National Hospital Ship (NHS): Navy issues RFI to get 250-bed hospital ship in the high seas

What is the News? The government has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for a national hospital ship (NHS) for the Navy that will act as a floating 250-bed hospital on the high seas. What is the National Hospital Ship (NHS)? The hospital ship is the first such ship for the Indian Navy. The vessel… Continue reading National Hospital Ship (NHS): Navy issues RFI to get 250-bed hospital ship in the high seas

Explained: What is retinoblastoma, the common eye cancer in children?

What is the News? The World Retinoblastoma Awareness Week was observed from May 15 to 21. What is retinoblastoma? It is the most common cancer in the eye (malignant tumor) in small children. It can occur in one or both eyes and maybe hereditary or sporadic. It can be life-threatening as well as take away… Continue reading Explained: What is retinoblastoma, the common eye cancer in children?

Government must resist demands for banning exports

News: After the wheat ban, there is a possibility of a ban on exports of raw cotton. The author lists out reasons for not doing so. Why ban on exports of raw cotton will not be correct? First, from raw cotton to fabric making, there are various stages and processes in the textile industry. Raw… Continue reading Government must resist demands for banning exports

Can India turn Quad into an instrument to realize its significant potential as technological power?

News: The Prime Minister of India is going to participate in the Quadrilateral Forum that brings together Delhi, Canberra, Tokyo, and Washington. The US President will visit Samsung’s semiconductor facility in South Korea during the visit. This underlines the role of critical technologies in his Indo-Pacific strategy. Importance of critical technologies They are key to… Continue reading Can India turn Quad into an instrument to realize its significant potential as technological power?

Gyanvapi: Court must follow law not faith

News: Recently, The Supreme Court has admitted petitions on the Gyanvapi mosque. At present, a controversy is raging over the Gyanvapi Mosque, which is a legacy of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb (1618-1707). Nature of Indian Polity India’s Constitution guarantees the principle of religious equality and protection of minority rights. As per B.R. Ambedkar, these principles… Continue reading Gyanvapi: Court must follow law not faith

ASHA: A successful public health experiment rooted in the village community

News: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognized the contribution of India’s 1 million Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) during the Covid-19 pandemic ASHA workers have received the Global Health Leaders Award-2022 in the backdrop of the on-going 75th World Health Assembly. Genesis of the ASHA worker programme The ASHA programme was based on Chhattisgarh’s… Continue reading ASHA: A successful public health experiment rooted in the village community

India needs parliamentary supervision of trade pacts

Context: India is negotiating and signing several free trade agreements (FTAs) with countries like Australia, the UK, Israel, and the EU. While the economic benefits of these FTAs have been studied, there is very little discussion on the lack of parliamentary scrutiny of these treaties. This gives rise to arguments of democratic deficit in India’s… Continue reading India needs parliamentary supervision of trade pacts

Davos is so 1990s: The jamboree has lost shine, thanks to social media

What are the factors that led to the decline of the World Economic Forum? Communications revolution: WEF used to be a special place and a special gathering of global influencers and policymakers to catalyze dialogue and disagreement. However, the rise of social media has changed that now one tweet, from an influential personality like Elon… Continue reading Davos is so 1990s: The jamboree has lost shine, thanks to social media

Can agri-exports be made more sustainable?

News: In the fiscal year 2021-22 (FY22), agri-exports scaled an all-time high of $50.3 billion with registering a growth of 20% over the preceding year. For example, India’s exports constituted 41% of a global rice market of 51.3 MMT. What were the driving forces? This was made possible largely by rising global commodity prices. In… Continue reading Can agri-exports be made more sustainable?

Striking off sedition will have little impact if UAPA remains untouched

News: Recently, the Union Government has shown its willingness to reconsider the colonial law in the spirit of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav and the Supreme Court order has ordered to keep the 152-year-old sedition law, i.e., Section124 A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in abeyance. What are the issues? According to the NCRB and… Continue reading Striking off sedition will have little impact if UAPA remains untouched