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Amitabh Sinha


Amitabh Sinha is Resident Editor, Pune. He writes on Environment, Climate Change, Water, Science and Technology, Space and Nuclear affairs, and related stuff. He has worked with PTI, Reuters, and BBC before joining The Indian Express in 2007. Amitabh has a PG Diploma in Journalism from IIMC, New Delhi, and a Masters in Public Administration from National University of Singapore.

Explained: Pixxel India’s delayed flight to new space frontier
Mon, Mar 01, 2021

The launch vehicle successfully injected Brazil’s Amazonia-1 satellite and 18 co-passenger sattelites into their intended orbits in a predetermined sequence.

Explained: ISRO’s PSLV-C51 launch and why Pixxel India’s Anand satellite missed the flight
Mon, Mar 01, 2021

Bengaluru-based Pixxel India has planned a vast constellation of earth-imaging satellites that would continuously monitor every part of the globe and beam high-resolution imagery and other data that can be used for a variety of applications related to climate change, agriculture, and urban planning.

India coronavirus numbers explained, Feb 27: Pune overtakes Bengaluru to become second worst-hit city after Delhi
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

India's Coronavirus cases numbers: Pune district now has over 4.06 lakh confirmed cases, while Bengaluru has more than 4.04 lakh. Delhi, with more than 6.38 lakh cases, is, obviously, quite far ahead.

India coronavirus numbers explained, Feb 25: Maharashtra has most active cases, led by Mumbai and Pune
Thu, Feb 25, 2021

India's coronavirus cases, numbers: Maharashtra now has the highest number of active Covid-19 cases in India, thanks to the steep rise in the last one week, and also the fact that Kerala has been slowly, but steadily, slowing down.

Facing objections, Govt scraps order curbing webinars
Thu, Feb 25, 2021

The new order states that rules that existed prior to the pandemic would continue to be applicable to these events.

Explained: What’s behind the new coronavirus surge in India?
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Coronavirus in India: There are many questions and not many good answers. The very different trajectories in different states just shows there is still a lot that we do not know about the nature and behaviour of this virus.

India Covid-19 numbers explained: New spike shows India not near herd immunity
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

India's coronavirus cases, numbers: The consistent decline in numbers since October had slowly resulted in a drop in testing numbers, a trend which will now have to be reversed, at least in states that are showing a resurgence.

Education Ministry order: Govt set to modify webinar checks as scientists object
Mon, Feb 22, 2021

In a letter to Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal and others, Partha Majumder, president of the Indian Academy of Sciences, had said that the order was “too constraining” for the advancement of science in the country.

Govt considering changes to order seeking nod for holding ‘international’ online seminars
Sun, Feb 21, 2021

The academic and scientific community had objected to the order, with two of the largest and oldest science academies writing letters to the government, saying it would lead to “complete halt on all topical scientific discussions”.

Bengaluru-based scientists develop material to tap waste heat generated by appliances and reuse it
Sat, Feb 20, 2021

The heat from the laptop, for example, can be used to charge a mobile phone. Or, that from the phone can be used to charge a small watch.

Two top academies to Govt: new webinar rules could halt all scientific discussion
Sat, Feb 20, 2021

A recent order, issued on January 15 asks all government entities, including publicly funded educational institutions and universities, to “seek approval” of the respective “administrative Secretary” for organizing any “online/virtual international conferences/seminars/training etc”.

India Covid-19 numbers explained: Kerala, the intriguing outlier in country’s flattening coronavirus curve
Mon, Feb 22, 2021

India's coronavirus cases numbers: Kerala has detected close to 30,000 infections for every million people. Only Delhi, Goa and Ladakh have higher numbers.

Uttarakhand disaster: An early warning system for glaciers is needed
Sun, Feb 14, 2021

A relatively low-hanging fruit, but a very effective one, is to set up early warning systems that alert the downstream populations about an impending disaster. This has to be coupled with plans to quickly evacuate local communities to safer regions.

MapmyIndia ties up with ISRO to build an alternative to Google Maps
Sat, Feb 13, 2021

ISRO has partnered with MapmyIndia to develop mapping portals, apps and geospatial software.

Focus on glaciers: Proposed national centre on glaciology was shelved
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

A National Centre for Himalayan Glaciology was proposed to be created as part of the Sustainable Himalayan Ecosystem mission, one of the eight missions that had been launched in 2008 to lead India's response to climate change.

Testing gaps in Bihar: Factors in fudge — a target, a profit motive and some reason to worry
Wed, Feb 17, 2021

“Given the low case count anyway, few want to be tested and our staff come back empty-handed,” said a Jamui official involved with testing in the district. “But there is a pressure to meet the target.”

Findings of initial probe: ‘Rock break-off, blockade led to flood, not glacial lake burst’
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

A five-member team from the Dehradun-based Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology made aerial surveys of the location on Tuesday and Wednesday, and had has collected samples of water, snow and debris from the area to make further investigations.

Uttarakhand flash floods: Team of scientific experts conducts aerial survey
Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Meanwhile, Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Centre, a unit of ISRO, released photographs of the area taken by India’s ResourceSat and Cartosat-3 satellites before and after the incident

Explained: Glacial lakes — risks, solutions
Mon, Feb 15, 2021

The flash floods in Uttarakhand underline the risk. One of India’s leading glaciologists discusses ways to assess and minimise this. Excerpts from an interview with D P Dobhal, a glaciologist, formerly associated with the Dehradun-based Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology.

Number of glacial lakes rising, as is threat of similar incidents
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

A 2005 inventory of glaciers and glacial lakes in the Himalayan region, documented by the Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) had identified 127 glacial lakes in Uttarakhand using satellite images.

Uttarakhand disaster may not be glacial lake outburst, images show snow fell off mountain
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

Uttarakhand flash floods: Satellite images circulated among scientists tracking the incident show that a large chunk of fresh snow from a mountain near Raini village in Chamoli district had dropped off Sunday, possibly becoming the reason for the flash flood.

Glacial lake burst or avalanche… what caused the Uttarakhand disaster?
Mon, Feb 15, 2021

The breach can be caused by several reasons — in this particular case, for instance, an avalanche was reported in the region two days ago.

What began with a student from Wuhan: glimmer at end of one-year Covid tunnel
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

A year later, as the epidemic continues to rage in several American and European countries, India seems to be on an irreversible path towards exit.

A year with Covid-19: peak behind India
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

Covid-19 in India: The decline in numbers looks terminal, but the end may be still some distance away, and it is not yet clear how long immunity will last. Tracing India’s journey to the peaks in case counts and deaths, followed by the decline.

Covid curve doesn’t bend in Kerala but why state isn’t overly worried yet
Mon, Jan 11, 2021

But while Kerala is the worst hotspot of the epidemic in the country now, what is remarkable is that the rise in cases has not resulted in a similar increase in the number of deaths. In fact, Kerala has one of the lowest death counts among the major states.