A week ago, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) upheld the environmental clearance granted to the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO), a major research facility proposed in Theni district of Tamil Nadu. While this removes all current legal hurdles in building the facility, there are still other obstacles to be overcome before work can begin on this … Continued
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What happened? Since April 2016, all oral polio vaccines (OPV) across the world contain only two of the three polio serotypes — Type 1 and Type 3. Type 2 is banned because the wild, disease-causing version of this virus was eradicated globally by 1999, and because OPV itself can cause polio in rare cases. However, … Continued
With the April 2020 deadline, vehicle makers get a wake-up call What does the Supreme Court order say? On October 24, the Supreme Court banned the sale and registration of vehicles conforming to Bharat Stage (BS)-IV emission standards across the country, from April 1, 2020, citing “alarming and critical” pollution levels. With this decision, vehicle … Continued
Last week, data submitted in Delhi High Court by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) showed that it had not seized a single ampoule of oxytocin in 2016-17 and 2017-18. This came amid repeated assertions by the central government that there has been “rampant misuse” of oxytocin in India. What is Oxytocin? Oxytocin is … Continued
Last week, Chinese media reported plans by a private institute to launch an “artificial moon” over the city of Chengdu, in Sichuan province, by 2020. The objective is to provide an alternative means of street lighting and save on electricity. Since then, the idea has not only received wide coverage (including in The Indian Express, … Continued
Amid India’s preparations for a manned space mission, the recent failure of a Russian rocket launch has served a reminder of the perils and technological challenges involved in every space flight. The fact that both astronauts on board survived the failure, on the other hand, has been hailed as an example that underlines the safety … Continued
A woman who had undergone a uterine transplant delivered a child in Pune Thursday, the first such birth in India, and the 12th in the world, all since 2014. How did medical science in India reach this milestone? Why transplant For women whose uterus is not healthy, or who do not have one, a transplant … Continued
Earlier this week, companies around the world scrambled to try and meet a RBI-mandated deadline to store Indian users’ financial data in India, reigniting conversation about “data localisation”. Across ministries and sectors, the government has firmed up its stance on storing data of Indian users in the country, to the discontent of international players and … Continued
In what is India’s first large outbreak of the Zika virus, 80 cases have been detected in Jaipur so far. Health Minister J P Nadda held a review meeting in Delhi Tuesday, while the Rajasthan government continued surveillance and preventive measures. A look at how the virus spreads and the big risk it involves — … Continued
What were the demands made by PM at Oil ministers meeting? India’s economic fortunes continue to be tied to the sharply fluctuating price of oil. At a gathering of prominent oil ministers in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged oil-producing countries to reduce the cost of energy in order to aid the global economy … Continued