Developing Universal Vaccines for Present and Future Corona-viruses

North-Western University (USA) developing Universal vaccines New drugs are being developed to fight the current (SARS-CoV-2) and possible future corona-viruses or their variants. In focus is the key non-structural protein (nsp16) present in all coronaviruses, and an identifier that helps the virus hide from the immune system. A part of the protein binds the fragment held in…

Menace of Plastics Waste-Hanging like the Sword of Damocles ?

Plastics, plastics everywhere, you name it, they are  there Plastics are a part of nearly every product in our daily use today. Production increased from about 2.5 million tons in 1950 to 450 million tons by 2015.  In 2017, nearly 7 % of the nine billion tons of plastic produced became waste.  Production is expected to…

Science, Prayer and Sikh Ardas

Sarbat da Bhala (Welfare of All) is a keynote phrase of the Sikh prayer (Ardas) and scriptures. It is believed that the Christian Prayer (Our Father  … )  was taught by Jesus to His disciples. It resembles some elements of Jewish prayers, like praise, petition, and a yearning for God. The Muslims, likewise, praise God…

Dr. Harvinder Singh Sahota – The American Sikh ‘Mender of Hearts’

By Dr. (Professor) Surjit Singh Bhatti , Calgary (Canada) Dr. Harvinder Singh Sahota was born (on April 15), 80 years ago in a suburb of Ferozepur, in Punjab. As a child, he was taken very seriously ill with double pneumonia and was declared as (almost) dead, after all available treatments did not show any hopeful…

Sun, Moon,Clouds, Rain-Valentines of Birds

Birds love to live in lap of Nature. Trees with flowers and fruits are their beloved habitats.  Vast  open skies above and swaying lush green fields below are their play stations. Clouds and drizzles enchant them no end. Warmth of the rays of the rising Sun and the soft, soothing shine of the Moon turn…

Some Rare Coins of the Sikh Kingdoms (1709-1849)

The earliest Sikh coin was issued in 1712 by the first Sikh ruler, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur, (1670-1716), who ruled from 1709 to 1716. He was a valiant Sikh General who captured Wazir Khan, the cruel Governor of Sirhind, the capital of Moghuls in the North India. Wazir Khan had bricked alive the two younger…

Unparraleled Martyrdom of Four Sahibzadas (Sons of Guru Gobind Singh)

Sikh Gurus made ‘Assertion of the Basic Human Right’ to follow one’s Dharma  a Hallowed  Tradition in Sikhism. The 5th Guru Sahib, Guru Arjan Dev (1563 -1606), accepted death penalty at the hands of Emperor Jahangir, but he refused to convert to Islam. His son, the 6th Guru Sahib, Guru Har Gobind (1595 -1644), told…

Guru Teg Bahadur – His Empathy for Humanity and Human Rights

By Dr Surjit Singh Bhatti, Ex – Professor & Head and Dean, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (surjitsinghbhatti@gmail.com/ drssbhati.ca) Guru Teg Bahadur (1621-1675) was the 9th Sikh Guru. His hymns in Sri Guru Granth Sahib (SGGS) focus mostly on the need for human detachment from the worldly allurements, and attachment with God. He purchased the…