August 16-30, 2017

Biotech Kisan And Cattle Genomics: Impacts for Farmers’ Lives

August 31, 2017

Biotech Kisan and Cattle Genomics are the most recent farmer-centric initiatives that the Ministry of Science and Technology has taken up. These are the two developmental programs by the Government that are aimed at bringing direct and positive changes in the life of the common people. These two programs...


Robotics In Warfare: Various Issues, Developments; Recent Approaches In UN

August 30, 2017

It is taking the world by the storm, giving rise to many controversies and criticisms, and also got recently discussed in the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security). The world is concerned about the acceptability of autonomous weapons – the new technology of warfare. It would mean allowing machines...

Doklam Standoff: Background, Strategies and Resolution

August 28, 2017

The 71-day standoff between India and China at Doklam has been successfully resolved following a diplomatic breakthrough without the need for any armed confrontation and bloodshed. Both the countries have announced the end of standoff at Doklam, on the tri-junction of the Indian, Chinese and Bhutanese borders. The Ministry...


Draft Pharmaceutical Policy 2017: Salient Features, Issues and Analysis

August 27, 2017

The Draft Pharmaceutical Policy 2017 has been introduced by the Department of Pharmaceuticals with the objective of regulating the production and marketing of pharmaceutical products in India. Salient Features Key features of this policy are as follows: Price Control to Monitoring The new policy has an aim of reorienting...

PSB Merger: Background; Rationale & Challenges

August 26, 2017

On August 23, 2017, the Union cabinet has given an in-principle approval for the merger of public sector banks (PSBs) via a recently mooted alternative mechanism (AM). This move is aimed at creation of ‘strong and competitive banks’ by synergy and consolidation. As per newspapers, the government is mulling...

Issues around Rooftop Solar Installations

August 23, 2017

The central government has set up an ambitious target of harnessing 100 GW of solar power by 2022. Out of 100 GW, 60GW of power has been planned to be harnessed from utilities like solar parks and ultra mega solar power projects, and 40GW from rooftop solar installations. The...


US Policy for Afghanistan and South Asia

August 20, 2017

US President Donald Trump has unveiled an expansive new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia in his first formal address as Commander-in-chief of the US. The main takeaway in his strategy was that he has concluded that rapid exit from Afghanistan is unacceptable as it could leave a vacuum...


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...


Recent Government Policy on Knee Implants

August 18, 2017

People in India frequently suffer from joint pain and arthritis. There has been a rise in the cases of surgeries and knee replacements by 30% from 2004 to 2008. The huge profit margin extracted out of the business of knee implants has made the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)...


Rohingyas: Background, Government Policy and Recent NHRC Notice

August 18, 2017

In August 2017, the ministry of home affairs has sent a letter to the state governments asking them to identify and deport all illegal immigrants including Rohingyas. Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to government to frame a detailed report and raised various concerns....