Newly-discovered planet is hot, metallic and dense as Mercury

A hot, metallic, Earth-sized planet with a density similar to Mercury—situated 340 light years away—has been detected and characterised by a global team of astronomers, including the University of Warwick. Named K2-229b, the planet is almost 20% larger than Earth but has a mass which is over two-and-a-half times greater—and Read More …

Integrated Management of Public Distribution System

Context: Central government is going to implement Integrated Management for Public Distribution System (IM-PDS) from FY 2018-19 and 2019-20. This central sector scheme will enable people to take ration at subsidized rates from any place across the country. There will be no restriction on village, district or state to take ration Read More …

Honour killing guillotines liberty: SC

Context: Coming down heavily on crimes committed in the name of honour, the Supreme Court upheld the choice of consenting adults to love and marry as a part of their fundamental rights. The apex court said, “Honour killing guillotines individual liberty, freedom of choice and one’s own perception of choice.” Read More …

‘Give social service duties to those sentenced to 6 months or 1 year’

Context: Criminals sentenced to imprisonment for six months or a year should be allocated social service duties rather than be put in already overflowing prisons, the Supreme Court advised the government, Other details: The suggestion came from Justice Deepak Gupta, who is part of a Bench led by Justice Madan Read More …

Cell phone-based tech to allow at-home blood testing

Context: Scientists have developed a new cell phone-based blood testing technology that can provide immediate results in the comfort of one’s home or a doctor’s clinic. Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay: Researchers at the University of South Florida in the U.S. created a mobile version of the “Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay” Read More …