Socio-Economic Awareness

Global Hunger Report 2012: India placed 65th

October 17, 2012

India was ranked at 65th position on the Global Hunger Index released by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide. What was the theme of the report? The theme of the report was “The Challenge of Hunger: Ensuring Sustainable Food Security under Land, Water, and...

World observes first International Day of Girl Child

October 12, 2012

The first ever International Day of the Girl Child was observed on October 11, 2012. The theme for this year is “Ending Child Marriage”. The UN General Assembly had announced in 2011 to observe this day as International Day of Girl Child, to recognize rights of girls and the...

"Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986"

October 12, 2012

Union Cabinet approves amendments in the "Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986" The Union Cabinet approved the introduction of Amendments to the "Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986". Major amendments proposed are as follows: Broaden the scope of the law to cover the audio-visual media and material...

India, France ink pact for Sustainable Urban Development

October 11, 2012

India and France signed an Administrative Agreement in the field of Sustainable Urban Development. India could benefit immensely from the French experience. The Agreement would provide an enabling platform for the officials, professionals, business leaders and local self-governing bodies to meet and share knowledge and best practices in the...

Guardianship system for persons with disabilities to change

October 3, 2012

The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has come up with a fresh draft legislation that seeks to do away with the plenary guardianship system and replace it with a limited guardianship system. What is the plenary guardianship system? Under this system, a guardian substitutes for the person with...

Prohibition in use of animals in Election Campaigns

October 2, 2012

The Election Commission (E.C.) has directed the Political Parties and candidates not to use birds and animals in their campaigns. The E.C. has also directed that in case the use of animal is inescapable then the party/candidate will have to ascertain that no harm is caused to the animal...

What is Youth Unite for Voter Awareness (YUVA) ?

September 24, 2012

The Election Commission of India unveiled an initiative to identify the missing and non-voters to encourage them for voting. The Commission has designed a YUVA strategy which abbreviates “Youth Unite for Voter Awareness” (YUVA) to encourage increased participation of young women and men in the electoral process. The Commission...

Accounts similar in appearance to PMO Account forbidden by Twitter

August 25, 2012

Twitter shunned 6 accounts similar in appearance to the Prime Minister’s Office account. The action by twitter came after the Department of Information Technology sent an ultimatum to the social media site for failing to block the morphed and inflammatory web pages. These web pages carried inflammatory contents uploaded...

Gujarat bans Gutka

August 22, 2012

Gujarat state government has declared imposition of a comprehensive ban on gutka, which will come into effect from September 11, 2012. From this date the state will ban, the production, storage, sale and distribution of gutka. Other States that have banned Gutka: Maharashtra Kerala Madhya Pradesh Bihar Rajasthan  

Comprehensive Ban on Gutka in Gujarat

August 20, 2012

Gujarat state government has declared a comprehensive ban on gutka, which will come into effect from September 11, 2012. From this date the state will ban, the production, storage, sale and distribution of gutka. Recently, Maharashtra imposed a comprehensive ban on gutka and pan masala. Gutka is already banned...