Must Read News Articles – October 23rd, 2018

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Why are media regulators soft with scribes, asks SC

It is a crime under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Indian Penal Code to disclose the identity of victims of sexual abuse, especially if they are children.

It’s not #MeToo, but ‘WeToo’ in Odisha

At a time when the #MeToo fire rages on with several women unmasking their harassers, a campaign is under way in Odisha’s migration-prone districts to sensitise migrant women workers about sexual exploitation.

The judiciary’s #MeToo moment

It is an opportunity to ensure that the defamation law is no longer used as a tool for harassment

Ripe for prison reform

There is a popular view that in order to reduce prison populations, proven non-violent offenders could be dealt with differently. But it is frustrating that no consensus has evolved across the world on this relatively uncomplicated issue.

The value of a health scheme

The challenges for the success of Ayushman Bharat are more than just at the financial and infrastructural level

Lower judiciary vacancies unacceptable: SC

The Supreme Court on Monday took suo motu cognisance of over 5,000 vacancies in the lower judiciary across the country, saying the situation is “wholly unacceptable”.

SC dismisses plea to lower marriageable age of men

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Where Ganga meets the Bay of Pollution

An exponential increase in the number of pilgrims coming to the Ganga Sagar Mela, which takes place at the Sagar Island every year during Makar Sankranti, has been responsible for the worsening water pollution, prompting scientists to raise serious concerns about the likely outbreak of several diseases.

‘In urban U.P., 87% of waste from toilets goes to rivers, farmlands’

Study by Centre for Science and Environment says if more toilets and septic tanks are built without sewer systems it will swamp the State

Turf battle: On independent payments regulator

The RBI makes a valid case against the proposal for a separate payments regulator

Panel for adopting UN model on cross-border insolvency

The Insolvency Law Committee (ILC), tasked with suggesting amendments to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code of India, has recommended that India adopt the United Nations’ model to handle cross-border insolvency cases.

PT Facts

‘Cockroaches of the ocean’ are eating away California’s underwater forests

The purple urchin is mowing down kelp forests that are crucial as a critical habitat and a source of food for a wide range of species

An African island’s troubled waters

The Migingo Island, claimed both by Kenya and Uganda, is a fisherman’s paradise

Experts’ group to cut schoolbag weight formed, court told

“Union HRD Ministry is keen on evolving a draft policy within a month”

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