Rajasthan to scrap education criterion The Rajasthan Assembly on Monday passed two Bills which seek to end the minimum education criterion for panchayat and civic poll candidates. 60% children adopted in India between 2015 and 2018 are girls India may have a skewed gender ratio, but the female child happens to be the first choice when it comes to adoption. The number of female children placed for in-country adoptions and inter-country adoptions between 2015 and 2018 are relatively higher than male children. Everyone is afraid of data There needs to be robust infrastructure for official statistics so that governments do not suppress inconvenient truths Time to raise the bar The judiciary needs a mechanism to regulate post-retirement government appointments The state of the States India was one among the 193 United Nations member states to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015. It has been making sincere efforts to achieve these goals Bill to counter exploitation by NRI spouses According to the new Bill, a marriage between an NRI and an Indian citizen will have to be registered within 30 days from the date of marriage. Necessary legal provisions have been created in the criminal code and the Passports Act, 1967, to initiate action against erring NRI spouses.