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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: What is behind the new coronavirus surge in India?
Tue, Mar 02, 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.

Want to combat challenging diseases, deliver solutions: Bharat Biotech’s Krishna Ella
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

In an interview to the Indian Express, Bharat Biotech founder and CMD Dr Krishna Ella says, "we will continue our pursuit of identifying public health problems and work towards developing safe and affordable solutions."

Needle in the haystack
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

When the Indian government looked for a partner to produce an indigenous coronavirus vaccine, Bharat Biotech was the natural contender. From Rotavirus to Hepatitis B vaccines and now Covaxin, The Indian Express on how a small Hyderabad firm, dreaming big and risking large, has emerged as one of India’s biggest biotech success stories

Barring Kerala, all Covid hotspots see daily cases fall
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

Scientists say that in many of the urban centres, like Delhi, Mumbai or Pune, the disease prevalence, or the proportion of population infected by the virus, has already reached a level from where there will be a significant slowdown in further spread

Phase 3 efficacy data is missing, say experts, call for close monitoring
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine: Some independent scientists said that while data from the vaccine’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 trials is very encouraging, they questioned the process of approval when efficacy data from the vaccine’s Phase 3 trials, which began in November, hadn’t come in.

India coronavirus numbers explained: Amid decline in new cases across India, outlier Kerala
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

Once hailed for keeping the spread in check, Kerala now has the highest number of active cases in the country, more than even Maharashtra. As on Saturday, Kerala had 65,452 active cases, more than a fourth of the entire country.