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The Hindu Today



  Apr 12, 2024

The Hindu Today



PETER HIGGS, PROPONENT OF THE ‘GOD PARTICLE,’ PASSES AWAY AT 94

Nobel laureate Peter Higgs, who predicted the existence of the Higgs boson or ‘God Particle,’ crucial for understanding how particles acquire mass, died at 94. His theoretical work, confirmed half a century later at CERN, has been foundational in particle physics.

GOD PARTICLE: UNRAVELING THE MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE

The Higgs boson, often called the God Particle, is essential for the Standard Model of particle physics, explaining the mechanism through which particles obtain mass. Its discovery at CERN in 2012 confirmed theories proposed by Higgs and others in the 1960s.

RAYALASEEMA REGION: BATTLING HEATWAVE AND WATER SCARCITY

Rayalaseema in Andhra Pradesh faces a severe heatwave and water scarcity, with temperatures soaring to 43 degrees Celsius. Efforts are underway to manage the crisis, highlighting the urgent need for sustainable water use and infrastructure improvement.

GUDI PADWA: CELEBRATING NEW BEGINNINGS AND TRIUMPH

Gudi Padwa, the Marathi New Year, signifies the onset of spring and the harvest season. Marked by traditions like hoisting the Gudi flag and consuming neem with jaggery, it embodies renewal, victory, and the acceptance of life’s dualities.

TELEMEDICINE: A SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO HEALTHCARE

Telemedicine, offering remote healthcare services, is proving beneficial for patients and the environment by reducing the need for travel and associated carbon emissions. It’s a promising future for global healthcare, making it accessible and efficient.

NATIONAL TUBERCULOSIS ELIMINATION PROGRAMME: INDIA’S FIGHT AGAINST TB

India’s NTEP aims to eliminate TB by 2025 through early detection, treatment, and strengthening healthcare services. Despite challenges like drug shortages, the program is crucial for improving public health and achieving sustainable development goals.

CLIMATE CHANGE AND WOMEN IN INDIA: A GENDERED PERSPECTIVE

Climate change impacts in India are not gender-neutral, with women, especially in agriculture, facing disproportionate challenges. Initiatives recognizing women as key to climate solutions emphasize the need for gender-responsive policies.

EXPLAINER: INDIA’S SOLAR ENERGY POLICIES AND IMPORT DEPENDENCE

India’s solar sector, aiming for 500 GW by 2030, shifts towards local module production with policies like ALMM and PLI schemes to reduce import reliance, especially from China, and bolster the domestic manufacturing ecosystem.

EXPLAINER: ‘MONEYBALL’ APPROACH AND ITS RELEVANCE IN INDIA

‘Moneyball,  the strategy of using data analytics for decision-making, has applications beyond baseball, from IPL team selection to Indian agriculture and business. It underscores the shift from intuition to data-driven insights in various sectors.

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