Social sector – Health

Context : The government is using eVIN – Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network in association with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to identify primary beneficiaries and vaccine distribution networks. Details : E-VIN is an indigenously developed technology that digitizes vaccine stocks and monitors the temperature of the cold chain through a smartphone application. It was

Desalination Plants

Recently, Maharashtra announced the setting up of a desalination plant in Mumbai. The plant will process 200 million litres of water daily (MLD), and will help in overcoming the water shortage faced by Mumbai in the months of May and June. Maharashtra will be the fourth state to experiment with Desalination Plants. Key Points Desalination Plants: A desalination plant turns salt water into water that

Solar Power Tariffs

India’s solar power tariffs have hit a new record low of ₹2 per unit. India has an ambitious target to increase its solar power base – by 2022, it wants to quadruple its current solar capacity to 100GW. A number of industrial-scale solar energy plants have come up in the past few years. The government-backed

Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network

The government is using eVIN – Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network in association with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to identify primary beneficiaries and vaccine distribution networks. What is eVIN? E-VIN is an indigenously developed technology that digitizes vaccine stocks and monitors the temperature of the cold chain through a smartphone application. It was first

43 More Mobile Apps Banned

Recently, the government of India has blocked 43 new mobile apps, mostly Chinese, in the country, including shopping website AliExpress. This is in addition to a total of 177 Chinese apps banned till now. Key Points The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology banned these mobile apps under Section 69A of the Information Technology Act (IT Act), 2000. Section 69A of the Information Technology

South Asian University

The Delhi-based South Asian University, established by all eight SAARC countries, has not had a president for over a year, while its executive council and governing board have not met for almost two and three years respectively. South Asian University (SAU) is an International University sponsored by the eight Member States of the South Asian

India – Gulf relations

Context : External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s visit to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recently is a good moment to reflect on the structural changes taking place in the Gulf and the region’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean. Issues : For decades, India’s mercantilism saw the Gulf as a source of oil and

China’s Chang e 5

Context : China has launched an unmanned spacecraft to bring back lunar rocks, the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from the moon in four decades. Details : The Chang’e-5 probe, named after the mythical Chinese moon goddess, aims to shovel up lunar rocks and soil to help scientists learn about the moon’s

RCEP and AtmaNirbhar Bharat

What is RCEP ? The RCEP was led by ASEAN and includes Japan and Australia, military allies of the U.S., all opting for the Asian Century. ‘ASEAN centrality’ rejects the current frame of the West setting the agenda. RCEP allow individual countries to choose the scope and product categories for bilateral tariff schedules, and exclude

Deficit Northeast Monsoon

Context : Rainfall over the Southern peninsular region has been deficient so far due to prevailing La Nina conditions according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Northeast monsoon : India receives rainfall during two seasons. About 75 % of the country’s annual rainfall is received from the Southwest monsoon between June and September. The Northeast

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