‘Beast from The East’ – the science behind Europe’s Siberian chill

Context: The so-called “Beast from the East” has arrived in the UK, bringing unusually cold weather – about 7°C colder than the historical average for this time of year. Wind chill is making temperatures feel particularly arctic. Coriolis effect: The movement of air across the globe, and the weather it brings with Read More …

Myanmar puts off border pact with India

Context: Myanmar has indefinitely deferred signing an agreement with India to streamline the free movement of people within 16 km along the border. India is keen to sign the agreement but Myanmar — citing “domestic compulsions” — has asked more time before the agreement is sealed. The Union Cabinet had approved the agreement between Read More …

India and Vietnam

Context: India and Vietnam inked three Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs), including on cooperation between the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership, India (GCNEP) and the Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute (VINATOM). Other facts: The purpose of the MoU is to strengthen the technical cooperation in the field of atomic energy for Read More …

Rethinking public health

Context Curative medicine or health care for medical conditions where a cure is considered achievable involves therapeutics, surgery and rehabilitation. Disease treatment is individual-centric, which involves an interaction between care-givers and patients. Hospitals and clinics are designed for the time-and-cost efficiency of care-givers and not for the convenience of patients. Read More …

What are the consequences of India’s falling sex ratio?

What is it? A recent report from the NITI Aayog said sex ratio at birth (SRB) nationwide had dropped from 906 in 2012-2014 to 900 in 2013-2015. Facts & Figures: The SRB is the number of girls born for every 1,000 boys. In all, 17 of 21 large Indian States Read More …

Development of Inland Waterways

Context: The Government has got a budget allocation for the development of Inland waterways transport, which also includes for North Eastern Region, for the year 2017-18. Other facts: Out of 111 National Waterways declared by the Government through the National Waterways Act, 2016, National Waterway-1 (Ganga-Bhagirathi-Hooghly river system from Allahabad Read More …