BIC TALKS
BIC TALKS
Mar 30, 2020
2. Ramping up India's Covid-19 testing
31 min

Dr. Vijay Chandru, Chairman Strand Life Sciences is in conversation with Pavan Srinath. Dr. Chandru talks about the nature of the SARS-COV-2 genome and the race to ramp up testing in India.

Audiogyan
Audiogyan
Audiogyan
Travel Writing with Shivaji Das
Today I have, a Writer, traveller, and photographer; Shivaji Das with us on Audiogyan. He has authored few books like, ‘Off the Beaten Track: Collecting Stories of Unheard Lives,’ ‘Journeys with the caterpillar: Travelling through the islands of Flores and Sumba, Indonesia,’ and most recently, "The other Shangri-la". Shivaji’s writings and work with migrants have been published in journals such as TIME, The Economist, BBC and more... He was born and brought up in the north-eastern province of Assam and now stays in Singapore. Today we are here to discuss about travel writing as a practice or as a profession. Lets find out. Questions * What is different about travel writing? The way we have articles, opinions, factual documentation etc...What sort of sub sections do you have in travel writing? Are there any broad rules for them. For eg: Fiction can not have factual information etc...? * I have heard this phrase called ego travel. What does it mean to you? In one of your articles you mentioned, you know when to be honest about the various fears and phobias you are attempting to overcome. Can you please elaborate on that with any example? * Do you write about people or places? What is your definition of a place / destination? Is it the people or the geographical location or the cultural found within? Tell us more about "The other Shangri-la". Do you have any favorite experiences/destinations that was most gratifying? * The advancement in modes of travel has made it easier to travel to the unreachable places. What have we gained and what have we lost in this transition? * With new media coming, how and where does writing fit in this visual world of Youtube and IGTV? What's next with you? and what would be your 2 cents for those who wish to get into travel writing? Reference * https://www.amazon.in/OTHER-SHANGRI-Journeys-Sino-Tibetan-frontier/dp/8194201861/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1H709Q2BFCNXC&dchild=1&keywords=the+other+shangri-la&qid=1606239689&sprefix=the+other+she%2Caps%2C271&sr=8-1 * https://www.shivajidas.com ( https://www.shivajidas.com/ ) * https://asia.nikkei.com/Life-Arts/Arts/Seeking-magic-in-China-s-other-Shangri-La * https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/3107642/chinas-lost-queendom-beauty-contests-and-love-triangles-endure * https://www.outlookindia.com/outlooktraveller/explore/story/47039/offbeat-cruise-singapore-to-hong-kong * https://theprint.in/pageturner/excerpt/indian-chinese-couple-went-on-a-road-trip-to-chengdu/487420/ * https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/lifestyle/weekend-interview/shivaji-das * https://twitter.com/shivajiauthor?lang=en * https://www.linkedin.com/in/shivaji-das-073611/?originalSubdomain=sg * https://www.amazon.com/Shivaji-Das/e/B00EMT7GYS%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
50 min
NL Hafta
NL Hafta
Newslaundry.com
Hafta 303: Covid vaccines, the state of the Indian media, and the government’s attempts to regulate it
Timecodes 00:00 - Introduction and headlines 11:18 - The current race for vaccines 28:22 - Freedom of speech and state of Indian media 01:04:12 - Subscriber letters 01:20:39 - India not being part of the RCEP 01:27:53 - Chitra and Smita’s recommendations 01:36:52 - Subscriber letters 01:59:21 - Recommendations In this week’s Hafta, Newslaundry’s Abhinandan Sekhri, Raman Kirpal, and Mehraj D Lone are joined by Smita Prakash, editor-in-chief of ANI, and Chitra Subramaniam, journalist and co-founder of the News Minute. The conversation kicks off with the recent developments around Covid vaccines. Chitra says: “I have the sense that China is going to emerge with some kind of a people’s vaccine...If they come up with a vaccine that’s universally affordable and the price point is right, I don’t see why any country will not take it.” On the state of the media today, Smita says, “The media itself has changed. You had 100-150 newspapers and one Doordarshan and All India Radio which were state-owned..." She adds: “There are many sites which are looking at news, not just as ‘we’ll take on the government or policy’. There are many more stories to do...Now, it’s no longer just reporting, it’s content creation.” The discussion moves on to the Indian government’s attempts to regulate the media. Mehraj says, “The government, the judiciary is asking for more regulation, also because self-regulation has pretty much failed in India. The Press Council of India and the News Broadcasting Standards Authority have been reduced to making statements. They are no longer regulators but just bodies who issue statements.” The panel also discusses how Covid has broken class barriers, India’s decision to not join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as an alternative to Trump, and a lot more. Tune in! Recommendations  Smita Greatest Urdu Stories ever told  The Ultimate Goal: A Former R&AW Chief Deconstructs How Nations Construct Narratives Chitra Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup  The Remains of the Day  Raman Trial 4 Lakhimpur Kheri: Case of 3-year-old’s rape and murder gets mired in family dispute ‘Only God can help us’: Lakhimpur Kheri family mourns rape, murder of minor daughter Amid ‘love jihad’ claims, Lakhimpur Kheri victim’s family waits for justice Mehraj The Trump vote is rising among Blacks and Hispanics, despite the conventional wisdom Why we shouldn’t get too excited about a Covid vaccine  Abhinandan Their Lordships and Masters  'Caste' Argues Its Most Violent Manifestation Is In Treatment Of Black Americans See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
2 hr 4 min
The Pragati Podcast
The Pragati Podcast
IVM Podcasts
Ep. 155: The Nobel Pursuit of Science
Professor Gautam Menon talks to host Pavan Srinath about the Nobel Prize, what they mean for scientists, and how they shape science. In episode 155 of The Pragati Podcast, Gautam and Pavan discuss the outsized role that the Nobel Prize plays in being an aspirational goal for young scientists, how they create role models, the work, and the people who win the awards, and the dynamics at play. Gautam I Menon (@MenonBioPhysics) is a Professor of Physics and Biology at Ashoka University. Prior to joining Ashoka, he was a Professor with the Theoretical Physics and Computational Biology groups at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, where he was the founding Dean of the Computational Biology group. He works on biophysical problems and the modeling of infectious diseases. He is an initiating member of the Indian Scientists' Response to COVID-19 (ISRC). Before working on biological problems, he worked in the broad fields of statistical physics and soft condensed matter physics. Visit tiny.cc/pragati155 for detailed episode notes and links to the Nobel winners and research who are discussed in the episode. For all queries and feedback, email us at pragatipod@gmail.com or reach out to host Pavan Srinath at @zeusisdead on Twitter: twitter.com/zeusisdead Follow The Pragati Podcast on Instagram: instagram.com/pragatipod & Twitter: twitter.com/thinkpragati & Facebook: facebook.com/thinkpragati The Pragati Podcast is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).
59 min
Uncle, Please Sit!
Uncle, Please Sit!
IVM Podcasts
Ep. 33: Blame it on Nehru
On this episode of "Uncle, Please Sit!", Joel and Tushar are joined by Dr Aparna Pande, the author of "Making India Great - The Promise Of A Reluctant Global Power" and Director of the Initiative on the Future of India and South Asia at the Hudson Institute. The topic of discussion this week revolves around the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. A global statesman, an astute politician, and one of the founding fathers of India - Nehru has always been a larger-than-life figure in the country and often the topic of a heated debate. There has always been an interest in analyzing his time in office, but over the last few years, there seems to be a concerted effort to blame him for many of the ills that India faces, even today. Is there any truth to these allegations? Is he just an easy scapegoat? Or is Nehru being attacked to undermine secular values that many hold dear? The panel explores these questions along with much more. Click through to check out the episode! You can follow Dr. Aparna Pande on social media: Twitter: @Aparna_Pande (https://twitter.com/Aparna_Pande) Hudson: (https://www.hudson.org/experts/599-aparna-pande) Get in touch with our hosts on their social media: Tushar Abhichandani on Twitter and Instagram: @YawnOkPlease (https://twitter.com/YawnOkPlease) @tushar_abhi (https://www.instagram.com/tushar_abhi/) Joel Pereira on Twitter and Instagram: @pereirajoel (https://twitter.com/pereirajoel) @joelpereira.esq (https://www.instagram.com/joelpereira.esq/) You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app. You can check out our website at http://www.ivmpodcasts.com
1 hr 35 min
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