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On India’s net neutrality regulations (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Net neutrality regulations in India In a vital decision that will help secure the rights of Internet users in the country, the Telecom Commission has approved the recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on net neutrality. By endorsing steps that call for amendments to access services licences for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) … Continued

Bullet train to start in 2022: A look at its progress, hurdles (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) says that so far it has not missed milestones set in its timeline for the Rs 1.08-lakh-crore project, being built with an 80% loan from Japan. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project is racing against time to meet the August 2022 deadline (advanced from 2023) for starting operations. … Continued

DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018 (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; Science & Technology)

This follows attempts to frame a Bill in 2007, 2015 and 2017, each under a different name. With DNA technology being relied upon worldwide in crime investigations, identification of unclaimed bodies, or determining parentage, India has been attempting for several years to pass legislation on use of DNA technology to “support and strengthen the justice … Continued

Why WHO wants to treat gaming as a disorder, and why some disagree (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a plan to include “gaming disorder” as a mental health condition. The reclassification is part of the WHO’s 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases, due for adoption this month. The move has led to debate. While addiction to gaming is widely recognised — recently reported incidents … Continued

When is an X-ray or MRI machine safe? How government proposes to find out (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

As the Central Drugs and Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) seeks feedback from stakeholders, a look at how such devices are governed and how that could now be set for change. Under a proposal by the Drug Controller General of India (DGCI), manufacturers of medical equipment such as X-ray, MRI and PET machines will have to … Continued

Successful flight testing of Crew Escape System – Technology Demonstrator (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Crew Escape System ISRO carried out a major technology demonstration today, the first in a series of tests to qualify a Crew Escape System, which is a critical technology relevant for human spaceflight. The Crew Escape System is an emergency escape measure designed to quickly pull the crew module along with the astronauts to a … Continued

ICAT releases First BS-VI engine certificate (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

First BS-VI engine certificate ICAT has completed the first BS-VI certification for a heavy duty engine model for M/s Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicle Limited. The engine has been developed and manufactured indigenously by Volvo Eicher in India. The successful completion of the compliance test of the engine, much ahead of the implementation date of 1 … Continued

Why 32,000 Bru tribals from Mizoram were stuck in Tripura for 21 years (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Social Issues)

In 1995, following a clash between Mizos and Brus, the Young Mizo Association and Mizo Students’ Association demanded that Brus be removed from the state’s electoral rolls, contending that the tribe was not indigenous to Mizoram. Recently, when the Home Ministry announced that a “historic agreement” had been signed among the governments of Mizoram and … Continued

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