NEW DELHI/ JALANDHAR: Two lectures at the Indian Science Congress in which scientists, including the vice-chancellor of a state university, made claims about achievements of ancient Indians have created a new controversy. These claims have highlighted a fundamental problem for the congress: in the past few years, what had once been a gathering of the country’s most reputed scientific minds has become a platform for numerous such statements based on mythology. On Friday, Andhra University vice-chancellor G Nageswara Rao, a professor of inorganic chemistry, claimed that Kauravas from the Indian mythological epic Mahabharata were born using stem cell technology and that Ravana from the Ramayana had 24 types of aircraft and that Sri Lanka at that time had airports. Rao then explained evolution and human civilization while talking about the Dasavatara or 10 incarnations of Vishnu. He said this at a session which included children in the audience. At the same session, K J Krishnan, a … [Read more...] about ‘Ravana’s airports’, ‘Modi waves’ leave science congress stunned
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By Prof. Yogesh PaiThe introduction of the draft Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2020, will possibly go down in history as one of the boldest economic law reforms proposed by the Modi 2.0 administration. There are at least two factors mirroring the need for reform. One is the now decade-old experience of enforcing the Competition Act, 2002. The ability of India’s market watchdog, the Competition Commission of India (CCI), to deal with some astounding challenges stemming from constantly evolving digital markets. The impending fourth industrial revolution is another.Market economy thrives on robust healthy competition — the driver of not only better prices but also quality products and services for consumers, as well as overall efficiency. In markets that otherwise compete only in terms of pricing and output, intellectual property (IP) laws provide limited exclusivity, which spurs innovation, creativity and technology dynamism (i.e. dynamic competition). Industry 4.0 will be … [Read more...] about IP safe harbour to competition law: Out of abundant caution?
There is a deliberate move to exaggerate the possible impact of Al Badr — a small group picked, trained and controlled by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which also includes ex-Pakistan army soldiers — to offset the low morale in the militant camp because of other losses, and infuse a sense of fear. While the J&K police is perfectly capable of taking it on, security forces should account for it in planning actions against terrorist groups. … [Read more...] about Time to revive democracy in Jammu and Kashmir | Opinion
Chinese military removed temporary infrastructure and continued gradual withdrawal of troops from face-off sites in Hot Springs and Gogra in eastern Ladakh for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, and the Indian Army is keeping a strict vigil on their rearward movement, government sources said. Gogra and Hot Springs are among the key friction points where the two armies were in an eyeball-to-eyeball situation for the last eight weeks. The sources said the mutual disengagement of troops at the two friction points is likely to be completed within two days, and that there has been "substantial" withdrawal of forces by Chinese military from the areas. The disengagement process began on Monday morning after a nearly two-hour telephonic conversation between National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday during which they agreed on an expeditious withdrawal of troops from the area. Doval and Wang are Special Representatives for the boundary talks. … [Read more...] about Chinese military withdraws troops, removes structures in Hot Springs, Gogra: Sources