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 …

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 …

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 …

Explained: What is NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

On August 12, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe completed a year in service. It is part of NASA’s “Living With a Star” programme that explores different aspects of the Sun-Earth system. The probe seeks to gather information about the Sun’s atmosphere and NASA says that it “will revolutionise our understanding of Read More …

Taking on TB: On new anti-tuberculosis drug

Context The anti-tuberculosis drug pretomanid was recently approved by the US FDA. It will be a game-changer for treating people with extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) and those not tolerating multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) drugs available at present. TB scenario According to WHO, in 2017, there were an estimated 4.5 lakh people Read More …

ISRO arm begins search for PSLV makers

Context NewSpace India Ltd, the new public sector space business company, on Friday launched a formal search for industry consortia which can regularly manufacture and deliver entire PSLV satellite launch vehicles for its parent, the Indian Space Research Organisation. It will initially outsource five PSLVs — Indian rockets that can Read More …

Explained: What is a notifiable disease?

Context A month after Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan asked the Delhi government to make malaria and dengue notifiable diseases, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has initiated the work to notify malaria in the capital. About notifiable disease A notifiable disease is any disease that is required by law Read More …

Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM)

Context The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) on Sunday successfully test-fired the indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface to Air Missile (QRSAM) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur. “Two missiles have been tested against two live targets meeting complete mission objectives of engaging the targets. The systems have been Read More …

Hyperloop Explained

Context Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop One has signed an agreement with the Maharashtra government to build a Hyperloop that will cut the travel time between Mumbai and Pune to 25 minutes from the 3 hours it now takes by road. A 10-km pilot path will be built from Pune’s Hinjewadi, Read More …

GSLV Mark III-M1 Vehicle

Context Recently the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle- Mark III-M1 (GSLV Mark III-M1) vehicle used for launching Chandrayaan-2 had successfully placed the satellite in the Earth Parking Orbit (EPO). About GSLV Mark III a) It is a three-stage heavy-lift launch vehicle developed by Indian Space Research Organisation. b) The vehicle has Read More …