Friday, November 16, 2012

Agricultural waste management and vermi-technology

Harvesting the residue left in the field poses a major problem as removing it requires manpower and money

What farmer does??
In some places simply burn the dried leaves, stalk in the field itself as it is an easy option.
advantage of this:
      • free manure, 
      • increased water holding capacity

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Prohibition of Unfair Practice in Technical Educational Institutions, Medical Educational Institutions and University Bill

"India's demographic dividend(major population age) in coming years by 2020  is around 29 years that means a population with an average age of 29" (Ref here TheHindu)
Whats interesting here is that the same for 
  • China is 37 years
  • US is  38 years
 This means around 2020 we will have maximum population as young Indians.
So its important that young Indians are meaningfully participated in the economy and contribute to growth.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Old age,elderly,senior citizen problems

Who are aged??
60 years + are called aged.
Characteristics of old aged people: 

characteristic of old aged,senior citizen, elderly people

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Indo-US Relation: similarities, importance, clashes

Our similarities:
  1. Big Democracies
  2. Enemy of enemy are friends , guess who ;) you will find it soon :)
  3. Our countries are multi-ethnic even though filled with strong patriotism
  4. Federation of states. [ Refer constitutional borrowings from US ]

Genetically Modified Crops (GM Crops) and current Issue

Created for human or animal consumption using latest molecular biology techniques.

Specific change introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Census 2011

 Our Census Our Future!!

Total Population of India
2011 1.21bn
2001 1.02bn

"we are the second most populous country just after China who is at 1.35bn"
We are closing on them very fast and soon we will take them down :-) !!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Comptroller and Auditor General of India

  • Art 148 provides for independent office of CAG of India.
  • Head of Indian Audit and Accounts Dept.
  • Guardian of the Public purse.
appointed By the President of India

A liability for our nuclear plans [Editorials]

Tough provisions in the 2010 law are making it difficult to move ahead even with projects designed and built by India
In the context of the ongoing debate on Kudankulam, the question of nuclear liability has come to the fore again. As a person who engaged with this question almost 50 years ago, I would like to throw some light on the subject. As a lead member of the Indian team negotiating the Tarapur contract with the Americans, it fell to my remit to address this matter. General Electric and Westinghouse, who were the serious bidders, explained to us the practice in the United States whereby the owner-operator of the plant assumed the nuclear liability risk. The operator indemnified suppliers of equipment because the financial risk of a nuclear accident, though very remote, could not be reasonably factored in by the chain of suppliers involved in a nuclear project, in their contracts. The owner-operators of nuclear power plant, who were mostly investor-owned utilities, were asked to take

The Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill

Features of the Bill are:
  1.  Appropriate compensation for land losers and labourers dependent on the land proposed to be acquired for living.
  2.  The definition of public purpose has been elaborated to avoid confusion. It defines public purpose as land use for strategic purposes, infrastructure and industry. 

Track Child

What it is??
  • A child tracking system for maintaining real time data of all children availing rehabilitation services under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme.
  • Implemented by the Union Women & Child Development Ministry

Citizen Science

What it is??
  • Public participation in scientific research 
  • Scientific research conducted by crowdsourcing, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists 
  • Citizen Science is when people make their own voluntary contributions to the progress of science from home. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Rakhine-Rohingya Conflict

Rakhine state(highlighted)

What is Rakhine??

It is a state in Myanmar.
Situated on the western coast, it is bordered by Chin State in the north, Magway Region, Bago Region and Ayeyarwady Region in the east, the Bay of Bengal to the west, and the Chittagong Division of Bangladesh to the northwest

What is Rohingya??
The Rohingya are a Muslim people who are descendent of Bengali people and currently living in the state of Rakhine (Arakan).
According to the UN, they are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

U.S. presidential Election

  • For the post of President and Vice-President every 4 years
  • Candidate must be at least 35yrs of age
  • They must be native-born citizens of United States and a resident of at least 14 years