Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU)

Context A new global study has quantified the damage that the modern food industry does to human health, development and the environment costs. The “hidden cost” to the world is $12 trillion a year — equivalent to China’s GDP — says the study by the Food and Land Use Coalition Read More …

Child Well-Being Index

Context Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Puducherry topped the charts in the child well-being index, a tool designed to measure and tracks children’s well-being comprehensively. Meghalaya, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh featured at the bottom, as per a report released by the non government organisation World Vision India and research institute IFMR Read More …

Why women are still being treated as unequal to men

Context According to a study published in American Psychologist, for the first time in history, 86% of US adults have admitted that men and women are equally intelligent.  Status of Women According to the World Employment And Social Outlook Trends For Women 2018 report, more women than ever before are Read More …

Prohibition of E-cigarettes Ordinance 2019

Context The Prohibition of E-cigarettes Ordinance 2019 is being sent to a Group of Ministers as directed by the Prime Minister’s Office. What are e-cigarettes? An e-cigarette, short for electronic cigarette, is a battery-operated device. One of a large variety of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), an e-cigarette emits vaporized Read More …

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2019

Context The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2019, which proposes to ban commercial surrogacy, was passed by Lok Sabha on August 5. The Bill was introduced by the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan, in the House on July 15. Advertising What is commercial surrogacy? Surrogacy is defined as the Read More …

National Essential Diagnostics List (NEDL)

Context India has got its first National Essential Diagnostics List (NEDL) finalised by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). With this, India has become the first country to compile such a list that would provide guidance to the government for deciding the kind of diagnostic tests that different healthcare Read More …

Transgender Persons (Protection Of Rights) Bill

Context: The Lok Sabha recently passed the Transgender Persons (Protection Of Rights) Bill. Highlights of the Bill:  According to the Bill, a transgender is a person whose gender does not match with the one assigned at birth and includes transman or transwoman (whether or not such person has undergone sex Read More …

Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015

Context: In 2016, a 17-year-old was booked for the murder of his three-year-old neighbour in Mumbai. The Mumbai city Juvenile Justice Board as well as a children’s court directed that he be tried as an adult under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015. Last week, the Bombay High Read More …

Making national legislatures more gender-balanced

Context: The Global Gender Gap report for 2018 said that the widest gender disparity is in the field of political empowerment. To cite the Inter-Parliamentary Union 2018 report, women legislators account for barely 24% of all MPs across the world. However, the experience of the top-ranked countries in the IPU Read More …

A model policy for women in the police

Context: Women constitute about 7% of the police strength in India. This number is expected to rise, with many States and Union Territories providing for 30% (and more) reservation for women in the police in specific ranks. However, this is not enough.  The discourse on mainstreaming women in the police Read More …