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A Question: Citizenship ( Amendment) Bill 2016

A Question: Citizenship ( Amendment) Bill 2016

Why the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is so contentious in the Northeast What is the Bill about? More than 33 years after an anti-foreigners’ agitation from 1979 to 1985, Assam is in turmoil again — this time because of the Modi government’s bid to get the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in Parliament. Assam and the […]

GSAT-11 by ISRO

GSAT-11 by ISRO

Weighing about 5,854 kg, the GSAT-11, built by ISRO, is to enable much faster Internet services than now to users down home over the next 15 years. As most of India slept, its heaviest and most advanced communication satellite, GSAT-11, was shot to space from a European spaceport in faraway South America.The mission of the […]

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize 2018

Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize 2018

Dr Aditi Sen De is the only female winner this year On the occasion of its foundation day, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.(CSIR) has put out the list of recipients of the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology for 2018. Every year, several scientists below the age of 45 are selected from various institutions across the country and […]

AIDS- Wiping out in 2030 is Not easy

AIDS- Wiping out in 2030 is Not easy

NACO’s HIV Estimations 2017 report shows there are still 21.4 lakh infected people in India India’s long battle against AIDS is not likely to end any time soon, if the latest figures released by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) on Friday is any indication. The data revealed that, as of 2017, there were still […]

Shah Faesal IAS + Twitter= Enquiry

Shah Faesal IAS + Twitter= Enquiry

Should an IAS officer be free to air views on social media or is it unbecoming behaviour? A departmental inquiry has been initiated against Kashmir cadre IAS officer Shah Faesal for posting a tweet about rape culture in South Asia. The Department of Personnel and Training found his tweet in violation of the code of […]

ISRO Making Green Propellant

ISRO Making Green Propellant

ISRO Seeks to replace Hydrazine fuel for future missions Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have reported progress in the development of an environment-friendly propellant to power satellites and spacecraft.The effort is to replace the conventional hydrazine rocket fuel, a highly toxic and carcinogenic chemical, with a greener propellant for future missions. Initial […]

US & China Trade War

US & China Trade War

The consistent undermining of multilateralism by the U.S. must be countered This week has seen rounds of tit-for-tat tariffs between the U.S. and China, set off by U.S. President Donald Trump levying import duties of 25% and 10% on American steel and aluminium imports, respectively, in early March. Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly used the U.S. […]

SOLAR MISSION 2022

SOLAR MISSION 2022

SOLAR MISSION 2022 Bengaluru’s aerial mission to produce a three dimensional map of rooftop solar power potential using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data can give this key source of power a big boost. Similar mapping exercises have been carried out in several countries over the past few years to assess how much of a […]

India State of Forest Report 2017

India State of Forest Report 2017

India State of Forest Report 2017 The Environment Ministry’s ‘India State of Forest Report 2017’ based on satellite imagery, may present a net positive balance in the form of 24.4% of India’s land area under some form of forest or tree cover, but this is but a broad-brush assessment. According to the report, forest and tree cover […]

BUDGET 2018- Highlights

BUDGET 2018- Highlights

BUDGET 2018- Highlights: 1. Increase the custom duty on mobiles from 15% to 20% and on some other mobile parts to 15%, and some parts of TVs to 15%. 2. Increase the health and education cess to 4% 3. Tax long-term capital gains exceeding Rs 1 lakh in listed stock at 10%. 4. Rs 50,000 […]