TC-I Tidbits

You daily dose of headlines:

  • Health, Women and Mortality:The lack of inclusion of midwives within the National Rural Health Mission is highlighted as one of the main reasons for the high maternal mortality rate in India.
  • Education: Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA) continued to push the government to pass the Right to Education Bill.
  • Public Awareness: Swagat Thorat, a freelance journalist, has started a new magazine in braille for the visually impaired.
  • CSR: The government is looking to establish a corporate affairs institute that will look at various practices, including corporate social responsibility. In related news, the government has awarded the Rural Electrification Corporation with the Navrtna award honoring its ongoing work in expanding access to electricity to the rural poor.
  • Microinsurance: IFFCO-TOKIO General Insurance Co. Ltd. (ITGI) has created a new microinsurance product that targets India’s low income rural population.

Evening Edition

  • India-Africa relations: India and Africa continue to take steps to improve cooperation over shared desires to have a seat on the UN Security Council.
  • Health Technology: The first artificial heart transplant in all of Asia was conducted in Bangalore.
  • Voting Technology: Bangalore’s state voting machines will now have the ability to vote using Braille for blind voters.
  • Quotas: The Supreme Court is slated to decide on a law that would establish a 27% OBC quota in central educational institutions. Reaching our limits on this subject, we have another story on quotas. In Maharashtra, a workers union is demanding an 80% quota for Marathi-speaking locals in the private sector.
  • Higher education: A previously planned joint endeavor between Japan and IIT-Bihar has fell through.