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Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme

Save for every girl child in India. Reinforcing this idea, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ‘Sukanya Samriddhi Account Scheme’, a small savings scheme as a part of the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ campaign. It is also considered a part of the government’s initiative to increase the percentage of domestic savings, which has reduced from 38% of the GDP in 2008 to 30% in 2013. This scheme will encourage parents to save for the education and [...]

Punishment for Rape

Rape is undoubtedly a heinous crime and an issue of great concern in India today. Despite enacting new laws with stringent punishments and setting up fast-track courts, things have not changed much. With more rape cases are coming to the fore and covered in the news, few questions always come to our mind. Is it only the pervert individuals who are responsible for rape cases or is it that our criminal justice system is inept? [...]

Negative effect of taking selfies

Recently, I came across a very interesting article in which the scientists have revealed that selfies are linked with narcissism, self-objectivism and psychopathy. What will happen if Facebook introduces the dislike button? I think everyone of us will agree to a certain extent that whenever we upload a photo of ours or a selfie on the Facebook wall, we definitely want others to like our pic and get some good comments. Why is it that [...]

Gender sensitization

The recent documentary on the Nirbhaya Rape which was aired on BBC created a furore because of the insensitive and gender-biased remarks made by both the rapist in question and his defence lawyers. The documentary only highlights a medieval mindset and gender bias prevailing in our society, in both rural and urban areas. The problem with India is that there has been a complete lack of formal education on moral values and ethics, with education [...]

March 11, 2015
Marital Rape a crime

It is extremely strange that marital rape, which accounts for 94% of the total rapes in India, does not come under the canopy of criminal act. In 98% of rape cases an offender is known to the victim. Approximate figures quote that every six hours a young married woman is either beaten or burnt to death. As per the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 – “Sexual intercourse or sexual acts by a man with his [...]

Benefits of cycling

The history of cycling in India dates back to 1938. The cycle was initially used as a means of transport. However, in the past few years it is increasingly being used for recreational purposes. In recent years, cycling as a sport has gained momentum in India, with established cycling clubs all over the country. On March 1, 2015, a cycling Marathon was held in Bengaluru, calling upon people to pledge their support for a healthy [...]

Clean and healthy Delhi

The first step that needs to be taken in order to ensure that Delhi is cleaner, and thus healthier, is for people to stop polluting the city. They should not litter the roads with garbage and should only give it away to people responsible for collecting the same. People who own properties in the city can also take some initiative in this regard and make sure they keep their immediate locations such as drains, road [...]

Silk - The pride of Assam

Weaving is one of the most important aspects of the cultural life of Assam. Weaving looms are found in almost every home in the villages of Assam. Silk products are very popular among foreign as well as domestic tourists visiting the state. The state produces three different varieties of silks. Each has its distinctive characteristics, which makes it unique from other silks. Those who have seen Assamese silk have always proclaimed that there is nothing [...]

Celebrate Holi wth natural colours

Yes, the Indian festival of colours, Holi is just round the corner! Once again various colours, popularly referred to as “gulal”, are being sold on the roadside stalls and in the markets, along with multi-coloured pichkaris (water guns), and other Holi accessories. The plethora of bright coloured powders look very attractive and we are tempted to buy them. But, the truth is that most of these colours contain high chemical content which is hazardous for [...]