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1.Paid maternity leave extended to 26 weeks.

For the third child, the maternity leave entitlement will only be for 12 weeks.

Calling it a ‘humble gift’ to women in India, Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya welcomed the Parliament nod to the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

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2.Stability in the time of change.

In recent weeks, there has been a flood of commentary lamenting the demise of ‘the liberal rule-based international order’; the system that came into being after World War II and has since been led and shaped by the West under U.S. leadership for the last seven decades. read more

3.Does ‘age’ encompass mental age?

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act fails to account for the mental age of the victim

A recent case has exposed a lacuna in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act of 2012, which defines a ‘child’ as a person under 18 years of age.

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1. LS passes bill to extend maternity leave period

Parliament approved on Thursday a bill granting women working in the organised sector paid maternity leave of 26 weeks, up from 12 weeks now, a decision which will benefit around 1.8 million women. read more

2. India Can't Be Mongolia.

In a few weeks, when Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, China will be tempted to make a Mongolia out of India. It shouldn’t. 2017 is not turning out to be anything like how China imagined at all, just when President Xi Jinping is getting ready to become a leader without a successor.  read more

1.Parliament passes Bill to raise maternity leave to 26 weeks.
2.India may forego veto power temporarily for permanent UNSC seat.

NEW DELHI: India on Thursday hinted that it can consider a seat in the UN Security Council’s permanent table without a veto in the beginning while contending that this demand should not be used to hold back on the “urgently-needed” reform in the world body.  read more

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