India may have undercounted COVID-19 cases
The findings of a serological survey by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) from 69 districts across 21 States indicate that an estimated 7,00,000 people could have been infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus in these districts even in early M
COVID-19 taking an emotional toll on children
The fear of losing loved ones to the coronavirus (COVID-19) infection is most apparent among children who dabble with immense anxiety and emotional stress brought by the ongoing pandemic and lockdown.
Doctors say that the toll on the
Hydroxychloroquine does not reduce mortality, RECOVERY trial finds
The RECOVERY trial, a large randomised controlled trial in the U.K. to test five drugs, including hydroxychloroquine, has found no clinical benefit from use of hydroxychloroquine in hospitalised patients with
Persistent global transmission of chikungunya from India
Studying the geographic distribution and evolution of the chikungunya virus over the period from 2005-2018, a team from ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune, has noted India as an endemic reservoir for the virus with pers
Vector-borne diseases account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases, causing more than 700 000 deaths annually. They can be caused by either parasites, bacteria or viruses.
Malaria is a parasitic infection transmitted by Anopheline mosquitoes. It cau
Great Oxidation Event (GOE)
The atmosphere of early Earth contained little molecular oxygen. A significant increase in oxygen occurred ca. 2.4–2.0 billion years ago in what is called the Great Oxidation Event (GOE).
A large positive excursion in carbon isotopic composition in sediment
2 rare aquatic creatures officially called proteus or olms, also known as baby dragons, are going on display in aquarium at Slovenia’s Postojna Cave.
The Olms have pale pink skin, no eyesight, a long thin body and 4 legs.
They live only in the waters of dark caves
Can a COVID-19 vaccine be developed soon?
Purpose of a vaccine
à The great hope in the control of infectious diseases is always a vaccine.
à A vaccine could be a weakened biological or synthetic agent administered to humans that will protect them from contracting infectious d
What must schools do before reopening?
àSchools in India have been shut since the first 21-day national lockdown from March 25, some from a week or two earlier, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
àWith the number of COVID-19 cases spiking this week, there is a gro
WHO, on the virus
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The story so far: On June 8, the technical lead of the World Health Organization (WHO), on the COVID19 pandemic, said transmission by people without symptoms is “very rare”. Following a ?
National Adaptation fund for climate change
The National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change (NAFCC) is a Central Sector Scheme setup in 2015-16. The overall aim of NAFCC is to support concrete adaptation activities which mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.
National Bank for Agricul
Digital Gender Atlas
Digital Gender Atlas has been developed to identify the low performing geographic pockets for girls, on specific gender related education indicators. The Pockets are particularly from marginalized groups such as scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and Muslim minorities.
Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has launched the ‘RashtriyaVayoshri Yojana (RVY)'. Its objective is to provide senior citizens belonging to BPL category, who suffer from age related disabilities, with such physical aids and assisted living device
Pradhan Mantri VayaVandhanaYojana
This scheme deals with senior citizen insurance scheme which promises assured annual return of 8% for 10 years. The insurance is sold by Life Insurance of India for the citizens. The Minimum age of entry is 60 years of age with no maximum limit.
India’s tiger census has been commissioned by the union environment ministry’s National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). The census will see coordination with Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh in estimating the territorial spread of the animal in the subcontinent
A convergence of crises
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Policy ideas should marry employment and industrial priorities with green outcomes
There is a growing debate about what the scarcity and privation wrought by the COVID-19 crisis will mean for our respon
Needed, a transfusion for public health care
Dr. Raj B. Singh is a pulmonologist in Chennai. The views expressed are personal
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Health services cannot be left to private medicine in a developing country, or indeed, in any country
An unravelling of the Group of Seven
Jayant Prasad, a former diplomat, served as Director General of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses
GS-PAPER-II International organisation
With the world in disorder, a new mechanism will have value only if it focuses on key global issues
Gujarat and the Centre are jointly developing the historical and ancient town of Vadnagar as a major tourist hub. The projects cover Vadnagar’s famous Kirti Toran, Sharmishtha lake, Hatkeshwar Temple and archaeological sites.
The town full is of sites that are related to Hinduis
The Udayagiri caves, in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, contain some of the oldest Hindu temples and iconography, related to Vaishnavism, Shaivism and Shaktism. They were built during the Gupta period (350-550 CE). Though it is present north of Tropic of Cancer, it is believed that histo