Yearly Archives: 2023

EXERCISE FRINJEX-2023

Indo-France joint military exercise FRINJEX-2023 to commence at Thiruvananthapuram. This will be a maiden Joint Military Exercise between Indian Army and French Army. It is for the first time armies of both the nations are engaging in this format with each contingent comprising of a Company Group. Aim: The exercise is aimed at enhancing inter-operability, coordination and cooperation between both forces at tactical level. The …

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COURT MARTIAL

An Army captain was court-martialled after a Court of Inquiry (CoI) and subsequent summary of evidence found that troops under his command had exceeded their powers under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act. Court-martial is a procedure for trials of the military personnel for violating the military laws or making any military offences. It is conducted in …

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URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT FUND

Union Finance Minister had announced in her Budget speech that the UIDF would be established through the use of priority sector lending shortfall. The Urban Infrastructure Development Fund (UIDF) is to be set up to ramp up infrastructure in tier-2 and tier-3 cities with an annual allocation of Rs 10,000 crore It will be established …

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BIO-COMPUTERS

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) recently outlined a plan for a potentially revolutionary new area of research called organoid intelligence, which aims to create “bio-computers”. Organoid intelligence is an emerging interdisciplinary scientific field aiming to establish a new type of biological computing system. These next-generation biocomputers will harness the computational power of the …

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SCOTUS

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has begun hearing two pivotal lawsuits that will for the first time ask it to interpret Section 230 of the U.S. Communications Decency Act of 1996, the law that has shielded tech companies from liabilities over decades. The lawsuits pose a long-standing …

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MULTILATERAL REFORMS AS A PRIORITY IN THE G-20

While assuming the G-20 presidency in December 2022, India stated that its agenda would be inclusive, ambitious, action-oriented, and decisive. New Delhi also said that its primary objectives are to build global consensus over critical development and security issues and deliver global goods. This resulted in placing multilateral reform as …

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RAILWAYS TIES UP WITH ISRO FOR TRAIN TRACKING

The Indian Railways is harnessing the power of data analytics for integrated transportation. It has commenced a project which will now enable real time tracking of train movements with the assistance of satellite imagery under the Real Time Train Information System (RTIS) project. K. Singh, Managing Director, Centre for Railway …

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OLIVE RIDLEYS

Nearly 6.37 lakh Olive Ridley turtles have arrived for mass nesting on the Rushikulya coast this year, setting a new record for the beach in Ganjam district of Odisha. The arrival of the turtles for laying eggs from February 23 to March 2 — which is treated as the mass …

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GREEN HYDROGEN SUPERPOWER

India has committed to 50% electricity capacity from non-fossil sources by 2030. But an energy transition in industry is needed at the same time. Most industrial greenhouse gas emissions in India come from steel, cement, fertilizers and petrochemicals. Green hydrogen holds the promise of fuelling industrial growth while simultaneously reducing …

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INDIA-GERMANY RELATIONs

It is no secret that India’s relationship with Germany has traditionally lagged behind its relations with its other European partners such as France. Benign mutual neglect coupled with Germany’s primary focus on China are factors, but this appears to be changing rapidly. Chancellor Scholz’s two-day visit to India, that began …

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