Union Education Minister recently said that in Lok Sabha, the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) has not launched any project to rewrite Indian history and is only “filling gaps.”
Established as an autonomous organization ICHR comes under the Ministry of Education, Government of India.
It was established in 1972 by an Administrative Order.
ICHR was registered under the Societies Registration Act (Act XXI of 1860) as a literary and charitable society.
The ICHR is based in Delhi, with regional centersinBengaluru (Karnataka), Pune(Maharashtra),and Guwahati (Assam).
The ICHR receives grants-in-aid from the Department of Higher Education, grants-in-aid from various Indian states, private donations, and the proceeds of revenues from the sale of publications of the ICHR.
ICHR disburses funds for carrying out research to Indian as well as foreign scholars on their applications for fellowships, grants, and symposia, made to the ICHR or through the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
To bring historians together and provide a forum for exchange of views between them;
To give a national direction to an objective and scientific writing of history and to have rational presentation and interpretation of history;
To promote, accelerate and coordinate research in history with special emphasis on areas which have not received adequate attention so far;
To promote and coordinated a balanced distribution of research effort over different areas;
To elicit support and recognition for historical research from all concerned and ensure the necessary dissemination and use of results.
The World Health Organization says that Equatorial Guinea has confirmed its first-ever outbreak of Marburg disease, saying the Ebola-related virus is responsible for at least nine deaths in the tiny Western African country.
Marburg virus disease (MVD) is a rare but severe hemorrhagic fever which affects both people and non-human primates. MVD is caused by the Marburg virus, a genetically unique zoonotic (or, animal-borne) RNA virus of the filovirus family. The six species of Ebola virus are the only other known members of the filovirus family.
Marburg virus was first recognized in 1967, when outbreaks of hemorrhagic fever occurred simultaneously in laboratories in Marburg and Frankfurt, Germany and in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia).
The reservoir host of Marburg virus is the African fruit bat, Rousettus aegyptiacus.
Fruit bats infected with Marburg virus do not show obvious signs of illness.
Primates (including people) can become infected with Marburg virus, and may develop serious disease with high mortality.
The average MVD case fatality rate is around 50%.
There is no specific treatment for Marburg virus disease.
Supportive therapy, such as intravenous fluids, electrolyte replacement, supplemental oxygen, as well as blood and blood products replacement, improves survival.