Why were prime numbers in the news recently?

Last week, a very big number — over 23 million digits long — became the “largest known prime number”. The number, 277,232,917-1, was discovered using a software called GIMPS, which allows volunteers to search for Mersenne prime numbers (more on that below). Jonathan Pace, a volunteer from Tennessee, made the Read More …

Article 21 of the Constitution of India – Right to Life and Personal Liberty

INTRODUCTION Article 21 reads as: “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to a procedure established by law.” According to Bhagwati, J., Article 21 “embodies a constitutional value of supreme importance in a democratic society.” Iyer, J., has characterized Article 21 as “the procedural magna carta protective Read More …

Agriculture needs a reforms package

Context: With rural economic anxieties acquiring a political voice, the expectation is that the Budget will focus on agriculture. For some time, the country has been in denial over the extent of the mess in the sector. Farm incomes are unattractive: The absurdity of policies features among them The overriding objective of Read More …

Zero Budget Natural Farming

Quick Read: The Andhra Pradesh government’s unique initiative to improve farmers’ livelihood through zero budget natural farming (ZBNF) is the right solution to fight climate change Districts like Anantapur, Prakasam, Kadapa, Kurnool and Chittoor have traditionally been drought-prone There is a plan to cover an estimated 6 million farmers by Read More …