- SC: public places cannot be occupied indefinitely(TH) Democracy and dissent go hand in hand, but then the demonstrations expressing dissent have to be in designated places alone. The present case was not even one of protests taking place in an undesignated area, but was a blockage of a public way which caused grave inconvenience to commuters’’
- Playing catch up in flood forecasting technology(TH) India needs a technically capable workforce that can master ensemble weather and flood forecast models
- Global crisis,local response(IE) A recent National Bureau of Economic Research (a private non-profit research organisation) Working Paper used age-specific COVID-19 mortality rates from 17 comparison countries, coupled with India’s distribution of cases (mirroring the age composition), to “predict” what India’s CFR would be with those age-specific rates.
GS2: International Relations
- India, Japan ﬁnalize text of pact for AI, 5G(TH) The agreement promotes cooperation in capacity building, research and development, security and resilience in the areas of Critical Information Infrastructure, 5G, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), among others," the statement said.
- How the new H-1B visa system will impact Indians?(IE)H-1B visas, most often used by Indian and Chinese companies, are generally approved for a period of three years. The visa norms have often been criticised for allowing cheap labour in the US at the expense of its local workforce.
- Gig work and its skewed terms(TH) The new Code on Social Security allows a platform worker to be defined by their vulnerability — not their labour, nor the vulnerabilities of platform work.
GS3: Science and Tech
- The hole in the middle(TH) Today, this is understood as the event horizon — the point of no return beyond which even light cannot escape the black hole’s gravitational attraction.
- Making AI work for India(IE) The RAISE 2020 summit has brought together global experts to create a roadmap for responsible AI — an action plan that can help create replicable models with a strong foundation of ethics built-in. With the participation of more than 72,000 people from 145 countries, RAISE 2020 has become the true global platform for the exchange of ideas and thoughts for creating a robust AI roadmap for the world.
- Nobel for scissors to edit genes(IE) The CRISPR (short for the rather inelegantly named Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) technology for gene-editing has been triggering tremendous excitement ever since it was developed in the year 2012, both for the promise that it holds in improving the quality of life, and the dangers of its misuse.
- Cabinet ratifies ban on seven chemicals that are hazardous to health & environment listed under Stockholm Convention. The Stockholm Convention is a global treaty to protect human health and environment from POPs, which are identified chemical substances that persist in the environment, bio-accumulate in living organisms, adversely affect human health/ environment and have the property of long-range environmental transport (LRET).
- India gets its first ever Brand & Logo for its Cotton on 2nd World Cotton Day – A Historic Day for Indian Cotton! ‘Cotton is one of the principal commercial crops of India and it provides livelihood to about 6.00 million cotton farmers. India is the 2nd largest cotton producer and the largest consumer of cotton in the world. India produces about 6.00 Million tons of cotton every year which is about 23% of the world cotton. India produces about 51% of the total organic cotton production of the world, which demonstrates India’s effort towards sustainability.