China’s Reforms: Risky Road Ahead

China's Politburo Standing Committee

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 … [Read more...]

Nanogenerator: Vibration Energy The Secret To Self-powered Electronics

Nanogenerator

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 … [Read more...]

Heavy Satellite Launch Vehicles: An Assessment

Cryogenic Engines

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 … [Read more...]

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India’s Strategic Articulation: Shift in Thinking

India Strategic Relations

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 … [Read more...]

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Thirsty Energy: Securing Energy in a Water-Constrained World

Thirsty Energy Infographic: Click for for full view of Infographic

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 … [Read more...]

India-South Korea Relations: A New Beginning

India- South Korea

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, … [Read more...]

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Lokpal And Lokayuktas Bill, 2013: Free eBook

Parliament

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 … [Read more...]