Biofortified food can lead India from food security to nutrition security

Source: Indian Express Relevance: Tackling malnutrition Synopsis: Using science to address the complex challenge of malnutrition, particularly for low-income and vulnerable sections of the society, can be a good intervention. Bio-fortification of food can come handy to address the issue of malnutrition in India along with other measures. Context The Prime Minister recently announced that,… Continue reading Biofortified food can lead India from food security to nutrition security

Duopoly in telcom will hurt both consumers and govt

Source: Business Standard What is the news? The government is reportedly looking at a relief package for the stressed telecom sector while also exploring ways to allow operators to pay their dues linked to adjusted gross revenue (AGR) over 20 years rather than 10 years currently. Must Read: Two is too few – Issues with telecom sector Preventing a… Continue reading Duopoly in telcom will hurt both consumers and govt

No realistic plan of reducing import dependence in edible oils is possible without recognising the role of oil palm

Source: Indian express What is the news? Recently, the Government of India launched National Mission on Edible Oils-Oil Palm. The scheme aims at increasing the total area under oil palm from the current 3.5 lakh hectares (lh) to 10 lh by 2025-26. Must read: Cabinet approves implementation of National Mission on Edible Oils- Oil Palm… Continue reading No realistic plan of reducing import dependence in edible oils is possible without recognising the role of oil palm

Facial recognition spreads, concern over absence of data protection law

Source: Indian Express Relevance: Regarding Facial Recognition technology Synopsis: The greater rush for the use of FRT systems has raised various concerns, despite the strength of justification. Let’s have a brief look into the debate. Context Facial recognition technology (FRT) software systems are being installed at some of India’s busiest airports and train stations. The… Continue reading Facial recognition spreads, concern over absence of data protection law

Costly active pharma ingredients from China create healthcare hurdles in India

Source: Down to Earth What is the news? A recent report Pharma Industry: Trends and Prospects has identified various gaps in Pharma Industry of India due to its dependence on China for API’s. What is an API? Active pharmaceutical ingredients or APIs can be defined as the chemicals used to manufacture pharmaceutical drugs. The active… Continue reading Costly active pharma ingredients from China create healthcare hurdles in India

Land degradation in India hurts farmers and forest dwellers the most

Source: Down to Earth1, Down to Earth2 What is the news? The findings of ISRO’s “Land Degradation and Desertification Atlas” has highlighted that, the impact of desertification in India is not uniform throughout the country. It varies across irrigation system, region etc. Must read: Despite PM Modi’s assurance, land degradation, desertification increasing Impact Based on… Continue reading Land degradation in India hurts farmers and forest dwellers the most

The clean-up crew we need (On vulture conservation)

Source: The Hindu Relevance: Importance of vultures for an ecosystem Synopsis: Vultures play a very important role in an ecosystem by acting as its scavengers. However, their declining population has increased various concerns. Let’s have a brief look into it. Context India lost more than 95% of its vulture population through the 1990s and by… Continue reading The clean-up crew we need (On vulture conservation)

Financing India’s green future

Source: Business Standard Relevance: Increasing investment in decarbonising technology is important for achieving a green future Synopsis: India’s is among one of the few countries to achieve its target under Paris Commitment. However, we still require investment in green future to promote sustainable development. Context Currently, India is moving ahead of its target of reducing… Continue reading Financing India’s green future

Organic and conservation farming boost multifunctionality of ecosystems: Study

Source: Down to Earth What is the news? A recent study has found that the organic and conservation farming has the potential to boost multiple functions of an ecosystem.  About the study: The study assessed the overall performance of important cropping systems in Europe within adapted ecosystem services and using the ecosystem multifunctionality (the ability of… Continue reading Organic and conservation farming boost multifunctionality of ecosystems: Study

Smog control: Another symbol over substance

Source: Livemint What is the news? Earlier this week, Delhi installed Anti-smog tower in the city to purify the polluted air in the city. The step has received both positive and negative responses. There are concerns surrounding the Anti-smog tower as an effective tool to address the air pollution. Must read: Delhi’s New Smog Tower:… Continue reading Smog control: Another symbol over substance