Navy On A Major Capability Upgrade

Source : www.thehindu.com  Date : 2018-12-10 OPINION Relevant for: Science & Technology Topic: Defencerelatred developments Against the backdrop of increasing responsibilities in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) with the rising Chinese presence, the Indian Navy has embarked on a major capability upgrade. A Navy officer said that this year, on an average, 35 Navy ships were deployed…

Sebi To Relax Listing Norms For Start-Ups

Source : www.thehindu.com  Date : 2018-12-10 OPINION Relevant for: Indian Economy Topic: Issues relating to Growth & Development – Capital Market & SEBI In a major push to kick-start listing of start-ups in India in a big way, capital markets regulator SEBI has lined up a slew of relaxations for new-age ventures in sectors like e-commerce and…

‘Challenge for the panel is we don’t know what the resources are’

Source : www.thehindu.com  Date : 2018-12-10 OPINION Relevant for: Indian Polity & Constitution Topic: Finance Commission The Chairman of the Fifteenth Finance Commission, N.K. Singh, says that though the Commission will have to take the 2011 census as the base year for population, it could use a combination of variables to ensure that performance and efficiency…

Ministry Amends Rules For Minorities

Source : www.thehindu.com  Date : 2018-12-10 OPINION Relevant for: Indian Polity & Constitution Topic: Indian Constitution – Features, significant provisions and Basic Structure The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is pending in Parliament, but the Union Home Ministry has notified amendments to the Citizenship Rules, 2009, to include a separate column in the citizenship form for applicants…

Hot Ocean Water Led To Mass Extinction: Study

Source : www.thehindu.com  Date : 2018-12-09 OPINION Relevant for: Environment & Disaster Management Topic: Environmental Degradation – GHGs, Ozone Depletion & Climate Change Scientists think they’ve figured out the falling dominoes that led to the earth’s largest mass extinction and worry that human-caused climate change puts the planet on a vaguely similar path. Some 250 million…

Descent Into Hell

Source : www.thehindu.com  Date : 2018-12-09 OPINION Relevant for: Health, Education & Human Resources Topic: Health & Sanitation and related issues The working conditions of manual scavengers — those who manually clean drains, sewers and septic tanks and remove human excreta — has not changed for decades. Many of them make their way down a…

Gene Hunters On The Autism Trail

Source : www.thehindu.com  Date : 2018-12-09 OPINION Relevant for: Science & Technology Topic: Biotechnology, Genetics & Health related developments Will creating a genomic data bank on autistic children and their families hold the key to early diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? An increasing number of global researchers think so as they invest time…

Report On ‘Toxic’ Talc Worries India

Source : www.thehindu.com  Date : 2018-12-09 OPINION Relevant for: Health, Education & Human Resources Topic: Health & Sanitation and related issues The debate over whether talcum powder poses serious health risks is in the spotlight again. A risk assessment draft on talc published by Health Canada, the country’s public health department, states that talcum powder…