DNA profiling is a process where a specific DNA pattern (called a profile) is obtained from a person or sample of bodily tissue for solving crimes, identifying missing persons etc.
The Central government has formulated a 5 year, Rs 8,000 crore plan to explore the deep parts of the Ocean for the possibilities of deep-sea mining. Union Ministry of Earth Sciences is tasked with coordinating the exercise and it recently unveiled a blueprint of the Deep Ocean Mission (DOM).
ISRO will soon carry out another major test for its Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) in 2019. ISRO conducted first RLV test in 2016 which was successful. The final version will take at least 10-15 years to get ready.
The government is thinking of a plan to sell LPG blended with methanol, which could facilitate reduction in its cooking gas subsidy by 1/3rd of its current prices. The plan is to manufacture methanol from abundantly available low-quality coal and other bio resources, and also produce it synthetically. The project would be implemented by the NITI Aayog.
Various experts have been demanding a revision of India’s nuclear doctrine which they claim to be not in tune with the current realities and security situations.
Recently the 4th summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) was held in Kathmandu with the release of an 18 point declaration.
Recently, the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation came up with the guidelines for drones that seeks to create opportunities in the Indian civil aviation sector. The government has established a regulatory framework for drone operations including commercial usage. The regulatory framework will come into force from December 1, 2018. It is the date from when civilian use of drones becomes legal in India.
Recently, Union cabinet gave its approval for Protection of Human Rights (Amendments) Bill, 2018 which aims at better protecting and promoting human rights in the country. The bill seeks to amend Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993.