Wednesday, 26 January, 2022
TopicDr Balram Bhargava

Topic: Dr Balram Bhargava

Covid a ‘very pretty virus’ — ICMR DG Balram Bhargava recollects early pandemic days in India

The status of approving vaccination in children is still under consideration but there are concerns over side effects, Bhargava says at ThePrint’s Off the Cuff. 

Why India finally scrapped plasma as Covid treatment, 7 months after ICMR said it doesn’t work

ICMR chief Dr Balram Bhargava had revealed plans to take plasma therapy off the possible treatments’ list in October, but Indians kept scrambling to arrange it.

‘Worried about Maharashtra’: Govt says state has 8 of top 10 districts with most Covid cases

Two states with highest active Covid cases, Kerala & Maharashtra, are showing divergent trends. In last one month, cases in Kerala almost halved but Maharashtra showed an explosive spurt.

Covaxin approved as it’s more likely to act against mutant Covid strain, says ICMR chief

In an interview, ICMR chief Balram Bhargava addressed questions that have been raised about the approval granted to Covaxin in the absence of efficacy data.

ICMR chief Balram Bhargava tests positive for Covid, admitted to AIIMS

Dr Balram Bhargava has been a regular at the weekly Covid-19 briefings, and has been one of the three key technocrats in this government’s Covid strategy.

ICMR’s chequered role in Covid pandemic — from 15 August vaccine deadline to plasma flip-flop

India’s apex medical research organisation has been accused of straying from path of science to take questionable stands, often with undertone of ‘nationalism’.

Wear masks while exercising, says ICMR chief — his own ministry advises otherwise

ICMR director general Balram Bhargava says emerging data shows that masks don’t alter blood oxygen levels and so should be worn while exercising & walking.

ICMR denies sero survey hushed up data showing up to 48% Covid reach in hotspots in May

The ICMR clarification came after a report that team behind sero survey was asked to either hold it back or remove data on containment zones.

Reverse migration of workers led to an increase in number of Covid cases, says ICMR chief

In an article written for the first edition of an ICMR newsletter, e-Samvaad, Balram Bhargava also noted that the novel coronavirus has affected poor people the most.

‘Taskmaster, skilled administrator, impulsive’ — ICMR’s Bhargava who wanted vaccine by 15 Aug

Dr Balram Bhargava’s letter expediting Covid vaccine trials was slammed, but current & ex-colleagues highlight both his ‘impetuosity’ & ‘impeccable integrity’.

On Camera


Badhaai Do poster | Zee Studios

Badhaai Do shows a lavender marriage. It hurts LGBT+ fight in post-377 India

‘Badhaai Do’ starring Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar shows a gay man marrying a lesbian woman to get their families off their backs.
Bottles of sunflower oil at a plant in Alekseyevka, Russia | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

India to look at Brazil, Russia for sunflower oil as invasion threat looms over Ukraine

Ukraine is India's biggest supplier of sunflower oil. Any escalation in Russia-Ukraine tension is likely to hit edible oil prices in the country as 70% of its requirement is imported.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.