Science and Technology

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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Nuclear Energy

5th August – Nuclear Energy

Whither nuclear energy? It has been exactly 15 years since the announcement of the historic US-India Civilian Nuclear Agreement. This high-profile deal signed in 2005 by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President George Bush dominated Indian politics through the second half of the previous decade. But it has failed to provide rich dividends …

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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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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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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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