Wednesday, 6 July, 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


Mamata Banerjee holding a rally in Kolkata, kali

Bengal has many Kalis, but TMC can’t accommodate them anymore. UP, Haryana is in the way

Moitra, TMC leadership need to have a conversation. And send everyone else a memo: Protecting Bengali identity is not the party’s only line anymore.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Keep calm and carry on: Unlike wheat, rice isn’t hot yet

The world is worried that India might restrict exports of rice after wheat, pushing prices higher and worsening global food security.


Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma pose with daughter Flying Officer Ananya Sharma in front of the fighter aircraft | Twitter/@DefencePRO_Guj

In a first in IAF, father-daughter fly in same fighter formation as fellow wingmen

Daughter of Air Commodore Sanjay Sharma, Flying Officer Ananya Sharma is currently undergoing training to master ‘superior and faster’ jets.

Moral, political & ideological questions on Maharashtra: 1st is simplest to answer, 3rd trickiest

What is Shiv Sena’s ideology? We might say it’s been a convenient mix of extreme ethnic chauvinism & unforgiving Hindutva. Within the second, the party retained space to manoeuvre.