What is Net neutrality?

In India, every user of the Internet enjoys equal access to online content. There is no data discrimination, that is, there is no restriction on who should access what, so long as they have an Internet connection. It is you, as consumer, who exercises control over your online experience and Read More …

HIV drug elvitegravir lowers the efficiency of immune system

Context: Progressive depletion of certain immune cell — CD4+ T-cell — populations along with impairment of cellular immunity is responsible for the onset of AIDS in the case of HIV-positive people. Now, researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru, have shown that two FDA-approved drugs (raltegravir and elvitegravir) Read More …

World Economic Situation and Prospects 2018’ report

Context: An upturn in the global economy—now growing by about 3 per cent—paves the way to reorient policy towards longer-term issues such as addressing climate change, tackling existing inequalities and removing institutional obstacles to development, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2018, launched. The World Read More …

India ranks 100th in Legatum Prosperity Index 2017

Context: After rising up in the Ease of Doing Business Index, India has upgraded its ranks in ‘The Legatum Prosperity Index 2017’ as well. At present, the rising trend in India’s prosperity is significant in view of the fact that India registered lower economic growth following demonetisation and implementation of the goods and Read More …

OEMs require govt nod to supply e-buses under FAME

Context: Original equipment manufacturers will have to seek approval from the Department of Heavy Industry before accepting any proposal to supply electric buses for availing incentives under the FAME India scheme.  The move is aimed at facilitating the smooth roll out and management of demand incentives for electric buses under the scheme. All Read More …

DNA fingerprinting or DNA profiling

DNA fingerprinting or DNA profiling is method of isolating and identifying variable elements within the base-pair sequence of DNA. DNA fingerprinting technology is utilised by police all over the world for fool-proof identification of criminals who leave their traces at crime scene while committing crime. The technology plays a crucial role Read More …

TIGR2ESS

Context: TIGR2ESS is a new, large-scale, multi-partner project that aims to define the requirements for a second, more sustainable Green Revolution, and to deliver this through a suite of research programmes, training workshops and educational activities. This will draw together a formidable network of partners from research, industry, government and Read More …

WTO: diverse views fuel bleak prospect for outcomes

Context: The World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Buenos Aires meeting commenced amid concerns on support for anti-globalisation, protectionism and bilateralism. A vast majority of the 164 WTO member nations — led by India, China and South Africa — are, therefore, learnt to be demanding that the final declaration of the WTO’s Read More …

The lowdown on the bail-in clause

What is it? A clause in the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill 2017, introduced in Parliament in August, has created unease. The clause lays the ground for a ‘bail-in’ of failing financial institutions. Unlike a bail-out, which constitutes the injection of taxpayers’ funds to shore up finances of a financial institution, Read More …