Weekly Current Affairs Mains (20th to 26th December, 2018)

A solution in search of a problem

Weekly Current Affairs Mains (20th to 26th December, 2018)

 

Topic: The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018

Topic in Syllabus: GS Paper 3: Indian Economy

The Consumer Protection Bill 2018

 

Context:

A bill for strengthening the rights of consumers and providing a mechanism for redressal of their complaints regarding defects in goods and deficiency in services was passed by the Lok Sabha.

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Topic: Year End Review 2018: Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) under M/O Social Justice  & Empowerment

Topic in Syllabus: GS Paper 3: Indian Society

Government of India Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment

 

Introduction:

  • In order to give focused attention to policy issue and meaningful thrust to the activities aimed at welfare and empowerment of the person with disabilities, a separate Department of Disability Affairs was carved out of the Ministry of Social justice & Empowerment on May 12, 2012.

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Topic: Primary health care

Topic in Syllabus: GS Paper 1: Social Issues
Primary Health Care

 

Context:

  • There is scarcity of MBBS trained primary care physicians.
  • The National ratio is 0.76 per 1,000 population and it is one of the lowest in the world.
  • Moreover, they are not willing to serve in rural / remote areas.
  • Urban-rural disparities in physician availability is increasing the burden of chronic diseases.
  • It is making the health care in India, both inequitable and expensive.

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Topic: Altruistic surrogacy

Topic in Syllabus: GS Paper 1: Social Issues

Altruistic surrogacy

 

Context:

  • According to the new Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, approved by the Lok Sabha last week, it includes contracting a ‘close relative’ as a surrogate by a heterosexual married couple who have been childless for five years of their marriage.
  • This line separates altruism from the commercial tinge that surrogacy carries with it.

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Topic: A solution in search of a problem

Topic in Syllabus: GS Paper 2 : Indian Governance

A solution in search of a problem

 

Context:

Recently in its report, ‘Strategy for New India@75’, the NITI Aayog mooted the creation of an All India Judicial Service (AIJS) for making appointments to the lower judiciary through an all India judicial services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in order to maintain “high standards” in the judiciary.

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