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  • Biological Weapons: Coronavirus, Weapon of Mass Destruction? by U.C. Jha and K. Ratnabali

    War, when all else fails. The reasons for war could be ideological or for greater control over finite resources but war invariably has violence at its epicentre. Ethics and wars have rarely been concentric in human history; therefore, wars have seen the employment of all possible means. Victory, as the ultimate aim, has forced warring sides to look at multiple options and biological weapons are one such method. Biological weapons are as old as war itself and their primitive recorded use was centuries ago.

    January-March 2021

    Tackling the Second Wave: Lessons from a Year of COVID-19

    Through effective contagion mitigation and disease control strategies, India has managed to confine the COVID-19 to a minuscule section of the population, though at great economic cost.

    March 24, 2021

    WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy

    WhatsApp’s updated terms of service and privacy policy raise important questions on data privacy and data security.

    February 19, 2021

    Institutions That Shaped Modern India: ISRO

    • Publisher: Rupa
      2021
    An introduction to ISRO, the organization that took India to space.

    The end of colonial rule was an important milestone worth celebrating, but what lay ahead was a long journey towards the making of modern India. The narrative of ‘modern India’ would be incomplete without the stories of institutions that helped shape India as we know it today.

    This volume, part of a series on Institutions that Shaped Modern India, offers an in-depth introduction to one such institution—the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It tells the story of ISRO from its inception to present times. Capturing its history and its evolution, dotted with several achievements and some setbacks,  and offering deep insights into ISRO’s key projects—past, present and future—the book  is an ode to an institution that has been at the steering wheel of India’s journey into space and has played a seminal role in nation-building.

    • ISBN: 978-93-90356-56-0,
    • Price: ₹. 395/-
    2021

    COVID-19 Vaccine and Cyber Espionage

    Cyber criminals have caused economic losses and operational disruptions to organisations involved in vaccine research and distribution.

    January 28, 2021

    Helping Start-ups Cross the ‘Valley of Death’: The Main Challenge for iDEX

    The iDEX has made a commendable effort at putting a defence start-up ecosystem in place. The challenges ahead include maintaining momentum, obtaining funding, and accessing toolsets and data sets.

    December 11, 2020

    US Elections 2020 and the Cybersecurity Challenges

    It is critical to reduce the risks associated with cyber-enabled elections by ensuring end-to-end verifiability, protection of voter database, managing risks to the election infrastructure and curbing the menace of disinformation.

    December 03, 2020

    Strengthening the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention at the 9th Review Conference: Advancing Effective Action on Biological Security Education, Awareness, and Outreach

    Today, there is an urgent need for reconciling the benefits that are likely to be accrued from the continuous advancement of the life sciences with the potential risks arising from the availability, accessibility, and affordability of the knowledge, tools, and technologies necessary for conducting scientific work. Within the context of the BTWC, biological security education and awareness are considered essential to strengthening the full and effective implementation of the Convention.

    July-December 2020

    Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Weapons (NCBW) in India & Pakistan Equation: Past & Present

    Relations between India and Pakistan have remained hostile, since partition, owing to varied geopolitical reasons. They both compete against each other in conventional and nuclear arms. While the threat of CBW remains low in the region, it cannot be completely ruled out.

    July-December 2020

    Poisoning of Alexei Navalny: The Plot Thickens

    Russia’s high-profile opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s poisoning has led to intense speculation about not only the perpetrator but also its timing and motive. Widely conflicting diagnosis emerging from Russia, where Navalny was first treated, to Germany, where he was airlifted for further medical treatment, have further fanned this speculation. Unsurprisingly, the needle of suspicion has fallen on the Russian government.

    July-December 2020

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