Maya’s Pit viper: New species of venomous snake registered from Northeast

What is the News? A new venomous green snake named Trimeresurus mayaae or Maya’s Pit viper was discovered at Umroi Military station in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya. About Trimeresurus mayaae or Maya’s Pit viper The snake measures about 750 mm in length. It looked very similar to Pope’s Pit Viper but the colour of the… Continue reading Maya’s Pit viper: New species of venomous snake registered from Northeast

GM tomatoes: Engineering tomatoes to produce vitamin D

What is the News? A paper in Nature Plants tries to address vitamin D deficiency by genetically modifying tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) plants so that the fruit contains a significant amount of provitamin D3 which is a precursor from which humans can make vitamin D. What is the need for GM Tomatoes? The term ‘invisible’ hunger… Continue reading GM tomatoes: Engineering tomatoes to produce vitamin D

World lost 11.2 crore jobs in the first quarter of 2022: ILO

What is the News? The “world of work” report has been released by International Labour Organisation. What are the key findings of the “world of work” report? Working hours: After significant gains during the last quarter of 2021, the number of hours worked globally dropped in the first quarter of 2022, to 3.8% below the… Continue reading World lost 11.2 crore jobs in the first quarter of 2022: ILO

Centre reconstitutes Inter-State Council

What is the News? The Inter-State Council has been reconstituted with Prime Minister as Chairman and Chief Ministers of all States and six Union Ministers as members. Ten Union Ministers will be the permanent invitees to the Inter-State Council. The standing committee of the Inter-State Council has also reconstituted with Union Home Minister. About Inter-State Council… Continue reading Centre reconstitutes Inter-State Council

India to join Biden’s new trade initiative for Indo-Pacific region

What is the News? The US President has launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF). The negotiations will begin shortly and these are expected to centre around four main pillars, including trade, supply chain resiliency, clean energy and decarbonisation, and taxes and anti-corruption measures. Indian PM has mentioned that India will work together with… Continue reading India to join Biden’s new trade initiative for Indo-Pacific region

A Harvard branch in India, prospects and challenges

News: In Budget 2022, Finance Minister announced that “world-class foreign universities and institutions would be allowed in the planned business district in Gujarat’s GIFT City”. These institutions would be free from domestic regulations to facilitate availability of high-end human resources. And the British Prime Minister during his visit to India wished to strengthen the United… Continue reading A Harvard branch in India, prospects and challenges

Why vaccine mandates are essential

News: Recently, the Supreme Court has given its verdict on the government’s ongoing vaccination policy. The court held that restrictions imposed by States and Union Territories on unvaccinated individuals cannot be said to be proportionate. Background The governments have imposed partial or full vaccination of individuals as a precondition for accessing public spaces, services, or… Continue reading Why vaccine mandates are essential

Meeting family planning goals

Context: India’s family planning programme has improved access to contraceptives. This has led to a reduction in the Total Fertility Rate from 3.4 in 1990-92 to 2.0 in 2019-21, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS). However, now India needs to focus on improving access to family planning services for not just adults, but… Continue reading Meeting family planning goals

Food security does not need this ‘surgical strike’

News: Recently, the Government of India announced a sudden ban on export of wheat when the government was looking out for ways for augmenting India’ wheat exports. Two schools of through for ensuring food security in India One school of thought argues that food security has to be ensured through domestic production. Other school of… Continue reading Food security does not need this ‘surgical strike’

Nature has the answers

News: Recently, The International Day of Biodiversity on May 22, 2022 was celebrated. It was done amid the pandemic, and the recent heat waves in much of northern India and floods in Meghalaya. The uncertainty is being further fuelled by the continuing degradation of lands and biodiversity, growing malnutrition and hunger, and inequities and environmental… Continue reading Nature has the answers