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Women can enter inner sanctum of Haji Ali Dargah: Bombay HC

Women now have the right to enter the inner sanctum of Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai, the Bombay high court said on Friday. However, the women cannot enter the shrine as per the orders of the high court as of now. The shrine trust will appeal to the s

Everything you need to know about draft surrogacy bill

 The cabinet on August 24 gave its approval for the introduction of "Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016".  Here are the salient features of the proposed bill:   •      

Man’s new best friend – a tree

A tree in the backyard keeps the doctor away? Maybe that should be the new-age mantra for good health. A paper published by the University of Chicago researchers, in the journal Scientific Reports in July, looked at urban trees kept by the

Modi government asks Mehbooba to round up OGWs

In a major policy shift on counter terrorism strategy in Kashmir, the Narendra Modi government has asked Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to go after the over ground workers [OWGs] of insurgent groups in Kashmir, to dismantle their

Experts stress on the need to scale up village water safety and security process

Scaling up village water safety and security (VWSS) can help improve access to quality drinking water and condition of household toilets. It can also help face floods and drought situations, NGO said during conference organised by the ministry of

Scorpene submarine data leaked, report sought from navy

Defence minister Manohar Parrikar has sought a report from the Indian Navy chief following the leak of secret data on the combat capability of the Scorpene-class submarines. The classified information of the 3.5-billion-dollar pr

The ‘gramin’ way to swachhata

Globally, almost a billion people defecate in the open. There has been a 31 percent reduction in open defecation in India from 1990 to 2015, which alone represents 394 million people, said a UNICEF and WHO report   ‘Progres

Flood situation grim in UP, Bihar, as rivers continue to rise

Many parts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh are suffering from floods as river Ganga and its tributaries are flowing above the danger mark. So far, at least 40 people are reportedly dead and many have been displaced and forced to evacuat

Surge in chikungunya cases in India

 There has been an unprecedented surge in the cases of chikungunya cases, reported the national vector borne disease control programme (NVBDCP), the central nodal agency for the prevention and control of vector borne diseases. &ldqu

SP has slight edge over BJP in UP, shows survey

While the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will fight a fierce battle in the upcoming elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress will not be in contention, showed an opinion poll conducted by ABP News-Lokniti, Centre for the

Peri-urban areas losing access to water due to urbanisation, says research

A new research supported by international development research centre (IDRC) has shown that peri-urban areas lose access to their water sources due to growing urbanisation. The research was conducted by Saciwaters and was published as a bo

Find lasting solution to Kashmir turmoil, PM tells leaders

“There has to be a dialogue,” Modi told the 21-member legislators group led by National Conference leader Omar Abdullah that came calling on him on Monday morning.  Modi accompanied by Dr Jitendra Singh, MoS, PMO, interact

Aid cut hits AIDS fight

It was a hot summer morning, with the sun beating down on my head reminding me of how my idea of meeting Sonia at her office was a bad one. She had already hinted during our phone conversation that I might have to search for her office quite a bit

63 million Indians are in debt due to healthcare expenditure: Report

 Nearly 63 million people of India are in debt due to health care expenses and a third of the population is driven below poverty line due to the same. The government funds only a third of health expenditure. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) spent

This bus stop is the health centre in PM’s model village

Grey haired Tara Devi could scarcely believe her ears when prime minister Narendra Modi made the grand announcement that her village Jayapur in the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency would be turned into a model village. But that was a

Education in India: Status check

While the government is in the process of implementing the new education policy, PRS Legislative Research has compiled data collected through various sources – district information system for education (DISE), statistics of higher and techni

Efforts on to conserve bunker found in Maharashtra Raj Bhavan

A committee of experts will prepare a comprehensive conservation plan for the 150 metre long colonial bunker that was discovered under the governor’s office-cum-residence at Malabar Hill in  Mumbai. A meeting was held on

How science and technology are misgoverned in India

The comptroller and audit general (CAG) of India has found major flaws in the administrative functioning of the department of science and technology (DST) and selected autonomous bodies that are under its administrative control. Of

Population, corruption are main hindrances to the development: NHRC chairperson

Growing population and corruption are the two main hindrances in the way of good governance towards the development of India, said justice HL Dattu, chairperson, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Citing examples of the Right to Information

Give priority to non communicable diseases, says expert

 “Health is an integral part of India’s growth and it is hence, imperative for the central and state governments to prioritise non communicable diseases (NCDs) and work in a more coordinated manner,” said V Selvaraju, secret

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