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National One Health Mission: India’s Readiness for Upcoming Pandemics 

National One Health Mission: India’s Readiness for Upcoming Pandemics 

With the introduction of the National One Health Mission, India has taken the first step towards building a one-health approach to preventing future pandemics. According to the World Health Organisation, "One Health" is an "integrated, unifying approach to balancing and optimising the health of people, animals, and the environment," a concept that recognises the inextricable link between human, animal, and environmental health. In recent decades, the emergence of different diseases transmissible from animal to human (Zoonotic disease), such as rabies, Nipah virus, and others, has served as an indicator for us to accelerate efforts and implement the One Health framework.
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India and Canada’s Strategic Positions in the Global Chess Game

There is a surreal quality to the whole episode as India-Canada relations hit rock bottom after Canadian Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau linked India to the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a charge that New Delhi termed as “absurd”. This allegation by Trudeau has exposed the fundamental fault line in the bilateral relations between the two nations, resulting in tit for tat diplomatic expulsions, travel advisories being issued by the two, Canada deciding to reduce the number of personnel in its embassy in India and India deciding to suspend issuing of visas to Canadian citizens.
Bridging Divides: Navigating the Canada-India Relationship

Bridging Divides: Navigating the Canada-India Relationship

Canada and India share a long-standing relationship that has been characterised by diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties. However, in recent years, this relationship has faced challenges due to the Khalistan movement, a Sikh separatist movement seeking an independent homeland called Khalistan. This policy analysis aims to analyse  the evolving India-Canada situation in the context of the Khalistan movement, examining the historical background, the current state of affairs, and potential policy recommendations to address the issue.
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The Relevance of an American Protest Song in the Struggle for Democracy in India

The song, Rich men north of Richmond, is no great shakes in terms of musical quality or lyrical appeal, but its lines capture the angst of an ordinary worker. A working man’s protest song in the US released in August swiftly rose to the top of the charts, propelled by partisan politics and the Republicans’ use of the song as a political anthem sung at their rallies and meetings.
Kerala: Under the Insurgency of Nipah virus

Kerala: Under the Insurgency of Nipah virus

The Nipah virus is a zoonotic pathogen from the family Paramyxoviridae, genus Henipavirus. The zoonotic cycle of NiV includes fruit bats also known as flying foxes of the family Pteropodidae (natural hosts) and pigs (intermediate hosts). Infected bats act as a carrier for NiV and it is communicable to both humans as well as animals and various cases also suggest its transmission via nosocominal mode. The majority of the patients infected with the virus show symptoms of central nervous system damage along with acute encephalitis with fever, dizziness, or vomiting and till now no formal treatment has been developed for the same.
Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020: Managing the Bolstering Consumer Rights

Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020: Managing the Bolstering Consumer Rights

With a primary focus on consumer protection, the Consumer Protection (E-Commerce) Rules, 2020 created an extensive structure for managing the environment of online business. It is a crucial step towards regulating the e-commerce industry and aims to protect consumers' rights and interests in the online market. These regulations cover a broad range of clauses, such as those pertaining to data protection, openness, product quality, and dispute settlement. They work to make sure that e-commerce platforms uphold fairness, accountability, and moral standards while giving customers convenient ways to voice complaints. The adoption of these regulations is in keeping with a larger global trend to bolster consumer protection laws in the quickly developing field of Internet commerce. These rules signify a significant shift towards bolstering consumer rights and confidence in online shopping, acknowledging the growing importance of e-commerce in contemporary consumer markets.