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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.

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.

All should get free access to science journals, public research data: new draft S&T policy
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

More significantly, the government has proposed to buy bulk subscriptions of all important scientific journals across the world, and provide everyone in India free access to them.

LGBTQ, women: Draft science policy aims for inclusion, equity
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

The proposals, for tackling discrimination and providing equal opportunities in science, are part of a chapter on inclusion and equity in the draft Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.

Govt proposes to buy bulk subscriptions of all scientific journals, provide free access to all
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

The 'One Nation, One Subscription' policy for scientific journals is a radical move that could prove to be a game changer for the scientific community and individual researchers.

Explained: How India’s Covid-19 situation looked on the last day of 2020
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

India is currently reporting around 20,000 new infections every day. This number has been on a steady decline for more than three months now. The peak was reached on September 17 when 97,894 infections were detected in a single day.

India’s coronavirus numbers explained: For 5 days running, daily deaths below 300
Thu, Dec 31, 2020

India coronavirus numbers explained: At its peak, more than 1,000 deaths were being reported every day.

Lessons from a pandemic: What India can look forward to in 2021 from health, science
Tue, Jan 05, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought rare attention to science, particularly aspects related to healthcare, and India’s response has underlined its existing scientific capabilities. In 2021, the country can look forward to improvements in vaccine research, among other scientific achievements

Explained: Why Covid-19 in Antarctica is not an Indian worry yet
Wed, Dec 30, 2020

Antarctica is uninhabited except for those manning the nearly 60 permanent stations established by several countries, including India, for carrying out scientific research.

Covid in Antarctica: No worries for the Indian team right now
Wed, Dec 23, 2020

A new batch of scientists is slated to travel to Antarctica next month, to relieve those who are currently there, as happens every year. The people who are currently manning the Indian stations had travelled in December last year, before the outbreak of the pandemic..

India’s Covid numbers: 1 crore and counting but daily cases falling
Sat, Dec 19, 2020

The epidemic in India now seems to be in steady decline, whereas several countries in Europe and the Americas are passing through their worst phase.

Coronavirus: India’s caseload crosses one crore-mark
Fri, Dec 18, 2020

India is only the second country in the world, after United States, to have more than ten million confirmed infections, but the epidemic here now seems to be in a state of steady, possibly irreversible, decline.

India’s coronavirus numbers explained, Dec 16: New cases below 30,000 for third straight day
Wed, Dec 16, 2020

India's coronavirus cases numbers: Of the nearly 10 million people infected with Covid-19 so far, just about 3.3 lakh are currently sick. The active cases were previously at this level in the first half of July.

Roddam Narasimha (1933-2020): ‘Almost perfect guru, steeped in Indian tradition’
Wed, Dec 16, 2020

Some of his students, outstanding scientists themselves, say Narasimha, one of the doyens of Indian science who passed away in Bengaluru on Monday at the age of 87, was as great a teacher and mentor as an accomplished scientist.

As cases drop, experts say spread may be more than what is known
Mon, Dec 14, 2020

For over a month-and-a-half now, reported cases of the infection have dropped to below 50,000 a day. During this time, there have been festivals, elections, farmers’ protests, and relaxations in restrictions.

Explained: What are the rules for approval of Covid-19 vaccines in India?
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Vaccine: Three vaccine developers have sought emergency use approval while their candidates are still in trials. India’s regulations provide for ‘accelerated approval’ in special situations. What are the rules?

India Coronavirus numbers explained, Dec 7: Kerala re-emerges as top contributor of new cases
Mon, Dec 07, 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19) numbers explained: This has less to do with any big rise in the numbers being reported from the state and more with the fact that Delhi has shown a considerable decline during this period.

Explained: Can surgery be a part of Ayurveda? Why is IMA objecting to it?
Tue, Dec 15, 2020

The government has notified compulsory surgical procedures for PG students of Ayurveda. How does Ayurveda deal with surgery, and why is the Indian Medical Association upset with the notification?

Explained: What is emergency use authorisation firms are seeking for Covid-19 vaccines?
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

Coronavirus vaccines: Pfizer has applied for emergency use authorisation of its vaccine; Moderna and Serum Institute of India too plan to apply to the respective authorities. What is the process, and how is it different from full approval?

New worry as states with fewer cases see Covid spurt, big jump in Rajasthan
Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Accordingly, the Health Ministry has dispatched high-level teams to Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh. A few days ago, similar teams were sent to Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Chhattisgarh as well.

India Covid-19 numbers explained, Nov 20: After 47 days, more new cases than recoveries
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

India coronavirus numbers explained: The result was a minor increase in the number of active cases, which has been falling steadily for almost two months now.

India Covid-19 numbers explained, Nov 18: Kerala seems to have left the worst behind
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

India coronavirus numbers explained: In the last one week, Kerala has reported less than 7,000 cases every day. Though these numbers are still the second highest in the country, after Delhi, a declining trend seems to have been established.

India Covid-19 numbers explained, Nov 17: Delhi cases drop as a result of low testing
Fri, Nov 20, 2020

India coronavirus numbers explained: Even with reduced numbers, Delhi remains the highest contributor of Covid-19 cases in the country. The only exception had been on Sunday, when Kerala had reported higher number of cases.