Tussle Heats Up Between Harsh Vardhan and Premier Research Institute

The Department of Science and Technology has asked NITI Aayog’s VK Saraswat to revoke his order granting five-year extension to Dr Asha Kishore of Sree Chitra Institute An extension given to the director of a prestigious medical institute has triggered tensions between a prominent NITI Aayog member, who is also the president of the institute, … Continue reading Tussle Heats Up Between Harsh Vardhan and Premier Research Institute

Pakistan Caught between Reality and PR Tactics Amid an Outcry to Convert a Sikh Temple into a Mosque

Gurdwara Shaheed Ganj Bhai Taru Singh, Naulakha Bazar, Lahore A RECENT SOCIAL MEDIA video shared by a man in Lahore went viral and then transformed into a campaign to convert a Sikh gurdwara erected in the memory of a martyred 18th century legend, Bhai Taru Singh, into a mosque. The video claimed that the Sikh … Continue reading Pakistan Caught between Reality and PR Tactics Amid an Outcry to Convert a Sikh Temple into a Mosque

Low Vitamin D Levels Raise Covid-19 Infection Risk: Israeli Study

When Dr Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern and her colleagues at Israel’s Bar Ilan University tied up several months ago with scientists at the country’s Leumit Health Care Services, a health insurance and medical services entity, their intention was to determine the links between low vitamin D and COVID-19-related hospitalisation. Frenkel-Morgenstern, Head, Cancer Genomics and BioComputing of Complex Diseases Lab at Azrieli Faculty of … Continue reading Low Vitamin D Levels Raise Covid-19 Infection Risk: Israeli Study

China Critic and Historian Olsi Jazexhi Says He is Worried About Anti-Muslim Campaigns in India

Olsi Jazexhi is an Albanian-Canadian historian and journalist who shot to fame following his controversial visit to China’s Xinjiang province last year as a guest of the Chinese government. While on a guided tour of the region, he uploaded videos from what China describes as vocational centres for Muslim minority Uighurs and claimed that they were more … Continue reading China Critic and Historian Olsi Jazexhi Says He is Worried About Anti-Muslim Campaigns in India

Turkish President Erdogan’s Move to Convert the Hagia Sophia into a Mosque is a Monumental Shame

POLITICAL MOVES AND judicial intervention go hand in hand in Turkey. This isn’t unique to President Recep Tayyip Erdog˘an’s country alone. But the agility of authorities that overturned within a matter of days that rich secular legacy of the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Atatürk, was remarkable—and sad. These deft moves attracted global attention also … Continue reading Turkish President Erdogan’s Move to Convert the Hagia Sophia into a Mosque is a Monumental Shame

COVID-19: WHO Under Pressure as Evidence Mounts On Aerosol Transmission

IN ITS ‘SCIENTIFIC brief’ released on March 29th, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that Covid-19 can ‘be transmitted through droplets of different sizes: when the droplet particles are <5-10 μm (a micrometre or μm is one-millionth of a metre) in diameter, they are referred to as respiratory droplets, and when they are >5 μm … Continue reading COVID-19: WHO Under Pressure as Evidence Mounts On Aerosol Transmission

India must look for ways to acquire influence in areas where China is vulnerable, says Bruno Maçães

Bruno Maçães (pronounced as Maseyes) is a renowned political scientist and a former minister of Portugal. An alumnus of Harvard University, this 46-year-old author and business strategist has lived and worked in China and closely follows the country’s politics and culture. Now a senior fellow at the prestigious Hudson Institute, Washington DC, Maçães is a widely travelled … Continue reading India must look for ways to acquire influence in areas where China is vulnerable, says Bruno Maçães

Indian heart patients die 10 years earlier than those in the West, says ICMR study

A first-of-its-kind study funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), involving over 10,000 people, has concluded that Indian heart patients die 10 years earlier than those in the West due to a raft of factors, including inordinate delays in hospitalisation soon after the heart attack, that finally result in premature heart failure and … Continue reading Indian heart patients die 10 years earlier than those in the West, says ICMR study

India vs China: Shed Muscular Politics and Tread The Path of Peace

THE SAVAGE KILLINGS of Indian soldiers by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops in the freezing cold of Ladakh’s Galwan Valley on June 15th—with iron rods, clubs and other improvised weapons rarely used in modern combat—raise enormous concerns about the likelihood of an escalation of armed conflict, especially because tempers are high following weeks of … Continue reading India vs China: Shed Muscular Politics and Tread The Path of Peace

China’s Ladakh Aggression a Retaliation for Humiliation in Doklam, Says Expert

China’s weeks-long aggressive posturing in eastern Ladakh — which has resulted in deaths for the first time in an India-China standoff in 45 years — is an attempt to avenge the humiliation it suffered in Doklam three years ago at the hands of Indian forces, says a senior army officer who was involved in several … Continue reading China’s Ladakh Aggression a Retaliation for Humiliation in Doklam, Says Expert