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Defence

31st August – Impact of import embargo on defence

Impact of import embargo on defence The Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced an embargo on the import of 101 items through a press release issued on August 9, 2020. Details about the decision – The Annexure to this press release lists a wide range of embargoed ammunition, weapon systems, radars, simulators, and other platforms.  A …

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Battery swapping

29th August – Battery swapping

Should the government promote EV battery swapping? Recently, the government allowed electric vehicles to be sold and registered without batteries. The rationale behind the move, it explained, was to de-link the cost of the battery from the vehicle cost. Battery accounts for 30-40 per cent of an electric vehicle’s cost and this move would bring …

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Space Industry

28th August – Need for a space legislation

The uncharted territory of outer space Outer space has been the arena of some of the most memorable technology demonstrations. Russia’s Sputnik and the U.S.’s Apollo 11 were metaphors of geopolitical competition. For India, Chandrayaan and Mangalyaan were symbols of national pride. Today, outer space no longer captures our mind space in the way cyberspace …

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Saliva Test

19th August – Rapid Saliva test

Rapid saliva test On August 15, six and a half months after the first novel coronavirus case was reported in the country, India crossed another grim milestone — 50,000 deaths. The total number of cases reported have reached nearly 2.6 million; India has been reporting the most fresh cases in a day in the world …

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Naga Peace Accord

18th August – Naga Peace Accord

Hurdles in the Naga peace Accord Fresh hurdles have emerged in the road to peace in Nagaland. After a framework agreement (Naga Peace Accord) was signed in 2015 between the Centre and the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim, or the NSCN (I-M), the largest of the extremist groups in the peace …

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LTV

15th August – Loan to value (LTV) ratio

Loan to value (LTV) ratio Recently, while the Monetary Policy Committee kept the policy rates unchanged, the RBI brought about other significant changes to help borrowers with additional liquidity. One such move was the increase in the permissible loan-to-value (LTV) ratio for loans sanctioned by banks against the pledge of gold ornaments and jewellery for …

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Tiger Conservation

14th August – Tiger conservation

Tiger Conservation – How the tiger can regain its stripes? On International Tiger Day, July 29, authorities proudly declared that India should “celebrate” the increase in tigers from about 2,000 in 1970 to about 3,000 now. This is an annual growth rate lower than 1% after 50 years of incredible, sometimes heroic, efforts. Clearly, India …

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Airport

12th August – Airport Safety

Stronger Airport Regulation The crash of an Air India Express plane at Kozhikode airport, which has claimed at least 18 lives and left dozens more in critical condition, has once again highlighted questions about safety at several Indian airports. A tabletop airport – Kozhikode airport is what is called a “tabletop” airport, like Mangalore airport, …

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Nuclear Risks

11th August – Nuclear Risks

Bringing nuclear risks back into popular imagination ‘Little Boy’ was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. This was followed three days later by the dropping of ‘Fat Man’ on Nagasaki. The two nuclear bombs vaporised around 150,000 people who were going about their morning business; 130,000 others succumbed to burns, radiation sickness, and other …

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India's power sector

10th August – Transforming India’s power sector

Transforming India’s power sector India’s goal of installing 450GW of renewable energy looks to be a challenge, but this will be an even bigger challenge if India has overcapacity due to lower-than-expected demand. Therefore, an innovative response requires retiring old, inefficient coal plants by bundling them with new and cheaper renewable energy (RE) capacity. It …

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