29-03-2017

the hindu
1. States get warning to brace for heat waves.

Keep action plans ready, say Met department and NDMA.

Even as the country braces for a scorching summer and temperatures in several States going up over the past week, the India Meteorological Department, along with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), is exhorting the States to implement Heat Wave Action Plans.

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2. New Bill on mental illness termed progressive.

It talks about patients’ right to live in the community

The Mental Health Bill passed on Monday in the Lok Sabha after almost a six-year-long wait is expected to revive the way mental illnesses are dealt with in the country. While the Bill has been termed as progressive by the fraternity, a particular clause that emphasises on advanced directive from the patient has been debated widely.

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3. Whither human rights in Sri Lanka?

From the time Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in 2009, international actors have infused narratives of the war with stories of human rights abuses. Eight years since, it has only become clear how irrelevant current human rights campaigns are to the war-torn people and their struggles.  read more

4. Unique distinction.

The Supreme Court’s oral observations on Monday regarding the use of Aadhaar numbers by the government are significant, for they alter the narrative and potential scope of the ambitious unique identification programme. read more

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1. No Lokpal appointment till law amended: Govt

Five years after the Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption agitation, the Lokpal is likely to be further delayed by at least another four months with the Centre telling the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the proposed watchdog cannot be appointed until Parliament amends the existing law to address certain lacunae. read more

2. Can Hindutva Deliver Vikas?

The BJP’s staggering win in UP is supposedly the result of a message of Hindutva plus economic aspiration. Hindu consolidation by the Sangh on the ground and economic aspiration embodied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the winning formula. Modi in Delhi, Yogi in Lucknow is the slogan. As MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi puts it, with `development’ as username and `hindutva’ as password logging in to massive mandates becomes automatic.  read more

3.Positive Legislation.

In a welcome move, Parliament has passed the Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016, providing for mental healthcare services and decriminalising attempts at suicide. The legislation takes a modern, sensitive approach to mental health issues and comes on the heels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest Mann ki Baat address where he highlighted the issue of depression and the need to openly talk about it. It’s a fact that mental health issues continue to be misunderstood in this country . Those suffering rarely get access to counselling and modern medical treatment as their families try to hide their condition out of a sense of shame.  read more

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1.No Lokpal in current session,Union Govt tell Supreme Court.

NEW DELHI: The Lokpal, touted as one of the most effective measures to check corruption in the corridors of power, seems to be stuck on an infinite loop.  read more

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