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Internet of Things for UPSC | All you need to know.

By | 2017-10-07T00:52:55+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Categories: GS Paper 3, Science and Technology|

Internet of things is the next breakthrough technology making it very important to know for your IAS Coaching. The article provides a summary of VIF India Article. A paradigm called “Internet of Things” or IoT is a concept where objects, animate and inanimate, become part of the Internet; each with a unique identity on the network, is accessible as any computer today is, and whose position and state is known and tracked all the time. In short, there is now a model where the real-world objects can participate as digital entities and as peers in a vastly connected network of networks, [...]

5G Technology UPSC | Bloomberg

By | 2017-09-26T22:06:31+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Categories: GS Paper 3, Science and Technology|

The world’s next mobile network, 5G, promises that it will be blazing fast, make room for the growing number of connected devices, and even be less of a drain on batteries. What’s 5G? 5G simply stands for fifth-generation mobile networks or fifth-generation wireless systems. It will be the successor to 4G, the current top-of-the-line network technology first introduced commercially in 2009. 5G could end up being 100 times faster than 4G, with speeds that could reach 10 gigabits per second. This would allow a full-length HD movie to be downloaded in seconds. 5G will also increase total bandwidth, which will be [...]

Should we fear Artificial Intelligence? | Livemint

By | 2017-08-09T14:38:39+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Categories: GS Paper 3, Science and Technology|

Introduction – Artificial intelligence, which is a system that has human-level intelligence, i.e., it can do multiple tasks as easily as a human can and can engage in a “thought” process that closely resembles humans. Should one fear Artificial Intelligence? As with most things, the answer is both yes and no. Why we must not? Beginning with why one must not “fear” Artificial Intelligence, such systems are actually pretty dumb. This is because even the most intelligent systems today have artificial specific intelligence, which means they can perform one task better than any human can, but only that one task. Any [...]

Regulating Online Pharmacy Business

By | 2017-07-19T06:26:53+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Categories: Governance, GS Mains, GS Paper 2, GS Paper 3, Science and Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A sub-committee had been constituted by the Drugs Consultative Committee (DCC) to examine issues relating to Online Pharmacy Business and sale of drugs. The Sub-Committee has submitted its report to the Drugs Consultative Committee. The Sub-Committee has inter alia recommended Creation of a National Portal to act as the nodal platform for transacting and monitoring Online Pharmacy Business and sale of drugs. Necessity of evolving a mechanism to register e-pharmacies.  Geographical restrictions for operation of e-pharmacies. Existing licensees involved in retail sale of drugs could also register on the National Portal for carrying out online sale of drugs. Requirement of registration [...]

National Strategic Plan For Malaria Elimination | PIB

By | 2017-07-14T10:24:35+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Categories: GS Mains, GS Paper 3, PIB, Science and Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Shri J P Nadda, the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched the National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination 2017-22. National Strategic Plan For Malaria Elimination | Details The Strategic Plan gives details about year wise elimination targets in various parts of the country depending upon the endemicity of malaria in the next 5 years. Recalling the launch of the National Framework for Malaria Elimination (NFME) last year, Shri Nadda had stated that NFME outlined India’s commitment for eliminating malaria by 2030. National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination (2017-22) gives strategies for working towards the ultimate goal of elimination of [...]

Energy Diplomacy China India Relations | RSTV

By | 2017-07-06T08:43:31+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Categories: Director's Desk, GS Paper 2, GS Paper 3, International Relations, RSTV, Science and Technology|Tags: , , , , , |

In this post we shall see all the possible factors as to why energy diplomacy is important to India (with a special focus on Energy Diplomacy China India Relations ). Away from the accolades that accompanied the ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative of China, India has been quietly working on creating connectivity grids in its neighbourhood and moving beyond physical connectivity to energy as a tool for connectivity. From Indonesia to Mauritius, India is working on a web of relationships that seek to leverage India’s position as a big source of petroleum products, sharing of technology and building interdependencies. Mauritius, one [...]

Using AI for Development Goals | Live Mint

By | 2017-07-06T08:25:38+00:00 July 6th, 2017|Categories: Director's Desk, Editorial Simplified, GS Paper 3, Science and Technology|Tags: , , , |

A recent United Nations (UN) supported summit in Geneva, “AI for Good”, focused on the potential of using Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Essentially, any sector, which is data-driven (be it conventional, digital or geo-spatial), is open to the use of AI. In some areas, AI applications are relatively well-developed, while in others, they are in initial stages. Development Goals | Health and nutrition AI-based systems can sift through the collected data about malnourished children and track the progress of an individual child at various Anganwadi centres in terms of their cognitive development and [...]

PSLV-C38 Successfully Launches 31 Satellites

By | 2017-07-04T07:50:24+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Categories: GS Mains, GS Paper 3, PIB, Science and Technology|Tags: , , , , , , |

ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 successfully launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites today from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the thirty ninth consecutively successful mission of PSLV.  Details of the satellites One of the 30 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C38 was the 15 kg NIUSAT, a University/Academic Institute satellite from Nurul Islam University, Tamil Nadu, India. The remaining 29 co-passenger satellites carried were international customer satellites from USA (10), United Kingdom (3), Belgium (3), Italy (3), Austria (1), Chile (1), Czech Republic (1), Finland (1), France (1), Germany (1), Japan (1), [...]

Deep Ocean Mission

By | 2017-07-04T07:43:55+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Categories: GS Mains, GS Paper 3, PIB, Science and Technology|Tags: , , , , , , |

Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India is all set to launch ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ by January 2018. This will improve India’s position in ocean research field. Background | Deep Ocean Mission  The program on Polymetallic nodules was initiated at CSIR-NIO with the collection of the first nodule sample from Arabian Sea on board the first Research Vessel Gaveshani on 26 January 1981. India was the first country in the world to have been given the Pioneer Area for exploration of deep-sea mineral viz. Polymetallic nodules in the Central Indian Ocean Basin in 1987. This was based on the extensive surveys carried [...]

Fuel Supply Agreement

By | 2017-06-27T08:17:46+00:00 June 27th, 2017|Categories: Environment & Ecology, GS Mains, GS Paper 3, Infrastructure, Science and Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the signing of Fuel Supply Agreement (FSA) with the Letter of Assurance (LoA) holders. Details of the Fuel Supply Agreement Allocation of linkages for power sector shall be based on the auction of linkages or through Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) based on the competitive bidding of tariffs except for the State and the Central Power Generating companies and the exceptions provided in Tariff Policy, 2016. Coal drawal will be permitted against valid Long Term PPAs and to be concluded Medium Term PPAs. The approved framework [...]

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