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  • TikTok: A Ticking Bomb!

    TikTok has hooked youngsters around the world. What is worrisome is the lack of understanding about the long-term implications of such social media apps with regard to data protection and national security.

    December 24, 2019

    China’s Military Pursuit of Bio-Technology

    War has largely remained confined to the inanimate realms of land, air, space, etc. It is envisioned that it would cross over to the animate realm consisting of the human neuro-psychiatric system. This process would be aided by the cutting-edge developments in Science and Technology. The future battlefield is likely to consist of man-machine interfaces and bio-crossing technologies, especially Biotechnology, are expected to play a major role in it. This paper looks at China's military pursuit of Biotechnology, especially employing the CRISPR-Cas 9 technology, and why the Biotech industry has become a strategic industry for China.

    July-December 2019

    Managing Bio-Disaster: Role of Dentist

    Over the past few decades, global events indicate that the threat of biological attack is not a myth, but a harsh reality. The medical community needs to educate both the public and policy-makers on bioterrorism and create a global consensus to reject its use for longer-term solutions. Dentists can provide their patients and communities with a valuable service by providing quality information on the potential for attacks, what to watch for, and how to respond appropriately if an attack occurs. This review provides a brief summary of biological terrorism with the role of medical fraternity in counteracting such an event, and a relevant note on alternative public health resource like dentistry in time of a crisis.

    July-December 2019

    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

    China's Biological Warfare Programme and the Curious Case of Dr. Xiangguo Qiu

    In July 2019 Dr. Xiangguo Qiu, an outstanding Chinese scientist, her colleague and husband Keding Cheng, and an unknown number of her students from China were removed from Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said that it advised the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) about “possible policy breaches.” Qiu was also a part of the team that developed ZMapp, an experimental treatment for Ebola used during the 2014 outbreak in West Africa.

    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

    Kudankulam: One Incident, Many Facets

    The existing approach to cyber security is heavily tilted towards practising deterrence by denial, essentially by building defences. However, the concept of deterrence needs further tweaking to make it workable in cyberspace.

    December 16, 2019

    Trump’s Own “Star Wars” The 2019 US BMD Review and What It Augurs for India?

    The Trump administration’s BMDR, released in early 2019, can be described as the most proactive BMD plan since the SDI days with fillip given to areas like directed-energy, addressing gaps in boost-phase interception and harnessing the space frontier. Besides analyzing the BMDR threadbare, this Volume uses a hitherto unexplored cache of documents to reconstruct the anatomy of the India-US BMD dialogue so to ascertain why it failed and what the BMDR augurs for India’s BMD future.

    Analysing China’s Digital and Space Belt and Road Initiative

    The recently held second Belt and Road forum in April 2019 based on the theme “Shaping a Brighter Shared Future" gained considerable momentum in the world community. BRI has been an ever evolving concept that has changed considerably since its inception in 2013. It has generated a blend of optimism and consternation around the world.

    The Road to 5G: Technology, Politics And Beyond

    Monograph No. 65

    This monograph examines the key technologies behind 5G, the requirements of infrastructure and spectrum, and the emerging landscape with the rise of Chinese telecommunication equipment manufactures. It delves into China’s rise as a key technology provider in the telecommunications sector, and a prime contributor to standards development.

    2019

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