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Right to Health

Recently, the Chief Minister of Rajasthan announced the implementation of the Rajasthan Model of Public Health that would include a Right to Health as well as measures for preventive, primary and curative care as envisioned by the WHO Rajasthan Model of Public Health: The MukhyaMantriChiranjeeviYojana will also be launched as a Universal Health Care scheme as part of …

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Right to Counsel

Recently, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) told a special court in Mumbai that the arrested assistant police inspector Sachin Waze, now suspended from Mumbai Police, was not cooperating in the probe against him and was insisting on his lawyer being present during interrogation. Separately, Waze filed an application seeking to be allowed …

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COVID Increased Poverty: Pew Report

Recently, a new research conducted by Pew Research Center has found that the coronavirus pandemic has pushed about 32 million Indians out of the middle class and increased poverty in the country. The report is based on an analysis of World Bank data. Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, …

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Saamar Campaign

The Jharkhand government announced the launch of SAAMAR (Strategic Action for Alleviation of Malnutrition and Anemia Reduction) campaign to tackle malnutrition in the state. About: The campaign aims to identify anaemic women and malnourished children and converge various departments to effectively deal with the problem in a state where malnutrition …

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Global Hunger Index

Union Minister for Agriculture questioned in the Rajya Sabha the methodology and data accuracy of the Global Hunger Index (GHI) report, which has placed India at 94th among 107 countries in 2020. About: The Minister said the government had written to the NGO, Welthungerhilfe, which compiles the report, expressing concerns …

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Mmdr Amendment Bill

Lok Sabha passed the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2021 to streamline the renewal of the auction process for minerals and coal mining rights About: The amendment proposes to allow captive miners of both coal and other minerals to sell up to 50 per cent of their …

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The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021

The Lok Sabha passed The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021 that seeks to put seven castes under one nomenclature of “DevendrakulaVellalars” with some exceptions for some of the castes in certain districts of Tamil Nadu. About: The castes include Devendrakulathan, Kadaiyan, Kalladi, Kudumban, Pallan, Pannadi and Vathiriyan. The …

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Stop TB Partnership Board

Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, has been appointed Chairman of the Stop TB Partnership Board. He will serve a three year term, commencing July 2021, as the Chair of the Board of Stop TB Partnership. Important points: It was established in 2000 and is mandated to eliminate Tuberculosis as a …

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Mmdr Amendment Bill, 2021

Recently, the Coal and Mines Minister introduced the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) (MMDR) Amendment Bill, 2021 in Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to amend the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957which regulates the mining sector in India. Removal of restriction on end-use of minerals: The Act empowers the central government …

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Bihar Assembly Passes Lokayukta Amendment Bill

The Bihar Assembly recently passed the Bihar Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2021 that proposes to punish people filing false cases before the anti- corruption ombudsman body to prevent any waste of time or misuse of the institution. Four other Bills passed by the Assembly during the day are the Bihar Municipality (Amendment) Bill, Bihar Taxation …

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