In brief: Internet travel

In brief: Internet travel Client-Server Architecture Internet is often defined as a network of networks of computers. Computer connected to the Internet communicate with each other for data exchange under the Client-Server Architecture. Illustration: When you are accessing a mail on Gmail, your computer is a client that wants to access data, information, and other services present onContinue reading “In brief: Internet travel”

About: LIC, GIC Re and New India

Life Insurance Corporation of Indiais an Indian state-owned insurance group and investment corporation owned by the Government of India. LIC is the largest life insurance company in India. GIC Re is the largest reinsurance company or insurer’s insurer. New India which is the largest general insurance company in the country. Government has plans to list the shares of LIC (India’sContinue reading “About: LIC, GIC Re and New India”

About V.S. Naipaul

About V.S. Naipaul Sir VidiadharSurajprasad Naipaul, also known as Sir Vidia Naipaul or Sir V. S. Naipaulwas, was born Trinidad, where his paternal grandfather had emigrated from India in the 1880s as an indentured servant to work on the sugar plantations. He went to Oxford University on a scholarship and lived the rest of his life in England, whereContinue reading “About V.S. Naipaul”

Farm bills are seen by farmers to deliver freedom to private capital Editorial 27th Sep’20 FinancialExpress

Farm bills passed by the Parliament: Three bills with huge impact on Indian agriculture, including two farm bills and one concerning the stocking of agriculture produce, were passed by the Parliament. These are: The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 (FPTC) The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and FarmContinue reading “Farm bills are seen by farmers to deliver freedom to private capital Editorial 27th Sep’20 FinancialExpress”

Agri reforms: Where did the APMCs go wrong? Editorial 26th Sep’20 FinancialExpress

Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) were brought in to ensure fair prices for farmers: Pre-APMC days in Indai were dominated by price misinformation and arbitrage (quick purchase and sell with middlemen making profits). APMCs were created in the early 1960s to ensure price discovery and fair transactions. They were designed to create infrastructure for auctions andContinue reading “Agri reforms: Where did the APMCs go wrong? Editorial 26th Sep’20 FinancialExpress”

About: Ballistic missiles

About: Ballistic missiles A ballistic missile is a missile with a high, arching trajectory (path in the form of an arc), which is initially powered and guided, but falls under gravity on to its target. Thus these weapons are not guided for the entire duration of their flight and most of the flight is unpowered. These weapons are in aContinue reading “About: Ballistic missiles”

To Return To Steady Growth Editorial 25th Sep’20 TimesofIndia

To Return To Steady Growth Editorial 25th Sep’20 TimesofIndia Economic downturn due to Covid-19: The GDP of India fell by 23.9% in April-June quarter of 2020 relative to that in the same quarter in 2019, according to recent government estimates. The decline is comparable to countries in which economic activity had been similarly severely impacted during theContinue reading “To Return To Steady Growth Editorial 25th Sep’20 TimesofIndia”

About Kofi Annan: Personal Life

About Kofi Annan: Personal Life Kofi Atta Annan was born on April 8, 1938, in the city of Kumasi in what was then Gold Coast and which, in 1957, became Ghana, the first African state to achieve independence from British colonialism. After a spell at the elite Mfantsipim boarding school founded by Methodists, he wentContinue reading “About Kofi Annan: Personal Life”

Should India have two time zones?

Headline : Should India have two time zones? Details : Why in news? Over the years, various citizens and political leaders have debated whether India should have two separate time zones. Now, a proposal for two time zones has come from India’s national timekeeper itself. Scientists at the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research’s National PhysicalContinue reading “Should India have two time zones?”

In focus: Blast disease in rice

In focus: Blast disease in rice Introduction Blast disease is a fungal disease that infests rice severely threatening food security worldwide. In India, blast disease is epidemics occurred 7 times between 1980 and 1987 in AP, HP, Haryana and TN. Details Blast disease in rice is caused by fungus Magnaporthe oryzae which is one of the topContinue reading “In focus: Blast disease in rice”

Who was Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis or ‘PCM’?

Headline : Who was Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis or ‘PCM’? Details : About P C Mahalanobis Early life: P.C. Mahalanobis was born in Calcutta on June 29, 1893. He was educated at the Brahmo Boys School, founded by Raja Ram Mohan Roy and went on to receive a B.Sc in Physics from Presidency College, Kolkata. After completing his majorsContinue reading “Who was Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis or ‘PCM’?”

About: Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT)

About: Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT) AIT was first propounded by Max Muller. According to this model, the Indo-Aryans migrated into India rather than invaded it, which nevertheless had the same effect on the indigenous peoples: their subjugation and the imposition of Indo-Aryan religion (Hinduism) and culture. So far, it’s been the bedrock upon which Indian history has been written. ItsContinue reading “About: Aryan Invasion Theory (AIT)”

In Cave 16: the Kailasa temple

Headline : In Cave 16: the Kailasa temple Details : Introduction Kailasa temple in cave 16 of Ellora is one of the largest rock-cut temples in the world.   Story behind the temple According to a legend cited in the 10th century book Katha Kalpa Taru, sometime in the 8th century, the queen of the Rashtrakuta ruler EluContinue reading “In Cave 16: the Kailasa temple”

How govt regulates religious pilgrimages?

Headline : How govt regulates religious pilgrimages? Details : Amarnath Yatra: About Amarnath cave: Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine located in Jammu and Kashmir, India. The cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888 m (12,756 ft), about 141 km from Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. The peak pilgrimage occurs when theContinue reading “How govt regulates religious pilgrimages?”

In focus: Superconductivity at room temperature

In focus: Superconductivity at room temperature Basic concepts ResistanceMaterials that conduct electricity well are called conductors. Eg: Metals. Resistance is an electrical quantity that measures how the device or material reduces the electric current flow through it. The resistance is measured in units of ohms (Ω). SuperconductorsSuperconductors are conductors that have zero resistancee. they don’t impedeContinue reading “In focus: Superconductivity at room temperature”

Ranjit Singh: Personal Life

Ranjit Singh: Personal Life Ranjit Singh was born in 1780 in Gujranwala, now in Pakistan. He honoured men of reputed sanctity and enabled them to practise an enlarged charity. He attributed every success to the favour of God. He styled himself and his people collectively the Khalsa. The maharaja was known for his just and secularContinue reading “Ranjit Singh: Personal Life”

About Bogibeel Bridge

About Bogibeel Bridge The Bogibeel double-deck bridge is a rail-road bridge across Brahmaputra River connecting Dibrugarh in Assam and Dehmaji in Assam. The 4.94 km long bridge is the longest rail-road bridge in India. The longest road bridge on Brahmaputra is the 9.15 km Dhola-Sadiya Bridge. The double-deck bridge will have a three-lane road in the upper deck andContinue reading “About Bogibeel Bridge”

Giving MSMEs the right push Editorial 13th Sep’20 FinancialExpress

Giving MSMEs the right push Editorial 13th Sep’20 FinancialExpress Importance of MSME sector: The MSME sector contributes approximately 40% to the GDP and generates employment for 114 million Indians, comprising about 93% of the total labour force of the country. This sector under severe stress: Over the last few years, economic distress has hurt theContinue reading “Giving MSMEs the right push Editorial 13th Sep’20 FinancialExpress”

Demonetisation and Farmers

What is demonetisation? Demonetisation is a situation where the Central Bank of the country (Reserve Bank in India) withdraws the old currency notes of certain denomination as an official mode of payment. Notes of a particular denomination cease to be legal tender. In other words, the notes lose their value as a currency On NovemberContinue reading “Demonetisation and Farmers”

In focus: Hayabusa 2 Mission

In focus: Hayabusa 2 Mission Introduction Hayabusa 2 is the successor of Hayabusa mission of Japan to study the origin and evolution of our solar system. Hayabusa mission was launched in 2003 to study the features of asteroid ‘Itokawa’. Hayabus 2 mission was launched in 2014 and reached its destination, asteroid ‘Ryugu’ in 2018.  Continue reading “In focus: Hayabusa 2 Mission”

In Brief: Venus and its exploration

In Brief: Venus and its exploration About Venus Introduction Venus has a solid surface by virtue of being one of the 3 inner planets besides Mercury and Earth. It is nearly the same size of the earth. Atmosphere The atmosphere of Venus is composed of 95% carbon dioxide and thus high greenhouse effect. Sulfur compoundsContinue reading “In Brief: Venus and its exploration”

What are Non-Banking Financial Company- Factors (NBFC-Factors)?

What are Non-Banking Financial Company- Factors (NBFC-Factors)? NBFC factors are companies that receive invoices by selling companies at discount prices. An NBFC-Factoring company needs to have a minimum Net Owned Fund of Rs. 5 Crore with the financial assets in the factoring business constituting, at least, 75 percent of its total assets. It also shouldContinue reading “What are Non-Banking Financial Company- Factors (NBFC-Factors)?”

Jaipur: India’s first planned city

Jaipur: India’s first planned city The fortified city of Jaipur in Rajasthan was founded in 1727 by Sawai Jai Singh II. It is also one of the first planned cities in India. The chief architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya designed and built the city on the concepts of ‘shilp shastra’ and ‘vastu shastra’. The walled city is roughlyContinue reading “Jaipur: India’s first planned city”

Headline : How jails pay and deduct prisoners’ wages

Headline : How jails pay and deduct prisoners’ wages Background In 1998, the Supreme Court asked all states to devise a mechanism so that victims of the offence could be compensated (State of Gujarat & Anr vs Gujarat High Court). Prisons in various states made their own rules, with the amount of compensation varying from stateContinue reading “Headline : How jails pay and deduct prisoners’ wages”