[Premium] Clinical Trials in India – Conflict between Public Health Vs Safety

The New Drugs and Clinical Trial Rules, 2019 released by the government seeks to enable faster approvals and to cut down on red tape with respect to the clinical trials in India. It seeks to promote clinical research in India by providing for a predictable, transparent and effective regulation for clinical trials and by guaranteeing faster accessibility of new drugs to the Indian population. Thus it has the potential to reinvigorate the clinical research industry, which was almost on its death bed a few years ago.

This article answers the following questions in an analytical manner.

  1. What are clinical trials?
  2. What is the need for clinical trials?
  3. How Clinical trials are conducted?
  4. Why is India a popular destination for Clinical trials?
  5. What is the regulatory mechanism for Clinical Trials in India?
  6. What are the key Issues regarding Clinical Trials in India?
  7. What are the measures taken by the government to solve those issues?
  8. What are the features and significances of the new rules of 2019?
  9. What are the suggestions to further improve the scenario?

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Fake News Menace in India: How to tackle it

With the Lok Sabha elections near, it is really important that Indians have access to credible and trustworthy information before they vote. The issue is that many do not feel they do.Notably, after the Pulwama attack, social media and messaging apps had overflown with false and deceptive news content as people were trying to understand the horrible violence.This reflects the extent of the fake news menace and the threat it poses to the Indian democracy.

[Premium] National Policy on Electronics (NPE) 2019 – Towards Growth Trajectory

The Union Cabinet has approved the National Policy on Electronics (NPE) for the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector in India. The aim of the policy is to make India a global hub for ESDM by creating an enabling environment for the industry.


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Shifting of Magnetic North Pole – Causes & Impacts

Researchers have revealed that Earth’s Magnetic North Pole is rapidly drifting away from Canada Arctic towards Russia. The issue has got so bad that researchers around the world are scrambling to update the World Magnetic Model (WMM) that is the base of all modern navigation, from the systems that steer ships at sea to Google Maps on smartphones.

[Premium] Indigenisation of Defence technology: A Big-picture Analysis

According to the latest data released by a global think-tank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), India has dropped to the 2nd ranking behind Saudi Arabia among the world’s largest arms importers after staying at the top for around a decade. India imports arms from countries like Russia, the US, Europe, and Israel.
India’s continuance at the very top in the global arms import rankings, be it first or second, once again highlights the sustained failure in building robust indigenous defence industries.


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[Premium] Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) & India: Relationship

Recently India’s decades long effort to get the full membership of the 2nd largest intergovernmental group – the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) got the huge boost when it attended the OIC’s 46th session of council of foreign ministers meeting at Abu Dhabi as a guest of honour on the invitation by the host country – United Arab Emirates (UAE).It has to be noted that, India has never been invited to the OIC before and the latest development comes at a time when the India-Pakistan tension is running high, is being seen as a diplomatic success.


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Official Secrets Act – Transparency Vs National Security

The Official Secrets Act (OSA) has been in the news recently due to the debate over ‘stolen documents’ in Rafale case. The Attorney-General has suggested “criminal action” against those responsible for making ‘stolen documents’ public.OSA is a colonial-era law that seeks to ensure secrecy and confidentiality in governance especially on national security and espionage issues.However, successive governments have faced criticism for misusing the law against journalists and whistleblowers thus violating their right to freedom of speech and expression.