M-RNA Vaccine :

Context : The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines which recently announced their success use the same technology, based on messenger RNA, or mRNA. What is m-RNA? Messenger RNA (mRNA) is a single-stranded RNA (Ribo Nucleic Acid) molecule that is complementary to one of the DNA strands of a gene. The mRNA is an RNA version of

Policy framework in step with technology

Context : The changing realm of technology requires a change in the policy framework.  Details : The expansion of computing power has driven the pace of information gathering and analysis. The new currency drives processes and decision-making across a wide array of products and services, making them more efficient and value accretive for consumers. These

RCEP takes off

Context : Fifteen Asia-Pacific nations, including China, on Sunday signed the world’s biggest trade agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), sans India with hopes that it will help recover from the shocks of Covid-19. The RCEP was signed after eight years of negotiations at the conclusion of the annual summit of Southeast Asian leaders

Judicial Accountability- Arnab Goswami case

Context : The Supreme Court has struck a blow for personal liberty, granting interim bail to television anchor Arnab Goswami through an order that one wished was also passed in the case of many others incarcerated without sufficient cause, and with the same priority, consideration and speed. Details : Goswami was arrested on 4 November

Leonid Meteor Shower

The Leonid meteor showers are currently making their yearly appearance and will reach their peak in India on November 17 and 18.  In August this year, there was another meteor called Perseids Shower. What is Leonid Meteor Shower? Meteor showers are named after the constellation they appear to be coming from. The Leonids originate from the

Golden Visa

The United Arab Emirates will extend its “golden” visa system — which grants 10 year residency in the West Asian nation — to certain professionals, specialised degree-holders and others. Foreigners in the UAE usually have renewable visas valid for only a few years tied to employment. The government in the past couple of years has made its visa

Forest Rights Act

Over 1,200 tribals in Hunsur taluk of Mysuru district stare at an uncertain future as their review petition for recognition of their claims over forest land under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, has been rejected by the local authorities. Background  The Supreme Court in 2019 ordered the


The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a mega trade bloc comprising 15 countries led by China, that came into existence said India would have to write expressing “intention” to join the organisation to restart negotiations for membership. What is RCEP? The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a trade deal that has been signed amongst

Crew-1 Mission

As part of NASA’s first commercial human spacecraft system in history, a crew of four astronauts is now en route to the International Space Station (ISS) on a 27-hour flight, onboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft called Resilience. Crew-1 is the first operational flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on a Falcon 9 rocket to the ISS and

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