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Explained: The caracal, a favourite of royals, now critically endangered
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

The caracal has traditionally been valued for its litheness and extraordinary ability to catch birds in flight; it was a favourite coursing or hunting animal in medieval India.

Odisha elephant deaths caused by bacterial disease contracted from cattle: Central team report
Thu, Feb 25, 2021

The elephants are likely to have contracted the bacteria from cattle residing at Tentulipada village, a small hamlet of 12 households, inside the sanctuary.

Explained: What do the amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act mean?
Sun, Feb 21, 2021

While the amendments have been welcomed by most, the challenge perceived is that of having given too many responsibilities to the DM.

Explained: Why is India opening up the Geo-spatial sector? What impact will this have?
Mon, Feb 22, 2021

Geospatial data is data about objects, events, or phenomena that have a location on the surface of the earth. What is the present policy, and what impact are the new guidelines likely to have?

85% of Uttarakhand districts hotspots of extreme floods, related events: study
Fri, Feb 12, 2021

The frequency and intensity of extreme flood events in Uttarakhand have increased four-fold since 1970, according to the study.

NCPCR-NCB release action plan to combat drug abuse among children
Wed, Feb 10, 2021

The plan has been conceptualised as a framework to wean children away from drug abuse and stop sale of drugs near schools, educational and childcare institutions.

Uttarakhand disaster may not be glacial lake outburst, images show snow fell off mountain
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

Uttarakhand flash floods: Satellite images circulated among scientists tracking the incident show that a large chunk of fresh snow from a mountain near Raini village in Chamoli district had dropped off Sunday, possibly becoming the reason for the flash flood.

DNA Bill: House panel flags fears that databank may target groups
Thu, Feb 04, 2021

While the Bill speaks of regional databanks apart from a central one, the Parliamentary Standing Committee strongly recommends only one National Data Bank, to minimise chances of misuse of data.

Barbara Pompili: ‘Ambitious India by our side, we can drive commitments on climate’
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

2021 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change and the erosion of biodiversity. Five years after the Paris Agreement, our collective efforts still fall short of our goals, but the momentum is picking up.

Allocation Of Rs 24,435 crore Hike in WCD budget, Mission Poshan 2.0 launched
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman further announced that supplementary nutrition schemes were being merged with the Poshan Abhiyan to launch Mission Poshan 2.0.

Focus on clean air, govt earmarks Rs 2,217 cr for 42 urban centres
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that the government has earmarked Rs 2,217 crore for 42 urban centres with a million-plus population to focus on clean air.

Exposure to PM 2.5 raises anaemia risk in kids under 5: IIT-Delhi study
Wed, Jan 27, 2021

This is the first study to have been carried out in India, where an association between exposure to PM 2.5 and anaemia in children under the age of 5 years in India has been examined and established.

In the works, CSR-like policy for scientific community
Mon, Jan 25, 2021

“While the knowledge worker would be given wide latitude in choosing the SSR activity, it should necessarily pertain to the transmission of scientific knowledge to society,” says the draft policy.

Karnataka most innovative major state: NITI index
Thu, Jan 21, 2021

These rankings were part of NITI Aayog's India Innovation Index Report 2020, released by Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar.

Centre to club targeted schemes for Scheduled Castes to boost efficiency
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

Officials in the ministry said that the schemes are being merged to streamline them and make their implementation more efficient by taking away the element of duplication.

Govt to charge solar, wind power companies for weather data
Wed, Jan 13, 2021

The ministry has so far been providing data for wind and solar to companies for free.

Hyderabad city cluster project launched, to link research, industry
Sat, Jan 09, 2021

The city cluster project, which is being implemented by the PSA’s office at the behest of the PMO, began in August with Pune. It is likely to be launched in Delhi-NCR later this month. The Bengaluru city cluster will also be launched this year.

All should get free access to science journals, public research data: new draft S&T policy
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

More significantly, the government has proposed to buy bulk subscriptions of all important scientific journals across the world, and provide everyone in India free access to them.

LGBTQ, women: Draft science policy aims for inclusion, equity
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

The proposals, for tackling discrimination and providing equal opportunities in science, are part of a chapter on inclusion and equity in the draft Science, Technology and Innovation Policy.

Conservation plan on table to save bat species in Kolar caves
Wed, Dec 30, 2020

The Bat Conservation India Trust, which has been entrusted with drawing up a conservation plan, has also been awarded a grant to conduct further research on this species of bats.

Weather-based advance warning system for disease outbreaks in the works: Govt
Mon, Dec 21, 2020

While the model currently in development, based on the relationship between weather changes and incidence is expected to predict outbreaks of vector-borne diseases, particularly malaria and diarrhoea, subsequently, it is likely to monitor non-communicable diseases as well, they added.

Domestic violence cases double in Karnataka
Wed, Dec 16, 2020

NFHS-4 data was for 2015-16. The next round of NFSH-5 data is likely to be released next summer.

In India, over 75% districts hotspots of extreme weather events, finds study
Fri, Dec 11, 2020

The CEEW study found that in the last 50 years, the frequency of flood events increased almost eight times. Events associated with floods such as landslides, heavy rainfall, hailstorms, thunderstorms, and cloudbursts increased by over 20 times.

Over 75% districts hotspots of extreme weather events, finds study
Fri, Dec 11, 2020

In 2019, India witnessed 16 extreme flood events, which affected 151 districts. The study found that over 9.7 crore people are currently exposed to extreme floods in India.

Indus Valley civilisation diet had dominance of meat, finds study
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

A study, titled “Lipid residues in pottery from the Indus Civilisation in northwest India’’ looks at the food habit of the people of that era on the basis of lipid residue analysis found in pottery from Harappan sites in Haryana.