Cyber Bullying In the Time of Covid Pandemic

(Illustration: Saurabh Singh) If you are a regular on the Instagram circuit in India, it is almost impossible to miss the page of Priyanka Paul, also known as @artwhoring, an artist, LGBTQ+ crusader and pro-Dalit activist. Constantly under attack for her outspoken views, the threats against the young Insta-activist from real and fake accounts were … Continue reading Cyber Bullying In the Time of Covid Pandemic

In His New Book, Professor Vinay Lal Places Covid in a Grand Historical Context

Vinay Lal (Illustration: Saurabh Singh) EVER SINCE HE wrote an op-ed in The Los Angeles Times in 1998 titled Coming Out from Gandhi’s Shadow following India’s nuclear tests, Vinay Lal has earned a preeminent position as a public intellectual. His keen observations as a historian on Hindu nationalism, Indian movies, American foreign policy, history writing in India, society, people … Continue reading In His New Book, Professor Vinay Lal Places Covid in a Grand Historical Context

Cambridge University-led Study Confirms Larger-Than-Expected Uses of Face Masks

 (Illustration: Saurabh Singh) Increasingly, several studies are revealing the crucial role that facemasks play in reducing the spread of Covid-19. The latest one, published on June 10 by British researchers, employs two mathematical models. The first simulates the consequences of wearers using facemasks after the onset of symptoms. The second model uses free-living SARS-CoV-2 particles … Continue reading Cambridge University-led Study Confirms Larger-Than-Expected Uses of Face Masks

Zoom is Bending Over Backwards to Meet Security Targets, But Winning Back User Trust is Easier Said Than Done

Zoom is my lifeline now,” says Navi Mumbai-based yoga coach Pooja Cariappa narrating the story of her adaptation to the world of social distancing and lockdown thanks to the Covid-19 outbreak. She’s not alone. The video-conferencing platform she recently adopted has grown globally to 300 million users from 10 million in the first 12 weeks … Continue reading Zoom is Bending Over Backwards to Meet Security Targets, But Winning Back User Trust is Easier Said Than Done

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

“In Kerala, the Fight against Covid-19 Is a People’s Movement” – CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Health Minister KK Shailaja have earned international accolades for their government’s coordinated fight to contain the Covid-19 pandemic in the state, which reported the first case of the fomite-borne disease in India. For a state that tops in remittances from abroad, its links with the Gulf region and the … Continue reading “In Kerala, the Fight against Covid-19 Is a People’s Movement” – CM Pinarayi Vijayan

“Assange Is Living in Dickensian Conditions, May Contract Covid-19”

Dr Suelette Dreyfus, Julian Assange’s co-author and friend who has been in touch with the Wikileaks founder until recently, says that the prison he is in, HMP Belmarsh, is a deathtrap because of Covid-19. “Prisoners in the US and Iran are being released for this reason – surely the UK could do this as well?” … Continue reading “Assange Is Living in Dickensian Conditions, May Contract Covid-19”

“I Had a Smooth Recovery Because I Am Young” – India’s First Covid-19 Patient

HER FAMILY LET her go to Wuhan to study medicine because they knew someone else studying in this central Chinese city: a medical student hailing from their Kerala village. Although Yasmin (name changed) was initially homesick, she soon became enamoured of the city, its natural beauty, the sprawling campus of Wuhan University, the lakes, rivers … Continue reading “I Had a Smooth Recovery Because I Am Young” – India’s First Covid-19 Patient

“We Should Evaluate Camostat Mesylate Drug for Treatment of Covid-19”

Noted scientist Markus Hoffmann works at the infection biology unit of German Primate Center in Göttingen-based Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, one of the world’s most reputed institutions in medical research. He is the lead author of a recent paper titled ‘SARS-CoV-2 Cell Entry Depends on ACE2 and TMPRSS2 and is Blocked by a Clinically … Continue reading “We Should Evaluate Camostat Mesylate Drug for Treatment of Covid-19”