About GRAPES-3

About GRAPES-3 The Gamma Ray Astronomy PeV EnergieS phase-3 experiment is located at TIFR’s Cosmic Ray Laboratory in Ooty in Tamil Nadu. It is a collaboration of the Indian Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, the Japanese Osaka City University and the Japanese Nagoya Women's University. GRAPES-3 (Gamma Ray Astronomy PeV EnergieS phase-3) is designed to … Continue reading About GRAPES-3

In brief: Ancient monuments in India

In brief: Ancient monuments in India What is Ancient monument? Ancient Monument means any structure, erection or monument, or any tumulus or place of interment, or any cave, rock-sculpture, inscription or monolith which is of historical, archaeological or artistic interest and which has been in existence for not less than 100 years. It includes Remains … Continue reading In brief: Ancient monuments in India

About Ocean Energy

About Ocean Energy: Oceans cover 70 percent of the earth’s surface and represent an enormous amount of energy in the form of wave, tidal, marine current and thermal gradient. Deployment of ocean energy is currently limited but the sector has the potential to grow, fuelling economic growth, reduction of carbon footprint and creating jobs not only along … Continue reading About Ocean Energy

Explained: What ails the existing microcredit model

Headline : Explained: What ails the existing microcredit model Details : In News Studies suggest that the existing systems of microcredit have a limited impact on the long-term wellbeing of the recipients.   About: Microcredit Microcredit refers to the granting of very small loans to impoverished borrowers. Rationale Loans given as microcredit are often given to … Continue reading Explained: What ails the existing microcredit model

About Wolbachia

About Wolbachia Wolbachiaare naturally occurring bacteria found in 60% of all insect species. It is also the most common reproductive parasite in the biosphere. However, it is not found in the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The World Mosquito Program has also shown that when introduced into the Aedes aegyptimosquito, Wolbachia can help to reduce the transmission of  viruses to people … Continue reading About Wolbachia

HIV and AIDS: in brief

HIV and AIDS: in brief Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the immune system, our body’s natural defence against illness. If HIV is left untreated, a person’s immune system will get weaker and weaker until it can no longer fight off life-threatening infections and diseases. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a set of … Continue reading HIV and AIDS: in brief

About: Pied Cuckoo

About: Pied Cuckoo Different NamesScientific Name- Clamator jacobinusThe genus ‘Clamator’ literally translates to being a shouter, a bird which is quite vocal. The word ‘jacobinus’ relates to pied birds.These birds are also called as Chatak locally in India or pied crested cuckoo and Jacobin Cuckoo.It is a bird with black and white plumage (pied) with a fancy crest … Continue reading About: Pied Cuckoo

Some Basic Concepts of Economy

Some Basic Concepts What is Gross Value Added (GVA)? It is a measure of total output and income in the economy. It provides the rupee value for the amount of goods and services produced in an economy after deducting the cost of inputs and raw materials that have gone into the production of those goods … Continue reading Some Basic Concepts of Economy

What is Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR)? About Basel Norms

What is Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR)? Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) is the ratio of a bank’s capital in relation to its risk weighted assets and current liabilities. It is decided by central banks and bank regulators to prevent commercial banks from taking excess leverage and becoming insolvent in the process. It is measured as: Capital … Continue reading What is Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR)? About Basel Norms

Rudreswara (Ramappa) temple

About the Temple Rudreswara (Ramappa) temple at Palampet near Warangal, got its name Ramappa because of its chief sculptor Ramappa. It's probably the only temple in the country to be known by the name of its sculptor. The medieval Deccan Ramappa Temple which dates back to 1213 AD, was built by the patronage of the … Continue reading Rudreswara (Ramappa) temple

What is Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC)?

  What is Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC)? Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) is a statutory market committee constituted by a State Government in respect of trade in certain notified agricultural or horticultural or livestock products, under the Agricultural Produce Market Committee Act issued by that state government. APMCs are intended to be responsible for: … Continue reading What is Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC)?

About Shock waves

About Shock waves • When an airplane travels less than the speed of sound, the air ahead of it actually begins to flow out of the way before the plane reaches it. The pressure waves created by the airplane passing through the air end up being smooth and gradual. • But as an airplane reaches the speed of sound and … Continue reading About Shock waves

 When the world collapsed around Lehman Brothers 

Headline : When the world collapsed around Lehman Brothers  What triggered the crisis? From 2005 to 2007, at the height of the real estate bubble, mortgages were given to many homebuyers who could not afford them, and then packaged into securities and sold off. Lehman Brothers bought several mortgage brokerages and posted record profits. But in … Continue reading  When the world collapsed around Lehman Brothers 

What is plea bargaining and how does it work?

Many members of the Tablighi Jamaatbelonging to different countries have obtained release from court cases in recent days by means of plea bargaining.They were accused of violating visa conditionsby attending a religious congregation in Delhi. In Focus: Plea Bargaining The Concept: Plea bargaining refers to a person charged with a criminal offence negotiating with the prosecution for a lesser … Continue reading What is plea bargaining and how does it work?

In focus: Space Debris

In focus: Space Debris What is space debris? Inactive satellites that have passed their functional life, leftovers from a rocket or other small fragments form space debris often called as space junk. The A-SAT missile tests that shoot down a satellite adds to the space debris in space. Threat of space debris Space debris, even … Continue reading In focus: Space Debris

Hunter’s Syndrome

Hunter’s Syndrome Hunter’s syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that occurs as a result of a mutation in a gene that produces an enzyme that helps in breakdown of certain sugars. The enzyme activates parts in the cells in order to breakdown sugars. However, in the absence of the enzyme, these sugars build up in … Continue reading Hunter’s Syndrome

Why is a Public Credit Registry important?

Headline : Why is a Public Credit Registry important? Details : What is Public Credit Registry? A Public Credit Registry is set up by the central bank and reporting of loan details to the Registry by lenders and/or borrowers is mandated by law. A public credit registry is an information repository that collates all loan information of … Continue reading Why is a Public Credit Registry important?

Ganga Sagar

Ganga Sagar It is the largest village of Sagar Island, located under the administration of Sunderbans. It is governed by the state government of West Bengal. It is situated just off the Bengal coast on the point where the River Ganga meets the Bay of Bengal. It is a place of peace, calm, golden sand … Continue reading Ganga Sagar

Intention, tech and capital to make ‘One Sun One World One Grid’ a reality Editorial 14th Jul’20 FinancialExpress

Clean energy future: The key elements of the big picture in the energy world are becoming more and more clear.The dependence on fossil fuels will continue to drop and we are not very far from a future that will be predominantly run on clean energy. It may not be long before renewable energy overtakes conventional energy … Continue reading Intention, tech and capital to make ‘One Sun One World One Grid’ a reality Editorial 14th Jul’20 FinancialExpress

About Microbots or Micro-robots

About Microbots or Micro-robots Microbots are tiny automated machines with sizes of order less than a millimeter. They are basically a robot of the size of cell or say about 100 atoms. As a result of tiny sizes, microbot technology is seen as a disruptive technology especially in future biomedicine.   Principle and Working Basic … Continue reading About Microbots or Micro-robots

Everything about NATGRID

The National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) to access the centralised online database on FIRs and stolen vehicles.The MoU will give NATGRID access to the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) database, a platform that links around 14,000 police stations.The MoU enables the NATGRID … Continue reading Everything about NATGRID

Magnetic Pole is drifting

Headline : Magnetic Pole is drifting Details : The News The North Magnetic Pole of the earth is found to be moving from Northern Canada towards Siberia, at an unusually faster rate. Highlights • The north magnetic field is moving at an unusually faster rate of about 60 Km/year from northern Canada towards Siberia in Russia. • This has forced the … Continue reading Magnetic Pole is drifting

Get to know currency derivatives

Headline : Get to know currency derivatives Details : Introduction Currency derivatives are considered to be one of the best options to manage any risk against foreign currency exchange rate volatility.   About currency derivatives Currency derivatives are exchange-based futures and options contracts that allow one to hedge against currency movements. One can use a currency … Continue reading Get to know currency derivatives

What are galaxy clusters?

What are galaxy clusters? Galaxies are like the building blocks of the universe and they contain a huge number of stars (like 100 billion at a count). Galaxy groups can have three to 20 galaxies whereas the galaxy clusters can have several hundred galaxies. Superclusters are clusters of clusters and the number can vary from … Continue reading What are galaxy clusters?

In focus: Graphene – The wonder material

In focus: Graphene – The wonder material Graphene is the next-generation wonder material that will revolutionize material science. It is made up of carbon atoms that are arranged in a peculiar way to give it the special properties it possesses.   Structure of graphene Graphene is a 1-atom thick layer of carbon atoms arranged in … Continue reading In focus: Graphene – The wonder material

What is a Black hole?

What is a Black hole? A black hole is a celestial monster with gravitational field so intense no matter or light can escape. Black holes are extraordinarily dense entities formed when very massive stars collapse at the end of their life cycle. As black holes do not allow light to escape, it makes viewing them … Continue reading What is a Black hole?

Prakrit

Prakrit: The meaning of ‘Prakrit’ is ‘Natural’. The word Prakrit is used for the group of languages spoken in ancient India. Jainism has a great relation with Prakrit Languages. In ancient India, Sanskrit was spoken only by Vedic Brahmins, while common people’s language was Prakrit. Jains always promoted their religion through people’s languages. So, most … Continue reading Prakrit

About 3D printing technology

About 3D printing technology 3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. Each … Continue reading About 3D printing technology

What is Gross Domestic Product (GDP)? What is Gross Value Added (GVA)? How is GDP calculated in India? Deficiencies in the current GDP calculation

What is Gross Domestic Product (GDP)? The gross domestic product (GDP) is one of the primary indicators used to gauge the health of a country's economy. It represents the total value of all goods and services produced over a specific time period, often referred to as the size of the economy. Usually, GDP is expressed … Continue reading What is Gross Domestic Product (GDP)? What is Gross Value Added (GVA)? How is GDP calculated in India? Deficiencies in the current GDP calculation

Water desalination plants harm environment: UN

Headline : Water desalination plants harm environment: UN Details : The News According to a study backed by UN, though desalinization is a necessity to manage water scarcity globally, it is fraught with ecological challenges mainly due to discharge of Brine. Background Desalination Globally around 1.5 to 2 billion people live in areas of physical water … Continue reading Water desalination plants harm environment: UN

In focus: Multi-drug resistant fungus, Candida auris

In focus: Multi-drug resistant fungus, Candida auris Introduction Candida auris is a fungus discovered in 2009 that has developed resistance to commonly used anti-fungal drugs. ‘Candida auris’ is spreading across the globe adding a new dimension to anti-microbial drug resistance. WHO recognizes anti-microbial multidrug-resistance as one of the top 10 global public health threats in 2019. Thus, … Continue reading In focus: Multi-drug resistant fungus, Candida auris

In focus: Multi-drug resistant fungus, Candida auris

In focus: Multi-drug resistant fungus, Candida auris Introduction Candida auris is a fungus discovered in 2009 that has developed resistance to commonly used anti-fungal drugs. ‘Candida auris’ is spreading across the globe adding a new dimension to anti-microbial drug resistance. WHO recognizes anti-microbial multidrug-resistance as one of the top 10 global public health threats in 2019. Thus, … Continue reading In focus: Multi-drug resistant fungus, Candida auris

National Policy on Software Product 2019

National Policy on Software Product 2019 National Policy on Software Product 2019 is a basic roadmap for formulation of initiatives, schemes and other measures for the development of software products sector in India   Funding It involves an initial outlay of Rs.1500 crore for various schemes till 2025. Software Product Development Fund: of Rs 5000 … Continue reading National Policy on Software Product 2019

About Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme

About Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme In 2015, Government introduced the Sovereign Gold Bonds as substitutes of expensive gold imports that impact the current account deficit (CAD). The main objective of the scheme was to develop a financial asset as an alternative to purchasing metal gold, thus also aimed at changing the habits of Indians from saving in physical … Continue reading About Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme

Paikas

News Summary: From the next academic session, the Paika rebellion of 1817 will be placed in the history books as ‘the First War of Independence’. So far, Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 has been regarded as the First War of Indian Independence. The Paika Bidroha (Paika Rebellion) of 1817 in Odisha briefly shook the foundations of … Continue reading Paikas