07-12-2016

the hindu
1.Working with the right numbers.

An Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), consisting of representatives from 28 countries including India, recently met in Geneva to finalise the categorisation of indicators across the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN Statistical Commission’s 48th session in March 2017 will take it forward.  read more

2.Airing out a decision.

The Indian Navy’s professional decision not to induct the indigenous Tejas fighter aircraft has given armchair critics a new lease of life. Stand by for a lot of their ‘professional’ views against the Navy especially as the Indian Air Force (IAF) is now out of their cross hairs after its decision to induct 120 Tejas MK 1As — a decision which was born out of no other criterion but a professional assessment. read more

3.TIFR discovery challenges theory of superconductivity.

Researchers at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, have made a landmark discovery that challenges the conventional understanding of superconductivity.  read more

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1.Brexit, Italeave?

In what could be a bigger jolt for the European Union than Brexit, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has said he would step down after a referendum on constitutional reforms backed by his government was decisively defeated. The development creates a possible path for euro-sceptic Italian right-wing parties ­ like the Five Star Movement ­ to win the next election in Italy and trigger the country’s exit from the eurozone. Should that happen, it could be the beginning of the end for EU. Unlike Britain which was always on EU’s architectural periphery , Italy is in the eurozone’s heartland. In that sense, an Italian exit (or “Ita-leave“) could bring the house down on EU.   read more

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