Rooftop energy: on boosting solar power

Context: Bengaluru’s aerial mission to produce a three dimensional map of rooftop solar power potential using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data can give this key source of power a big boost.  Similar mapping exercises have been carried out in several countries over the past few years to assess how much Read More …

Cyber warfare is a growing threat

Context: Coming from a country which is today the best prepared to deal with all aspects of cyber warfare, this statement should serve as a grim reminder of the seriousness of this threat. As “Digital India” grows, vulnerabilities will only increase. A 2017 study conducted by Symantec found that India Read More …

The North East is key for India’s ties with Asean

Context: India was hosted to all 10 leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) this January, to celebrate 25 years of a growing relationship through a commemorative summit with the grouping. India and ASEAN: Ever since India transformed its “Look East” policy to “Act East”, there have been Read More …

A new NAM for the new norm

Context: From all accounts, the Cold War is breaking out again. The United States has identified both China and Russia as adversaries, whose leaders, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, are strong and determined to stand up to a faltering Donald Trump, who is desperately clinging on to doctrines of ultranationalism Read More …

Female foeticide a shame

Context: Prime Minister inaugurated the expanded “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” programme in Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu district. He also launched the National Nutrition Mission, aimed at improving nutrition levels of women and children and reducing low birth weight by 2% each year. Beti Bachao Beti Padhao: The “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” programme, Read More …