GS-III: Sci-Tech, Environment & Disaster Management

Robotics in Public Health and Medical Science

September 18, 2017

Robotic surgery or robot-assisted surgery provides some relief for the cancer patients against the relentless cancer disease. The cancer patients look towards them for precision during radiation and chemotherapy. They also perform many intricate surgeries with precision. The da Vinci surgical robot with brains equivalent to software packed in...

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Need For A Refugee Law In India

September 10, 2017

According to the estimates by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), presently there are more than 60 million refugees worldwide. India currently hosts more than 32,000 refugees who were facing violence and severe prosecution in several countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Myanmar, China, Somalia, etc. In addition,...

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New Plan to curb Human-Elephant conflict

September 4, 2017

The wildlife wardens of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal have inaugurated a new regional plan to tackle human-elephant conflict in eastern and central India. The new plan will be the first step towards better inter-state coordination to tackle over 3,000 elephants in this region. Human-Elephant Conflict Human-Elephant...

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Adani-Saab Collaboration: Background of Private Participation and Strategic Partner Model in Defence

September 1, 2017

Recently, Swedish defence company Saab Aeronautics and India’s Adani group have announced collaboration in defence manufacturing mainly for producing single engine fighter jets and other defence products under India’s recently unveiled “strategic partnership” model. In this study, we are looking at the background of Private sector participation in defence manufacturing...

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India’s Deep Sea Mining Programme

August 19, 2017

In the 23rd session of International Seabed Authority (ISA) concluded on August 18, 2017 at Kingston, Jamaica, India’s exclusive rights to explore polymetallic nodules from seabed in Central Indian Ocean Basin (CIOB) have been extended by five years. In 2017, Indian scientists have also started exploring seabed in Indian...

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India and Global Science Projects

August 18, 2017

One of the novel visions of the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, 2013 is to make India one of the top five global scientific powers by 2020. Apart from promoting the home based science and engineering projects, this policy has also advocated India’s partnership in international / global science...

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CRISPR/CAS9 Technology: Meaning, Scope, Ethical and Safety Concerns

August 17, 2017

CRISPR/CAS9 is a new gene-editing technology that promises to revolutionize the genetics field. Using this technology, genes of any living organism can be edited at a faster and cheaper rate than the present technologies. By comparison, older gene-editing tools are cumbersome, inaccurate and inefficient. CRISPR as a tool has...

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Short Note: Over-The-Top Content

August 9, 2017

What is Over-the-top content? Which Channels are using it in India? What are Prasar Bharti plans on same? The content i.e. video, audio or any other media which can be access via internet anytime without anyone controlling and distributing the content {via various applications} is known as Over-the-top (OTT)...

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Short Note: Sharp Decline in Heat-related Deaths in Recent Times

August 9, 2017

What were the key reasons for sharp decline in the number of heat-related deaths? Unlike the past years, this year fortunately there has been a sharp decline in the rate of heat related deaths. All the credit for this goes to the various policies and proactive actions taken by...

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Short Note: Legal and Policy Stance on Chemicals in Fireworks in India

August 9, 2017

What are different chemicals used in firecrackers? What are legal and policy stances on the chemicals in firecrackers in India? In an attempt to prevent air pollution from firecrackers, the Supreme Court (SC) has shifted its attention to the chemicals that are used to manufacture firecrackers. Following this recently,...

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