13 August, 2020

  • US Presidential Elections - (Polity and Governance)
  • Beti Bachao Beti Padhao - (Social Issues)
  • A self-reliant foreign policy-EDIT Page 07 - (International Relations)
  • Shutting the door on Huawei -EDIT Page 07 - (International Relations)
  • How the tiger can regain its stripes-EDIT Page 07 - (Environment)
  • Mega labs to boost COVID-19 testing Page 01 - (Science and Technology)
  • QOD

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    Kamala Harris to be Biden’s running mate + Running mate matters

    Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, has named Kamala Harris, who is of mixed Indian and Black heritage, as his running mate in a much anticipated announcement that was described as “historic” and “seismic” by Democrats, including many ecstatic Indian-Americans and non-partisan observers. She is the first woman of color on a presidential ticket in the US.

    • Presidential Election Process of U.S
    • Electoral College
    • Caucuses and primaries, and the national conventions.


    Study finds poor access to abortion drugs

    Over-regulation of drugs to curb gender-biased sex selection such as through government programmes like ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ has hindered access to safe, legal and cost-effective abortion, according to a survey across six States which found an “overwhelming shortage” of abortion pills or medical abortion drugs.

    • Summary of the report
    • Misunderstanding that easy availability of medical abortion drugs will be misused for sex selection.
    • Reduced choice
    • Cost effective
    • Missing Millions: A National Shame
    • Female infanticide to Sex selective abortions
    • Pre-1970s: Female infanticide
    • Failure of PCPNDT Act
    • Beti Bachao and Beti Padao
    • From protection to promotion: The way forward


    A self-reliant foreign policy

    This Article highlights that in the present and upcoming era of New Cold War between China and United States, India, rather than picking any side, should diversify its relation with important and significant players in the international arena to ensure strategic autonomy for India’s best interest. Let us understand the important highlights of this article by going through the views expressed by India’s External Affairs Minister on multilateralism and strategic autonomy.

    • View of India’s Minister of External Affairs
    • Maintaining Strategic Autonomy even in the Past
    • Strategic Alliance in Present Times
    • Diversification is the key


    Shutting the door on Huawei

    In January, U.K allowed Huawei to have a limited role in its telecommunications network. However after a review, U.K. has finally decided to ban the Chinese company. This entails banning U.K. mobile providers from buying new Huawei 5G equipment after the end of this year as well as removing all of Huawei’s 5G kit from their networks by 2027.

    • The Domino effect
    • Allegation against Huawei
    • Geo-strategic stake in the Huawei controversy
    • India’s response


    How the tiger can regain its stripes

    There has been increase in number of 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 efforts. India has done better than other tiger range countries, but flags have been raised regarding the cost and efficiency in this increase.

    • India’s potential of holding tigers
    • Why number of tigers increased
    • Changes post 2000
    • Tiger task force 2005 and After
    • Red Tape in tiger administration
    • What needs to be Done


    Mega labs’ to boost COVID-19 testing

    To speed up testing as well as improve the accuracy of testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) positive cases, the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is working on developing “mega labs” where large machines, called Next Generation Sequencing machines (NGS), which are also used for sequencing human genomes, will be repurposed to sequence 1,500-3,000 viral genomes at a go for detecting the SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus.

    • How is this better than RTPCR?
    • In Partnership
    • Scaling up testing

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