What is Virtual ID, and how is it different from Aadhaar?

Context: After years of criticism about the weakness of Aadhaar systems and the dangers they pose to privacy, the Unique Identification Authority of India introduced a new process that it hopes will be more secure. The “Virtual ID” is supposed to replace your 12-digit biometric-based Aadhaar number, allowing you to use it Read More …

International Conference on State and Social Order in Dharma-Dhamma Traditions

Context: “International Conference on State and Social Order in Dharma-Dhamma Traditions” being organised by Nalanda University in partnership with the Vietnam Buddhist University, India Foundation, and the Ministry of External Affairs, government of India.  Facts for Prelims/Mains: This is the fourth International Dharma-Dhamma Conference but the first to be hosted by Nalanda University and in Read More …

New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill of 2018

Context: In its statement of objects and reasons for the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill of 2018, which was introduced earlier this month in the Lok Sabha, the government highlighted that rapidly changing economic activities demand expeditious settlement of disputes. The government also stressed the need for creation and Read More …

Building blocks of life seen in meteorites that fell in 1998

Crystals inside meteorites Zag and Monahans have been found to contain carbon-based compounds. Scientists from the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan studied millimetre-size blue salt crystals inside the meteorites that fell in 1998 in Morocco and found a mixture of carbon-, oxygen- and nitrogen-bearing macromolecules in it. What Read More …