Livestock Census report

Context Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying has released the 20th Livestock Census report. The 20th Livestock Census was conducted in participation with all States and Union Territories. The enumeration was done both in rural and urban areas. The Livestock Census covers all Read More …

Global Hunger Index 2019

Context Recently India has slipped to 102 positions in the Global Hunger Index 2019 of 117 countries, slipping from its 2018 position of 95 and behind its neighbours Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The GHI score is calculated on four indicators — undernourishment; child wasting, the share of children under the Read More …

India Innovation Index (III) 2019

Context Recently the NITI Aayog with Institute for Competitiveness as the knowledge partner released the India Innovation Index (III) 2019.  About the Index The Index is calculated as the average of the scores of its two dimensions Enablers and Performance. The Enablers are the factors that underpin innovative capacities, grouped into five Read More …

Paektu Mountain

Context Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) state news agency KCNA released a series of photographs showing Kim Jong Un riding a  white horse to the sacred mountain called Paektu.  About Paektu Mountain Paektu Mountain is also known as Baekdu Mountain, and in China as Changbai Mountain. It is situated Read More …

Global Tuberculosis (TB) Report

Context According to the latest report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO), India accounted for 27 per cent of total tuberculosis (TB) cases, followed by China with 9 per cent, Indonesia at 8 per cent, Pakistan (6 per cent) and Bangladesh (4 per cent). Details: The report notes that Read More …

Instrument Imaging Infrared Spectrometer (IIRS)

Context Recently ISRO released an image from Chandrayaan-2 showing measurements from the Moon, carried out by the instrument Imaging Infrared  Spectrometer (IIRS). Details: IIRS is designed to measure light from the lunar surface in narrow spectral bands. It has the ability to split and disperse reflected sunlight and its emitted Read More …

US-India Defence Technology and Trade Initiative

Context Recently New Delhi is going to host the ninth India-US Defence Technologies and Trade Initiative (DTTI) group meeting. Defence Technologies and Trade Initiative (DTTI):  The DTTI initiative is led by Undersecretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment from the United States and Secretary for Defence Protection from India. DTTI is Read More …

The Artificial Intelligence and Human Intentions

Context Recently Prime Minister has urged business leaders and technocrats to build a bridge between the artificial intelligence and human intentions and several ministries along with NITI Aayog have come up with various recommendations to enhance the use of AI. Background Earlier in the budget speech, Government has pitched for Read More …

Lithium-ion battery

Context Scientists have developed a Lithium-ion battery that will not catch fire. Lithium-ion batteries are vulnerable to fire and explosion, which often happens without warning. This is because they are built with flammable and combustible materials.  Lithium-ion battery is type of rechargeable battery that contains several cells. Each cell consists Read More …

Dielectric capacitors

Context Researchers have developed a new dielectric capacitor a device that stores energy like a battery, taking inspiration from how the French pastry, croissant,  is made by folding multiple layers of dough. Details Dielectric capacitors have ultrahigh power density, which makes them suitable for high power and pulse power technologies Read More …