World AIDS Day: Is India winning the fight against new HIV infections?

In India, around 23.49 lakh people were living with HIV in 2019, official estimates released this year show. “The HIV epidemic has an overall decreasing trend in (the) countrym with estimated annual new HIV infections declining by 37 percent between 2010 and 2019,” the government said in a reply to a question in Parliament in […]

Soaring female suicide rate amid COVID crisis in Japan could be a warning to the world

Suicide killing more people in Japan than COVIDAs before the pandemic, suicide continues to exact the highest toll on Japanese men, who are less likely to seek help. Males accounted for about two-thirds of the 2,158 self-inflicted deaths recorded here in October, according to Health Ministry statistics released last week. But while male suicides were […]

Bill Gates, the virus and the quest to vaccinate the world

There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA […]

8 Books You Need to Read This August

Panic in a Suitcase by Yelena Akhtiorskaya (Riverhead; July 31)can go home again. Or possibly never even leave. And forgive the unoriginal reference, but her vibrant blend of wordplay, wistfulness, and poignantly comic characters immediately conjures Nabokov’s academic farce, Pnin.

In charts: International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook

In a few major economies, including India, growth in 2019 is sharply lower than in 2018, but is expected to recover in 2020. About India, the report said, “…Growth softened in 2019 as corporate and environmental regulatory uncertainty, together with concerns about the health of the nonbank financial sector, weighed on demand.”

India vs Australia: Mohammed Shami on cusp of breaking Ajit Agarkar’s 18-year-old record

While the entire attention has been on the poor form of premier paceman Jasprit Bumrah, the performance of the dependable Mohammed Shami has also not been up to the mark. Shami was the best Indian bowler on show in the first match as he picked up 3 wickets and had an economy of under 6 […]

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli 23 runs away from breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s massive record

But the visitors will have a chance to pick up a consolation win and avoid the clean sweep in the 3rd ODI in Canberra. In the match, Kohli will have a chance to surpass India legend Sachin Tendulkar to become the fastest player to reach 12,000 run-mark in the ODIs.

World AIDS Day: New HIV infections, death not reducing in Africa — WHO

Says 1m people infected, 440,000 died in 2019 By Chioma Obinna With 1 million people infected and 440,000 lives lost to AIDS in the African region in 2019, the World Health Organization, WHO has raised the alarm that new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths were not reducing fast enough to meet the Sustainable Development Goal […]

Dramatic moment Bengal tiger battles a 300lb bear dubbed ‘the deadliest in the world’ – but who do you think won?

“The tiger was able to sink his teeth into the bear and we thought the bear would die but the tiger soon became exhausted and let go. The bleeding sloth bear charged at the tiger and bit him on the leg.”

Brazil president Bolsonaro says he will REFUSE Covid vaccine despite suffering 170,000 deaths – 2nd highest in world

“We have formally asked the regulator to assess the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, to understand the data and determine whether it meets rigorous safety standards,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.