Fault Lines in India’s economic liberalism

Context : Impact of economic liberalisation on India’s economy. Details : India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar recently disapproved of free trade and globalisation. About FTA’s he said that “the effect of past trade agreements has been to de-industrialise some sectors.” These observations were made days after countries of the Asia-Pacific region signed the Regional

Community Cord Blood Banking

Context : Community Cord Blood Banking, a stem cell banking initiative, has recently helped save the life of a girl child making it India’s first dual cord blood transplant through an unrelated donor. Details : Community Banking is a new sharing economy model of stem cell banking that was pioneered by LifeCell in India. Parents

Hanoi declaration – East asia summit

Context :  In an apparent dig at China, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Saturday expressed concern about “actions and incidents” that “erode” trust in the South China Sea region. Addressing the 15th East Asia Summit, the minister said that the Code of Conduct negotiations should not be prejudicial to legitimate interests of third parties

P-8I Patrol Aircraft

The Navy received the first of the four new P-8I long-range maritime patrol aircraft at its air station in Goa from the US. The ninth P-8I surveillance aircraft is the first to be delivered under a contract for four additional aircraft that the Union Ministry of Defence had placed in 2016. The first contract worth

International Resource Panel Report on Resource Efficiency and Climate Change launched

The report titled “Resource Efficiency and Climate Change – Material Efficiency Strategies for a Low-Carbon Future” by international resource panel has been launched recently .  This report conducts a rigorous assessment of the contribution of material efficiency to GHG abatement strategies. More concretely, it assesses the reduction potential of GHG emissions from material efficiency strategies applied in residential

Ethiopian Crisis

UNHCR is warning that a full-scale humanitarian crisis is unfolding as thousands of refugees flee ongoing fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region each day to seek safety in eastern Sudan. A “full-scale humanitarian crisis” is unfolding in Ethiopia, the United Nations refugee agency said , with more than 27,000 now having fled heavy fighting to Sudan. Ethiopians fled

One Health High-Level Expert Council

International organizations are taking steps to strengthen multilateral health architecture.  Four entities, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), as well as a number of key international experts, have agreed to set up a One Health High-Level Expert Council to collect, distribute and publicize reliable scientific information on the links between human, animal and environmental health.  The aim

Chapare Virus

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) recently found a rare virus in Bolivia. The virus in question is capable of human-to-human transmission, and can cause haemorrhagic fevers like Ebola The rare virus was discovered due to ongoing efforts of scientists around the globe to avert future pandemics like COVID-19, which has crippled the

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