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GS 2 Assault on boys punishable by death The government on Friday approved amendments to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, to bring punishments for sexual assaults on boys on a par with those against girls. These include the provision of death penalty when the child is under 12 years and when a penetrative sexual assault is committed by a relative. A law that defeats its purpose The Transgender Bill omits positive rights and ignores the protections of the ‘NALSA’ judgment ₹4,500-cr. assistance for Bhutan India will support Bhutan’s developmental needs by providing ₹4,500 crore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday, while visiting Prime Minister of the Himalayan country Lotay Tshering indicated his government’s commitment to maintain warm ties with India Centre gives nod to draft Bill on Indian medicine The draft Bill will enable the constitution of a National Commission with four autonomous boards for the purpose of conducting overall education in Ayurveda, Unani, Siddha and Sowarigpa. Bill for panel on homoeo gets nod “The draft Bill provides for the constitution of a National Commission with three autonomous boards entrusted with the conduct of education of Homoeopathy by Homoeopathy Education Board,” read the statement issued by the Centre. The Centre said the Bill aims to bring “reforms in the medical education of Homoeopathy”. CPEC has no military feature, it is an economic project: Pak. Pakistan has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a bilateral economic project and has no military dimensions. GS 3 Analog cable TV gets an extension The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday informed the Madras High Court that it has extended till January 31 the deadline for migration of broadcasting and cable services, including the complete shift from analog cable connections to digital set top box connections, to a new regulatory framework. Strange deal The new e-commerce policy betrays a muddled view of online and offline retail Forays of the Kashmir stag The hangul, the state animal of Jammu and Kashmir, is an endangered species. But the recent discovery that the animal, long thought to be confined to the Dachigam National Park, has begun using an old migratory route has given fresh hope to conservationists States get greater say over coastal regions The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday approved the CRZ Notification 2018, streamlining of Coastal Regulation Zone clearances, aimed at enhancing activities in the coastal regions and promoting economic growth while keeping in mind conservation principles of coastal regions.