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  • Impact of Plant Extracts in Neutralizing Threats from Bio-Organisms: Opening New Vistas in Bio Terror and Healthcare

    Bio-organisms are a serious threat to mankind today. With the increasing resistance to antibiotics and few discoveries in new antibiotics, the healthcare risks of individuals and societies have increased manifold. Coupled to this, constant mutations in microbes need a different dimension to counter such bio-organisms. Alongside healthcare problems, deliberate use of bio-organisms as agents of terror is a threat that has no counter today. This paper presents ‘Whiff Bio-Spray,’ a breakthrough solution to neutralize these bio-organisms through the use of active plant extracts.

    July-December 2019

    Chemical Concerns: Raising Suspicion about Myanmar’s Covert CW Capability

    Myanmar has once again faced accusations of having a clandestine chemical weapons capability and non-compliance, despite the country’s efforts to fulfil its obligation under the Chemical Weapons Convention. Even though Myanmar has rejected the latest US allegations, the questions regarding its intact and existing buildings at Tonbo Site and the suspicions about a clandestine chemical weapons factory in Pauk Township will haunt the authorities in Myanmar to come clean before the International community.

    July-December 2019

    Stop Turning a Blind Eye to Tear Gas Misuse

    Riot control agents, are often employed for law enforcement. They also are open to misuse. Despite the ongoing misuse of these chemicals by police and security forces, CWC States Parties have not publicly raised any such cases as matters of concern within the OPCW nor has any OPCW policymaking organ addressed the nature and scope of “law enforcement” under the CWC.

    July-December 2018

    75 Years Later, Are Lessons From the Bari Incident Still Relevant?

    While planning and executing kinetic operations, it is essential to look at various facets of force application including the possibilities of accidents or surprise attacks by the adversary.

    November 08, 2018

    India in Australia Group: What does it mean for India?

    India's membership in Australia Group has been an acknowledgement on the part of the member states about is impeccable record on non-proliferation. India all these years have been very pro - actively working through its national legislation on export controls through which the proliferation of CBW agents can be contained.

    January-June 2018

    Economic Sanctions and Chemical-Biological Weapons

    To secure foreign and security policy ends, several Western states and international organizations have employed economic sanctions. Sanctions have been imposed to attain a range of objectives-including checking the spread of nuclear as well as chemical and biological weapons. Sanctions are often, a multilateral effort, however certain states have operative legal provisions to impose sanctions. This article, reviews some of the significant sanction laws and initiatives launched to check development and use of chemical and biological weapons, explaining the use of sanctions to achieve the same end.

    January-June 2018

    Islamic State's tryst with chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq

    The Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) Jihadist group's indiscriminate use of chemical weapons or agents against civilan and military targets in the last few years violates every international and humanitarian laws. It has not only used the weapons in its violent campaigns, but has attempted to build full-fledged chemical arsenal within its controlled territories which makes it virtually the first non-state actor pursue chemical weapon for military purposes.

    July-December 2017

    Russia & Chemical Weapons Destruction

    The chemical weapons destruction milestone achieved by Russia raises the hope of the international community that it will also play an important role in restraining Syria and also undertake leadership role in the CWC.

    July-December 2017

    ‘Nerve Agents’: Potent Chemical Weapon for War, Terrorism and Assassinations!

    In 2017, there have been two unrelated events where nerve agent have been used. This calls for close examination as the nerve agents are banned but can still be easily manufactured and are potent.

    January-June 2017

    Preparing For The 4th Review Conference Of The Chemical Weapons Convention: Some Observations On Process And Outcomes

    The 4th Review Conference to the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) will be held in 2018. The Member States will, in light of the recent experiences in Iraq and Syria and in accordance with the regime's seven core objectives, continue to clarify the focus and balance of activities going forward.

    January-June 2017

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