Tuesday, 18 January, 2022

Topic: Bats

No ICMR approval, poor lab safety — health ministry flags problems with Nagaland bats study

The Hindu, which accessed health ministry report, says funding of the study and lab safety standards have been found to be concerning. Bats study is being carried out by NCBS-Bengaluru.

I was sceptical of ‘lab leak’ theory. But new info, China’s cover-up made me see differently

The Occam’s Razor argument — the likeliest explanation — keeps shifting in the direction of the Wuhan lab, writes former New York Times' lead reporter for Covid-19 pandemic.

Nagaland bats, Wuhan’s ‘Bat Lady’, US defence funds, lost ICMR probe — India’s virus mystery

Controversial NCBS-Bengaluru study of bat viruses in Nagaland, believed to be over in 2019, continues. ICMR mum on probe. Govt doesn't want to own up either study or probe.

What scientists now say on Covid origin in Wuhan lab and what they dismissed prematurely

Wuhan lab researchers created new viruses by using reverse genetics on bat coronaviruses. Some of this research was funded by the US.

WHO chief faults Covid origin probe report, wants Wuhan lab leak possibility studied again

Although WHO chief Tedros has said all options remain on table, Tuesday’s comments mark the first time he’s openly speculated about possibility of a lab leak.

Covid possibly came from bats to humans via another animal, WHO-China joint study says

The scientists suggested future studies take a wider geographical approach, including Southeast Asia, and investigate susceptible animal species more closely.

Why Mauritius is culling an endangered fruit bat that exists nowhere else

Mauritius has already lost two bat species to extinction, and its fruit bats now find themselves in the same precarious situation.

32 bat species identified in Uttarakhand, 9 of these recorded for first time in the world

The bats were identified during an echolocation survey that can be used to monitor populations, understand natural history and climate change.

Animals that live closely with humans carry more infectious pathogens, study finds

Study by researchers at University College London in UK also notes that changes in land-use by humans increase risk of zoonotic diseases.

On Camera


IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari addresses a press conference ahead of 89th Air Force Day, in New Delhi on 5 October 2021 | Photo: ANI

Helicopter, transport pilots missing in IAF top ranks. It is a fighter-dominated Service

AVM Mohey is the first helicopter pilot to be appointed Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Training, in nearly three decades. IAF needs policy change.
President Xi Jingping addressing a meeting

Nations must secure global supply chains, prevent inflation shocks: Xi Jinping at WEF

In his 3rd address to World Economic Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping said 'we need to resolve various risks and promote the steady recovery of the world economy'.


HAL likely to be in fray for Navy’s NUHs after defence ministry junks Coast Guard chopper deal

Last week, the Defence Acquisition Council scrapped the Coast Guard programme to buy 14 twin-engine helicopters under Buy Global category. Other projects under review now.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.