Artificial Leaf – The next big thing in the fight against climate change

Reading Time: 4 mins What is Artificial Leaf? The artificial leaf is a silicon-based technology which produces hydrogen energy (a clean fuel) by utilizing sunlight to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. It is designed to mimic photosynthesis, the natural mechanism by which plants utilize sunlight to produce carbohydrates and store energy. But Artificial Leaf is designed to …

Gobardhan Yojana – The scheme that could create 1.5 million jobs!

Reading Time: 3 mins Expected questions for mains: “The productive utilization of cow dung could create 1.5 million jobs nationally”. Discuss this statement with reference to the recently launched Gobardhan Scheme. Examine the key features of the Gobardhan Yojana. Critically analyze the potential benefits and challenges associated with the implementation of Gobardhan Scheme. Why in News? Gobardhan yojana was …

European Monsoon – What, Why, Where, When, How?

Reading Time: 3 mins What is the monsoon? Monsoon is defined as a change or shift in the prevailing wind direction every 6 months in the Indian subcontinent. Monsoon is caused by the difference in temperature between land and sea, which brings a seasonal and predictable period of considerable rainfall. The Indian monsoon is the best example of these …

The Data Protection Bill 2018 – Critical analysis

Reading Time: 5 mins Why in News? The draft data protection bill was submitted by Justice BN Srikrishna committee in the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to provide for a solid legal framework on data protection in India. The bill recognizes privacy as a fundamental right with provisions to protect personal data. Where does it get the …

Modern Slavery in India – Forced Labour, Forced Marriage & Human Trafficking

Reading Time: 7 mins Global Slavery Index reveals that, in 2016, there were 8 million people living in modern slavery on any given day in India. India ranked 53 among 167 countries in the index. North Korea topped the list and Japan at the bottom. But in absolute numbers, India topped the list on prevalence due to its huge …

Seaweeds – From health benefits to climate change mitigation

Reading Time: 6 mins What is Seaweed? Seaweeds are also known as Macroalgae. They constitute several species of marine plants and algae. Seaweeds may also include Red, Green and Brown algae. Seaweeds can grow in ocean, rivers, lakes and other water bodies. There are many types of seaweeds such as nori and laver seaweed. Seaweeds are attracting interests all …