• China’s Reforms: Risky Road Ahead

    How will China’s economy, its political system, and its society interact in the wake of new reforms -- in harmony or with increasing friction? The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has made a  decision to make market mechanisms “decisive” in the economy. The primary aim of such reforms, of course, is to prolong party rule. Since crushing the citizen and student movements of … [Continue Reading]

    China’s Reforms: Risky Road Ahead
  • Nanogenerator: Vibration Energy The Secret To Self-powered Electronics

    Incorporated directly into a cell phone housing, the team's nanogenerator could harvest and convert vibration energy from a surface, such as the passenger seat of a moving vehicle, into power for the phone. The device is described as a "mesoporous piezoelectric nanogenerator". A multi-university team of engineers has developed what could be a promising solution for charging … [Continue Reading]

    Nanogenerator: Vibration Energy The Secret To Self-powered Electronics
  • Heavy Satellite Launch Vehicles: An Assessment

    A satellite launch vehicle (rocket) is designed to lift a satellite from the earth and to deliver it to the desired orbit. The strength of such a vehicle depends on the weight of the satellite and the nature of the orbit in which it is to be placed. With advancing rocket technology, capability to put the heavy satellites into different orbits has increased significantly. … [Continue Reading]

    Heavy Satellite Launch Vehicles: An Assessment
  • India’s Strategic Articulation: Shift in Thinking

    Significantly, for the first time, India has very firmly articulated its concerns over geopolitical flash points in Asia when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed the Combined Commanders’ Conference on 22 November. While underling the impending strategic threat scenarios affecting India, PM significantly hasn’t mentioned China but emphasized on the global surveillance … [Continue Reading]

    India’s Strategic Articulation: Shift in Thinking
  • Thirsty Energy: Securing Energy in a Water-Constrained World

    Today, more than 780 million people lack access to potable water, and over 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity. At the same time, estimates show that by 2035, global energy consumption will increase by 35%, while water consumption by the energy sec­tor will increase by 85%. Climate change will further challenge water and energy manage­ment by causing more water … [Continue Reading]

    Thirsty Energy: Securing Energy in a Water-Constrained World
  • India-South Korea Relations: A New Beginning

    India and South Korea enjoy warm and friendly relations. However despite its strong economic foundation, the relationship has so far failed to realize its full potential. South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s recent visit to India was hoped to rectify that situation and add depth to the bilateral relations. In fact, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, after his meeting … [Continue Reading]

    India-South Korea Relations: A New Beginning
  • Lokpal And Lokayuktas Bill, 2013: Free eBook

    The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2013 is published as Act No.1 of 2014 in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, Section-1, dated the 1st January 2014. The Bill got the assent from President Pranab Mukherjee, providing for setting up of an anti-corruption watchdog. The Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on December 17 and by the Lok Sabha the next day. The object of … [Continue Reading]

    Lokpal And Lokayuktas Bill, 2013: Free eBook
  • Remembering Nelson Mandela

    Nelson Mandela, the global statesman who delivered South Africa from the dark days of apartheid, has died aged 95. Mr Mandela had suffered from a series of lung infections over the past two years and died at home in the company of his family. Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95, was the architect of South Africa’s transformation from racial despotism to liberal democracy, … [Continue Reading]

    Remembering Nelson Mandela
  • Bolt & Fraser-Pryce Crowned World Athletes Of 2013

    Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have been crowned the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year, 2013. This was done by the sport's governing body IAAF at a ceremony in Monaco on November 16. Bolt, 27, previously the World Athlete of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, successfully regained his 100m title and won the 200m at the IAAF World … [Continue Reading]

    Bolt & Fraser-Pryce Crowned World Athletes Of 2013
  • SCs, STs Closing The Literacy Gap

    According to the primary Census abstract for the total population of SCs and STs released by the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner on October 29, the SCs and STs are fast closing the literacy gap with the national average and the gender gap within their own communities. Data released recently shows a 14.6 percentage point increase in literacy among ST and … [Continue Reading]

    SCs, STs Closing The Literacy Gap

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Parliament

Lokpal And Lokayuktas Bill, 2013: Free eBook

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2013 is published as Act No.1 of 2014 in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, Section-1, dated the 1st … More

HIGGS-BOSON

Higgs Boson! God Particle: Free eBook

Francois Englert and Peter Higgs have been awarded the Nobel Prize for physics 2013  for work that led to last year's discovery of the Higgs … More


Parliament

10 Important Bills: Free eBook

The monsoon session of Parliament, from August 5 to September 7 turned out to be productive, as landmark legislation relating to food security, land … More

Biodiversity

Biodiversity Profile Of India: Free eBook

Biological diversity or ‘biodiversity’ encompasses the variety of all life on earth. Biodiversity manifests itself at three levels: … More

News Analysis

India Strategic Relations

India’s Strategic Articulation: Shift in Thinking

Significantly, for the first time, India has very firmly articulated its concerns over geopolitical flash points in Asia when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed the Combined Commanders’ … More

Guwahati High Court

CBI Declared As Unconstitutional

A division bench of Gauhati High Court comprising Justice IA Ansari and Justice Indira Shah on November 8, ruled that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was legally not a police force and … More

Ageing Population

Global Commission On Ageing In Developing Countries

The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Shri GhulamNabi Azad chaired the session for launching of the “Global Commission on Ageing in Developing Countries” at Beijing, China on October … More

Columns

China's Politburo Standing Committee

China’s Reforms: Risky Road Ahead

How will China’s economy, its political system, and its society interact in the wake of new … More

Nanogenerator

Nanogenerator: Vibration Energy The Secret To Self-powered Electronics

Incorporated directly into a cell phone housing, the team's nanogenerator could harvest and convert … More

Cryogenic Engines

Heavy Satellite Launch Vehicles: An Assessment

A satellite launch vehicle (rocket) is designed to lift a satellite from the earth and to deliver it … More

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Thirsty Energy: Securing Energy in a Water-Constrained World

Today, more than 780 million people lack access to potable water, and over 1.3 billion people lack … More

nelsonmandela

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, the global statesman who delivered South Africa from the dark days of apartheid, has … More

Census 2011

SCs, STs Closing The Literacy Gap

According to the primary Census abstract for the total population of SCs and STs released by the … More

In Focus

RUSA

Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on October 3 approved the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha … More

Malnutrition

Multi-Sectoral Programme To Address Maternal And Child Under-Nutrition

The Union Cabinet on September 24 approved the proposal for implementation of the multi-sectoral … More

PFRDA-Bill

Pension Fund Regulatory And Development Authority Bill (PFRDA) Bill, 2011

Current Status: Passed (Lok Sabha on September 04, 2013; Rajya Sabha on September 06, 2013; … More

Insights

Ranking

Global AgeWatch Index 2013

Ageing gives us cause for celebration: longer lives throughout the world are a triumph of … More

UNICEF Report

Committing To Child Survival: Progress Report 2013

A new UNICEF report, titled, Committing To Child Survival: A Promise Renewed: Progress Report 2013 … More

MDG Regional Groupings

Millennium Development Report, 2013

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been the most successful global anti-poverty push in … More

News Bytes

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Bolt & Fraser-Pryce Crowned World Athletes Of 2013

Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce have been crowned the Male and Female World Athletes of the Year, 2013. This was done by the … More

Martha Dodrey

Woman Health Worker Bags Global UN Award

The United Nations has conferred the 'UN Frontline Workers Global Leadership Award' on Martha Dodray, an Auxiliary Nurse & Midwife (ANM) from … More

Most Powerful People

World’s Most Powerful People

Russian President Vladimir Putin (No. 1) has taken the top spot on Forbes’ fifth annual ranking of “The World’s Most Powerful People” , as he … More


Manna Dey

Manna Dey Passes Away

Singer Manna Dey passed away after a prolonged illness in a Bangalore hospital on October 24. He was 94. Born in Kolkata in May 1919 as Prabodh … More

OPCW

OPCW Wins Nobel Peace Prize 2013

The global chemical weapons watchdog working to eliminate chemical arms stockpiles around the battlefields of Syria's civil war won the 2013 Nobel … More

Alice Munro

Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Alice Munro, the renowned Canadian short-story writer whose visceral work explores the tangled relationships between men and women, small-town … More


Nobel Prize Chemistry

Nobel Prize In Chemistry 2013

This year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to three researchers for work that did not involve test tubes or lab coats. Martin Karplus, … More