The lower house of the Indian parliament has approved a constitutional amendment bill that provides for 10% reservation for economically weaker sections of general category candidates in government employment and education. Introduced by Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot in the Lok Sabha, the Constitution (124th Amendment)...
While 39 million people in the world are blind, and another 253 million have some sort of vision impairment, the United Nations has observed the first official World Braille Day on Friday. The proclamation of January 4 as the day was done by the General Assembly last November, with an...
Japan saw the biggest natural population decline on record in 2018, a year when there were only 921,000 births but 1.37m deaths. The population decline this year is 448,000. While the Shinzo Abe has adopted a policy of increasing birthrates, the number of births fell to its lowest since records...
Simanti Dasgupta, University of Dayton Hoping to protect women from sexual exploitation, Indian lawmakers are pushing a bill that amends the criminal code to harden legal and financial penalties for sex trafficking. The “Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill,” which passed the lower house of India’s parliament in July...
China is undergoing one of the most rapid transitions to an ageing society, with the share of people who are 65 or older expected to reach 14 per cent by 2027, from 7 per cent in 2002. Such a transformation from an ageing to an aged society -- happening in...
Odisha government has announced that its social security pension scheme Madhu Babu Pension Yojana (MBPY) will cover 500,000 more people, taking the total number of beneficiaries to 4.8 million. Under the scheme, launched in 2008, a monthly pension of Rs 300 is given to those who are between 60 and...
While the body of a young American killed by tribals of North Sentinel Island still lies there, experts have urged to abandoned any plan of its recovery, as that would be damaging to those who venture as well as the tribals. John Chau was killed when he illegally went to...
Tanzil Shafique, University of Melbourne Do you feel lonely? If you do, you are not alone. While you may think it’s a personal mental health issue, the collective social impact is an epidemic. You may also underestimate the effects of loneliness. The health impact of chronic social isolation is as bad...
In first of such initiative in Indian national capital, a group of 50 manual scavengers were trained under a Skill Development Programme, aimed at rehabilitating them from the hazardous and demeaning profession to pursue other means of livelihood. Under the programme, the batch was a given a three-month training in housekeeping...
An Oregon wildfire in August 2018. U.S. Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Region Phil Levin, University of Washington and Ian P. Davies, University of Washington Over the last decade, the U.S. has seen an average of 70,512 wildland fires every year, annually burning about 6.8 million acres. With climate change, scientists expect...

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