IISc’s invention powers up nanoelectronics industry

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An invention by scientists at IISc is all set to make inroads into the billion-dollar nanoelectronics industry. This is disruptive because the technology can drastically reduce the cost of the existing state-of-the-art e-beam lithography and optical lithography. This invention is a new way to etch thin lines on a substrate using electrodes, termed electrolithography. This will come in very useful …

Deepening the French connection

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In recent years, India has entered into more than three dozen “strategic partnerships”, but France remains the original one. President Jacques Chirac visit in 1998 saw the establishment of the “strategic partnership” which was tested months later in May when India conducted a series of nuclear weapon tests. France was the first major power to open a dialogue with India. …

Push for IMF reform

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Finally, the International Monetary Fund has made country quota reforms agreed by the G20 in 2010 a reality. The chief objector to the changes, the U.S. Congress, dropped its intransigence in December and allowed the multilateral lender to adopt a country quota distribution that better reflects the power balance of emerging markets in the global economy. With this structural shift, …

Centre focuses on ailing healthcare

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Concerned about spiralling prices of medicines to treat diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular conditions, Centre’s Department of Pharmaceuticals plans to offer 439 life-saving medicines, including cancer and cardiovascular drugs, as well as 250 medical devices like stents and implants at 40-50% discounted prices. The drugs and devices will be made available through the Jan Aushadhi stores opened across …

Centre makes it mandatory for power firms to buy from solid waste plants

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Central government has made it mandatory for all power distribution companies to buy electricity from power plants fuelled by solid waste. This entitlement comes from the recent amendment of the Electricity Regulatory Act (2013). As State governments will have to build plants that can produce energy from solid waste, the ministry offered to cover “20 per cent” of the cost …

National Framework for Malaria Elimination

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Health Minister has launched the National Framework for Malaria Elimination (NFME) 2016-2030, which outlines India’s strategy for elimination of the disease by 2030. Objectives of NFME: to reduce incidence of malaria to less than 1 case per 1000 population in all States/UTs by 2024 to maintain malaria-free status of the country by 2030 In the short-term, by end of 2016, …

Ethanol blending of Petrol

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Oil Marketing companies have already invited bids for 120 crore litre of Ethanol for blending in petrol for sugar year 2015-16 which would be 5% (approx) of the country’s total petrol consumption. It will not only help in value addition for the farmer’s produce but will also reduce foreign exchange expenditure. Added benefits of blended petrol would be in the …