HC allows woman to terminate 28-week pregnancy

Context: The Delhi High Court has said that reproductive choice is a facet of reproductive rights of a woman and a dimension of her ‘personal liberty’, while allowing a woman to terminate her 28 weeks’ pregnancy as the foetus suffers from a rare congenital heart disease. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to […]

Telangana tops in highest number of ODF villages

Context: Telangana stood first in the country in the list of highest number of open defecation free (ODF Plus) villages under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) Phase-II programme till December 31, 2021. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to Health and Poverty, Government Policies and Initiatives, Welfare Schemes) Dimensions of the Article: Telangana’s […]

Maharashtra’s Shakti Act: Death penalty for rape

Context: The Maharashtra Assembly  passed the Shakti Criminal Laws (Maharashtra Amendment) Act unanimously, with which it became the second state in India after Andhra Pradesh to approve death penalty for heinous offences of rape and gangrape. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues Related to women, Government Interventions and Policies, Issues arising out of the […]

The cold truth about India’s income inequality

Context: The latest edition of the World Inequality Report has confirmed that the world continues to sprint down the path of inequality. Click Here to read more about World Inequality Report 2022, increasing inequality in India, Challenges and Way forward. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues Related to Poverty and Hunger), GS-I: Indian Society […]

Kerala tops NITI Aayog’s ‘Health Index’

Context: Kerala has emerged as the state with the best overall health performance for the fourth consecutive year according to federal think tank NITI Aayog’s fourth Health Index report. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to Health, Government Policies and Initiatives) Dimensions of the Article: About NITI Aayog’s Health Index Highlights of the […]

Cabinet nod for Raising legal age of marriage for women to 21

The Centre has decided to raise the legal age of marriage of women from 18 to 21 years – The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021, amends the definition of child to mean “a male or female who has not completed twenty-one years of age”. Relevance: GS-I: Indian Society, GS-II: Social Justice and Governance […]

Children and schooling in the post-COVID-19 era

Context: The UNESCO Report titled ‘No Teacher, No Class’ prepared along with scholars from Tata Institute of Social Science focuses on the need for reforms in education in India. This report with the recently constituted R. Ramanujam Committee focuses on education in the post-COVID-19 era. Children’s education and health are two major domains in which […]

Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM): 4 years

Context: Union Minister of State for Rural Development said that the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission (SPMRM) is achieving all its goals steadily despite its inherent complexity and uniqueness in the 4 years of its implementation since 2016. Out of total 76,973 projected works, a total of 40,751 (55%) works are either completed or near […]

High LPG prices are scorching the air pollution fight

Context: The price of LPG refills has risen by more than 50% to over ₹900 per cylinder in November 2021 compared to around ₹600 over 2020. Relevance: GS-III: Environment and Ecology (Environmental Pollution and degradation, Conservation of Environment and Ecology), GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Welfare Schemes, Government Policies & Interventions) Dimensions of the Article: […]

Low tobacco tax, poor health

Context: In India, 28.6% of adults above 15 years and 8.5% of students aged 13-15 years use tobacco in some form or the other, which makes the country the second largest consumer of tobacco in the world. Relevance: GS-II: Social Justice and Governance (Issues related to Children, Government Policies and Initiatives), GS-II: Polity and Constitution […]