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Report Dated March 28, 2017 7:22 PM
The new Mental Healthcare Bill that decriminalises attempt to suicide and bans use of electric shock therapy for treating children with mental illness was passed by the Lok Sabha (Mar 27).
An important factor in the Bill is that it separates attempt to suicide from the Indian Penal Code. In effect, IPC provisions cannot be invoked in case of an attempt to suicide.
Since the person undertakes the step in extreme mental stress – meaning it is triggered by mental illness — the Bill does not criminalise it.
Also, the Bill gives an opportunity to a person to provide advance directions on the kind of treatment they would want in case diagnosed with a mental illness in future.
An estimated 6-7% of the country’s population suffers from some kind of mental illness, while 1-2% has an acute condition.
Various stakeholders, including academia, experts and the political establishment, were consulted while formulating the Bill, which focuses on community-based treatment.
Special provisions for women and health are there in the Bill, including not separating women from their children unless absolutely necessary.
Report Dated March 27, 2017 7:09 PM
India will become the world’s youngest country by 2020 with an average age of 29. Sixty-four percent of India’s population will be in the working age group by 2020.
“With western Europe, the US, South Korea, Japan and even China aging, this demographic potential offers India an unprecedented edge which could further contribute to the GDP growth rate.”
Report Dated March 26, 2017 6:38 PM
Two street dogs in the south Indian city of Chennai (Madras) have become the unlikely heroes of a stabbing incident after helping apprehend the perpetrator.
The two chased down and bit a man accused of stabbing one of his former colleagues on the roadside in what police describe as a “revenge attack”.
Locals were then able to catch the man, identified as R Raghunath.
The victim is currently receiving treatment for abdominal injuries.
Police say Mr Raghunath attacked the woman because he had lost his job after she accused him of sexual harassment.
The dogs, both of whom are named “puppy”, chased the man after the victim, who was stabbed in the stomach, started screaming.
“Dogs on the streets are highly instinctive. They can sense stress and read body language very well. In this case, the dogs may have sensed something wrong, especially if the lady screamed when she was stabbed.”
Report Dated March 22, 2017 5:53 PM
Four Indian cities are among the cheapest to live in globally, while Singapore has been ranked as the most expensive for the fourth consecutive year, as per a report by Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Bangalore (3rd place), Chennai (6th), Mumbai (7th) and New Delhi (10th) have been ranked by EIU among the 10 cheapest cities in the world.
Almaty has been ranked as the cheapest city in the world followed by Lagos. Karachi was placed 4th, Algiers (5th), Kiev (8th) and Bucharest (9th) rank.
Singapore retained its title as the world’s most expensive city for the fourth consecutive year, while Hong Kong remained second, closely followed by Zurich at the 3rd place, include Tokyo at 4th position, Osaka (5th), Seoul (6th), Geneva (7th), Paris (8th), New York (9th) and Copenhagen at 10th place.
Report Dated March 21, 2017 7:16 PM
The Supreme Court said on Tuesday that fresh attempts must be made by all parties to end the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute through negotiated settlement.
CJI J S Khehar also said he was ready to sit down as principal negotiator with the mediators chosen by parties to settle the disputes between Hindus and Muslims over the nearly century-old issue.
The CJI told BJP leader Subramanian Swamy that if the parties wanted any other sitting judge of SC as the principal negotiator, he was ready to make the judge available.
However, the bench stressed that both parties must adopt ‘give a bit and take a bit’ approach fora meaningful and sincere negotiations for settling the dispute.
The 3-judge bench headed by CJI Khehar said judicial orders can bind parties but such sensitive matters are best settled through negotiations. However Swamy contended that several such attempts had been made in the past and the time is now ripe for judicial intervention to settle the case.
The court asked Swamy to mention the matter again on March 31.
After the Allahabad HC verdict on the issue, appeals from both sides are pending in the Supreme Court for several years.
The Allahabad HC in its 2010 judgement ruled for a 3-way division of the disputed area.The majority of the three-judge bench directed that the disputed site of 2.77 acres be partitioned equally among three parties: Muslims, Hindus and Nirmohi Akhara (a Hindu group).