New Milestone in Producing Nuclear Fusion

Nuclear Fusion:   Scientists in the United Kingdom said they have achieved a new milestone in producing nuclear fusion energy, or imitating the way energy is produced in the sun. Energy by nuclear fusion is one of mankind’s long standing quests as it promises to be low carbon, safer than how nuclear energy is now […]

Ban on Import of Drones

Drones:   The Government banned the import of drones with immediate effect, except for research and development, defence and security purposes. The move aims to promote made-in-India drones, a statement from the Ministry of Civil Aviation said. The Directorate General of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry notified the Indian Trade Classification […]

India’s First Homegrown mRNA Vaccine

mRNA Vaccine:   Data from human trials of India’s first homegrown mRNA vaccine against coronavirus are likely to be presented to authorities for evaluation by the end of the month, and company officials are aiming to roll out the product before April. The mRNA vaccine being developed by Pune-based Gennova Biopharmaceuticals is currently in phase […]

Coastal Vulnerability Index

Coastal Vulnerability:   Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) has carried out coastal vulnerability assessment for entire Indian coast at States level to bring out an Atlas comprising 156 maps on 1:1,00,000 scales to prepare a Coastal Vulnerability Index (CVI). From this CVI, it can be delineated that Gujarat’s 124 coastal km is […]

Governor-State Relations

Governor-State Relations:   Last week, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blocked Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Twitter. She said she was “forced” to do so because of his “unethical and unconstitutional” statements and accused him of treating government officials like “his servants”. Although envisaged as an apolitical head who must act on the advice of […]

Unitary Digital Identity Framework: Important Points

What Is The Unitary Digital Identity Framework?   In a bilateral meeting India has agreed to provide a grant to Sri Lanka to implement a ‘Unitary Digital Identity framework’, apparently modelled on the Aadhaar card. Both sides also discussed the fishermen’s issue and India provided financial assistance of 2.4 billion USD to Sri Lanka. Earlier, […]

Geomagnetic Storm Impact on Satellites

Geomagnetic Storm:   Elon Musk’s Starlink has lost dozens of satellites that were caught in a geomagnetic storm a day after they were launched. The satellites were designed to burn up on reentry into the Earth’s atmosphere, and did not create debris in space. However, the loss of 40 satellites — most of a launch […]