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Harvard-rejected Indian, old physiologist & Black surgeon made US’ ‘most versatile antibiotic’

In Pharma, Gerald Posner writes about how an unlikely trio working for a small US company called Lederle discovered Aureomycin, a broad-spectrum antibiotic in 1948.
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Date for JEE Mains and NEET expected to be announced on 5 May

HRD Minster Ramesh Pokhriyal is expected to announce the dates of the JEE and NEET exam during a scheduled live interaction with students.
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A new problem for coronavirus pandemic will be rise of superbugs in hospitals

Emerging data suggests that more than 90% of Covid-19 patients are also receiving antibacterial treatment. It increases threat of drug-resistance bacteria.

Why a total lockdown of India after 14 April will be counter-productive

Modi’s 3-week lockdown has worked. An overdose of it can hurt more than help. It should be systematically loosened or de-escalated.
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The search for new drugs for coronavirus faces long odds

The history of developing treatments and vaccines for two deadly coronaviruses — Ebola & Zika — isn't encouraging and there’s no guarantee COVID-19 will be different.
Students from Tianjin medical university with India's ambassador to China

Why Indian students will want to study medicine in China despite coronavirus

According to the Ministry of Human Resource Development data, 23,000 Indian students are studying in China and of this, 21,000 are pursuing medicine — as of 2019.
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Coronavirus spread not just an epidemic, pseudoscience has made it a ‘misinfo-demic’ too

Although research for a cure is going on at breakneck speed globally, the Modi government is choosing to focus on ayurveda and homoeopathy to prevent coronavirus infection.
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Cheers to health! This was a decade of drug breakthroughs – from Cancer to Hepatitis C

Multiple new categories of medicines have moved from dreams & lab benches into the market and people’s lives. Now they need to become affordable.
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Angry chemists threaten to boycott Cipla products if it ventures into e-pharmacy business

Over 8.5 lakh chemists say they will ‘sideline’ and ‘stop promoting’ Cipla if reports of its tie-up with online pharmacy Medlife turn out to be true.
A pharmacy in Jammu

Online pharmacies to become legal soon, buyers will just need image of prescription

The move, expected by month-end, will allow consumers to buy medicines by uploading images of prescriptions issued by registered medical practitioners.

On Camera

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Nepotistic privilege should be a matter of social shame. It holds India back

Woke young millennials should start looking down upon friends who take the easy route of following up on their parents’ careers.
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India added 7 crore jobs in June — mostly daily wagers, farmers and small businesses

About 12 crore jobs were lost due to the lockdown in April, but things are gradually improving. However, only 39 lakh new salaried jobs have been created.

Defence

State Councillor and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at the 22nd meeting of Special Representatives (SR) for India-China Boundary Question, in New Delhi last December | ANI file

Ajit Doval talks to Chinese foreign minister, both agree on ‘earliest complete disengagement’

MEA statement says both sides have re-affirmed they should strictly respect & observe the LAC, and not take any unilateral action to alter the status quo.
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It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.