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Environmental Impact of the Swachh Bharat Mission

A study was carried out by UNICEF for looking at the environmental impact of the Swachh Bharat Mission in 12 ODF and 12 non-ODF villages in three states of West Bengal, Odisha and Bihar which was based on 725 samples of water, soil, and food. Findings of the Study The non-ODF villages are more likely ..

Kharga Prahar Joint Exercise

Kharga Prahar joint exercise of the Indian Army and Indian Air Force (IAF) was held at Punjab. Kharga Prahar It incorporated aspects of joint training wherein para drops from Indian Air Force aircraft were carried out and simulated battlefield air strikes were conducted with the support of ground forces. It involved validation of the latest ..

Women Representation in Lok Sabha

The 17th Lok Sabha will write a new history by having the highest percentage of women MPs since Independence. Women Strength in 17th Lok Sabha 78 women MP’s will be part of the 17th Lok Sabha. The proportion of women MPs in 17th Lok Sabha stands at 14 per cent. The percentage of women MPs ..

Supreme Court on Article 324 of Indian Constitution

Article 324 of the Indian constitution bestows Election Commission with the power and responsibility of superintendence, direction and control of the preparation of the electoral rolls and the conduct of, all elections to Parliament and to the Legislature of every State and of elections to the offices of President and Vice-President held under this Constitution. ..

Teenage Pregnancy and Child Undernutrition in India

The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) had undertaken a study to examine links between teenage pregnancy and child undernutrition in India. The highlights of the study are: Child marriage is adding to India s malnutrition burden. 31 per cent married women in India give birth while they are still minors despite the fact that ..

EC orders early end to the Campaigning in West Bengal

In an unprecedented move, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has ordered to bring an early end to campaigning for the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal. The ECI has invoked Article 324 for this effect. The decision was taken in the light of incidents of violence being reported in the state. The decision to ..

Priyanka Sharma Case and Freedom of Expression

What is the case? Priyanka Sharma, who is an activist of a political party, was arrested for sharing a morphed photo of West Bengal Chief Minister on Facebook. West Bengal Police arrested her based on the complaint which stated the photograph was against community guidelines, Kolkata’s culture and it was an insult to the chief ..

Two schemes of West Bengal won WSIS awards

Two schemes of the West Bengal government- Utkarsh Bangla and Sabooj Sathi have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards of the United Nations for skill development and distribution of bicycles to students . The announcement was made by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Utkarsh Bangla Scheme is to give vocational training ..