Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016

Surrogacy Regulation Bill 2016

The bill banning commercial surrogacy has been passed in Lok Sabha. About: • The bill aims to shut down surrogacy shops, allowing only altruistic surrogacy, and banning commercial surrogacy. • It will be the first step to prevent India becoming the surrogacy capital of the world. • Definition: Surrogacy is an arrangement whereby an intending…

Transgender Persons Bill 2018

Transgender Persons Bill 2018

The Lok Sabha has passed the Transgender Persons Bill (Protection of Rights), 2018 in the winter session of Parliament. About: • In 2014, the Supreme Court in National Legal Services Authority versus Union of India case (NALSA judgement) paved the way for the exercise of the rights of transgender along with recognizing them as third category…

Health Sector: An Analysis

Health Sector: An Analysis

With the launch of Ayushman Bharat in India, a critical analysis of India’s health sector becomes imperative. About: • On 25th September, the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay, Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyan (PMJAY) became operational. • AYUSHMAN BHARAT: It comprises of two schemes: • National Health Protection Scheme: This aims…

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State of Education In India: An Analysis

State of Education In India: An Analysis

Government of India has taken many efforts to rejuvenate the education sector in India, especially in higher professional education to create skill and employability in Indian youth. About: • The curriculum of MBBS was revised by Medical Council of India after 21 years, making it relevant to the changing needs. • MCI has finalised a new MBBS…

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Braille Day: Challenges and Opportunities for UPSC candidates

Braille Day: Challenges and Opportunities for UPSC candidates

World Braille Day (Jan 4th) Every year on January 4th, Louis Braille’s birthday is celebrated as the World Braille Day. He’s the inventor of braille technique. Louis, born in France became blind after a childhood accident. But, he quickly mastered his new way of living. He created a reading and writing system based on Charles Barbier’s night writing system. Did…

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Reservations in Jobs – a review of reservation In India

Reservations in Jobs – a review of reservation In India

A Constitution bench of the Supreme Court modified a 2006 Nagaraj judgement requiring the State to show quantifiable data to prove backwardness of a community for providing quota in promotions.  About: • In the recent judgement, responding to the government’s appeal for reconsidering the 2006 Nagaraj judgement, the Supreme Court held that states need not…

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Women Empowerment # ME TOO Movement

Women Empowerment # ME TOO Movement

 “Theres is no tool for development more effective than the women empowerment”…it remains the most apt statement to define the role of women. Me too campaign is all about Women speaking up about Sexual harassment. About: • The Me Too movement (or #MeToo movement), a movement against sexual harassment and sexual assault, has quickly spread in…

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Statue of Unity

Recently, Indian Prime Minister has inaugurated a 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel- Statue of Unity, on the Narmada river in Gujarat as a tribute to the country’s ‘Iron Man’. About: • PM Modi has dedicated the ‘Statue of Unity’ to the nation on Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary. • It is built at a cost…

Save Heart Initiative – Use of Technology

Save Heart Initiative – Use of Technology

The Save Heart initiative is good example of how technology is used to save lives. From the border town Uri in Baramulla to the mountains of Banihal and Tanghdar, a Whatsapp group has emerged as a saviour for heart patients in Jammu and Kashmir. About: • Save Heart Initiative: This Whatsapp group was started by…

World Obesity Day

World Obesity Day

The World Obesity Day is observed on October 11, 2018. About: • Obesity: According to the WHO, obesity is an abnormal or excessive fat accumulation to the extent that may impair health. • Theme: Change Your Perspective to Change Your Life   Statistics: • As per one report, 2.7 billion adults worldwide will suffer from…