Issues with use of Oxytocin

Context The final decision on whether the government can block private pharmaceutical companies from manufacturing and selling vital pregnancy drug oxytocin in India handed to the Supreme Court. About Oxytocin Oxytocin, also known as the ‘love hormone’, is a hormone secreted by the pituitary glands of mammals during sex, childbirth, Read More …

Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) 2.0

Context To supplement the efforts of Jal Shakti Ministry, NITI Aayog has prepared the second Round of Composite Water Management Index (CWMI 2.0).The Report was launched today by Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti, and Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog.  Scientific management of water It is Read More …

Taking a ‘Far East’ turn to deepen a friendship

Context Some 48 years ago, when the U.S. and British Navies tried to threaten Indian security during the India-Pakistan war in 1971, the Soviet Union dispatched nuclear-armed flotilla from its Pacific Fleet in support of India. Ever since then, the city of Vladivostok, located in Russia’s Far East, has had Read More …

Curbing cyber crimes with data localization

Context In recent times, there have been many instances of the hard-earned money of Indians being taken out of bank accounts and charges loaded onto credit cards through online frauds. As a nation making a huge transition to a cashless economy, public faith in the digital system needs to be Read More …

Explained: What ails the existing microcredit model

Context Microcredit has gained much traction as a tool for ensuring the welfare of the most impoverished in society, and boosting development alongside. What is Microcredit? Microcredit refers to the granting of very small loans to impoverished borrowers, with the aim of enabling the borrowers to use that capital to Read More …

Sabka Vishwas – Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme

Context In the Union Budget 2019-20, the Finance Minister announced the Sabka Vishwas-Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme, 2019. The Scheme has now been notified and will be operationalized from 1st September 2019 and would continue till 31st December 2019. Sabka Vishwas-Legacy Dispute Resolution Scheme This Scheme is introduced to resolve and settle legacy Read More …

Henley Passport Index 2018

Context The latest Henley Passport Index ranks India at 86, down five places from 81 in 2018. The index ranks passports based on their power and mobility. Last year, an Indian passport holder had visa-free access to 60 countries; this year, it has access to 58. Henley Passport Index 2019 Read More …

Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research (FEDOR)

Context Russia has launched an unmanned rocket carrying a life-size humanoid robot that will spend 10 days learning to assist astronauts on the International Space Station. Fedor FEDOR is a Russian humanoid that replicates movements of a remote operator as well as performs a limited set of actions autonomously. Named Read More …

Adratiklit boulahfa

Adratiklit boulahfa Scientists have described a new species of stegosaurus and dated it to 168 million years ago, which makes it the oldest known member of that group of dinosaurs ever known. Named Adratiklit boulahfa, it is also the first stegosaurus to be found in North Africa. Its remains were Read More …

Sacrificing liberty for national security

Context The amendments to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), 1967 empowers the Central government to name any individual a terrorist if it believes him or her to be so. Background of UAPA UAPA was passed by the Indira Gandhi government to deal with the secessionist Dravidian movement. During the Read More …