Science and Technology

Space start-ups

4th June – Space start-ups

Space start-ups need more government nurturing, resources Recently, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a ground-breaking initiative by opening up space and atomic energy to private players, referring to them as “fellow travellers”. Also, recently, history was created by SpaceX (one of the famous space start-ups) when NASA astronauts were launched into orbit by the first-ever …

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Space

22nd May – Private participation in space sector

Opening Up The Space The government’s decision to allow the private sector to play a larger role in the country’s space activities is welcome. How will it benefit the private sector? Permission to use the facilities of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will relieve companies of the burden of going overseas to test equipment, …

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Artificial Intelligence

14th May – Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare The modern era of global connectivity and high levels of mobile usage in India present significant opportunities for access to AI technology focused healthcare within the following areas – AI in assistance to Physicians – AI can relieve highly-skilled medical professionals from routine activities, freeing up doctors to concentrate on the …

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18th April – Telemedicine

Telemedicine The world has very few devices left to fight COVID-19 with, but technology remains one of them.  Whether it is the employ of state-of-the-art technology in the discovery of cures or vaccines, or traditional technology services (telemedicine) to enhance health care and consultations, or even tools that keep people at home occupied/productive, it is …

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Hydroxychloroquine

9th April – Hydroxychloroquine

Explained – Hydroxychloroquine The government has decided to ease its ban on the export of hydroxychloroquine, a drug that has garnered global interest in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19. What is hydroxychloroquine? It is an antimalarial drug option, considered less toxic than chloroquine, and prescribed in certain cases. Doctors also prescribe hydroxychloroquine for patients …

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Quantum Technology

24th March – Quantum Technology

Picking up the quantum technology baton In the Budget 2020 speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made a welcome announcement for Indian science — over the next five years she proposed spending ₹8,000 crore ($1.2 billion) on a National Mission on Quantum Technologies and Applications. This promises to catapult India into the midst of the second …

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Facial Recognition Technology

19th March – Facial Recognition Technology

Coming to terms with biometrics in policing Ever since the police became a formal organisation nearly 150 years ago, there is a global consensus that the police charter ought not to be restricted to a mere maintenance of peace in public places. It should focus equally on crime prevention and detection. It is in the …

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Data Protection Bill

17th March – Data Protection Bill

Data Protection Bill is vague and intrusive The Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill, 2019 introduces significant new requirements and challenges for legal and compliance functions. This entails changes to the ways in which technologies are designed and managed, including focus on search, storage and security of data.  A gamut of cautions – The PDP framework …

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Cryptocurrency

6th March – Cryptocurrency

Figuring out risks posed by cryptocurrency On April 6, 2018, the RBI issued a prohibition on all dealings in cryptocurrency by regulated entities. Recently, the Supreme Court has annulled this circular of the RBI. How cryptocurrency is different from normal currency? The money we use (fiat currency) is a product of lending by institutions (commercial …

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Nuclear Power

4th March – Nuclear Power

Nuclear Power Recently, Prime Minister Modi and President Trump encouraged the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited and Westinghouse Electric Company to finalise the techno-commercial offer for the construction of six nuclear reactors in India at the earliest date. Concerns – It has been clear for years that electricity from American reactors would be more …

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