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5th December – Setting the clock on intersex human rights

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019, has continued to trigger protests across the country. Without addressing the concerns of the LGBTQ community and considering any amendment to the draft Bill, the Rajya Sabha has passed the same version of the draft law that was passed by the Lok Sabha. Case – In April …

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11th November – A-Z of Ayodhya Conflict

Ayodhya – In Faizabad district, Awadh, famous for its sunsets by the banks of the River Saryu. Its rich history and symbolism finds space in the writings of Tulsidas and Amir Khusrau. Buddha is said to have preached here. Jainism and Sikhism too have their imprint here. The Hindu-Muslim binary of the last century has, …

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26th October – What lessons from the past could imply for our future?

For much of modernity, the study of history has been a largely political narrative of great men, their decisions, victories, and follies. History is in fact much broader than political history. It can involve, for example, the history of science and technology, or more specifically, the history of how water has shaped the course of …

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16th October – Let’s legalise casinos

The Delhi Police have reportedly arrested 58 people who were allegedly gambling in an illegal casino that was operating at a hotel in the city. Concern – Its operations were being coordinated via a WhatsApp group, and the operators had been shifting locations to evade the law. Under the Public Gambling Act of 1867, most …

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15th October – A tax policy that could work

The Indian government should now be desperate to raise more tax revenues. It missed its tax targets massively in the last fiscal year, largely because of poor goods and services tax (GST) collections. Why? Government’s declared budgetary target for the current year requires tax receipts to increase by around 25%, when the first quarter increase …

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Tackling workplace harassment UPSC | Livemint

Introduction – Workplace sexual harassment is an important issue that deserves more than the intermittent attention it receives when high-profile cases are in the news. This is particularly true in India where legal protection for victims was lacking in statutory cover until a few years ago. Some progress has been made since then—but there is …

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RTE and No Detention Policy | Livemint

Introduction – The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or the Right to Education Act (RTE and no detention) was supposed to drive India’s big leap in social development. Recently, the Government had decided to scrap one of its most controversial features, the no-detention policy (NDP. No-detention Policy (NDP) – The NDP …

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Test and Treat Policy for HIV patients | PIB

The Government has launched the ‘Test and Treat Policy for HIV patients’ in April 2017. As per this policy all people living with HIV (PLHIV) are to be treated with Antiretro Viral Therapy regardless of CD4 count, clinical stage, age or population. The National Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS and STI 2017-2024 has been approved in June 2017. …

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Mission Parivar Vikas

Mission Parivar Vikas is a new family planning initiative launched on World Population Day. Mission Parivar Vikas  | Details Mission ParivarVikas will focus on 146 high fertility districts in 7 states with high TFR. Under this, specific targeted initiatives shall be taken for population stabilisation through better services delivery. Mission ParivarVikas is a new initiative …

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