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India, Sweden to sign MoU for polar science co-operation

India - Sweden are likely to sign their first maritime co-operation agreement  (co-operation in polar science) during the visit to India of the Swedish Royal couple

Rajya Sabha MPs want more time to speak

Rajya Sabha members have demanded that they may be allocated more time in debates. There is also a demand for an increase in representation from smaller states.

States with poor health systems show lowest average PMJAY claims

An analysis of utilisation patterns of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana — the NDA government’s flagship health programme — shows wide variation in average claims of states. States with already functioning secondary/tertiary care programmes, such as Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, show 2-2.5 times the average spend per patient compared to traditional health laggards like Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.

What Fundamental duties mean

Over last few days, the Prime Minister, President, Vice President and Law Minister have been stressing Fundamental Duties. The article explains what these fundamental duties are and how they are included in the constitution

The fight for dignity

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 was passed by Parliament on November 26, 2019. It has caused great disappointment to the transgender community in India. The bill has also failed to incorporate crucial recommendations of the Parliament Standing Committee

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Who is a farmer? Government has no clear definition

Such an ambiguity has serious implications for the design and beneficiaries of schemes meant to help them

Making Air India’s disinvestment work

The government needs to totally exit the carrier, allowing the acquirer full freedom to transform the embattled airline

Time to act

The Indian economy grew only 4.5 in Q2 of 2019-20. This is the slowest pace of expansion in six and half years. To tackle this, economy needs a meaningful policy response with steps to spur consumption

Battling Anti microbial resistance

India must accelerate implementation of its National Action plan on Anti Microbial resistance 

Operation ‘Clean Art’ to crack down on illegal trade in mongoose hair

Operation Clean Art was the first pan india operation to crack down on smuggling on mongoose hair in India. Mongoose is listed in Schedule II Part 2 of the Wildlife protection Act. Any Smuggling or possession of its body part is a non bailable offence