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Karishma Mehrotra


ICMR symposium: India pvt sector has key role in manufacturing vaccine, says Dr Fauci
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Dr Fauci was speaking at an online symposium organised by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), which was also attended by several other internationally acclaimed epidemiologists and vaccinologists.

Duties require access to data: Home, agencies to House panel
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The representatives cited the "sensitive" nature of their functions and duties, as well as gave the Covid-19 pandemic as a reason why the government needed access to personal data.

PM Modi: Because right decisions taken at right time, India is in stable position
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The labs launched on Monday will conduct testing not just for Covid-19 but also Hepatitis B and C, HIV, dengue and other diseases.

Centre now bans 47 clones of Chinese apps banned earlier
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

India bans Chinese apps: A month since the last ban, sources in the Ministry tells The Indian Express that “the problem is with the operational ethics of certain apps. This is an ongoing process."

Kit import licence of 3 firms cancelled, 15 suspended; order based on ban by USFDA
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

While most licences were for Chinese rapid antibody test kits that never entered the country, at least two others have been sold in the Indian market.

More domestic violence complaints in red zones during lockdown: study
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Examining this data, the researchers found that the average number of monthly domestic violence complaints per red zone district was below 1.5 in March 2020, which went up to almost 2 in May 2020.

Need to acknowledge sovereignty of data: Prasad
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

The minister’s remarks come in the backdrop of the Centre banning 59 apps with Chinese links, citing “emergent nature of threats” and saying that they were engaged in activities “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity”, defence, security and public order.

Plasma therapy effective for moderately ill patients, say most doctors of ICMR trial
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

This is the only pan-India study on the topic, and institutions have submitted their findings to ICMR.

Govt reminds China-linked companies to ensure strict compliance with app ban order
Wed, Jul 22, 2020

In an email to the companies, the Group Coordinator of Cyber Laws and E-Security Rakesh Maheshwari, warned that if any of the listed applications were still available or operating, it would be an offence under the Information Technology Act and could warrant penal provisions.

Govt urges states to add labs to ramp up testing, get more kits
Tue, Jul 21, 2020

In a letter to the states on Monday, Health Secretary Preeti Sudan and ICMR's director-general Dr Balram Bhargava suggested that states should help increase testing capacity by adding more labs, enhancing testing facilities of existing labs, and procuring more kits and machines.

HCQ for health workers: Scientists from two AIIMS argue against methodology, say more scrutiny needed
Mon, Jul 20, 2020

A June 1 ICMR study found a correlation between healthcare workers testing negative for Covid-19 and healthcare workers taking a high HCQ dosage (four or more).

Pegasus Software; WhatsApp case against NSO to proceed: California Court
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

In October 2019, WhatsApp sued NSO for developing a software called Pegasus. The software exploited vulnerabilities in the platform to hack into the mobiles of 1,400 human rights activities, journalists, and lawyers — including 121 Indians, according to WhatsApp.

Ravi Shankar Prasad: 200 new Indian apps created after ban on Chinese apps
Sun, Jul 19, 2020

Ravi Shankar Prasad said various government technologies in architectures — called “stacks” — will be the “powerhouse of data for India.”

Twitter hack: CERT-In issues notice, seeks info on Indians, impact
Sat, Jul 18, 2020

On Wednesday, hackers conducted unprecedented takeovers of some of the platform’s highest-profile accounts, such as US presidential candidate Joe Biden, former US President Barack Obama, and billionaire Elon Musk.

Low testing and high positivity: Bihar is the next big concern
Fri, Jul 17, 2020

Bihar has carried out only 3.3 lakh tests so far – and taking this low base into account, the positivity rate is among the highest in the country.

US reverses order, back to flexible rules for foreign students
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

The turnaround came on the heels of eight lawsuits from top-tier US universities, technology companies and state governments against the order.

House panel on IT discusses Aarogya Setu, ban on apps
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

Only eight of the 29 members of the committee attended the meeting due to travel restrictions related to Covid-19.

‘Entities need to register as ‘data businesses’ on crossing threshold’
Tue, Jul 14, 2020

The aim of this data-sharing regulation is to shift data’s “economic benefits for citizens and communities in India” as well as help the government in policy making and service delivery.

IT ministry panel for sharing non-personal data, wants dedicated authority
Wed, Jul 15, 2020

The committee, formed last September, is chaired by Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan and includes industry, government and academic experts.

Explained: What China security law means for Hong Kong and the global Internet
Sun, Jul 12, 2020

Much of Hong Kong’s future identity and the global Internet hinges on what the technology companies decide to do next in the region.

Transmission rate goes up, first time since March: study
Thu, Jul 09, 2020

India’s Covid-19 reproduction number, or R, which estimates the number of people infected by one already infected person, was on a steady decline from 1.83 for months since March 4.

Harvard, MIT sue US govt depts over new immigration rule for foreign students
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

A little over 46,000 F-visas (which include students’ family members) were issued to Indians in 2019, roughly 11% of the total 3.9 lakh such visas issued that year, records of the US State Department show.

US tells foreign students with online classes to go, universities look at options
Fri, Jul 10, 2020

The ICE directive, issued Monday US time, applies to the F-1 non-immigrant visas for academic work and M-1 non-immigrant visas for vocational coursework.

Sharp spike in demand for home medical devices, reveals data
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

Consumer demand for pulse oximeters increased by 23 times, and demand for infrared thermometres rose by 26 times on Flipkart over the past six months, a spokesperson said.

ICMR dials down on Aug 15 vaccine date: ‘Letter to cut red tape’
Sun, Jul 05, 2020

In a statement issued Saturday, ICMR said: “The aim is to complete these phases at the earliest, so that population-based trials for efficacy could be initiated without delay.”