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26 Jun

India Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2020


India’s Science Technology and Innovation Policy 2020 is under preparation. Wide consultations are taking place with all the stakeholders. There is an urgent need to develop 5G, nano sciences, internet of things, fourth industrial revolution technologies, life sciences and gene editing and so on to be a world leader. Economic Survey 2018 has a chapter on How India can become a global science & technology leader. It talks about the need to gradually move from being a net consumer of knowledge to becoming a net producer. Union Budget 2020-21 set up a national mission on “Quantum Supremacy” with an Rs 8,000-crore budget. In t... Read More...
Jun 26, 2020
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26 Jun

Defections


Are defections in news again? In the run up to the Rajya Sabha elections late in June 2020, defections are taking place as a part of political rivalry. In March 2020, government in Madhya Pradesh fell due to defections.Earlier it happened in Karnataka, Goa and Manipur.It gives the impression that there is no need to contest election and post-election management is enough. Defections create instability; indicate corruption at the highest places; institutionalise immorality; and let down the electorate by betraying representative faith and responsibility. It is not a recent phenomenon. Subhash Kashyap, f... Read More...
Jun 26, 2020
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26 Jun

Ten Reasons for Chinese Aggression


At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed on the night of 15th June by the Chinese soldiers in Galwan Valley in the disputed Ladakh region.There were reports of Chinese casualties, but no official confirmation. Military officials from both countries later met to "defuse the situation". The confrontation which is the worst since 1975, came after tensions built up in recent months over a new road India built in Ladakh, along the Line of Actual Control which divides the two sides. It is the Darbuk–Shyok-DBO Road. It is also called the sub-sector North road. It is an all-weather road in eastern Ladakh in India, close to the Line of Actual Control with China. It co... Read More...
Jun 26, 2020
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26 Jun

Government’s Climate Report


The Ministry of Earth Sciences’ (MoES) has come out with a report titled: ‘Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region.’ It is the first-ever attempt to document and assess climate change in different parts of India. The report describes the observed changes and future projections of precipitation, temperature, monsoon, drought, sea level, tropical cyclones, and extreme weather events.   Extreme weather events include unexpected, unusual, severe, or unseasonal weather... Read More...
Jun 26, 2020
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26 Jun

Dreamers in the USA


There are lakhs of young people in the USA who are illegally staying there. They were brought into the USA illegally by their parents, mostly from Mexico and Latin America but also from other countries like India. Indians account about 3,000 of such people. They are known as Dreamers, the name coming from the DREAM Bill that was sought to be converted into an Act without much success, several times since 2001.   What is the DREAM Bill all about? The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Bill, also known as the DREAM Bill, is a United States legislative proposal to grant temporary conditional residency, with the righ... Read More...
Jun 26, 2020
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