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Relevant News / Current Affair (TheHindu) for UPSC (2014) CIvil Service Exam 20 and 21-12-2013

Researchers claim development of diabetic-friendly rice varieties   Acharya N.G. Ranga Agriculture University has taken up research on developing diabetic-friendly rice varieties in collaboration with private industries, Vice-Chancellor Alluri Padma Raju disclosed here on Saturday. Mr. Raju was speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of a meeting of rice millers, peasant

Struggling for Reason Fundamental Rights and the Wrongs of the Supreme Court

Download PDF version The judgment of India’s highest court has re-established discrimination based on sexual orientation. A close reading of the judgment upholding Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code indicates that the Supreme Court misread the Constitution and legal precedent. More worryingly, it failed to uphold the fundamental rights

‘Quotas for education helped SCs, but boys alone reaped the benefit’

Empirical impact of reservations is yet an un-studied phenomenon The first evaluation of the impact of reservations on educational attainment has shown that quotas in educational institutions did indeed improve the education indicators of the Scheduled Castes (SCs), but nearly all of the improvement was among boys only. The SC

A Comparison of the Legal Rights of Gender Non-Conforming Persons in South Asia

Download PDF version By according legal recognition to transgenders, hijras and other gender non-normative persons, the countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal have taken a crucial step to empower these persons and enable them to live a life with dignity and without discrimination. Whether India joins this group of nations

Back to Square One ,The Supreme Court’s order on Section 377 upholds the State as keeper of “public morality”.

Download PDF version India’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and other sexual minorities had clearly expected the Supreme Court to uphold the judgment in 2009 of the Delhi High Court decriminalising homosexuality. They were encouraged to do so in the intervening four years by the willingness of public

Protecting women at workplaces

Sexual harassment cases usually have a marked power imbalance between the victim and the accused; this may well affect the negotiation scenario, with the victim being unable to hold her own In recent times, the issue of sexual harassment of women at the workplace has assumed prominence with serious allegations

Relevant News / Current Affair (TheHindu) for UPSC (2014) CIvil Service Exam 20-12-2013

Drop charges against diplomat: India We don’t share Bharara’s view, says State Department official Daniel Arshack, lawyer of Devyani Khobragade, speaks to the media in front of the Indian Consulate in New York on Wednesday.— PHOTO: REUTERS As the Indo-US row on the arrest of diplomat Devyani Khobragade intensified, American

Made-in-India diagnostic kit for thalassemia and sickle cell disease launched

Kit developed keeping in mind gene mutations specific to ethnic groups in India, says National Institute of Immunohaematology The government on Tuesday launched a diagnostic-kit to detect genetic disorders thalassemia and sickle cell disease in unborn children. The kit has been developed by the National Institute of Immunohaematology in Mumbai,