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COVID19 Second Wave in India – A Doctor’s Perspective
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COVID19 Second Wave in India – A Doctor’s Perspective

As the second wave rages on, could we have avoided this. Being a very opinionated society, we read a lot of opinions and conjectures. There are broadly two types of messages – one compares the cases and deaths per million population of India with the western countries. This is to reiterate that India is in […]

#BengalViolence catches global attention; Indian Diaspora Asks West Bengal Chief Minister to Stop Political Violence in the State
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#BengalViolence catches global attention; Indian Diaspora Asks West Bengal Chief Minister to Stop Political Violence in the State

The violence by ruling party members against political opponents has now caught the attention of the world. In protests organised in several cities across the world, Indian diaspora asked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to stop post poll political violence in the state. People in more than 50 cities spread over more than 30 countries […]

DRDO developed anti-COVID orally administered drug approved for emergency use; Helps is faster recovery of patients and reduces dependence on supplemental oxygen
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DRDO developed anti-COVID orally administered drug approved for emergency use; Helps is faster recovery of patients and reduces dependence on supplemental oxygen

Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has granted permission for Emergency Use of 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) drug as adjunct therapy in moderate to severe COVID-19 patients. The drug comes in powder form in sachet, which is taken orally by dissolving it in water. It accumulates in the virus infected cells and prevents virus growth by stopping viral synthesis and energy production. Its selective accumulation in virally infected cells makes this drug unique.

India and UK Global Innovation Partnership (GIP) – Know More about GIP
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India and UK Global Innovation Partnership (GIP) – Know More about GIP

On May 5, the Union Cabinet, chaired by the PM Narendra Modi gives ex-post facto approval to the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Global Innovation Partnership (GIP) between the Ministry of External Affairs of India and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom. Objectives of the GIP GIP will support […]

India gives go-ahead for 5G Technology and Spectrum Trials to 4 Service Providers; Excludes Chinese giant Huawei
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India gives go-ahead for 5G Technology and Spectrum Trials to 4 Service Providers; Excludes Chinese giant Huawei

Government of India today gave formal permissions to Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) for conducting trials for use and applications of 5G technology. The applicant TSPs include Bharti Airtel Ltd., Reliance JioInfocomm Ltd., Vodafone Idea Ltd. and MTNL. Notably, Chinese telecom giant Huawei which was one of the applicant has been excluded. The press note from […]

India Assembly Election 2021 Results – Key Takeaways and Implications
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India Assembly Election 2021 Results – Key Takeaways and Implications

Kerala is the only state where the Communist Party has managed to stay politically relevant. BJP simply lacked the organization or political capital in the state
DMK has managed to win regardless of the margin of victory but it has taken a dangerous step towards a family-run enterprise. BJP got a much needed foothold in the state
BJP has managed to win in Assam comfortably thereby giving a strong footing to the party in the northeast
West Bengal promised to be a close fight but ended up in a one-sided victory. But BJP has managed to make great inroads in the state
Although PM Modi remains the most popular leader in India there seems to be a limited influence of his persona in assembly elections.
Congress has completely lost the plot and is in no position to be even an effective opposition party
The rise of regional parties has been the highlight of the recent elections

Indian Navy deploys 7 Ships for ‘Op Samudra Setu II’, to source medical oxygen and medical equipment from various countries
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Indian Navy deploys 7 Ships for ‘Op Samudra Setu II’, to source medical oxygen and medical equipment from various countries

The 2nd stage of Operation Samudra Setu to source medical oxygen and medical equipment from various countries gets underway. Seven Indian Naval ships viz. Kolkata, Kochi, Talwar, Tabar, Trikand, Jalashwa and Airavat have been deployed for shipment of liquid medical oxygen-filled cryogenic containers and associated medical equipment from various countries. INS Kolkata and INS Talwar, […]

Chip Shortage in the World and Its Effect on India – Can India achieve Self-Sufficiency in Chip manufacturing?
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Chip Shortage in the World and Its Effect on India – Can India achieve Self-Sufficiency in Chip manufacturing?

Semiconductors are used in all modern electronic devices and technologies.
Any disturbances in the supply chain of hardware including chips can have a great effect on the electronics industry in India.
The world is facing a new threat due to a shortage of semiconductors or chips as Taiwan which is home to two-thirds of the world semiconductor manufacturing is severely affected by the worst drought in half a century.
Governments across the world are subsidizing the construction of semiconductor plants to reduce the dependence on Taiwan for supplies.
India has developed expertise in chip designing and in delivering technical services around microchip design but a lot needs to be done to achieve self-sufficiency.
Even defence PSUs such as BEL rely on having the fabrication done abroad and not in India as India does not have the required facilities.
However, Government of India is making all the effort to start chip plants in India. It is estimated that it would cost roughly $5-$7 billion to set up chip fabrication units in India.
India is willing to offer companies concessions, including waivers on customs duty, research and development expenses, and interest-free loans.
India aspires to have $400 billion of electronics manufacturing by the year 2025. Who can miss seizing this business opportunity?

Top Psychiatrists urge media to show restraint in their coverage for sake of people’s mental health
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Top Psychiatrists urge media to show restraint in their coverage for sake of people’s mental health

In an open letter, top psychiatrists of the country have urged the media to show restraint in their coverage of the pandemic in the country for the sake of overall mental health of the people. In the letter signed by BN Gangadhar, President, Ethics and Medical Registration Board, National Medical Commission, New Delhi, Pratima Murthy, […]