Vasudevan Sridharan

Vasudevan Sridharan

Vasudevan Sridharan is an experienced journalist based in South India who writes on current affairs, geopolitical equations, environment, start-ups, and economy. His works have appeared in several Ind

ian and global publications.

India bans TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps as border row escalates
The Indian government has banned TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps as its border row with China spilled over into arenas including tech, privacy and national security. The unprecedented ban, which came weeks after 20 soldiers died in a border clash in the Himalayas, is likely to affect one in three mobile users in India. India is the biggest market for TikTok, the wildly popular video-sharing app that has been downloaded more than 660 million times since its launch, according to an estimate by app intelligence agency Sensor Tower. TikTok has between 120 and 200 million active users in the country. The move marked another attempt by India to reduce dependence on its neighbor’s products and put
This Covid-19 vaccine is still in trials, but an Indian firm is already producing it
Serum, the Indian drug maker, is putting its faith in a Covid-19 vaccine being developed at the University of Oxford by starting mass production before it has been declared ready for use. It is a calculated risk backed by the deep pockets behind the world’s largest vaccine maker. Chairman Cyrus Poonawalla has a net worth of $10.6 billion and is known as India’s “vaccine king.” His company hopes to produce 40 million doses of the vaccine by September, the same deadline by which Oxford is aiming to complete human trials of the ChAdOX1 vaccine. About 1,100 people in Britain will be injected with the vaccine, as part of a trial funded by the British government that was started after promising re