India and Singapore

India and Singapore have signed Bilateral Agreement for Navy Cooperation that will allow Indian Navy ships logistical support, including refuelling at Singapore’s Changi Naval Base located near disputed South China Sea (SCS). The agreement was announced during second Defence Ministers’ Dialogue between India and Singapore held in New Delhi. The Read More …

Combating Child Sex Abuse

In a first, the World Health Organisation has formulated clinical guidelines on responding to children and adolescents who have been sexually abused.  The guidelines put forward recommendations for the frontline health care providers – general practitioners, gynaecologists, paediatricians, nurses and others – who may directly receive a victim of sexual Read More …

Strategy on Resource Efficiency

NITI Aayog in collaboration with the European Union delegation to India have released the Strategy on Resource Efficiency at a function in the capital.  The report included in action plan for promoting resource efficiency in India.  It adds that sustainability is a global priority and SDGs commitment and 11th Five Read More …

Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event

A boost in levels of oxygen may have caused a three-fold increase in biodiversity during between 445 and 485 million years ago, a study has found. The explosion of diversity, recognised as the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event, brought about the rise of various marine life, tremendous change across species families Read More …

Hepatitis B and C co-infection on the rise, say experts

Context; Cases of co-infection of hepatitis B and C viruses are rising and are yet highly underestimated. A large number of patients with hepatitis C infection are also infected with hepatitis B virus, which stays in a repressed state and can reactivate at a later stage. Facts & Figures: With Read More …

21st century India cannot shun leprosy patients: SC

Context: Twenty-first century society cannot justify shunning persons affected by leprosy or keeping them hidden in homes and away from the mainstream, the Supreme Court declared in an order. The court asked the Centre to respond in eight weeks to a call to repeal 119 Central and State laws in Read More …