In Arunachal district, women lead fight for drug-free community

THREE MONTHS back, Kimcham Taiju says, she made the “bravest decision” of her life: she signed up her husband for a drug de-addiction programme. For 25 long years, Taiju’s husband, like many in his village, was addicted to ‘kaani’ — as opium is colloquially referred to in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district. But one Sunday evening … Read more

To rev up EV push, battery solutions per Indian needs

Government think tank NITI Aayog and the Department of Science & Technology (DST) have kicked off deliberations with the industry and academia on developing an open source battery management system (BMS) for two- and three-wheeler EVs. While the idea to develop an open source BMS was first floated last year, it has caught renewed momentum … Read more

Agnipath scheme: Govt raises upper age to 23 for this year after protests

With key NDA ally JD(U) leading calls for an immediate violent review of Agnipath, the new short-term recruitment policy for the Armed Forces, after seeking a rollback erupted in several states on Thursday, the Center announced a two-year relaxation in the upper age limit for the scheme this year since there was no recruitment in … Read more

Explained: 2 years after Galwan clash, where India-China relations stand today

Two years after the Galwan clash in the Ladakh heights, in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed, and which plunged India-China relations to their lowest in decades, the two sides are normalizing relations in many respects, with the Indian side displaying a pragmatism far ahead of the “lal aankh” rhetoric. Relations now Even though New … Read more

Why is Pakistan on the FATF Gray list?

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the international watchdog monitoring money laundering, terror financing, and other threats to global financial networks, is expected to decide whether to take Pakistan off the ‘grey’ list at the end of its ongoing plenary session in Berlin. The four-day FATF plenary will close on June 17. Pakistan has been … Read more

Soldiers exiting after 4 years will get priority in paramilitary: Centre

A day after the government unveiled its Agnipath scheme for short-term recruitment of soldiers, sailors and airmen as Agniveers in the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force, the Union Home Ministry announced that these personnel, upon completion of four years of service Under the scheme, will get priority in recruitment for the Central … Read more

Explained: Managing type 1 diabetes

Last week, the Indian Council of Medical Research (IMCR) released guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of type-1 diabetes. This is the first time the ICMR has issued guidelines specifically for type 1 diabetes, which is rarer than type 2 — only 2% of all hospital cases of diabetes in the country are type … Read more

Explained: BrahMos, 21 and developing

On June 12, 2001, the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was first tested from a land-based launcher in Chandipur. In the 21 years since, BrahMos has been upgraded several times, with versions tested on land, air and sea platforms. A look at the 21-year journey of the versatile asset, which recently bagged an export order from … Read more

Supply of six nuclear reactors: Question mark on Russia inputs, India evaluates French push at Jaitapur

Amid mounting uncertainties over the civil nuclear partnership with Russia in the wake of the Ukraine war, there are indications of fresh progress on the much-delayed deal with French power utility EDF for the supply of six EPR (European Pressurized Water Reactors) nuclear reactors. The Department of Atomic Energy is actively examining a binding techno-commercial … Read more

‘Hoping for more direct tax than expectations this fiscal; looking at crypto concerns’

Direct tax revenue trends are encouraging so far and the tax department is hoping to collect more than budget estimates, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairperson Sangeeta Singh said in an interview to Mayura Janwalkar. Taking note of the concerns raised for the wordings of the taxation law for virtual digital assets (VDAs), Singh … Read more