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Role Of Powerful Online Platforms In The Free Speech

Internet giants are cracking down on fringe groups online after the deadly attack on the US Capitol on 6 January 2021.  By 12 January, Twitter had suspended more than 70,000 accounts associated with QAnon, a conspiracy collective built around the notion that Trump is a bulwark against child sex trafficking rings run by satanic pedophiles …

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Digital Divide And E-learning in India

Poor Access To Internet, Digital Divide And E-learning

The full report of the NSO’s survey of ‘Household Social Consumption on Education in India’, for July 2017-June 2018, highlights the poor state of computer and Internet access in several States. E-learning In India: Disparities Are Glaring The disparities are glaring among different economic strata as well. The digital chasm that separates the privileged from …

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The Quad and India's interest

Geo-Strategic And Geo-Economic Landscape Of The Indo-Pacific, The Quad And India’s Interest

The Quad is the quadrilateral security dialogue between India, US, Japan and Australia. Now, there has been a talk about “Quad Plus” format in which countries like South Korea, Vietnam and New Zealand will also participate to discuss the post-pandemic consultations. Why The Quad Is An Important Forum For India The Quad or Quad Plus …

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Global Hunger Index 2020

Global Hunger Index 2020

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a tool designed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at global, regional, and national levels. GHI scores are calculated each year to assess progress and setbacks in combating hunger. The GHI is designed to raise awareness and understanding of the struggle against hunger, provide a way to compare levels of …

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CRISPR & cas9

Everything You Wanted To Know About CRISPR/Cas9 Genetic Scissors

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their work on CRISPR, a method of genome editing. A genome is the full set of genetic “instructions” that determine how an organism will develop. Charpentier and Doudna started their study on CRISPR–Cas9 system in 2011. Since then, …

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reverse global wildlife declines

How To Reverse Global Wildlife Declines By 2050?

According to a new report by the World Wildlife Fund, Species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate. The report has revealed that Wildlife populations have fallen by more than two-thirds over the last 50 years. Reversing global wildlife declines has become one of the most important challenges for the policy makers across the world. …

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Raising women's marriage age

Should Women’s Legal Age For Marriage Be Raised?

During his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: “We have formed a committee to ensure that the daughters are no longer suffering from malnutrition and they are married off at the right age. As soon as the report is submitted, appropriate decisions will be taken about the age of marriage of daughters.” According …

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Importance Of Question Hour In India’s Parliamentary Democracy

Parliament will meet on September 14, 2020 after a long time.  But the Monsoon session will be a truncated one, and most importantly, the session will not have Question Hour, and only a curtailed Zero Hour. This article will discuss the importance of question hour in India’s parliamentary democracy and all the related aspects. The …

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Does Anti-Defection Law Fail Its Purpose?

Recent political crises in Manipur and Rajasthan yet again highlighted the fault of India’s anti-defection law. The Rajasthan High Court’s stay on defection proceedings was also criticized by the experts for ignoring the previous judgments of the apex court. The anti-defection law’s main purpose is to deter legislators from defecting from their political parties. Defection …

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