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Recommendations and advice by WHO to reduce the risk from coronavirus

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WHO has confirmed 2798 cases of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection globally out of which 2741 are in China alone. Organizations are suspecting it to spread through the commuters. WHO has issued the following advisory in the wake of outbreak.

During previous outbreaks due to other coronavirus (Middle-East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)), human to human transmission occurred through droplets, contact and fomites, suggesting that the transmission mode of the 2019-nCoV can be similar.The basic principles to reduce the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections include the following: Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections. Frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment. Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals. People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and snee…

One Nation One Election: Need for simultaneous election

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"If India is to meet the challenge of change, mere incremental progress is not enough. A metamorphosis is needed", this was the vision put forth by Indian Prime Minister some time back. Equipped with many structural reform in their first term, this government is entering its second inning with the promise of fast economic growth and alleviating poverty in India. However, there are many obstacle in the path of the metamorphosis, which are hampering the pace of development and growth India requires. Before going full throttle on the path of social and economic development it is very necessary to get away with the impediments. Frequent election cycle is one such obstacle, which adversely impact governance, administration and policy making in the country.
Free and fair Election is the basis of Indian democracy, the largest in the world, but it has become so much dense and frequent that it is hampering the developmental processes. In the last 30 years, there has not bee…

Some important things to know about Aadhaar

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Aadhaar, a 12 digit random number issued by the UDAI to the residents of India based on their bio metric information, has been receiving lots of flak ever since it came into existence. Some provisions of Aadhaar were a clear breach of privacy of individuals when constitution provides right to privacy as a fundamental right. Aadhaar as a mandatory document to avail government services also received lots of criticism. However later five judge bench of Supreme Court struck down on some of the controversial provisions. Here are some important things one must know about Aadhaar.
Aadhaar is a strategic policy tool for social and financial inclusion, public sector delivery reforms, managing fiscal budget and to promote hassle free people centric governance. Who can have Aadhaar: Every resident is entitled to obtain an aadhaar number by submitting his demographic information and bio metric information. Resident as per Act is defined as a person who has been living in India for a period of 18…

On International Yoga Day India has so much to offer to the world

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Anything new is exploited by all kinds of charlatans because not much is known about it, and you can fool people anyway with whatever little is known. Yoga is going through same phase, however it is not new, but its recent introduction in the western world has opened up plethora of opportunities. All kinds of things are going on in the name of Yoga. Patanjali, the father of modern yoga will kill himself if he would come to know about hot yoga, beer yoga, Goat yoga, Nude yoga and every other kind of make up Yoga going on in the world.
Back in 2014 when Modi mooted the idea of International Yoga Day, a total of 177 countries supported the resolution, highest for any UNGA resolution. It was like whole world was waiting for  someone to take a step in this direction, and who better than India could have lead the global community in the path of physical, mental and spiritual well being through the very effective tool of Yoga.
People in the world don't know much about Yoga, so they are …

What has happened to Arvind Kejriwal?

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I have been an admirer of Kejriwal since the days he was fighting for corruption with Anna, but these days I think you can't trust anybody. I had heard that power corrupts, but I see it in Arvind Kejriwal. That man, the way he had started and the way he is right now says it all. It is not that he is the exception, everyone behaves nearly the same, It is not very amusing that power is corrupting, but Arvind Kejriwal had came on high hopes, he was leading the voice against corruption, people had bestowed their hopes on him. He had entered the politics for cleaning it up but the mess has messed him up profusely. The height of his clean politics can be seen from the fact that he is now desperately trying to team up with the very people he fought against on the issue of corruption to fulfill his some personal agenda, well that is the height of hypocrisy. This really shows that Arvind was never in politics to clean it or for some kind of social welfare but it was out of his sheer indiv…

General Election 2019: Why Modi?

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Modi has yet again repeated his performance of 2014 election and not just repeated but strengthened it emphatically with more than a clear mandate from the people of India. It seems that people were more than willing to give another chance to the vision of Modi, although if you judge his performance on some hard facts, the picture does not seems that well, the havoc that demonetization brought everybody is well aware of it now after numbers are out and everybody has written extensively about it, the economy is not what everybody had expected, in fact China has surpassed us as the fastest growing economy. Unemployment is highest in four decades. So if you are just a number cruncher you would not have thought of the huge victory that Modi has achieved.
India is a very different country in nearly every aspect and Modi's win indicate to one of that aspect of Indian Polity. It is not the kind of polity which we generally read in theories. Emotion is one of the driving factor in the na…

India tested anti Satellite Missile and joined the exclusive club of Space powers

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As announced by Prime Minister Modi, India has joined the exclusive club of countries, who holds the power to target the satellite in Space, by targeting a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite orbiting around 300 km above the Earth surface. The test is performed as a part of Mission Shakti.

India had been developing its ASAT missiles for sometime i.e. Anti Satellite missile to provide protection for its space assets, culmination of which has been reached today by successful completion of Mission Shakti. Only three countries- USA, China and Russia- in the world hold this power other than India.

As pronounced by PM the aim of the mission is not to catalyses the weaponisation of Space, but to strengthen national security of India.

However the questions are bound to be raised by the opposition on the timing of the mission and  the manner in which it was announced, as general election are coming up and the move can reap BJP electoral benefits.

You can watch the simulation of the missile here.


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