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When Worlds Collide #104: Dengue Control sans Chemicals?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 25 April 2014 Last week, discussing dengue fever as a silent disaster, I wrote: “For now, there is no specific antiviral drug or effective vaccine against dengue. … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #103: Combating Dengue, a ‘Silent Disaster’

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today broadsheet newspaper on 18 April 2014 The theme for World Health Day, observed on April 7, was vector-borne diseases – a major public health challenge in the tropics. It was … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #81: Who Added Conspiracy to Our Milk?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 1 September 2013 After nearly a month of confusion and panic, the government now says it “probably overreacted” in its response to stories of contamination in milk … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #78: Homicide by Pesticides: Can we escape?

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 11 August 2013 Everybody lives downstream of somebody else! That was the core message in a column I wrote a year ago (26 August 2012) … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #58: Making Our Roads Safer – Every Life Counts!

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 17 March 2013 See also: When Worlds Collide #53: Saving Lives on India’s ‘Mean Streets’ “You lay crushed Under twisted metal. I held you, stunned until … Continue reading

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When Worlds Collide #53: Saving Lives on India’s ‘Mean Streets’

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday newspaper on 10 February 2013 Sometimes it takes a personal tragedy to open our eyes to monstrous realities. A few years ago, 17-year-old Shivam Bajpai was struck down … Continue reading

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