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  • Ebola Threat: Global Challenge and India’s Preparedness

    Ebola virus has been spreading exponentially. As of October 23, 2014, the total number of confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola infection stood at 10,141 including 4,922 reported deaths.1 With the number of new reported cases continuing to increase rapidly, the situation remains worrisome in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

    July-December 2014

    Saga of Chemical Weapons in Syrian Civil War

    23 July 2012 was an important landmark in the Syrian conflict as on that date the Syrian Government officially acknowledged possessing chemical weapons. However, the spokesperson, Jihad Mikdassi, said that “any chemical or bacterial weapon will never be used – and I repeat will never be used – during the crisis in Syria regardless of the developments.

    July-December 2014

    Recent Incidences of Global Biosafety and Biosecurity Lapses in Laboratories Need Relook at Implementation of National Policies

    The Recent epidemic of Ebola caused panic across the world and all efforts are being made to contain its spread. Recent years have also seen incidences of accidents and security breaches at well guarded and well managed bio-containment facilities in USA (Anthrax, West Nile Virus, and Tuberculosis), UK (Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), USSR (Anthrax), Singapore (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and China (SARS) and many other countries.

    July-December 2014

    Ebolavirus: A Brief Introduction

    21st century scientific advancement in the healthcare sector seems to be helpless in front of a viral disease that is spreading terror in Africa and in the minds of global community. The terror factor is none other than the ‘Ebola Virus Disease’ which was once known as the ‘Ebola haemorrhagic fever’.1 It was discovered in 1976 during two coinciding outbreaks, in Democratic Republic of Congo and in Sudan.

    January-June 2014

    The Fear of Syrian Chemical and Biological Weapons

    The protracted sectarian conflict in Syria has brought focus on its chemical and biological weapons capability. The West contemplated that the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria might use chemical weapons to gain an upper hand on the rebels in case the conventional strength was weakened.

    January-June 2014

    Syrian Chemical Weapons Crisis - The Challenges

    Alleged Use of CW - Joint Investigation

    January-June 2014

    Preparing civil defence against chemical and biological weapon attacks: The imperative role of media

    In the new world of advanced science and technology, the nature of terrorism has assumed its worst manifestation. The 2008 Mumbai attack proved that terrorists aim at creating havoc and panic using unconventional means. Under such circumstances,probability of chemical or biological attack against innocent civilians can not be ignored by defence planners.

    January-June 2014

    Wrong Weapons in Wrong hands: Ensure compliance with readiness

    Chemical weapons can cause large scale death and destruction. To give an example, a pinhead size drop of nerve agent can kill an adult within minutes. In a country like India which has a large density of population, a large scale attack is almost impossible to prepare against. Chemical weapons are ideal for terror seekers because they are cheap and easily accessible. They are also easy to transport.

    January-June 2015

    100 Years On: Strengthening the Norm against Chemical-Weapons Use

    In 22nd April, 1915, during the First World War (WWI), German forces used Chlorine gas for the first time, killing thousands of French troops in the battlefields in Ypres, Belgium.1 This incident introduced the era of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in the history of modern warfare. Since then, chemical agents have become the only WMDs to be used repeatedly in conflict situations.

    January-June 2015

    Recent ‘Chemical Incidents’ in France and Taiwan

    Recent ‘Chemical Incidents’ in France and Taiwan

    While the attack on the chemical warehouse in France and the accident in the Taiwanese park are not cases of chemical terrorism in a classical sense, they can be analysed against the backdrop of a ‘chemical incident’.

    June 30, 2015

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