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The Genomic Route To Targeted Cures

The Genomic Route To Targeted Cures

Feb 19, 2020

Enabling a sharper understanding of Asian populations, the GenomeAsia 100K project may well shake up our medicine cabinet

No Threat To State’s Right To Know You

No Threat To State’s Right To Know You

Dec 18, 2019

Proposed data ­protection law won’t protect personal data from the government

RTI Reveals Transport Ministry Accrued Rs 73 Crore By Selling Vehicle Registration Data

RTI Reveals Transport Ministry Accrued Rs 73 Crore By Selling Vehicle Registration Data

Dec 13, 2019

Out of the 168 companies that have access to such data, 61 companies are Non-Banking Finance Companies and 43 organisations are Banks.

Results Of Largest Genomic Study Of Asians To Have Impact On Our Understanding Of Population Formations

Results Of Largest Genomic Study Of Asians To Have Impact On Our Understanding Of Population Formations

Dec 04, 2019

The article also throws up interesting facets about how the urban population of Chennai has largely remained isolated and how the Indo-European language speakers from Pakistan have the least in common with Denisovans, an earlier ancestor.

A Plastic Chokehold

A Plastic Chokehold

Nov 28, 2019

About two months after the buzz about a natio­nal ban on single-use plastics made headlines, the government has come up with the semb­lance of a definition for ‘single-­use plastic’ and a time-frame for phasing it out.

'Intercepting Calls, Monitoring Applications...': How Israeli Spyware Pegasus Snoops On Phones

'Intercepting Calls, Monitoring Applications...': How Israeli Spyware Pegasus Snoops On Phones

Oct 31, 2019

The names of those spied upon are still coming out, and a look at the user manual of the so-called spyware reveals that it's a carefully crafted spying tool which they had been warned about.

NPCIL Confirms Malware Attack On Kudankulam Nuclear Facility A Day After Denial

NPCIL Confirms Malware Attack On Kudankulam Nuclear Facility A Day After Denial

Oct 30, 2019

The nuclear power authorities had earlier denied reports of a 'cyber attack' on the nuclear power plant.

‘Highly Critical Targets Were Definitely Hit’: Cyber Intelligence Analyst Who Flagged Kudankulam Attack

‘Highly Critical Targets Were Definitely Hit’: Cyber Intelligence Analyst Who Flagged Kudankulam Attack

Oct 30, 2019

The officials at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project refuted the reports of a 'cyberattack' on the power plant.

'Tech Designers Fail To Understand The Human Effects Sometimes’

'Tech Designers Fail To Understand The Human Effects Sometimes’

Sep 12, 2019

Dr Matthew Beard, philosopher from The Ethics Centre in Sydney and author of Ethical Design: Principles of Good Technology, speaks about the rights and wrongs of deepfake

The Dark Art Of Deepfake: How This Height Of Manipulation Can Even Make Mona Lisa Frown

The Dark Art Of Deepfake: How This Height Of Manipulation Can Even Make Mona Lisa Frown

Sep 12, 2019

The science of making morphed videos using artificial intelligence is the latest rage on social media. Porn and politics are seeing Deepfake's immediate impact for obvious reasons

We Are All Migrants, We Are All Mixed: Tony Joseph, Author Of ‘Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors...'

We Are All Migrants, We Are All Mixed: Tony Joseph, Author Of ‘Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors...'

Sep 12, 2019

Tony Joseph, the author of 'Early Indians: The Story of Our Ancestors and Where We Came From,' tells Siddhartha Mishra about the implications of the study, the provenance of our ancestors and what press reports got wrong about the research.

The Press Conference On Rakhigarhi Findings Throws Up More Questions Than Answers

The Press Conference On Rakhigarhi Findings Throws Up More Questions Than Answers

Sep 06, 2019

The scientists put forth an ‘Out of India’ migration theory while also attempting to disprove the ‘Aryan’ or Steppe migration theory saying that India has always been an indigenous population

Indus Valley Civilisation People Gave Rise To Modern-Day South Asians: Report

Indus Valley Civilisation People Gave Rise To Modern-Day South Asians: Report

Sep 06, 2019

Two research papers published in the journals Science and Cell confirm a Steppe or 'Aryan' migration that makes up the current South Asian population but also throws up questions about farming and the population of the people prior to the Indus Valley Civilisation.

Why India And Pakistan Are United In Their War Against A 'Flying' Terrorist

Why India And Pakistan Are United In Their War Against A 'Flying' Terrorist

Aug 21, 2019

Considered as the most dangerous migratory pest in the world, locusts are chewing up hectares of cotton crop in Pakistan and threatening large parts of Rajasthan and northwest India

Internet Shutdown Between 2012-17 Cost Indian Economy $3.04 Bn, Shows Research

Internet Shutdown Between 2012-17 Cost Indian Economy $3.04 Bn, Shows Research

Aug 10, 2019

Internet shutdowns in India happen on a local level, with states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Jammu Kashmir accounting for about 75% of all shutdowns between 2012 and 2017.

Abrogation Of Article 370 In Jammu & Kashmir: Five Big Questions Confronting The Narendra Modi Government

Abrogation Of Article 370 In Jammu & Kashmir: Five Big Questions Confronting The Narendra Modi Government

Aug 08, 2019

Soli Sorabjee, Subhash Kashyap,Faizan Mustafa,Colin Gonsalves and Shadan Farasat tell Outlook whether the government’s decision to scrap Article 370 would stand judicial scrutiny.

Privacy Breach? Transport Ministry Selling Driving License, Vehicle Registration Data To Commercial Firms

Privacy Breach? Transport Ministry Selling Driving License, Vehicle Registration Data To Commercial Firms

Jul 15, 2019

The government got Rs 65 crore by selling data of approximately 25 crore vehicle registrations and 15 crore driving licences. However, is selling this data legal? Is the data actually ‘public’? Isn't it intrusion on privacy?

Old-Age Homes: Are They A Place To Live Or Die?

Old-Age Homes: Are They A Place To Live Or Die?

Jul 10, 2019

Acute lack of geriatric care in India and lack of a voice for senior citizens is making life impossible for the elderly community. Old-age homes are no more a solution

28 Journalists Killed In India Since 2008: Is This The Index Of Press Freedom In One Of World's Largest Democracy?

28 Journalists Killed In India Since 2008: Is This The Index Of Press Freedom In One Of World's Largest Democracy?

Jun 19, 2019

In April 2019, India was ranked 140 out of 180 countries in the press freedom index released by Reporters without Borders. Increasingly, scribes are feeling the heat from overzealous administrations

The Government Doesn’t Consider Genetic Disorders Important: I.C. Verma

The Government Doesn’t Consider Genetic Disorders Important: I.C. Verma

Jun 13, 2019

Dr I.C. Verma speaks to Outlook on what lawmakers need to address to tackle genetic diseases.

A Promissory Draft

A Promissory Draft

Jun 12, 2019

A glance at the NEP report, that promises radical changes

Middle Man, Leader And Party: Startling Details On Expenses In Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Middle Man, Leader And Party: Startling Details On Expenses In Lok Sabha Elections 2019

Jun 04, 2019

According to a report by CMS, political parties, candidates and the EC spent between Rs 55,000 and Rs 60,000 crore during the polls, taking the average expenditure per constituency to over Rs 100 crore.

Like It Or Not, Big-Spending Political Parties Find New Playing Field In Facebook

Like It Or Not, Big-Spending Political Parties Find New Playing Field In Facebook

May 15, 2019

If social media is a rage, how can political parties be far behind? And when it's election time, propaganda rules the roost. Facebook ran all the way to the bank through paid advertisements from BJP and Congress

Winner Is Coming: The Game Of Numbers

Winner Is Coming: The Game Of Numbers

May 09, 2019

A look at the constituencies which registered highest and lowest voter turnouts, breaking past records.

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