Social Issues

BREAST CANCER

Work carried out by researchers from the Integrated Cancer Genomics Laboratory atthe Advanced Centre for Training, Research, and Education in Cancer (ACTREC) in Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Centre has shed more light on the molecular mechanism through which progesterone treatment prior to breast cancer surgery is quite likely to increase the …

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MARRIAGE LAWS FOR MINORS

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court announced that it would examine whether minor girls, as young as 15 years, can marry on the basis of custom or personal law when such marriages are considered an offence in statutory law. The legal age for marriage is 18 years for women and …

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INDIA’S CAMPAIGN ON HOCKEY WORLD CUP

India’s campaign in its second consecutive hockey World Cup at home had a dream start when local boy Amit Rohidas scored a brilliant goal in front of a packed house and the host beat Spain 2-0 at the spectacular new Birsa Munda Stadium in hockey hub Rourkela. Ten days later, …

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RESEARCH PROJECT SURVIVING VIOLENCE ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A majority of survivors interviewed from Tamil Nadu as a part of the research project Surviving Violence: Everyday resilience and gender justice in rural-urban India shared their domestic violence experience for the first time after the incident took place in six to twelve months. The research project carried out in Tamil Nadu, …

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VIRAL RESPIRATORY INFECTION ON CHILDREN

Several children are presenting with symptoms of cough at paediatric centres across the city. Paediatricians, who are seeing a steady flow in outpatient units, said these were primarily viral respiratory infections. A senior doctor at the Institute of Child Health and Hospital for Children said there was a small increase …

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VIRAL NUTRITION

The difference lies in being able to ‘eat’ viruses to fulfil one’s biological imperatives. Plankton of the genus Halteria, they claim to have found, can each consume 10,000 to a million virus particles a day, increase their population using the metabolised energy, and provide more food for the zooplanktons that …

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PROVIDENT FUND PENSION SCHEME

For around 70 lakh pensioners, the end to the agonising wait for higher pension under the Employees’ Pension Scheme (EPS), 1995, appears to be no where in sight even though it has been over two months since the Supreme Court of India reiterated, as a matter of principle, its approval …

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IDENTIFYING MINORITIES IN INDIA

The Centre’s position in the Supreme Court remained uncertain on Tuesday on whether its 1993 notification identifying Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis as minority communities needed reconsideration in light of a view by the National Commission for Minorities that religious and linguistic minority communities ought to be identified State-wise. …

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NEW FREE FOODGRAIN SCHEME

In George Orwell’s Animal Farm, ‘Squealer, the small fat pig’ was a brilliant orator who always spoke to the hard-working animals about a ‘readjustment of rations’, but ‘never as a “reduction”’. The Government’s latest announcement on free foodgrains is a case of similar doublespeak. The Cabinet has announced that under the …

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