All stories by Uzmi Athar
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.
Govt gets 92,000 calls on abuse during lockdownRediff.com8 Apr 2020
"Confinement is fostering the tension and strain created by security, health, and money worries. And it is increasing isolation for women with violent partners, separating them from the people and resources that can best help them. It's a perfect storm for controlling, violent behaviour behind closed doors," UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said in a statement calling the violence against women and girls 'a shadow pandemic'.
Lockdown: 90 cities in India record minimal air pollutionRediff.com29 Mar 2020
Welcoming the reduction in pollution, environmentalists urged the government to treat it as a "wake-up call" and stop its "obsession" with "development" at the cost of the environment.
'Getting food is a major concern than coronavirus'Rediff.com27 Mar 2020
'All the hotels and restaurants from where I used to eat have been shut. I used to beg but now there is no one to give me alms too'
7 years on, Nirbhaya fund remains underutilisedRediff.com20 Mar 2020
The Centre has put the blame on state governments while state governments complain that money is not released for the proposals given by them to the Empowered Committee that has been tasked with recommending proposals to be funded under this framework.
Gambhir's celebrity status will go against him: AtishiRediff.com7 May 2019
The Aam Aadmi Party's Party's East Delhi candidate Atishi talks on her competition against the Bharatiya Janata Party candidate, the former cricketer -- Gautam Gambhir, and her agenda for the polls.
Will UP's 'Tala Nagri' lock Modi's fate?Rediff.com16 Apr 2019
'We will be voting keeping in mind the brunt we bore because of demonetisation and high GST rate'
'By ensuring women's safety, NDA has set very high benchmark for next govt'Rediff.com8 Mar 2019
Right from the first week, Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said, the BJP-led government showed "zero tolerance" towards brutalities against women. "I am confident that a time of gender equality would come. We ensured women gets the basic necessities of toilets, electricity and gas cylinders to make their lives easy."
How those who can't afford masks are dealing with Delhi's toxic airRediff.com2 Dec 2018
Rickshaw pullers and construction workers are the worst hit.
Activists voice concern over report ranking India most dangerous country for womenRediff.com1 Jul 2018
"The issue is not whether India is first or third or fourth, the issue is that this perception should be taken seriously to set our house in order".