Why’s pandemic policymaking still short of science?

News:  Though science & technology has definitely played an important role in many decisions related to the containment of the pandemic, it has been ignored in many as well. Instances where science & technology has been ignored in policy making w.r.t the containment of the pandemic? Scrubbing of home furniture and doors was advised by… Continue reading Why’s pandemic policymaking still short of science?

Problem, solution, problem: India’s population will start to collapse in two decades. It’s a matter of celebration – and concern

News: Population growth is a function of fertility and life expectancy. India had about 1.38 billion (138 crore) people in 2020. Two recent studies estimate the country’s population to peak at 1. 5-1. 6 billion somewhere between 2040 and 2048.  India’s population has been on a decline, and several figures point in this direction.  … Continue reading Problem, solution, problem: India’s population will start to collapse in two decades. It’s a matter of celebration – and concern

Judges & journos: CJI is partly right on the media mixing news and views. But judges should be less prickly too

News: Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, in a recent event, expressed worry about how news and views are being mixed together in today’s time. He also talked about the “recent trend to sermonise about judgments, and villainise judges” The article urges the judiciary to be less prickly (irritable) about criticism, including when not just… Continue reading Judges & journos: CJI is partly right on the media mixing news and views. But judges should be less prickly too

Medical postgraduates: Omicron’s Here, Doctors Aren’t

News: Omicron is spreading faster than any virus in history. Latest reports from the UK show that patients with Omicron are 50-70% less likely to be admitted to hospital for treatment.  However, observations in Europe and the US show that this milder virus could still put pressure on hospitals because of the speed of spread,… Continue reading Medical postgraduates: Omicron’s Here, Doctors Aren’t

Step Motherly? Is the denial of FCRA renewal for the Mother Teresa founded NGO at all justified?

News: Missionaries of Charity (MoC), an NGO founded by Mother Teresa has been denied the renewal of its FCRA registration by the home ministry.  It should be noted that the FCRA registration is mandatory for any NGO or association to receive foreign funds or donations. MHA is the controlling authority of FCRA, and it conducts… Continue reading Step Motherly? Is the denial of FCRA renewal for the Mother Teresa founded NGO at all justified?

Why cloud seeding is no longer being seen as an option to clear Delhi’s air

What is the news? According to a document from the Central Pollution Control Board, weather conditions, such as low moisture levels in the capital during the winter, are unsupportive of cloud seeding and, thus, the project was not further taken up. Why the decision to drop the idea of cloud seeding? Cloud seeding technology was… Continue reading Why cloud seeding is no longer being seen as an option to clear Delhi’s air

India Israel ties no longer just a close friendship

News: India and Israel are going to celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations in the year 2022. India has described its relationship with Israel as a multifaceted strategic partnership, which now includes negotiations on a free trade agreement as well.  What are the various areas of cooperation b/w India and Israel?  Technology: Israel is the… Continue reading India Israel ties no longer just a close friendship

Sunderbans plantation: Shield against cyclones but obstruction for animals?

What is the news? West Bengal’s move to develop mangroves in the Sunderbans is obstructing animal movement in the forest. Background: South 24 Parganas district administration had earlier this year finalized plans to plant over 5 crore mangrove saplings and earmarked over 2,000 hectares of land in the Sunderbans for the plantation. Why an emphasis… Continue reading Sunderbans plantation: Shield against cyclones but obstruction for animals?

Has India turned into a barricade nation

News: A division bench of the Delhi high court has sought an explanation from the police regarding the deployment of barricades.  Petition also seeks the removal of “unnecessary and hazardous” mobile barricades.  How barricading affects the civil liberties?  Round the year a lot of commuters lose their lives by crashing into barricades placed on the… Continue reading Has India turned into a barricade nation

On Omicron: Before the third wave

News: It is clear that Omicron variant is present within the community and is spreading rapidly. Although, the symptoms from the Omicron variant are mild and rarely result in death, the fact that many infections are said to be asymptomatic is a concern. This situation, therefore, demands renewed efforts to contain, and the vaccine policy… Continue reading On Omicron: Before the third wave