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Live in partners can adopt child (Relevant for GS Mains Paper I; Social Issues)

CARA decides to withdraw circular issued earlier this year Individuals in a live-in relationship will once again be able to adopt children from and within India after the country’s nodal adoption agency decided to withdraw a circular issued earlier this year disallowing them from doing so. What was the earlier circular? The Child Adoption Regulatory … Continued

Back to PISA after 2009 poor show: how does it assess 15-year-olds? (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Social Issues)

The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has decided to participate in PISA, an international assessment of student ability, after a gap of almost 10 years. How does this programme evaluate students, and why was India out of it for 10 years? Origin & purpose PISA, short for Program for International Student Assessment, was first administered … Continued

Nutrition norms cleared (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Social Issues)

After PMO intervention, NITI Aayog approves guidelines The NITI Aayog has approved the supplementary nutrition guidelines, prepared by the Ministry for Women and Child Development, following intervention by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The PMO had stepped in to end a more than yearlong stand-off between Ms. Gandhi and the Ministry’s officials in the wake … Continued

Use of dalit term (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper I; Social Issues)

Different nomenclature used for Scheduled castes Of course, the debate over the appropriateness of using the term ‘Dalit’ to refer to members of the Scheduled Castes is far from new. A decade ago, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes disfavoured the use of ‘Dalit’, which it felt was unconstitutional. This is because belonging to a … Continued

Who is Indra Nooyi? Everything you need to know about PepsiCo’s departing CEO (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS mains paper I; Social Issues)

Indra Nooyi, the first woman to lead the world’s second largest food and drink company PepsiCo, is stepping down from her position in October 2018 – but only after accomplishing a huge amount for the American multinational. She’s led the world’s second largest food and drink company for the past 12 years – but who … Continued

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