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1.Educating a nation.

Dropout rate for girls is relatively higher owing to choices

There is a well-known saying that if you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation. In the order of national priorities, educating India’s girl child figures right at the bottom and she is more often engaged as extra help at home or as domestic help in others’ homes.

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2.Learning from mothers to daughters.

Primary education for girls depends significantly on maternal education and attitudes towards schooling

Kunti Devi is a mother of eight. Her brood includes three girls. Her daily drill begins at 4 a.m. and seldom varies: Get up, wash utensils, clean the house, cook food and prepare her daughters for school. Her eldest daughter is in Class IX, the second in Class VIII and her youngest, Lagni Kumari (12), is in Class III at the local primary school.

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3.Parliament passes disabilities Bill.

The Lok Sabha, on Friday, passed the Disabilities Bill stipulating a jail term of up to two years and a maximum fine of Rs. 5 lakh for discriminating against differently-abled persons.

Despite the logjam in the Parliament, the bill was passed within two hours after a brief debate on the last day of the winter session.

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4.RBI opposes proposal to set up separate payments regulator.

India’s interest in becoming an APEC member is likely to come up for discussion between MEA officials and their American counterparts during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to the U.S. this month.  read more

1.Parl unites to pass disabilities bill.

The treasury and opposition benches joined hands briefly in the Lok Sabha on the last day of the winter session of Parliament on Friday to clear the disabilities bill that increases the number of officially recognised categories to 21, from the present seven, besides hiking reservation of the disabled from 3% to 4% in government jobs.  read more

2.5-judge Constitution bench to look into legality of note ban.

Disregarding the Centre’s objections, the Supreme Court decided on Friday to set up a five-judge Constitution bench to examine the validity of the government’s November 8 decision to scrap currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination and asked the authorities to fulfil the commitment that people can withdraw up to Rs 24,000 each week.  read more

3.In technology we trust: the Modi government has blind faith in digital fixes for social problems

Demonetisation has been a painful lesson about how much we trust tech solutions. For this government and its supporters, there is no human habit, no social pattern that doesn’t have a technological quick-fix.  read more

1.Triple talaq needs to be regulated through legislation, says HC.

KOCHI: Coming down heavily on the practice of ‘triple talaq’, the Kerala High Court on Friday said it was up to the Centre to consider formulating a codified law to govern Muslim divorce.  read more

2.Disability Bill saving grace of disruption-disabled Parl.

Capital markets watchdog Sebi’s move to delist nearly 4,200 inactive firms underscores the urgent need for a spring cleaning exercise in the Indian equities market. read more

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