National Issues

In this section, we update National issues that permeate at all levels and pose positive or negative impact on the lives of Educated Middle Class.

India is the Greatest Contributor of Internet Spam During the Second Quarter of 2012

India contributes to the 5.3% of the world’s Internet users. But to every ones surprise, our country is also contributing 11.4% of the world’s spam, which is more than any other country’s contribution. In a recent report released by Sophos Labs, a threat analysis centre of IT security and data protection, output of spam... »

Roaming Tariff to be Scrapped: National Telecom Policy, 2012

As per the National Telecom Policy (NTP), 2012 announced by the Union Government, roaming charges would be done away, albeit late, because DoT is authoring the details of the norms. This is one of the key points of the NTP, 2012 that would replace Telecom Policy, 1999. Sources say, the new policy object is... »

Of the 4.4 lakh Tonnes of E-Waste Produced in India only 4.5% Gets Recycled – ASSOCHAM

Of the 4.4 lakh Tonnes of E-Waste Produced in India only 4.5% Gets Recycled – ASSOCHAM

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India recently released a report stating that barely 4.5% of India’s electronic waste (e-waste) gets recycled because of shortage of proper infrastructure, legislative-framework for disposing off electronic gadgets that have reached the dead-end. On the World Environment Day, it released a report saying, while growing at... »

Akash, Surface-to-air Missile Test Fired Successfully

Akash, Surface-to-air Missile Test Fired Successfully

The Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO), India has successfully test fired its indigenously developed surface–to–air missile, Akash from the Integrated Test Range centre at Chandipur. This is the fifth trail of the anti-aircraft system in the last fortnight preceded by similar trails conducted from the same test range on May 24, 26, 28 and... »

Railways to Give Preference to Tatkal Waiting-List Passengers

The department of railways will now give priority to the tatkal waiting-list passengers of that class while allotting vacant berths in the extra coaches that are attached to the trains on a day-to-day basis (to clear that day’s waiting-list passengers). And if any of the berths are still available after allocating, they will be... »

Hindu Vs. Times of India Ad War – Interesting War for Readership

Hindu Vs. Times of India Ad War – Interesting War for Readership

The recent ad war between print media giants, Hindu and Times of India was little contrary to the routine frenzy ad wars. Unusually, this war for readership proved to be more educational for the readers, than being an entertaining skit. »

Electronic IPOs (e-IPOs) for RTI Applicants among Indian Diaspora

The Government has taken steps to redress the difficulty encountered by the Indian diaspora while applying under the RTI Act seeking information on issues of interest. Now an applicant can pay the fee in the form of e-IPO (Electronic Indian Postal Order) as against physical IPOs. Earlier, it was hard for Indians settled abroad... »

Demand to Ban 33 Drugs in India

Medical body, All India Drug Control Officers Confederation (AIDCOC), has strongly recommended to the Union Health Ministry, to ban 33 drugs. The AIDCOC has alleged that the Central Drug Standards Control Organization (CDSCO) has given permission for the marketing of these drugs without carrying prior clinical trials in India. Widespread Sale of Antibiotics without... »

Curb on Misleading Ads on Food Products Soon

Television commercial advertisements on food products are giving misleading information to the public by making claims that certain products make children grow taller and enable to have stronger memory, targeting school-going children. Such claims lack scientific basis. In view of this, Union Government is planning bring out a legislation on Food Safety and Standards.... »

India’s Advantage of being a Young Nation is on the Wane

The quality of the stock of population of a country or a geographical region influences its productive capacity. Quality in this context connotes the age composition, the child/adult ratio, the proportion of senior citizens, that is of those aging 60 or greater in the total population. The latest statistics released by World Health Organization,... »