U.S. approves second gene therapy for blood cancer

In News: U.S. regulators approved a second gene therapy for a blood cancer, a one-time, custom-made treatment for aggressive lymphoma in adults. The Food and Drug Administration allowed sales of the treatment from Kite Pharma. It uses the same technology, called CAR-T, as the first gene therapy approved in the U.S. in Read More …

What’s interesting about neutron stars merging?

The discovery On August 17, this year, the LIGO and VIRGO detectors picked up another disturbance due to a gravitational wave. The signal was different from the earlier four they had sensed. Not surprising, for the earlier signals were due to the distant mergers of black holes. This signal was Read More …

Uniform Civil Code debate, and the significance of the citizens’ intervention

A diverse group of eight Indian citizens submitted a draft Progressive Uniform Civil Code to the Chairman of the Law Commission. Indian Express explains the background of the Uniform Civil Code debate, and the significance of the citizens’ intervention today What is the Uniform Civil Code (UCC)? It is the Read More …

Embryo Transfer Technology

Embryo transfer technology (ETT) has revolutionized the breeding strategies in Bovines as a tool to optimize the genetic improvement in cattle. Department of Animal husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in co-operation with 12 States has undertaken a Mass Embryo Transfer programme in Indigenous Breeds under the scheme, National Mission on Bovine Read More …

Legislation should guarantee for providing service to peoples

Crux from PIB: View Points of Vice President of India on Civil Service: The Vice President of India has said that Legislation should guarantee for providing service to peoples. He was addressing the gathering after releasing the book ‘The Mavericks of Mussoorie’ authored by Shri M. Ramachandran. Dr. Ramachandran made Read More …

Nobel-winning team spots merging neutron stars

Background: The LIGO-VIRGO collaboration, three members of which won this year’s physics Nobel Prize, strikes again, this time, to detect the merger of two neutron stars — extremely dense, massive but tiny, objects. What is more striking is that gamma rays bursting from the event were observed by nearly 70 ground Read More …

Women Scientist And Entrepreneurs

In the field of Science and Technology and Entrepreneurship, Indian women have had a major presence over the last 100 years. The first women to receive a medical doctorate degree was  Anandibai Joshee in 1885, the first Indian women Doctorate in Basic Science was Janaki Ammal in 1931 and India’s first woman to get Read More …

FSSAI report on Food Fortification

Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare released a comprehensive report on “Large Scale Food Fortification in India – The Journey So Far and Road Ahead” at the national ‘Conclave on Nutrition Security: Partnership & Convergence’ organized by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on the Read More …

World Food India 2017

Facts & Figures from PIB: Union Minister of Food Processing Industries chaired the Curtain Raiser Press Conference held here today for the World Food India 2017 expo, a vibrant three–day business platform. India is the second largest producer of food, leader in milk, fruits & vegetables, cereals and marine. It has Read More …

Exercise INDRA – 2017

Giving the Indo-Russian defence cooperation a major boost, Exercise INDRA-2017, the first ever Tri Services Joint Exercise between Indian and Russian Armed Forces will be conducted in the Eastern Military District of Russia. Exercise INDRA in its previous nine avatars has been conducted as a single service exercise alternately between Read More …