Indian Army and author of the book, Harsha Kakar Writes: A Compilation of Articles on National and Global Security. He can be reached at hkakar@yahoo.com . The incident at Galwan is an eyeopener for the Indian leadership, both political and military. The Chinese cannot be trusted to adhere to […]

THE NEXT POTUS..

Bidden or Trump? Forecast November 3, the Election Day in the US, is now less than five months away. At this point, on 11 June, 2020, The Economist launched its first-ever statistical forecast which finds Joe Biden likely to beat Donald Trump in the electoral college. According to the Economist analysis, Biden currently has 83% chance of winning America’s presidency. Photo courtesy: The […]

READINGS ON SOCIAL JUSTICE

By SANJEEV CHOPRA, IAS, Director at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie and Honorary Curator, Valley of Words Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun. Before joining the Academy he was the Additional Chief Secretary, Departments of Industry, Commerce & Enterprises, Government of West Bengal and Director General, Administrative Training Institute, Kolkata. He is the […]

CITIES, POLLUTION AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

The air in the metro cities is charged with high concentration of particulate matter which adds to the pollution in the environment and help CoViD-19 to bear down devastatingly on the inhabitants causing high mortality, writes ROBERTO DAVINI on the World Environment Day. Virologist Ilaria Capua, director of the One Health Center of Excellence at […]

COVID-19 PANDEMIC: THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

Monetary policies wherein RBI makes loans and investments to NBFCs, MFIs and MFs and the government funds higher infrastructure investments with forex reserves, are intended to accelerate credit flow, output growth and employment creation without putting pressure on banks or compromising on fiscal discipline, suggests SWAPNENDU BANERJEE and SANJAY BASU Diseases desperate grown,By desperate appliance […]

THE UNGRATEFUL ALIVE

The two locked down Indias that coexist, her digitally connected citizens, in the one, abidingly practised social distancing and worked from home while television talk shows shouted out life into her dying economy, as her migrant workers, in the other, who from building our country’s bridges to ferrying our children to schools, continued to drop […]

IMPROVE IMMUNITY WITH TRANSFAT FREE DIET TO BEAT COVID-19

GEORGE CHERIYAN SIMI T.B. CoViD-19 penetrates more into people with low immune power. While food or dietary supplements cannot prevent or cure CoViD-19 infection, a good regular intake of healthy diet aids in building ones immune system, help stay healthy and fight the disease, writes GEORGE CHERIYAN and SIMI T.B. The CoViD-19 case first appeared in late 2019 and […]

HOW COVID-19 CHANGED THE ORDER AT THE CRADLE OF INDIA’S HIGHEST ADMINISTRATION

By SANJEEV CHOPRA, IAS, Director at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie and Honorary Curator, Valley of Words Literature and Arts Festival, Dehradun, India. Before joining the Academy he was the Additional Chief Secretary, Departments of Industry, Commerce & Enterprises, Government of West Bengal and Director General, Administrative Training Institute, Kolkata. He is […]

COVID-19 AND THE INSTA-THOUGHTS

For aeons, the Earth has been in motion. In 2020 it apparently came to a standstill. The world went into a Lockdown. Social distancing became the new normal. Facemasks, hand gloves and a motley means of sanitization turned out to be humanity’s indispensable companion. People in thousands started dying. For, the world came under a […]

COVID-19 AND THE ROAD TO REMEDY

There are only two options left to counter the Covid-19 pandemic, either herd immunity, a painful process involving high rates of infections and deaths or a vaccine which can save lots of resources in preventing the disease, without requiring to reach the treatment phase, for which researchers, doctors and pharmaceutical companies are intensifying up their […]

IT’S LOCKDOWN TIME, YET ROAD ACCIDENTS HAPPENING?

GEORGE CHERIYAN MADHU SUDAN SHARMA Despite the lockdown restrictions, people are riding around on flimsy reasons without using seatbelts and helmets, and traffic junctions being unmanned and traffic lights switched off, essential and commercial vehicles including ambulances are plying at excessive speeds leading to accidents, writes GEORGE CHERIYAN and MADHU SUDAN SHARMA India is under […]

COVID-19 MAY INTERFERE WITH DECISION MAKING CAPACITY

• INTERVIEW • For the CoViD-19 patients, low level of oxygen to the brain may result in hypoxic injury that can affect decision making capacity. Before returning to any responsibility that is mind intensive, the recovered patient should have a psychometric assesment – PROF. (DR.) ROBIN SENGUPTA, OBE, in an exclusive interview to The Edition […]

THE POST OFFICE: TAGORE’S PORTRAYAL OF UNIVERSAL HUMANISM

Amidst isolation due to serious illness, Amal makes all the people he meets through the small window of his quaint little home, see the romance of their lives, discover the joy in their work, and makes each individual feel unique, writes BASHABI FRASER, on the 169th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore. Rabindranath Tagore’s life (1861-1941) […]

THE KILLER COVID-19 AND CLINICO-PATHOLOGICAL PATH TO NAILING IT

• BY RAJENDRA T NANAVARE • Chest physician & Chairperson DRTB center, Bedaquilin at GTB hospital, Mumbai, Ex-Pharmcovigilance in Drug Safety Monitoring committee for Bedaquilin at I.C.M.R and Ex-Consultant for international union against tuberculosis and lung diseases. He is also postgraduate teacher for Chest & TB in College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mumbai. He can […]

THE RAY OF A GENIUS

• INTERVIEW • BY JAMES BLUE : This interview with Satyajit Ray was tape-recorded by Blue as preparation for his book on the directing of the non-actor in film. Blue, at the time of the interview, was visiting India while directing A Few Notes on Our Food Problem, a U.S. Information Agency film on the world food […]

WAS SATYAJIT RAY TAGORE’S IDEAL AMBASSADOR?

• BY JIRAYUDH SINTHUPHAN • Director of South Asian Studies Center at Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University. He holds PhD in Drama from University of Exeter and is based in Bangkok. Today marks the birth centenary of Satyajit Ray and 1961 was the year that marked the centenary of Rabindranath Tagore’s birth. On Tagore’s […]

BUENOS AIRES – BOOKLOVER’S DREAM DESTINATION

Courtesy of Falena: Intimate Falena, a bookshop in the Palermo neighborhood, is filled with comfy furniture that invites you to sit and read for a while. With its hundreds of literature-focused shops, cafés, and events, this city is filled with places to enjoy a good book, surrounded by like-minded bibliophiles. It’s typical smell you get […]

COVID-19, GLOBAL GOVERNANCE, AND SCIENTIFIC TEMPER

• BY K P FABIAN • Ambassador Fabian is Professor at Indian Society of International Law and Distinguished Fellow at Symbiosis University. He can be reached at kpfabian@hotmail.com The deadly contagion Covid-19 came to the world in 2020. Unfortunately, our world lacks leaders with 20-20 vision. The humans caught the disease from bats. The human […]

COVID-19 LOCKDOWN AND THE NATIONWIDE CONSUMER WOES

Both the central and state consumer affairs departments need to enhance monitoring, and inspection visits to the markets and ensure supply of essential commodities at real price across the country to prevent black marketing, hoarding, and price inflation of essential commodities, writes GEORGE CHERIYAN While India is on the thirty first day of national lockdown […]

ITALY, THE LAND OF THE CORONA WRECKAGE

As we observed what was happening in China, a distant, exotic country with strange eating habits and unhygienic lifestyle, anchored in a traditional society, too far from our modern democracy, what we didn’t know was we were, in reality, looking at our near future. In fact, all of a sudden, the virus entered Northern Italy […]

AI ENABLED TOOL DEVELOPED BY INDIAN RESEARCHERS TO FACILITATE VOICE BASED DIAGNOSIS OF CORONA VIRUS VIA SMARTPHONE APP

As foreign universities try to launch a Voice-Based AI tool for COVID-19 detection, the University of Tor Vergata in Rome is conducting a pilot run for a patented artificial-intelligence based tool already developed by Indian researchers, which they claim, have diagnosed 300 COVID-19 patients through voice-based testing via smartphone, yielding 98 percent accuracy . While the World Health Organisation […]

COVID-19: SUPREME COURT SAYS DOCTORS, HEALTHCARE WORKERS ARE ‘WARRIORS’, NEED TO BE PROTECTED

One of the pleas filed by a Nagpur-based doctor has said that the Centre should ensure that World Health Organization-graded protective gear, including hazmat suits, PPE, starch apparels, medical masks, goggles, face shield, respirators and head covers, is made available to all health workers who are attending COVID-19 patients Doctors and healthcare professionals are “warriors” […]

IT’S THE HUMANS WHO TRIGGER OFF VIRUSES

Destruction of the ecological balance or consuming wild animal meat narrows down the physical space in between the human and animal population which leads to specially RNA viruses, characterised by their capacity for genetic change, to potentially infect the alternative host species and result in an outbreak, writes SUNIT K SINGH Emerging and re-emerging viral […]

STUDY SHOW PEOPLE HAVE LESS FAITH IN THEIR GOVERNMENTS FOR FIGHTING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

67% of people globally say that they are worried about the COVID-19 outbreak, up from just over half two weeks ago (53%), according to “Truth About Culture and COVID-19 Wave 2″—by McCann Worldgroup’s global intelligence unit – McCann Worldgroup Truth Central. Released today, the report identifies how global attitudes around Coronavirus have shifted in the […]

NO, IT’S NOT A WAR WITH THE CORONA

It is more of a subversion of all the usual things, transformation of an epic order, writes ROBERTO DAVINI from Florence, Italy. Words are important, especially in this time of emergency, of loss, of disorientation. Words can clarify, they can explain, they can indicate solutions. Yet they can still and more confuse, obscure, and hide. […]

HOW THE VACCINE FOR CORONA VIRUS SHOULD IDEALY BE?

A CoVID-19 vaccine with a perfect balance between protective efficacy and safety will win the race, virologist NADEEM SHABIR points out. With the rapid increase in infections and fatalities caused by SARS-CoV-2 globally, there is undoubtedly an urgent need for an efficacious and safe vaccine that offers optimal protective immunity against the virus and possess […]

6 FEET SOCIAL DISTANCING ENOUGH TO CONTAIN CORONA VIRUS? MIT SCIENTIST SAYS PATHOGEN TRAVELS 27 FEET IN AIR

Bourouiba said peak exhalation speeds can reach 33 to 100 feet per second and currently used surgical and N95 masks are not tested for these potential characteristics of respiratory emissions. The novel coronavirus has prompted social distancing measures around the world. One researcher believes what’s being done isn’t enough. Lydia Bourouiba, an associate professor at […]

COVID-19: HOW MUCH ECONOMIC DAMAGE ARE WE READY TO ACCEPT?

While a growing number of healthcare professionals are pitching for “Flattening The Curve”, some health economists have started wondering how flat the curve should actually be for the benefits to exceed the cost, writes DANIEL J MITCHELL. In the past couple of weeks, I have written and discussed a bunch of coronavirus-related issues, ranging from […]

THE SCIENCE ON THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC

With misinformation and deliberate disinformation running almost as rampant as the virus that causes COVID-19, here is a roundup of some of the newest science on the COVID-19 pandemic, compiled by veteran medical journalist BRIAN OWENS, straight from the science journals People with heart conditions appear to be at greater risk of complications from COVID-19, […]

INDIA GOES FOR THREE WEEKS LOCKDOWN, CHECKOUT WHAT REMAINS UNLOCKED AND PENALTIES ON RULE BREACHES

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown on Tuesday night. He said that all the citizens of the country should stay in house for 21 days. As a result, the country remains suspended till April 14. But key services will remain operational during the lockdown period. Below is a summary of the whole list: 1. Central government Defense, CRPF, […]

SOCIAL DISTANCING HELPING GERMANY FLATTEN THE CORONA CURVE

FILE PHOTO: Head of the Robert Koch Institute, Lothar Wieler addresses a news conference on coronavirus in Berlin, Germany. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi Social distancing seems to be working for Germany in tightening the Corona Virus spread. According to Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute, the country’s public health institute, there are signs that the […]

STUDY: 99 PERCENT ITALIAN COVID-19 DEATHS DUE TO PREEXISTING ILLNESSES

Paramedics on their way to the emergency room of the Cotugno hospital in Naples. Source: AAP The research by Italy’s National Institute of Health suggests people with existing illnesses are far more likely to die from coronavirus. More than 99 per cent of people who died from coronavirus in Italy had pre-existing illnesses, according to the country’s national health […]

INDIA ACTS AGAINST CORONA VIRUS ONSLAUGHT

In the aftermath of large scale contamination by the Novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) and deaths in several countries, the World Health Organisation on 11 March 2020, declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic and reiterated the call for countries to take immediate actions and scale up response to treat, detect and reduce transmission to save […]

COVID-19: BENGAL BUREAUCRAT AND OFFICIALS TO STAY AT HOME AFTER COMING IN CONTACT WITH OFFICER WHOSE SON TESTED POSITIVE

A few senior West Bengal government officials, including Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, were asked to stay at home after they came in contact with an officer whose son tested positive for coronavirus, sources said on Wednesday. The officials came in contact on Monday with the woman officer of the home department whose son tested positive […]

A (SHE)LIOPHYSICIST LIVING IN A (HE)LIOCENTRIC WORLD

“Have you ever stopped to think that we literally live in the outer atmosphere of our own sun,” MADHULIKA GUHATHAKURTA, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, gives overview of her journey as a young girl from far away India decades ago when, besides watching humans step foot on the moon, America, NASA, and […]