Intellectual Property Index

Context: The US Chamber of Commerce’s intellectual property rights advocacy arm, Global Innovation Policy Centre, has released Intellectual Property Index. The index ranks economies based on 40 unique indicators that benchmark activity critical to innovation development surrounding patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets protection. Top performer: The US tops the Read More …

Ratification of the Minamata Convention

Context: The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal for ratification of Minamata Convention on Mercury and depositing the instrument of ratification enabling India to become a Party of the Convention. Other facts: The approval entails Ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury along with flexibility for continued use of mercury-based Read More …

Mahamastakabhisheka

Context: President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Mahamastakabhisheka by unveiling an idol of Lord Bahubali, placed in a silver frame, in the presence of several saints and dignitaries. Mahamastakabhisheka, the anointment of the Bahubali (Gomateshwara) statue, is an important Jain festival attended by lakhs of devotees. About Lord Bahubali: Lord Bahubali Read More …

National Deworming initiative

Context: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched the National Deworming Day at a function at Gurugram, today. Speaking on the occasion he said, “Government of India is committed to ensuring high quality healthcare, accessible to every child and upto the last mile. One of the interventions, the National Read More …

Healthy States, Progressive India Report

Context: NITI Aayog released today a comprehensive Health Index report titled, “Healthy States, Progressive India” at a function in the capital today. The report ranks states and Union territories innovatively on their year-on-year incremental change in health outcomes, as well as, their overall performance with respect to each other. Published Read More …

Strongest solar magnetic field measured on Sun

Context: Astronomers in Japan have observed the strongest magnetic field ever directly measured on the surface of the Sun. HINODE spacecraft: The researchers using the HINODE spacecraft determined that the field was generated as a result of gas outflow from one sunspot pushing against another sunspot. “HINODE’s continuous high-resolution data Read More …