Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a bad idea — ethicists explain

Synopsis: There’s a strong case for trying out novel methods to restore lost species and damaged ecosystems. A look at the related issues. Introduction The United States startup Colossal Biosciences has announced plans to bring woolly mammoths, or animals like them, back from extinction and into the frosty landscape of the Siberian tundra. Colossal proposes to use CRISPR… Continue reading Bringing woolly mammoths back from extinction might not be such a bad idea — ethicists explain

Telecom Sector Reforms – Explained, pointwise

For 7PM Editorial Archives click HERE → Introduction The Union Cabinet has approved a relief package for the ailing telecom sector. The government has sought to address several issues in the policy regime, including the definition of AGR that had led to the large build-up of dues and pointless litigation. The reforms are expected to provide relief to the… Continue reading Telecom Sector Reforms – Explained, pointwise

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Building a resilient economy

What is the news? Amidst the hopes of a V-shaped recovery of the Indian economy, the National Statistical Office (NSO) had recently estimated that India’s economic growth has surged to 20.1% in the April-June quarter, despite a devastating second wave of COVID-19. It also stated that the gross domestic product (GDP) had contracted by 24.4% in… Continue reading Building a resilient economy

Scientists unravel mystery behind Odisha’s ‘black tigers

What is the news?  Recently, scientists have resolved the mystery behind the ‘black tigers’ of Simlipal in Odisha. A recent study has discovered that the coat colouration and patterning that make the wild cats appear dark boil down to a single mutation in the Transmembrane Aminopeptidase Q (Taqpep) gene.  The researchers found that the Similipal black tigers may have arisen from a… Continue reading Scientists unravel mystery behind Odisha’s ‘black tigers

COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed climate change: UN

What is the news?  Recently United Nations released report titled United in Science 2021 with the help of WMO, UNEP, WHO, IPCC etc,.   As per the report, the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic caused only a temporary reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions last year while concentrations of major greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continued to increase.  What are the findings of the… Continue reading COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed climate change: UN

52 cos apply with Rs 6,000-cr investment proposals for AC, LED PLI scheme

What is the news?  Around 52 companies have applied for availing production-linked incentives (PLIs) for white goods makers, proposing an investment of around Rs 6,000 crore in the manufacturing of components for air conditioners and LED lights.  Most of the investments are expected to happen in the next two-three years; and after that, local production for components for AC… Continue reading 52 cos apply with Rs 6,000-cr investment proposals for AC, LED PLI scheme

‘Know the enemy, know self’ is sound professional advice

Synopsis: India needs to up its game when it comes to Professional Military Education. We need professionals who are domain specialists having both academic and field experience. Introduction Sun Tzu, Chinese general, military strategist, writer, and philosopher, famously said, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a… Continue reading ‘Know the enemy, know self’ is sound professional advice

Cabinet approves major Reforms in Telecom Sector

Synopsis: Govt has introduced a range of reforms for improving the ailing telecom sector. These reforms were much needed in light of the recent Vodafone Idea crisis resulting in a likely duopoly of Airtel and Jio in India’s telecom space. Introduction The Union Cabinet approved a number of structural and process reforms to rescue the… Continue reading Cabinet approves major Reforms in Telecom Sector

Discovery of New Species of Hybodont Shark From Jurassics of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 

What is the news?  Recently, teeth of new species of hybodontshark  of Jurassic age (approximately, between 160 and 168 million-years-old) have been reported for the first time from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.    What is the history of Hybodonts?  Hybodonts, an extinct group of sharks, was a dominant group of fishes in both marine and fluvial environments during the Triassic and early Jurassic time.   It started… Continue reading Discovery of New Species of Hybodont Shark From Jurassics of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 

India urges East Asian nations to lower non-tariff barriers to trade

What is the news?  India has raised concerns over restrictive measures faced by Indian Agri exporters, at the 9th East Asia Summit – Economic Ministers’ Meeting.  India highlighted that proliferation of trade agreements in Indo-Pacific region has led to a decline in tariff rates over time, but non-tariff measures act as a major trade barrier in… Continue reading India urges East Asian nations to lower non-tariff barriers to trade