National Intelligence Grid or NATGRID:

GS Paper 3   Context: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is soon expected to launch the National Intelligence Grid or NATGRID that aims to provide a “cutting-edge technology to enhance India’s counter-terror capabilities”.   What is NATGRID? Envisaged as a robust mechanism to track suspects, the NATGRID can help in preventing terrorist attacks with real-time data …

CRISPR to control growth of mosquitoes:

GS Paper 3 Topics Covered: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology.   Context: Researchers from California have developed CRISPR-based system to safely restrain mosquito vectors via sterilization. It is called the new precision-guided sterile insect technique, or pgSIT.   How it works? pgSIT is a new scalable genetic control system that …

About NCLT and ITAT:

GS Paper 2 Topics Covered: Important statutory bodies.   Context: The government has appointed 31 people as judicial, technical and accountant members at the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) and the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT). These developments assume significance as they come amid the Supreme Court flagging concerns about vacancies in various tribunals.   Background: …

128th anniversary of the historic Chicago address of Swami Vivekananda:

GS Paper 1 Topics Covered: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.   Context: On September 11, 1893, Swami Vivekananda delivered his famed speech at the ‘Parliament of the World’s Religions’, garnering a full two minute standing ovation and the moniker of ‘cyclonic monk of …