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A health worker collects samples of passengers for Covid-19 test at city railway station during lockdown in Bengaluru on 24 July 2021| PTI

Centre advises states, UTs conduct serosurveys to generate district-level data on Covid

The surveys conducted in consultation with ICMR can produce findings that can be used to guide objective and evidence-based public health response to Covid, the health ministry said.
A medic receives a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a central school, in Patna on 19 July 2021| PTI

Has Covid exposed limitations of ‘secretive’ ICMR? Some experts think so

The ICMR has increasingly drawn criticism from India's doctors and scientists, who have questioned its drug recommendations & lack of transparency on data related to variants.
Surgical masks. | Photo: Pixabay

Covid could derail India’s pledge to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025 — ICMR medical journal

According to an editorial in IJMR, the focus and diversion of resources to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic has led to poor TB care.
Dr Balram Bhargava, director general of the ICMR | Photo: ANI

Young children may not need Covid vaccines: ICMR chief tells MPs’ panel amid 3rd wave fear

Dr Balram Bhargava told the panel that ICMR is entitled to 5% royalty on sale price of Covaxin & said it could be possible to break chain of infection if 30% of people get even 1 dose.
Workers unloading boxes of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin in Uttar Pradesh | Representational image | ANI photo

Final verdict on Covaxin efficacy could come soon as Bharat Biotech submits phase 3 trial data

Bharat Biotech submitted phase 3 trial data of Covaxin to the Drug Controller General of India. The data is crucial to ascertaining the efficacy of a vaccine.
An aerial view of the front side of Christian Medical College in Vellore | Photo:

HIV, polio, now Covid — How CMC Vellore has been leading healthcare & research for 121 yrs

First open heart surgery, first detection of HIV in blood sample, first reconstructive surgery for leprosy, first bone marrow transplant — CMC Vellore has long list of firsts in medical health.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Safety is key, health ministry says but doesn’t know Bengaluru lab still studying Nagaland bats

Health ministry says any research in India has to follow due process and take adequate precautions, amid row kicked up by govt probe into govt institute study.
Representational image of bats | Photo | Pexels

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.
A health worker conducts Covid-19 testing at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai, on 1 April 2021 | PTI

ICMR to start national sero surveys to assess spread of Covid

The Health Ministry said that states/UTs should also be encouraged to conduct such surveys so that information from all geographies can be collected.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

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.

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Cybersecurity | Representational image | Commons

Cybersecurity breaches are on the rise. What can we do to become more resilient?

Effective collaboration between private and public sector leaders is key to ensuring a nation is cyber resilient. They must take a proactive stance.

Modi govt defers sale of 2 public sector banks to next financial year due to delays

Finance ministry is yet to finalise modalities to seek approval in Parliament for the sale, which leaves little time for the process to be completed this year.


Indian Navy warships | Representational image | Twitter | @indiannavy

Navy to scrap plans to procure guns from US, considering ‘Make in India’ route now

The Navy’s original plan was to procure the 127 mm guns from the Italian firm Oto Melara, but the deal got stuck due to the VVIP chopper scam.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Mizoram vs Assam is a BJP project to ‘integrate’ northeast gone wrong

Assam-Mizoram violence is an outcome of BJP trying too hard to ‘integrate’ distinct northeastern states. This has unleashed latent regionalism.