Global Hunger Index 2018

Context: India has been ranked at the 103rd position among 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index, says a report.  More about the Index: According to the report, prepared by Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide, India is among the 45 countries that have “serious levels of hunger”.  In 2017, India was Read More …

1 in 5 Indian children ‘wasted’, says GHI

Context: At least one in five Indian children under the age of five are ‘wasted,’ which means they have extremely low weight for their height, reflecting acute under-nutrition, according to the Global Hunger Index 2018. The only country with a higher prevalence of child wasting is the war-torn nation of Read More …

What is the Sabarimala case?

Context: The Supreme Courtruled that women, of all age group, can enter Sabarimala temple in Kerala. The apex court in a 4:1 majority said that the temple practice violates the rights of Hindu women and that banning entry of women to shrine is gender discrimination.   A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Read More …

Adultery no longer a criminal offence as SC scraps Section 497 of IPC

Context: A five-judge Constitution Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, in four separate but concurring opinions on Thursday held that adultery is not a crime and struck it off the Indian Penal Code. Chief Justice Misra, in an opinion for himself and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, observed that Read More …

Ease of Living Index

Context: Andhra Pradesh has topped the charts among States in terms of “Ease of Living Index” rankings launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA).  It was followed by Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.  The three States were awarded the three best performing States at the National Dissemination Workshop on Read More …

The law of happiness

Context: Happiness has come to be accepted as a goal of public policy. And this discourse has given a fillip to a new narrative where the interconnections between law, governance and happiness are being searched. Why do these connections matter? Experiences from several nations confirm that the countries with higher Read More …

One manual scavenging death every five days: Official data

Context: SINCE JANUARY 1, 2017, one person has died every five days, on an average, while cleaning sewers and septic tanks across the country, according to numbers collated by the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK), the statutory body that was set up by an Act of Parliament for the Read More …