28-03-2017

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1. Suicide no more a crime, patients to get cover.

Mental Healthcare Bill unanimously passed in Lok Sabha.

The Mental Healthcare Bill, which decriminalises suicide and guarantees the right to better healthcare for people with mental illness, was unanimously passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

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2. Supreme court for policy to curb farmer suicides.

Centre should address the “serious issue,” says Bench

The Supreme Court on Monday said the Centre should address the “serious issue” of farmers taking their own lives and implement a comprehensive policy to be adopted by the State governments for preventing the tragedy.

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3. Turning the clock back.

With several bilateral investment treaties lapsing on March 31, FDI inflows could take a hit

Come April 1, the Narendra Modi government would have taken India back to the pre-1991 inward-looking economic era as far as India’s approach to bilateral investment treaties (BITs) is concerned.

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4. Giving short shrift to children’s rights.

The recent notification of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, making Aadhaar compulsory for midday meals in government schools, has attracted the criticism it deserves.  read more

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1. Parliament passes bill to decriminalise suicide bid

Survivors of attempted suicide will no longer have to undergo prosecution, with the Lok Sabha on Monday passing the Mental Healthcare Bill 2016, which decriminalises suicide and provisions for right to better healthcare for people suffering from mental illness. read more

2. FM introduces 4 landmark GST bills in Lok Sabha

The government on Monday introduced four tax reform bills, aimed at rolling out the much-awaited Goods and Services Tax (GST), in the Lok Sabha.  read more

3. Who are the minorities in J&K? SC asks Centre, state.

A new report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says that crops such as wheat and maize are generating more potential toxins as a reaction to protect themselves from extreme weather.  read more

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1.Aadhaar not compulsory for welfare schemes, rules SC.

The Supreme Court on Monday said that the government cannot make Aadhaar card mandatory for welfare schemes offered by it. On the other hand, it also said that the government cannot be stopped ‘from using aadhaar in other schemes like opening of bank accounts and filing of income tax’.  read more

2.Parliament should crack the whip.

The rowdy behaviour of Mr Ravindra Gaikwad, Member of the Lok Sabha, with a senior official of Air India and his shameful boast before TV cameras that he beat the official 25 times with his slippers, has shocked the conscience of the nation.  read more

3.Hormones and the law.

The recent case of a 12-year-old boy fathering a child with his 17-year-old cousin has raised some serious questions. To begin with, due to the nature of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act of 2013—a progressive and necessary law in many ways —underage consensual sex has been criminalized.  read more

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