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GS 1 Preventing student suicides The rising number of cases must provoke a discussion on how outcomes of education are perceived in India GS 2 36 years after law, girls still forced into devadasi custom More than thirty-six years after the Karnataka Devadasis (Prohibition of Dedication) Act of 1982 was passed, the State government is yet to issue the rules for administering the law. Coercion used for toilet construction: survey The study, titled “Changes in open defecation in rural north India: 2014-2018”, was released last week by the research institute for compassionate economics (r.i.c.e.). SC notice to Centre on plea challenging snooping order The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the government to a batch of petitions seeking a declaration that the December 20 notification issued by the government listing 10 Central agencies which can snoop on people is a violation of the fundamental right to privacy. GS 3 Helping build urban houses faster, cheaper The Centre will offer about Rs. 150 crore as a technology innovation grant to build 6,000 homes — cheaper, faster and better — using alternative technologies and materials under the Global Housing Technology Challenge launched on Monday. Science and reason in India The history of science in India must be treated as a serious subject rather than a matter of speculation Half done: on the ban on plastic India won global acclaim for its “Beat Plastic Pollution” resolve declared on World Environment Day last year, under which it pledged to eliminate single-use plastic by 2022. Where the rich got their way: on the climate change convention at Katowice, Poland With the passage of the so-called “rulebook” for the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the developed countries have largely succeeded in establishing a global climate regime that gives them the strategic advantage and assuages some of their core concerns. Centre to award UDAN-III routes soon The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation will shortly award new regional connectivity routes under UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagarik) III, Union Minister for Commerce, Industry & Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu said in Mumbai on Monday. India to unveil Air Cargo Policy India’s first Air Cargo Policy will be unveiled at the two-day Global Aviation Summit starting here on Tuesday. An open-air lab to study effects of climate change In one of the most inhospitable places on Earth, the southernmost part of Chile’s Patagonia region, scientists are studying whales, dolphins and algae in order to help predict how climate change will affect the world’s oceans. Desalination plants harm environment: UN Almost 16,000 desalination plants worldwide produce bigger-than-expected flows of highly salty waste water and toxic chemicals that are damaging the environment, a U.N.-backed study said on Monday.