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

Q+A: Bonn Climate Conference – 2017

November 18, 2017

The UN Climate Change Conference, 2017 was held from November 6 to 17, 2017 at Bonn, Germany. It was presided by Government of Fiji. This article provides relevant questions and answers to understand basic issues. What is United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)? UNFCCC is an international treaty...


Technical and Ethical Issues around Gene Therapy, Stem Cell Therapy and Synthetic Biology

November 5, 2017

Gene Therapy Gene therapy is a technique in which genes are inserted into an individual’s cells and tissues to treat or prevent disease. In this technique, the defective mutant allele is replaced with a functional one. The advantage of this technique is that it allows the doctors to treat...


Impact of Digital Revolution and Young Generation

November 4, 2017

Digital Revolution is the advancement of technology from mechanical and analog technology to the digital electronics available today. The era of Digital Revolution began from the late 1950s to the late 1970s. This time period saw the adoption and proliferation of digital computers that continues to date. Digital Revolution...


Right to Clean Air Bill

November 3, 2017

Of late, India has become one of the major hotspots for air pollution. In recent years, alarming pollution level is witnessed above the entire North Indian Gangetic plains. According to an estimate, air pollution has caused around 1 in 4 premature deaths in India. Photochemical smog is a widespread...


Photochemical Smog

November 2, 2017

Smog is nothing but a combination of smoke and fog. Smog occurs due to the factors like geography, sunlight, industrial activity, vehicular emissions, calmness of winds, burning of coal etc. Smog usually occurs at a place which is far away from the actual source of pollution. Photochemical smog is...


GS-III: Disaster Management: Stampede & Crowd Control

October 27, 2017

Stampedes can occur in different situations such as religious congregations and processions; food / relief distribution; entertainment events; escalator / moving walkways / foot bridges; sports events; political rallies, riots; fires during events; natural disasters and so on. Stampedes can be unidirectional or turbulent. The unidirectional stampedes generally occur...


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...


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,...


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...


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...