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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Shalini Nair


Finally, WCD Ministry set to move Cabinet to make child marriage void
Wed, Jul 18, 2018

At present, child marriages in India — between a man under 21 years and a woman under 18 —are merely voidable at the behest of the contracting parties.

Year since Group of Ministers nod, draft national women’s policy stuck
Sat, Jul 14, 2018

The policy was to be operationalised and its implementation monitored through an inter-ministerial committee headed by Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi, and similar state-level committees were to be set up, headed by the respective chief ministers.

This isn’t Pakistan, Aligarh Muslim University must follow quotas: National SC panel
Fri, Jul 13, 2018

Ram Shankar Katheria said that the HRD Ministry, UGC and the National Commission for Minorities have confirmed that the AMU does not enjoy minority status.

Centre affidavit on Sec 377: Year ago, House panel said shame in being bigot, not in being LGBTQ
Fri, Jul 13, 2018

The panel also asked for recognising ‘alternative family structures’ of transgender persons such as the Hijra or Aravani family system, wherein the community elders adopt young transgender children.

MGNREGA: Low wage issue raised at CMs’ sub-group meet
Fri, Jul 13, 2018

The sub-group was constituted following the NITI Aayog governing council meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet the NDA’s promise of doubling farmers income by 2022.

Sub-group of CMs on MGNREGA to meet for first time today
Thu, Jul 12, 2018

With an eye on the elections next year, the Union government has proposed to expand the scope of the rural employment guarantee act so as to “align works under MGNREGA fully to the requirements of achieving the goal of higher farmer’s income”.

Urban Affairs Ministry homes in on tech challenge to raise houses faster
Sun, Jul 08, 2018

In a bid to accelerate PMAY-U's target of providing ‘housing for all', the ministry will invite ideas for innovative technologies for mass housing projects that can help build houses faster, cheaper, and of better quality, with sustainable green materials.

NCW team to probe sexual exploitation of Bachhada girls
Thu, Jul 05, 2018

NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said, “We have taken suo motu cognizance of the report. We are going to send a fact-finding team mid-July to find out what exactly is happening, the team will also question the authorities.”

A Girl on the Highway
Mon, Jul 02, 2018

Why Madhya Pradesh’s stringent laws on child rape have done nothing to help minor Bachhada girls, who are forced into caste-sanctioned prostitution.

Child abuse victims should be allowed to report case until they are 25: WCD Ministry seeks amendment
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

Presently, the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) has strong provisions against child sexual abuse, but the reporting of offences by survivors much later in life is a legal grey area.

Dalit women’s rights activists to present accounts of caste violence at UNHRC
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

The report highlights that Supreme Court ruling in the SC/ST Act would make legal recourse more inaccessible for Dalit women.

53,000 manual scavengers in 12 states, four-fold rise from last official count
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

While the numbers are an improvement from before, when a majority of states denied the existence of the practice, it is still a gross underestimate as it includes data from only 121 of the more than 600 districts in the country.

Five key states yet to come on board Centre’s cash transfer scheme for pregnant women
Tue, Jun 12, 2018

Union government officials state that the non-cooperation of these states could result in the Centre being held legally accountable for not covering all states as required of it under National Food Security Act (NFSA), 2013.

Koregaon Bhima violence case: Ramdas Athawale slams activists’ arrest, says don’t call them Naxalites
Fri, Jun 08, 2018

Ramdas Athawale said police should investigate the role of Hindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide for allegedly instigating the violence against Dalits on January 1.

Hopeful after SC/ST quota ruling, no ordinance on atrocity law: Government
Thu, Jun 07, 2018

Thaawarchand Gehlot said the ruling will set at rest all allegations, especially in the wake of the order on the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, that the government was trying to end reservation and other safeguards for SC/STs through courts.

In apex body of NREGA, members of spiritual groups, RSS weekly editor
Sun, Jun 03, 2018

Also on the CEGC member-list is Sudhir Aggarwal, a BJP member who is “founder-president, Confederation of Voluntary Organizations” and who describes himself as a “swayam sevak since childhood” on his website.

Four years of Modi govt — Social sector: Many missions rolled out, targets steep
Sat, Jun 02, 2018

Initiatives taken for urbanisation, women at workplace; panel set up with eye on subordinate OBC groups

Master Plan should shift with ground reality: Draft
Wed, May 30, 2018

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs is expected to finalise the policy, which will form the blueprint for urban planning, by July-end after MoS Hardeep Singh Puri holds consultations with states.

Why lower socio-economic inequality holds key to reducing malnutrition
Fri, May 25, 2018

More than two-thirds of India’s 640 districts, mainly in north and central India, have high to very high levels of stunting.

Nomadic tribes: Move to grant Constitutional protection gathers pace
Fri, May 11, 2018

Social Justice Ministry invites feedback on panel recommendation