All stories by Uzmi Athar
How 33% reservation empowered women at panchayat levelRediff.com24 Sep 2023
In the three decades since reservation of seats for women in panchayati raj institutions was introduced, the country saw women dismantling gender barriers to take the lead in the political field at the grassroots level and excel in it.
Govt to bring back 150 Indian artefacts from US in next 6 monthsRediff.com9 Jul 2023
Mohan said bilaterally also, India is working with countries like the United States.
Every Covid patient infecting 2 others as Delhi's R-value up to 2.1: IITRediff.com23 Apr 2022
Delhi's R-value, which indicates the spread of COVID-19, was recorded at 2.1 this week, implying that every infected person is infecting two others in the national capital, according to an analysis by IIT-Madras.
Breathlessness, eye problem, dementia among most common long Covid symptomsRediff.com16 Apr 2022
Breathlessness, eye problems, muscle weakness, dementia, weight loss, concentration issues and disturbed sleep cycle have been commonly observed among people months after recovery from coronavirus infection, healthcare specialists said.
When will Covid end? Here's what experts sayRediff.com15 Feb 2022
'Unless we see four weeks of low and stable numbers with only minor fluctuations, we cannot call the valley as endemic just as yet'
Omicron, Delta 2 pandemics going on parallelly: VirologistRediff.com16 Jan 2022
Omicron is a 'deviant' from the COVID-19 pandemic progression script and so it must be postulated that two pandemics are going on side by side, one by the Delta and close relatives and the other by the latest variant of concern, said noted virologist Dr T Jacob John.
Does India need booster shots to fight Omicron?Rediff.com12 Dec 2021
'Better to prevent than to wait for evidence. Protection delayed can also mean protection denied'
Booster vaccines best defence against Omicron, create them: VirologistRediff.com1 Dec 2021
Booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines are the easiest barrier that must be created immediately against Omicron, according to eminent virologist Dr T Jacob John, who noted that it may not seed the third wave of the pandemic, but breakthrough infections may be common due to the new variant.
Most Indians may be safe against Omicron, no need for panic: Dr JameelRediff.com30 Nov 2021
A 'very large' number of Indians are likely to remain protected from Omicron or any other variant of COVID-19 and there is no need to panic, eminent virologist Dr Shahid Jameel has said.
Coronavirus spread likely to continue for a very long time: WHORediff.com28 Sep 2021
Stressing that the Covid virus may continue to transmit for a "very long time", senior WHO official Poonam Khetrapal Singh says the level of immunity in a community, through vaccination and previous infection, will determine whether it will become endemic in the long run.
Covid may head towards endemicity in India: Dr Gagandeep KangRediff.com20 Sep 2021
The endemic stage is when a population learns to live with a virus. It is very different from the epidemic stage when the virus overwhelms a population.
Delta plus has more affinity for lung tissues: NTAGI chiefRediff.com27 Jun 2021
The Delta plus variant of COVID-19 has greater affinity to lung tissues as compared to other strains but it does not mean that it will cause severe disease or is more transmissible, head of coronavirus working group National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) Dr N K Arora said.
'No data to show Covid will affect kids in next wave'Rediff.com25 May 2021
Arora, who is Director of INCLEN Trust, said it is not possible to predict any third wave at this time.
Women can get Covid vaccine anytime after delivery: ExpertsRediff.com23 May 2021
"Pregnancy doesn't increase the risk of acquiring SARS-COV-2 infection but appears to worsen the clinical course as compared to non-pregnant women'
Covid and crematorium: Slum dwellers grapple with smoke, stench and fear of diseaseRediff.com25 Apr 2021
For the residents of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Camp, living next to a crematorium is as much a struggle as keeping COVID-19 at bay.
Covid variants, laxity behind India's 2nd wave: ExpertsRediff.com7 Apr 2021
Slack in following COVID appropriate behaviour, a susceptible population and spread of variants could be among the main reasons for the second wave of coronavirus
No proof Covid 2nd wave due to variants: VirologistRediff.com26 Mar 2021
There is so far no evidence that the second wave of COVID-19 in the country is due to variants of the virus, but it is possible, said noted virologist Shahid Jameel.
There may not be a second Covid peak in India: ExpertsRediff.com19 Dec 2020
The comments come as the country's COVID-19 caseload surpassed the one crore mark, though the number of daily cases and daily fatalities have been continuously coming down.
'28% child care homes not registered with state govts'Rediff.com17 Nov 2020
The social audit of all childcare homes across the country was ordered in 2018 when cases of sexual exploitation of girls were reported from childcare institutions in Deoria in Uttar Pradesh and Muzaffarpur in Bihar.
Lockdown will no longer help in COVID-19 fight: VirologistRediff.com23 May 2020
Shahid Jameel, recipient of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, also said that the country had already reached community transmission a long time ago.