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1.Aadhaar must for access to Survey of India maps

The Survey of India, the country’s oldest scientific organisation and official maker of maps, has set up a web portal called Nakshe that allows 3,000 of its 7,000 maps to be downloaded for free.  read more

2.Polygamy is not a religious practice: government tells SC.

Polygamy is not a religious practice but rather a social custom or usage, which the State can interfere with to ensure that Muslim women’s fundamental rights are not violated, the Union government told the Supreme Court. read more

3.Transformative visit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance to visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of an “early resolution” to the Teesta water dispute has firmly brought the elephant in the room to the fore.  read more

4.Till the next port of call.

Mission Jeanne d’Arc, made up of the amphibious assault ship/landing platform dock (LPD), Mistral, and the frigate, Courbet, called at the Mumbai port between March 29 and April 3, having set sail from the French military base in Djibouti before heading for Vietnam.  read more

5.Mind the treatment gap.

The Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016, which was passed in the Lok Sabha on March 27, 2017, has been hailed as a momentous reform.  read more

6.A short history of a big deal.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit to India and the signing of 36 agreements of cooperation ranging from the economic, defence and power sectors to the peaceful use of nuclear energy shows that significant progress has been made in Indo-Bangla relations in the last eight years.  read more

7.Better control,more efficiency.

How much does political commitment matter in the success of a scheme such as the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.  read more

8.Only Parliament can allow additions to OBC list.

The Lok Sabha on Monday cleared The Constitution 102nd Amendment Bill, that grants constitutional status to the Backward Classes Commission, now called the National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes.   read more

9. ‘Healthcare needs innovative funding’

Conventional modes of resource mobilisation must be aided by an innovative funding mechanism to improve healthcare investments in India, a Healthcare Federation of India (NATHEALTH)-PwC report has said..   read more

1.Govt: Triple talaq impedes India's social democracy.

In a fresh submission to the Supreme Court on Monday , the Centre sought scrapping of triple talaq and polygamy among Muslims, saying these practices were not protected by the fundamental right to practice religion and that these made women socially and financially insecure.    read more

2. NCBC gets constitutional status as LS passes bill amid protest.

Lok Sabha passed a bill on Monday to accord constitutional status to National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).The proposed legislation was passed amid opposition’s apprehensions that a certain clause in the bill would bypass states in deciding inclusion or exclusion of particular castes in the OBC list. Lok Sabha approved the bill with 360 members voting in favour and two against.   read more

1.Its either EVM or booth capturing

The controversy raised by the Bahujan Samaj Party leaderMayawati and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal about the credibility of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) following the massive victory of
the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recently-held Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections has once again raised the question as to whether these machines are tamper-proof.  read more

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