Along with the genetically modified organisms (GMOs), gene-edited crops are considered to play an important role in increasing productivity. However, question marks remain over the efficiency of gene editing and its potential to disrupt the natural order. Last week, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled in favour of tying plants bred using gene … Continued
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The Haryana government’s Court Marriage Check List (CMCL) for registration of a marriage under the Special Marriage Act is violative of the right to privacy, and an act of excessive executive action, Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled. In an order passed on July 20 (released July 25), Justice Rajiv Narain Raina said that … Continued
Looking to emulate the success of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in designing and launching satellites, the Centre has drawn up a five-year, Rs. 8,000 crore plan to explore the deep recesses of the ocean. Deep Ocean Mission The Union Earth Sciences Ministry — tasked with coordinating the exercise — unveiled a blueprint of … Continued
A committee in the Ministry of Information and Electronics Technology submitted the draft of a Bill on protection of personal and sensitive data, along with a report of analysis. Both introduce some key terms to the data protection debate: DATA PRINCIPAL: It is the person, company, or entity whose information is being collected. “Data” means … Continued
What is a FASTag? A FASTag is a reloadable tag that automatically deducts toll charges and allows a vehicle to pass through a toll gate without stopping for the payment. It uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to make cashless payments through a prepaid account linked to it. The tag is fixed to the windscreen … Continued
There is growing fear that the promising gene-editing system is being prematurely rushed for clinical use- The clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeats, or CRISPR/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) (CRISPR-Cas9) system has revolutionised genetic manipulations and made gene editing simpler, faster and easily accessible to most laboratories. The technique has gained considerable traction recently to repair … Continued
What happened? A social audit report prepared by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) found that at a State-run shelter home, Balika Grih, in Muzaffarpur, a north Bihar district, 34 of the 44 girls had been sexually exploited. Following the report of “physical and sexual violence” against girls at the home, the Opposition parties … Continued
Why is formaldehyde in the news? It began with the Kerala government finding formaldehyde in fish being transported into the State. The use of this chemical is banned in fresh foods, like fish, by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. But unscrupulous vendors sometimes use it to preserve fish for longer. After Kerala’s … Continued
What is it? The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, at its 28th meeting, reduced the tax rates on more than 50 items, including commonly used products like sanitary pads, and white goods like washing machines, refrigerators and kitchen appliances. Sanitary pads have been exempt from the GST — it had a 12% tax rate … Continued
About National Skill Training Institute The Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development &Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan laid the foundation stone for permanent campus of National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) for Women at Mohali, Punjab. This is the first NSTI Institute for Punjab and only one of its kind in India which … Continued