Know your ‘unparliamentary’

Context Two days of heated exchanges in Parliament have brought back recurring questions around “unparliamentary” speech and conduct. Article 105(2): While Article 105(2) of the Constitution lays down that “no…

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What is genome mapping?

Context The government has given clearance to an ambitious gene-mapping project, estimated to be worth Rs 238 crore. The Genome India Project, which has been described by those involved as the…

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The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation (PEMSR) Act

Context The Maharashtra government has directed all civic bodies in the state to set up Emergency Response Sanitation Units (ERSUs) to ensure safeguards for sanitation workers who clean manholes and…

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What you need to know about the spreading coronavirus?

Context A newly identified virus that emerged late last year in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, causing an explosive outbreak of sometimes fatal pneumonia, has become a global health…

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Mapping the ‘Indian’ genome

Context The government has cleared an ambitious gene-mapping project that is being described by those involved as the “first scratching of the surface of the vast genetic diversity of India”.…

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