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5G rollout: How far has India progressed, and where does it stand on Huawei? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

While taking charge as the telecom minister last month, Ravi Shankar Prasad had said that India would conduct field trials for 5G telephony in the first 100 days of the new government. One question that has been asked is whether Chinese equipment manufacturer Huawei will be able to participate in the trials. Huawei was blacklisted … Continued

Excitement turns into Anxiety as Chandrayaan 2 launch gets delayed (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

India’s much anticipated Chandrayaan-2 mission launch has been called off due to a technical problem in the launch vehicle system. The mission which is India’s 2nd mission to the moon was halted just 56 minutes before the launch early morning on Monday. More Details This launch was scheduled to have taken place at 2.51 am … Continued

Where India stands in battle against measles, how Sri Lanka eliminated it (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

Sri Lanka has made health history after spending three years free of any new measles cases, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that the deadly childhood infection has been eliminated in the island nation. In contrast, India has a long road ahead, particularly because vaccine-resistant voices are sometimes being heard. Last year, the … Continued

A ‘revolutionary mission’ to explore Saturn’s largest moon (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

NASA is sending a drone-style quadcopter to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Dragonfly, as the mission is called, will be capable of soaring across the skies of Titan and landing intermittently to take scientific measurements, studying the world’s mysterious atmosphere and topography while searching for hints of life on the only world other than Earth in … Continued

The International Criminal Court verdict against Bosco Ntaganda is a breakthrough (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

The conviction of the Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda is cause for cautious optimism that perpetrators of serious crimes cannot escape justice, even where they have evaded domestic laws. Ntaganda, known as “the terminator”, was pronounced guilty of 13 counts of war crimes and five of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court. These relate … Continued

Kartarpur Gurudwara: Pakistan agrees to allow year-long visa-free access (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; IOBR)

Pakistan agreed to give year-long visa-free access for Indian pilgrims to the holy Gurdwara of Kartarpur Sahib. It was agreed to allow visa-free travel for the Indian passport-holders and OCI card-holders seven days a week. Throughout the year, 5,000 pilgrims will be allowed to visit the Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara per day. The pilgrims will be … Continued

Draft Model Tenancy Act: what govt proposes for house owners, tenants (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics)

Last week, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MHUA) released the draft Model Tenancy Act, 2019, which aims to regulate rental housing by a market-oriented approach. Its objective and features: Why an Act Pointing to the Census 2011 count of 1.1 crore houses lying vacant, an MHUA statement said the Model Act would bring … Continued

Why is India setting up a mobile phone handsets database? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Science & Technology)

The National Telecom Policy of 2012 calls for the establishment of a National Mobile Property Registry to address the issue of “security, theft, and other concerns including reprogramming of mobile handsets”. Based on this, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) under the Ministry of Communications initiated a Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) for mobile service providers. … Continued

How will Chandrayaan 2 study the moon? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper II; Science & Technology)

When Chandrayaan 1, India’s first moon mission was launched on October 22, 2008, from Sriharikota, using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), India became the fourth country to plant its flag on the lunar surface. On the moon, the mission conclusively detected traces of water along with magnesium, aluminium and silicon. Now, close to a … Continued

Why is India opting for overseas bonds? (Relevant for GS Prelims & Mains Paper III; Economics)

The government, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced in the Budget speech, plans to raise a portion of its gross borrowing from overseas markets. The government and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will reportedly finalise the plans for the overseas issue of sovereign bonds by September. While several commentators have argued that this is a … Continued

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