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Anuradha Mascarenhas

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Anuradha Mascarenhas is a senior editor with The Indian Express, Pune. She writes on health, environment, science and related issues.

Crop improvement through research
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

The Agharkar Research Institute has done pioneering varietal development work in wheat and soyabean for peninsular India

WHO to score countries affected by coronavirus: Chief scientist
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

According to WHO, there were 42,708 confirmed cases reported in China and 1,017 people have lost their lives to this virus. Of these, there are 393 cases in 24 countries and one death outside China.

This Valentine’s Day, amateur astronomers to trace a red rose in the sky
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

Rao said their mission as amateur astronomers is to get more people to enjoy the splendour of the evening and night skies

Pune: Planning to expand mandate of NARI, says senior ICMR official
Sun, Feb 09, 2020

"Currently, we are planning to expand the mandate of NARI. This is one organisation that has some experience towards disease elimination. While work on HIV research and related programmes will continue, the learnings from how the disease was controlled and prevented will be applied to other communicable diseases," said Dr Gangakhedkar, a former director of NARI.

At key testing centre in Pune, 604 samples checked so far
Sun, Feb 09, 2020

Video conference with labs to multiple tests for nCoV samples — National Institute of Virology isn’t taking any chances

Coronavirus ourbreak: ICMR gets nod for ‘restricted use’ of two anti-HIV drugs
Thu, Feb 06, 2020

Top Health Ministry officials said these medications are to be used only in “vulnerable” cases, as they are not without side-effects.

10% Indians to develop cancer, 1 in 15 will die of disease: WHO
Tue, Feb 04, 2020

February 4 is World Cancer Day and the WHO has released two global reports on the occasion.

Almost 3 out of 5 people feel concerned about developing cancer in future: Survey
Tue, Feb 04, 2020

To mark the 20th anniversary of the World Cancer Day, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), which is the oldest international cancer-fighting organisation, commissioned a global survey to form an up-to-date picture of people’s experiences, views, and behaviour around cancer.

Coronavirus: Anticipating rise in samples to be tested, says ICMR lead epidemiologist
Sat, Feb 01, 2020

“This is a constantly evolving outbreak, and we are not sure what numbers of (suspected cases) we are looking at. We are anticipating an increase in the number of samples to be tested,” said Dr R R Gangakhedkar, Head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at ICMR in an interview.

Explained: What we know of 2019 Novel coronavirus
Sat, Feb 01, 2020

Coronavirus outbreak: The virus, which has also reached India, has been declared a global health emergency. A look at how much is understood about the outbreak so far, and how much information is still emerging

‘First light’ observations of Sun to revolutionise understanding, say scientists
Fri, Jan 31, 2020

In the image of the Sun from DKIST, scientists said very small magnetic field structures can be seen bundled together within the dark regions between bright convection cells.

Coronavirus outbreak: Hong Kong scientist who isolated SARS in 2003 says Wuhan milder
Thu, Jan 30, 2020

According to reports, at least 132 people have died and almost 6,000 cases of Novel Coronavirus have been confirmed in China. There are more than 80 cases across 19 countries outside China. India is yet to report a case of Novel Coronavirus.

Changed landscape of biotech sector, fiercely committed to India, says Department of Biotechnology secretary Dr Renu Swarup
Wed, Jan 29, 2020

Dr Bhan pioneered the first indigenously developed rotavirus vaccine and the highest tribute to him would be to take forward his legacy, Dr Swarup said, adding that he was a visionary and his death had left a void that will never get filled.

Pune NIV rules out presence of novel coronavirus in all 22 samples, says officials
Wed, Jan 29, 2020

Late on Tuesday night, a 29-year-old employee with a Pune firm, who arrived in Mumbai on January 18 after a week-long stay in China, was kept at the isolation ward at Naidu hospital.

Coronavirus: Hope to shorten time to test samples, says NIV director
Tue, Jan 28, 2020

On Monday, six samples were sent to NIV of which five have tested negative and one sample is still in the process of testing, highly placed officials in the ICMR said.

Coronavirus: Hope to shorten time to test samples, says NIV director
Tue, Jan 28, 2020

When contacted, Dr Priya Abraham, who recently took charge as the new director of ICMR-NIV, told The Indian Express that they hoped to shorten the time taken for testing suspected samples for novel coronavirus from six hours to three hours.

Coronavirus outbreak in China: New Delhi on alert, looks at ‘travel options’ for Indians in virus zone
Mon, Jan 27, 2020

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar, tweeted that the Indian Embassy in Beijing was in “close touch” with Indian citizens “to extend assistance, including on possible travel options out of Hubei Province”.

Four suspected coronavirus cases test negative, screening stepped up
Sat, Jan 25, 2020

As on Friday evening, five people — three in Mumbai, and one each in Hyderabad and Bengaluru — were quarantined after they displayed symptoms of the infection.

Explained: What is Archaea?
Sat, Jan 25, 2020

As archaea are relatively poorly studied, very little is known about how archaea behave in the human body.

Pune ka Shaheen Bagh: Powered by women, protest against CAA reaches Camp
Thu, Jan 23, 2020

“We are inspired by our counterparts at Shaheen Bagh. Sometimes, it is difficult for the women in Camp and surrounding areas to go to Kausar Bagh at Kondhwa. We will sit here 24/7 to register our protest,” said Rameeza Khan, one of the protesters.

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