Friday, October 26, 2012

National Policy on Electronics 2012

  • to develop the Electronic System and Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector to meet our domestic demand as well as to use the capabilities so created to successfully export ESDM products from the country.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Lance Armstrong

  • U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)  accused him of leading a massive doping programme on his teams.
  • stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by the governing body of cycling, International Cycling Union (UCI)
  • Armstrong has denied doping

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Train Collision Avoidance System
Based on a combination of GPS and Radio Frequency enabled technology, applies brakes without the intervention of the loco (train) pilots once it detects another locomotive on the move or stationary on the same track and avoids collision.
Jointly developed by RDSO of the Railways and Hyderabad-based private firm HBL Power Systems Ltd.

Toto community

One of the country’s oldest tribes, and which is facing extinction.
The Totos are one of the oldest Indo-Bhutanese tribes.
In West Bengal.
in news:
The West Bengal government has decided to provide free foodgrains to members of the Toto community

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Order of Australia

what it is:
to recognize Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service.
why in news :
Oct 2012, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that Sachin Tendulkar will be conferred the membership of the Order of Australia, an honour “rarely” awarded to non-Australians.
Other Indian awarded:
 Soli Sorabjee former Attorney General-for service to Australia-India bilateral legal relations” in 2006
Other non-Australian awarded:
Brian Lara,Clive Lloyd

Mental Health Care Bill,2011

  1. Humanizing the treatment of mental illnesses
  2. To ban electro convulsive treatment (ECT) (electric shocks)
  3. Grant of medical insurance
  4. To broaden the definition of mental illness and recommends decriminalization of suicide
  5. To bring Mental Health Review Commissions at district, state and national levels.
  6. Treatment of mental illnesses would have to be mandatory in all government-run and funded institutions and those below poverty line will get free treatment.

Water dispute

any dispute or difference between two or more State Governments with respect to the use, distribution or control of the waters of, or in, any inter-State river or river valley
Interstate River Water Disputes Act – 1956 (IRWD Act) enacted on 28 August 1956 by the Indian parliament under Article 262 on the eve of reorganization of states on linguistic basis to resolve the water disputes that would arise in the use, control and distribution of an interstate river or river valley.
Amendment 2002: This amendment specifically does not permit altering the

Cauvery River dispute [Editorials]

Amid the grandstanding by political leaders, it is the Basin farmers who must take the lead in removing misperceptions about the Tribunal’s award

The Cauvery dispute has taken a turn for the worse. Confrontationism prevails, and we seem to be witnessing a return to the spirit of 1992, though not to violence of that order. What has gone wrong? This article is an analysis and an appeal.
Let us go back to 2007 and imagine that on the announcement of the Final Order of the Cauvery Tribunal, the disputant States did not file Special Leave Petitions (SLPs) before the Supreme Court but only submitted clarificatory petitions to the Tribunal. Alternatively, let us imagine that the States did file SLPs before the Supreme Court, but the Supreme Court refused to admit the SLPs on the ground that there was a bar on the jurisdiction of the courts. In either case, the Tribunal would have proceeded to deal with the clarificatory petitions and might have given a Further Report in about six to eight months or perhaps a year, i.e., by early 2008.