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Population

25th March – Population

Rising population – Disastrous dividend India is set to become the most populous nation in 2027, surpassing China, according to an estimation by the United Nation’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs.  Details – India’s population has been growing at a much faster rate than China’s, with the poorer regions contributing the most to that …

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Higher Education Institutes

18th March – Women in Science

Closing the gender gap in science India celebrates National Science Day on February 28 every year to mark C.V. Raman’s discovery of the scattering of light. This year, the theme was Women in Science. A progressive trend – Compared to the pre-Independence days, one encouraging fact is that there is an exponential growth in the …

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19th February – Permanent Commission for women in Army

The Supreme Court has brought women officers in 10 streams of the Army on par with their male counterparts in all respects, setting aside longstanding objections of the government. Context – The case was first filed in the Delhi High Court by women officers in 2003, and had received a favourable order in 2010. But …

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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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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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9th October – Labour pains – Draft social security code has little to offer

The third draft on the Code on Social Security, 2019 falls short of its stated aim to “amalgamate, simplify and rationalise” the relevant provisions of eight existing central labour laws. Details – It merely clubs together existing schemes in the organised sector, while skirting ambiguities over the basic criteria for availing social security benefits — …

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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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