[Reports and Indices] Global Trends Report by UNHCR

Context Recently the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has released its annual Global Trends report before the World Refugee Day (20th June). Highlights of the report Nearly 80 million people were forcibly displaced by the end of 2019 — which is nearly 1% of the global population. Of the 80 million people, Read More …

Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 and Mental Cruelty

Context The Bombay High Court, while granting a divorce last week, held that a wife writing to her husband’s employer with unfounded allegations about him constituted actionable cruelty under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. In its judgment of May 5, a division bench of Justices VM Deshpande and SM Modak Read More …

[PIB] Year of Awareness on Science & Health (YASH) Program

Context Recently National Council for Science & Technology Communication (NCSTC) has launched a programme on health and risk communication ‘Year of Awareness on Science & Health (YASH)’ with focus on COVID-19. About YASH Program YASH is a comprehensive and effective science and health communication effort for promoting grass-root level appreciation Read More …

Measles and COVID-19

Context A press release issued by the UN noted that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, measles immunisation campaigns have been delayed in 24 countries and will be canceled in 13 others since healthcare workers are required to deal with the pandemic in countries where healthcare systems are already inadequate. While there Read More …

Tuberculosis and COVID-19

Context With WHO underlining the importance of continuing prevention and treatment of Tuberculosis (TB) during the COVID-19 crisis,  What exactly has WHO said for TB patients during COVID-19? According to a WHO Information Note — ‘Tuberculosis and COVID-19’, there is a need to maintain TB services during effective response to Read More …

Indian migrants, across India

Context The exodus of migrant workers from the cities following the announcement of the 21-day lockdown threw the spotlight on the vast number of Indians who live outside their home states. Facts and Figures: The total number of internal migrants in India, as per the 2011 census, is 45.36 crore or 37% of the Read More …

The sudden return of quantity planning in the wake of COVID-19

Context One of the defining features of a war economy is that economic thinking is focused on quantities rather than prices. Much of the ongoing global response to the covid-19 pandemic is still in crisis-Keynesian mode. The nation-state has become the income supporter, financier and consumer of last resort. However, Read More …

A pandemic in an unequal India

Context The official strategies to deal with the virus place the responsibility on citizens, a majority without privilege, to fight the virus. COVID-19 pandemic lashes India with severity: If the COVID-19 pandemic lashes India with severity, it will not be just the middle class who will be affected. India’s impoverished millions are Read More …

Why follow social distancing?

Context Over the last two days, a number of states in India have enforced measures aimed at reducing public gatherings. This is called “social distancing”. With 100,000 reported cases of COVID-19 in 100 countries, starting with the outbreak in Wuhan in China 10 weeks ago, researchers have analysed trends in the spread Read More …

How climate change leads to more violence against women, girls

A Case Study for Essay-Ethics-GS Papers-Climate Change, Social Issues, Environmental Issues, Gender Specific Ntoya Sande was 13 years old when she got married — against her will. “I was sent to be married because of a shortage of food in the house,” she said. Her parents used to have a Read More …