Society

India remains far from being open defecation free after 7 years of Swachh Bharat Mission

India remains far from being open defecation free ...

November 8, 2021

Two years ago, on October 2, 2019, the Indian government had claimed that its first stage of the much hyped up Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), had been successfully completed after five years. On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Mi...

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Infant Protection Day: India must reassess its healthcare system

Infant Protection Day: India must reassess its hea...

November 7, 2021

As India marks Infant Protection Day, activists aim to spread awareness about the safety of infants and the importance of proper protection and care in order to prevent early mortality of both the new-borns and mothers. India has made significant strides in its Infant Mortality R...

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Rise in farmer suicides in 2020: A tale of indebtedness & ineptness

Rise in farmer suicides in 2020: A tale of indebte...

November 7, 2021

After a consistent decline in suicide rates of persons involved in farming sector for three consecutive years since 2017, the figures leaped from 10,281 in 2019 to 10,677 in 2020. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reports an 18 pc rise from the 2019 figures that accounts f...

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Skateboarding: India’s rare rural skate park

Skateboarding: India’s rare rural skate park

October 31, 2021

Skateboard is a sport that originated in California, United States, in the late 1940s. It is primarily a city sport which is played in skate parks and the bumps are the important accessories to allow the skateboarders show off their skills. In a country like India, especially in ...

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Social media overdose impacts teenagers’ mental health

Social media overdose impacts teenagers’ mental ...

October 26, 2021

Even though the social media platforms have been undergoing rapid growth in various parts of the world, notably India, the enforced lockdowns saw a huge increase of 70 pc. Indians on average, spend about 2.25 hours on social media daily, slightly below the global average of 2.5 h...

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Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 2021: Progressive yet Problematic

Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 2021: Progres...

October 23, 2021

Last week, the Indian government notified rules under the latest amendment to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971, that was passed the Parliament in March this year. The rules that allow termination of pregnancies even up to 24 weeks of the gestation period stand...

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India’s visually impaired face several hurdles in race for jobs

India’s visually impaired face several hurdles i...

October 15, 2021

Of the 39 million visually impaired persons around the world, India is home to about 12 million, says a report by National Programme for Control of Blindness in 2015-18. Despite historically being home to the largest population of the blind in the world, India is specially poorly...

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Bihar NGOs mount Khud se Pooche for healthcare with dignity

Bihar NGOs mount Khud se Pooche for healthcare wit...

October 13, 2021

A survey published earlier this year says that Indian women hesitate to bring up their health problems due to social stigma and taboos. The survey, Indian Women’s Health Report 2021, conducted market research firm Ipsos for Emcure Pharmaceuticals, says that about 50 pc of the s...

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Get off your high horse: Abuse of horses in Indian weddings

Get off your high horse: Abuse of horses in Indian...

October 12, 2021

As yet another wedding season begins in India, animal rights activist group, PETA, has created a mild storm on Twitter in India with its viral tweet against one particular practice that is widely prevalent in Indian weddings, but is cruel and is often lost behind the glamour and ...

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International Day of the Girl Child 2021: Pandemic widens gender gap in India

International Day of the Girl Child 2021: Pandemic...

October 11, 2021

Initiated in 1995 at Beijing’s World Conference on Women, the idea of International Day of the Girl Child was born due to the necessity of recognition and redressal of specific challenges faced by girls around the world, and uplift them in society through progress in their educ...

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