Virtual Autopsy

Context It is likely to be possible soon to carry out autopsies without dissecting the body, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan told Rajya Sabha. India will be the first country in South and Southeast Asia to carry out these “virtual autopsies”, the Minister said. So what is a virtual autopsy? In Read More …

ICEDASH and ATITHI

Context Recently the Finance Ministery unveiled two new IT Initiatives – ICEDASH and ATITHI for improved monitoring and pace of customs clearance of imported goods and facilitating arriving international passengers. About ICEDASH and ATITHI: ICEDASH is an Ease of Doing Business monitoring dashboard of the Indian Customs helping the public Read More …

Glyphosate-based Herbicides

Context German pharma company Bayer is facing thousands of lawsuits over one of its products. A Reuters report said 42,700 plaintiffs in the US are blaming Bayer’s herbicides for their cancer, up from 18,400 plaintiffs in July this year. Advertising In August, a jury in California said that Monsanto (the company which Read More …

How long is a day on each planet?

Context Centuries ago, the ancients divided the day into 24 equal parts, or hours. Today, we look at this from the other point of view: the Earth takes approximately 24 hours to rotate once. Among other planets, Mars spins once in a little under 25 Earth-hours, while Jupiter spins so Read More …

United to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis

Context Recently the Health Ministry inaugurates National Symposium on the theme ‘United to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis.’ Government of India launched the Accelerated Plan for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (APELF) in 2018. By the end of February 2019, India successfully rolled out IDA treatment across 4 districts including Arwal in Bihar, Read More …

Pegasus spyware

Context Government has sought an explanation from WhatsApp after the Facebook-owned company confirmed that some Indian users of its app came under surveillance using Israeli spyware Pegasus. How does Pegasus come into your phone? The code is transmitted by calling the target phone on WhatsApp. The code enters the phone 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 …

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 …

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 …