NEW DELHI: Preparations for impending assembly polls in four states – West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala — and Union territory of Puducherry seem to have entered an advanced stage with the Election Commission holding discussions with the Union home secretary on Tuesday on the quantum of Central para-militaryContinue Reading

Ranvir Singh Krishnia on Monday took charge as the Director-General of Police (DGP) of the Union Territory. He was given a ceremonial guard of honour at the Police Headquarters here. Mr. Krishnia belongs to 1989 batch of the Indian Police Service (IPS) in the AGMUT cadre. He had served inContinue Reading

Himachal Pradesh on Sunday reported 4,000-odd migratory bird deaths due to suspected avian flu while Maharashtra ordered selective culling of poultry, based on growing evidence that the virus may be spreading faster than initially feared through domestic birds as well as wintering species. Several states that host migratory birds deployedContinue Reading

Virologist Shahid Jameel says there is no experimental evidence so far that Covaxin will neutralize newly emerging mutants any better Shahid Jameel, Virologist, and Director, Trivedi School of Biosciences, Ashoka University said different concerns existed regarding both approved vaccines in India adding that it was premature to assume they wouldContinue Reading

KOLKATA: Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar asserted on Friday that India is the only country to keep its commitments on climate action, despite accounting for only six to seven per cent of total carbon emissions in the world. Speaking at a webinar organised by merchants’ chamber of commerce and industry,Continue Reading

When the first humans started moving out of Africa some 350,000 years ago, they looked for dry areas — the savannah grasslands, the deserts of southwest Asia. Because tropical regions, while bountiful with food and water, were also home to malaria-carrying mosquitoes. So, why prehistoric humans entered India — whereContinue Reading

Dr Gagandeep Kang, the vice-chair of the board of Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a global partnership seeking to proactively develop vaccines for epidemics, and professor at the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, talks about concerns around the approval process of the two vaccines by DCGI during an interactionContinue Reading

States and Union Territories across the country are conducting a dry run of the coronavirus vaccination process today. It is being held in 116 districts across 259 sites, the Health Ministry said on Saturday. The dry run will exercise end to end testing of COVID-19 vaccination process and will includeContinue Reading