Biofuels from Microbes
Biofuels from Microbes | Cyanobacteria

Introduction: Researchers at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) are developing a method to improve the growth rate and sugar content of a marine Cyanobacterium called Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002. International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology: It is a unique intergovernmental organization initially established as a special project of the United

Attaining nutritional self-reliance
Attaining Nutritional Self-Reliance

The deteriorating condition of the agriculture sector in the country demands a reset in order to reinstall the lost vigour and capability. Status of Agriculture: Although overflowing grannies gives a perception that India has solved the food security problem but this is not the case as -The country’s per capita consumption of meat, poultry, fruits

DSR Method
Is Paddy Planted using DSR method more vulnerable to rodent attacks?

What is DSR method? In normal transplanting, farmers prepare nurseries where the paddy seeds are first sown and raised into young plants. These seedlings are then uprooted and replanted 25-35 days later in the main field. In DSR method, there is no nursery preparation or transplantation. The paddy seeds are, instead, directly drilled into the

India’s Fiscal Response for the post pandemic recovery plan
India’s Fiscal Response for the Post Pandemic Recovery Plan

Context: India’s fiscal response is compared to countries which are similar in GDP per capita, state capacity, and structure of the labour force. Before the Atmanirbhar Bharat package, India lagged significantly behind comparable developing countries. Comparison and challenges Due to the blurring of the distinction between fiscal and monetary components, ensuring comparable and accurate figures

India’s flood management
What happened to India’s flood management plan?

India’s flood management: At least 43 years after India’s first and last commission on India’s flood management was constituted, there is no national-level flood control authority in the country so far. National Flood Commission Rashtriya Barh Ayog or the National Flood Commission (NFC) was set up by the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation in 1976.

Hanta Virus
HANTA Virus | History | Vector and Spread

Introduction: China has reported the death of a person from Yunnan Province who tested positive for the Hantavirus. What is Hanta virus ? The Hanta virus are a family of viruses spread mainly by rodents. It is contracted by humans from infected rodents. Cases of the Hanta virus in humans occur mostly in rural areas

The Root of agricultural crisis
The Root of Agricultural Crisis | Agriculture after LPG Reforms

Agriculture after LPG reforms: The priority post-1991 has been given to industry as well as services. Middle-class consumers have been favoured by at the expense of farmers. This neglect of agriculture resulted in an equally unprecedented gap between the standard of living in the rural and urban parts of the country. As a result, the

NFRA sets up advisory committee
NFRA sets up Advisory Committee | Functions and Duties

Audit regulator National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) has constituted a technical advisory committee (TAC) under the chairmanship of R. Narayanaswamy, Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. This TAC, which comprises seven members including the chairman, would among other things aid and advise the executive body of the NFRA on issues relating to drafts of accounting

SC warns against AGR dues’ Reassessment
SC warns against AGR dues’ Reassessment

SC warns against AGR dues’ Reassessment: What is AGR? Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) is the usage and licensing fee that telecom operators are charged by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). It is divided into spectrum usage charges and licensing fees, pegged between 3-5 per cent and 8 per cent respectively. Issue: The Bench observed that

Temple Management
Temple Management – The need for Professionalising the Administration of places of Worship.

  Temple management: Context: In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court has held that the erstwhile Travancore royal family is the “human ministrant” or the shebait (manager) of the properties belonging to Sri Padmanabha, chief deity of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The judgment also makes it clear that the temple is a public

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