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Appointments as “spoils system”

Appointments as “spoils system”

Appointments as “spoils system” The Supreme Court’s observations on the quality of a round of appointments made to the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission last year expose the gross disrespect shown by the State government to the institutional integrity of the constitutional body. Standing by the Madras High Court judgment quashing the appointment of 11 […]

Personal Genomics- Year 2017

Personal Genomics- Year 2017

The conversation around personal genomics amplified in 2016, as did the range of diagnostic options This may have been the year personal genomics came of age in India. While tests to check for mutations that make one more vulnerable to breast cancer have been available in India since 2010, companies this year have expanded the […]

Watal committee – Digital Payments

Watal committee – Digital Payments

The government’s cashless payment push needs to be urgently backed with legislative steps to protect customers and their data, allow open access payment systems and let the payments regulatory board function independently of the Reserve Bank of India’s central banking functions, the committee on digital payments led by former Finance Secretary Ratan Watal said. Stating […]

Team Indus-Lunar XPrize

Team Indus-Lunar XPrize

A rover designed by Bengaluru-based Team Indus, India’s entrant into the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, is in the final development stages before its flight to the moon next year  Team Indus, They started out as one of 30 teams, and now, as the December 2017 deadline for the competition draws nearer, they are set to […]

India -China Trade Deficit

India -China Trade Deficit

India’s trade deficit with China increased to $52.69 billion in 2015-16 from $48.48 billion in the previous financial year, Parliament was informed on Monday. During the April-September period of 2016-17, the deficit is at $25.22 billion, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.“Increasing trade deficit with China […]

Sutlej-Yamuna Link(SYL) & Punjab

Sutlej-Yamuna Link(SYL) & Punjab

There was never any doubt that Punjab’s legislative adventurism in enacting a law in 2004 to terminate all previous agreements on sharing the waters of the Ravi and the Beas with its neighbours would not survive judicial scrutiny. Answering a Presidential reference on the validity of Punjab’s action, the Supreme Court has declared the State’s […]

Nano Generators for Wearable Electronics

Nano Generators for Wearable Electronics

Producing wearable electronics that uses a portable nanogenerator which generates electric power when pressure or twist is applied got a shot in the arm, thanks to research carried out by Pune researchers. The nanogenerator, which was fabricated by them, produced 14 volts when thumb pressure was applied. The results were published recently in the journal Advanced […]

Nuclear deal with Japan

Nuclear deal with Japan

BIG DEAL WITH JAPAN When India conducted its nuclear tests in 1998, Japan was the country that took it the hardest: it put all political exchanges with India on hold, froze aid and announced economic sanctions within hours. A thaw in ties didn’t come until 2001, when sanctions were lifted. And then, in 2009, the […]

Black Money – shock therapy

Black Money – shock therapy

SHADOW ECONOMY Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move to curb unaccounted cash, or black money, circulating in the Indian economy by withdrawing the highest-value currency notes of Rs.500 and Rs.1,000 as legal tender within three-odd hours of the announcement, is a bold one. He invoked provocative imagery to explain the measure — of corrupt officials stashing […]

TB Free India – Lack of Efforts

TB Free India – Lack of Efforts

The international public health community wants India to act urgently to tackle TB resistance, currently spreading at an alarming rate in the country Eighteen months after the Indian government launched the “TB Free India” campaign, nine policy changes under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP) are yet to be implemented. The delay has raised […]