India unveils Pratyush, its fastest supercomputer yet

Context: India’s supercomputing prowess moved up several notches Monday after it unveiled Pratyush, an array of computers that can deliver a peak power of 6.8 petaflops. One petaflop is a million billion floating point operations per second and is a reflection of the computing capacity of a system. About Pratyush: According Read More …

Unclear abortion law on mother’s mental health has High Court in a fix

Context:  A woman’s plea in the Bombay High Court seeking to terminate her 28-week-old pregnancy because the foetus has grave medical abnormalities has the court in a quandary: in the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, section 5 allows medical termination of pregnancy after the permissible 20-week period if the pregnancy Read More …

The age of crypto-economics

Context: The Finance Ministry recently issued a statement warning against investing in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies (CCs). Likening CCs to ‘Ponzi schemes’, it linked them to terror-funding, smuggling, drug-trafficking, and money-laundering. The stern advisory came after three other warnings issued by the Reserve Bank of India. Why the distrust? Two Read More …

Dark clouds across Asia

Context: More disorder, coming with increasing signs of a breakdown in inter and intra-state relations, is perhaps on the horizon. The Asian region is nowhere near achieving the kind of equilibrium that the Concert of Europe brought to 19th century Europe. Region’s Intense Competition: The region is today an area Read More …