Not only is wealth inequality rising, but the consequences of wealth inequality are also growing: Nobel laureate and Covid-19 survivor Alvin Roth

  Alvin E Roth   Nobel Prize winning economist Alvin E Roth was down with COVID-19 last month before he recovered and started teaching again at Stanford University where he is the Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics. An author of several best-selling books, including Who Gets What — And Why, Roth is a specialist in multiple fields … Continue reading Not only is wealth inequality rising, but the consequences of wealth inequality are also growing: Nobel laureate and Covid-19 survivor Alvin Roth

How Mathematical modellers are influencing Covid-19 policies in real time

IT IS AN understatement to say that Jayson Shi Jia’s brain works like a machine gun. For someone who is a sharp conversationalist, this University of Hong Kong business professor seems to be in a perpetual race to think slower to be able to communicate better. “The approach in my paper is very different. We … Continue reading How Mathematical modellers are influencing Covid-19 policies in real time

Covid-19 Autopsy: German Expert’s Study Counters ICMR Claim

  Dr Klaus Püschel (Photo Courtesy: http://www.mopo.de)   Noted German pathologist and forensic doctor Dr Klaus Püschel argues aggressively that autopsies need to be performed on COVID-19 victims in order to know more about the viral disease, especially about the causes of lethal blood clots in limbs and other parts of the body. He rejects … Continue reading Covid-19 Autopsy: German Expert’s Study Counters ICMR Claim

We must view wealth inequality as more damaging to the world than Covid-19: Futurist Graeme Codrington

Graeme Codrington is one of the world’s noted futurists. His work with corporate houses in helping deal with technological and other disruptions as well as uncertainty is so phenomenal that he is now snowed in with requests for assistance from businesses. The 49-year-old Johannesburg-born founder director and scenario planner of TomorrowToday Global, a strategy firm, was recently in the news … Continue reading We must view wealth inequality as more damaging to the world than Covid-19: Futurist Graeme Codrington

How Long Can People Sustain Appropriate COVID-19 Response and Behaviour?

Driving through the road below the Munirka flyover on Delhi’s Outer Ring Road has a surreal feel to it. It is true of most roads across a world in lockdown. Bottlenecks until a few months ago, these stretches now resemble football pitches—you can take a U-turn towards the same flank and keep driving without looking in … Continue reading How Long Can People Sustain Appropriate COVID-19 Response and Behaviour?

With Covid-19 reaching Azadpur Mandi, a fruit seller shares his challenges, fears

Vishnu has never watched Gangs of New York, the 2002 Martin Scorsese movie. Therefore, it is impossible that he had heard Daniel Day Lewis say with a sense of avuncular pride and deep intensity, “I am 47 years old”. But that is exactly what he says in Hindi when asked his age. “I am very senior,” he … Continue reading With Covid-19 reaching Azadpur Mandi, a fruit seller shares his challenges, fears

ICMR is Setting up Trial Sites for WHO ‘Solidarity’ Programme

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is busy setting up clinical trial sites and enrolling COVID-19 patients as part of its efforts to contribute to the much-hyped, WHO-led ‘solidarity trial’, which envisages comparing the effectiveness of various medicines and drug cocktails against the pandemic based on results collated from participating countries. ICMR is India’s apex … Continue reading ICMR is Setting up Trial Sites for WHO ‘Solidarity’ Programme

Indian Society is Too Interdependent for a Long Lockdown: Nobel Economist and Poverty Expert Angus Deaton

Angus S. Deaton is a Senior Scholar and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University. The 74-year-old, who was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare in … Continue reading Indian Society is Too Interdependent for a Long Lockdown: Nobel Economist and Poverty Expert Angus Deaton

‘Biggest Drivers of Kerala’s Success are Women Empowerment and Political Competition’

Professor Robin Bannerman Jeffrey is one of the foremost authorities on Kerala’s development and politics. For decades, he has written about India, from Punjab to Kerala and on subjects as varied as media to mobile phones. Jeffrey, now 75, was born and raised in Canada before he went to England to study and later travelled to … Continue reading ‘Biggest Drivers of Kerala’s Success are Women Empowerment and Political Competition’

Remdesivir Trials in Chicago for COVID Treatment Raise Hopes

News from a Chicago hospital has become music to the ears of people around the world amidst the growing spread of COVID-19 and concomitant deaths. The two immediate responses to the report were a massive jump in US stock futures and a notable rise in the share prices of Gilead Sciences Inc, which makes the … Continue reading Remdesivir Trials in Chicago for COVID Treatment Raise Hopes