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27 February 2017
Bharat Stage-VI in 3 years From April 1, India will move towards Bharat Stage IV emission norms, which are already in place in several parts of the world. We have also decided to leapfrog straight to the BS-VI emission norms by April 2020. To accomplish this the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had issued a draft notification in this regard. BS-V which was originally scheduled to be implemented by 2019 and the BS-VI emission norms which were proposed to come by 2024 has been advanced by 4years Rationale behind this move: To fulfill the commitments that India made at…
25 February 2017
India building a supercomputer juggernaut India will likely unveil its most powerful supercomputer. The supercomputer can earn a place among the world’s top 10 fastest supercomputers. As per specifications, if the processors operate at full capacity of 10 petaflops (1 followed by 15 zeroes), a clock speed a million times faster than the fastest consumer laptops. The yet to be unnamed machine will be jointly hosted by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology located in Pune and the National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting located in Noida. The government has sanctioned 400 crores for the project. Factors that determine…
24 February 2017
Trade facilitation agreement in services India submitted at WTO a proposal for a trade facilitation agreement in services which is aimed at easing the movement of skilled workers across borders. The proposal will be taken up by an expert committee at the WTO headquarters, post which it will be taken up for discussion among all WTO members. Minister of commerce, Nirmala Sitharaman confirmed that India has submitted a legally vetted paper on Trade facilitation agreement in services at Geneva. In the initial phase, till March 17 only the council for trade in services members will be part of the discussion.…
23 February 2017
Bharat QR code How does it work: QR code or Quick Response code is a two-dimensional machine-readable code that is made up of black and white squares and are used for storing URLs or other information. These can be read by the camera of a smartphone. You no longer have to swipe your credit and debit card through a PoS terminal but simply scan the QR code and transfer payments. To use the Bharat QR code, a customer should download the concerned application of a compatible bank on her smartphone. The code works both for Android and iPhone. Current state…
22 February 2017
Government caps prices of coronary stents The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) had recently capped prices of coronary stents. A stent is a tiny expandable metal scaffold used to open narrowed or blocked arteries. It was found during deliberations that exorbitant prices are charged for coronary stents, which is reflective of a failed market system driven by information asymmetry between the patient and doctor. This pushes the patient to financial misery. The extreme regulatory measure was inevitable To ensure accessibility, affordability and availability of healthcare for all given the overall dominance of private health institutions in our country asymmetry of…
21 February 2017
International Mother Language Day International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is celebrated by UNESCO on February 21, 2017. It is based on the theme, Towards Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education. Access to education in mother tongue and in other languages is significant for achieving sustainable development. The mastery of the mother tongue help us acquire the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy. Local languages transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge and thus make development sustainable. What is multilingual education? Multilingual education facilitates uniform access to education by ensuring equity for the disadvantages and marginalized sections of the society The emphasis…
21 February 2017
Critically analyze the effectiveness of the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in the country. How far has their objectives been achieved? The Special economic Zones in the country were planned with a number of higher goals and objectives. But over the period of time, the social and economic costs of these zones have increased to such a large extent that today a number of people are affected directly by these zones. Unfortunately, most of the affected people are the poor and the landless. The land acquired for the Special economic Zones are most often the fertile agricultural lands. A report has…
21 February 2017
Manufacturing sector- its importance today In the present scenario where protectionist policies are increasing all over the world, despite innumerous efforts in improving the manufacturing sector in the country, the contribution of the manufacturing sector to the GDP is still at 26 to 27%. The efforts put in during the first phase of planning had boosted manufacturing and industries to a really good scale. From the year 1991 to 1996, there was a rise in the industries. But the period of 1996 to 2003 witnessed a stagnant phase. One reason for it was the Asian crisis. But post 1991, the…
20 February 2017
India not in race with China in Africa outreach: Ansari Indian vice president who is on a four day visit to African nations, Rwanda and Uganda stated that there exists a remarkable difference in the relationship that India and China have with Africa. As part of India’s outreach to strengthen relations with Africa, 12 visits have taken place recently. These include visits by the Indian President, Vice President and the Prime Minister. The recent visits are part of conscious efforts by the Indian government to enhance interaction with countries of the African continent. Various aspects associated with India-Africa relationship: Historical…
20 February 2017
This is a situation of ethical dilemma You belong to a very poor family. After a lot of hard work you got admission in a well renowned University. But due to lack of finance, it is difficult for your father to afford your living in a PG or a hostel. An Uncle of yours lives in the same city where your University is. After a lot of request by your father, your Uncle has agreed to keep you at his house and study. When you started to stay with his family, you found out that his family has a child…