All stories by Shakoor Rather
How dengue in India is linked to climate changeRediff.com25 Nov 2023
The transmission of dengue is closely associated with three key factors -- rainfall, humidity and temperature -- that dictate the geographies in which it spreads and the transmission rate of the viral infection caused by the dengue virus (DENV), and transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes.
Scientists hail Chandrayaan-3, say feat will inspire youngstersRediff.com23 Aug 2023
Leading scientists and experts said this monumental accomplishment not only marks India's indelible imprint on lunar exploration but also demonstrates the prowess of human collaboration, determination, and cutting-edge technology.
India, Russia eyeing same window to be first on Moon's south poleRediff.com16 Aug 2023
The race to the uncharted south pole of the Moon is quickening with India's Chandrayaan-3 and Russia's Luna-25 gearing up for lunar landings next week, each mission holding significant implications beyond the thrilling competition in the skies.
Surge in Covid cases indicates endemicity: ExpertsRediff.com7 Apr 2023
'These number surges will be the outcome of emerging virus variants, loss of vaccine- or infection-acquired protective immunity in people, and environmental factors'
As India reports two H3N2 deaths, experts say no need to panicRediff.com10 Mar 2023
As concerns mounted and some people wondered whether this could possibly turn out to be another Covid, pulmonologist Anurag Agrawal said he doesn't expect to see a massive wave.
Chorus of 'NTPC go back' grows louder in sinking JoshimathRediff.com18 Jan 2023
From the numerous small and big shops in the main markets to the residential properties, vehicles, and billboards, posters with the slogan 'NTPC go back' have come up around the town in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district over the past few days.
What India needs to do to avert China-like Covid surgeRediff.com28 Dec 2022
"Provide enough infrastructure and money to carry out surveillance and set up a robust routine surveillance machinery for the country to monitor any and every infectious disease'
Scientists believe Covid nearing its end, but also advise cautionRediff.com23 Sep 2022
The pandemic will be over but Covid will be here to stay, the scientists said as Covid numbers begin to ebb in several parts of the world, including India.
India battling climate change and it is getting worse, warn expertsRediff.com16 May 2022
The experts said that climate change is not only raising temperatures and making India's heatwaves hotter, but also changing weather patterns that further drive dangerous weather extremes.
No one safe until all vaccinated for Covid: Johns Hopkins scientistRediff.com22 Apr 2022
Vaccine inequity remains an issue in India, where less than 2 per cent of the population has received a Covid booster
Delhi's Covid surge no sign of 4th wave, say health expertsRediff.com19 Apr 2022
Though Covid cases are rising in Delhi and its satellite towns, the focus should be on hospital admissions that have remained the same or changed just marginally, say several scientists, underscoring that the uptick is not an indication of a fourth wave in the country at this point.
Mask mandate can be removed for now, say expertsRediff.com8 Apr 2022
The assurance comes as India's Covid graph dips -- on Friday 1,109 new coronavirus infections were reported -- and also one case of a new Covid strain in Mumbai.
2021: How Covid kept the world on tenterhooks, with surprises aplentyRediff.com29 Dec 2021
As the Omicron strain spreads across the globe and questions on vaccine inequity dominate discussions, scientists are still scrambling to learn more about emerging variants of the deadly virus that has claimed millions of lives and crippled economies.
Focus on double vaccination first: Experts amid calls for boosterRediff.com4 Dec 2021
'Scientific data has proven that masks can reduce COVID-91 transmission by 53 per cent...A booster dose of vaccine, even if it works, is just a temporary fix'
Omicron variant stokes concern but vaccine still critical: ExpertsRediff.com29 Nov 2021
The Omicron variant carries 'concerning' mutations that may make it more transmissible and allow it to evade immunity, scientists said on Monday, stressing that the one certainty in the uncertainty of the many things unknown is this -- COVID is not a short-term crisis and vaccines are still a critical tool.
Covid: Big 3rd wave unlikely in India, say expertsRediff.com23 Nov 2021
Is the worst of the Covid crisis behind India? As cases dip three weeks after Diwali, the answer is a possible yes, say several experts, attributing the downslide to a large section of the population already exposed to the virus during the second wave and a stepped up vaccination campaign.
Booster dose of anti-Covid vax not needed at this stage: ExpertsRediff.com18 Sep 2021
As the global debate on booster shots gathers momentum, several scientists in New Delhi said the priority must be to ensure that more people are inoculated with at least their first jab.
Premature to declare Covid third wave: ScientistsRediff.com4 Aug 2021
The rise in fresh Covid cases and the effective reproduction number -- indication of how fast an infection spreads -- in many states is worrying but don't panic. Instead, mask up and get vaccinated, say experts, stressing that it is too early to declare the beginning of a new wave.
India's excess Covid deaths may be between 3.4- 4.9mn: StudyRediff.com21 Jul 2021
India's official COVID-19 tally on Wednesday was 4,18,480 (4.18 lakh), the third highest in the world after the US and Brazil.
Is 2nd Covid wave over? Experts call for cautionRediff.com21 Jun 2021
'We know that there are new variants which are more transmissible. We know that human behaviour determines the spread of this virus. Therefore, it is not very relevant if we declare whether the second wave is over or not'