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HIGH COURT OVER THE FOREST AREA

What did you do last valentine’s day? Spent time with the one you love? In Jammu the people spent their day hugging trees! A really nice gesture to show your love for nature, right. But is it just this much behind this act? There is a lot more to the story.

On 10th Oct 2019, a project proposal for “expansion of judicial infrastructure at Jammu ” was submitted to the secretary, law, justice, and parliamentary affairs department by the Registrar General, J&K High Court requesting allotment of land by the State Government. . It is one of the very rare projects which get approval on every front so smoothly. It got clearance within 12 days. The proposal was hurriedly passed since soon the Kashmir Reorganization Act was going to come into effect from 31st Oct 2019. And then passing this proposal under Indian Forest Act, 1927 would have been a way more difficult challenge than getting it approved under J&K Forest Act, 1997 as it has fewer sections than the IFA. This project is pertaining to the shift of the 15 year old High Court complex situated in Janipur to a new location in Raika forest.

ADOPTION OF CULTURED MEAT IN INDIA

With the only difference being that this time, the animal whose meat you’re eating is living to this day…



A new type of meat has gone on sale in Singapore and apparently tastes just like the real stuff. But there is no slaughtering involved. The meat was grown in a lab.

 So is this the future of modern cuisine or does it sound too good to be true?

Let’s  explore.

It’s the age old rule of nature that, FOR YOU TO EAT A CHICKEN, A CHICKEN MUST DIE. But that could possibly be changing. Just google lab grown chicken nugget and take a look at it. It certainly looks appetizing. What if I told you it’s  actually chicken and no animal was slaughtered for it? This piece of meat is actually grown in a lab. 

Digital literacy

Remember the days when walking to classes was a socializing time, attending webinars was all for mandatory and class concentration was important because there was no recording provided, wasn’t that normal ? Now taking online classes, attending several webinars, shopping online, posting your opinions on social media, the everyday new hashtags all of this has become new normal to us. But still, more than half the population of India is digitally illiterate.  A major chunk of the population still doesn’t have any idea how to operate their smartphones or use internet services, they lack in keeping pace with the digital world of today.

PANDEMIC SHAKES THE MENTAL EQUILIBRIUM OF THE YOUTH

The year 2020 has been copiously dictated by the Covid-19 pandemic which led to lockdowns, postponement of events, partial shutdown of transportation and a huge economic depression. A lot of ideas and conventions have been battled against as the world plunged deeper into the chasm of this pandemic. This unpleasant change has not only affected the economic, political or social aspects of a country but the mental health of the citizens has also been drastically affected. It is chiefly because of increasing unemployment or lack of confidence in their plausible future. Speaking of the future, the youth of the nation is suffering from the undercurrents of mental health issues during the pandemic. The uncertainty of their studies and career is taking a toll on their mental equilibrium.

CARVING GEMS OUT OF FAILURES

With a large campus spread over 20 acres near Phey village in the Indus valley of Ladakh, India, SECMOL (Educational Camp; Cultural Movement of Ladakh) is just the perfect place for one to learn almost everything and anything. SECMOL School was established by Mr Sonam Wangchuk, an Indian engineer, innovator, and education reformist, 1988 reform the education system, which is an alternative to the present educational institutions around the world. But you will be amused to know that, here courses are offered for students who have failed. Students who couldn’t pass in their 10th or 12th exam and students required an altogether different approach to understand things.

THE DARK SIDE OF RECYCLING

Waste management is enormously crucial for every country. The amount of waste generated majorly seems to be directly proportional to the population. Though there are several techniques to control waste, recycling is the one which is considered to be far more innocuous and productive. Materials like glass, paper, plastic, and metals are frequently recycled. It contributes vastly to the utilization of resources and cost reduction. The need for recycled materials is high on demand, thus the process is inescapable. Often said, “All that glitters is not gold”, similarly, however it has interminable benefits, in light of exploring them unceasingly, and the detrimental consequences of reprocessing are being discounted. 

STAGFLATION

Let us go  back to the USA of the 1970s. A never-observed before disturbing trend is on the rise. Soon, it comes to the notice of Classical Economists.

  1. They observe a decline in general productivity levels.
  2. Unemployment levels are on the rise.
  3. However, the prices are increasing every day.

Now, the question here is, how can price levels rise when people are unemployed and not ready to splurge on stuff?

OPERATION BLUE STAR 1984

Operation Blue Star was the biggest national security mission ever undertaken by the Indian Army. It was Indira Gandhi’s solution to the out of control law and order situation in Punjab. Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India at that moment, ordered the removal of Sikh militants who were accumulating weapons in the Golden Temple. The operation was held between June 1 and June 8, 1984, in Amritsar.

THE E-PHARMACY RACE

The recent developments in the e-pharmacy sector have intrigued almost every individual and left everyone fascinated by becoming the talk of the town. In just one week, India’s online pharmacy market witnessed two major merger and acquisition deals- Reliance Retail picking up a majority stake in Netmeds and the merger of big rivals- PharmEasy and Medlife, amidst the launch of Amazon’s online drug delivery services. All this hubbub has suddenly made everyone interested in India’s E-Pharmacy sector. 

MEDUSA AND THE #METOO MOVEMENT

A statue of Medusa, holding the severed head of the Greek hero Perseus was recently unveiled on the 13th of October in the Collect Pond Park across the Manhattan Supreme Court Building. The statue serves as a tribute to the #MeToo Movement, launched in 2008 by Tarana Burke as a platform for solidarity and support for victims and survivors of sexual violence.

QATAR EFFECTIVELY DISMANTLES THE ‘KAFALA’ SYSTEM

The International Labour Organisation said that the reforms effectively dismantle the “kafala” system and mark the commencement of a brand new era for the Qatari labour market.

GREENLAND, ICE-LOSS AND THREAT

ILULISSAT, GREENLAND – JULY 30: Free-floating ice floats jammed into the Ilulissat Icefjord during unseasonably warm weather on July 30, 2019 near Ilulissat, Greenland. The Sahara heat wave that recently sent temperatures to record levels in parts of Europe is arriving in Greenland. Climate change is having a profound effect in Greenland, where over the last several decades summers have become longer and the rate that glaciers and the Greenland ice cap are retreating has accelerated. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Greenland is the world’s largest island which is sandwiched between the Arctic and the Atlantic Oceans. Along with breathtaking beauty and sceneries, Greenland also has a whooping ice cover.

BREAST CANCER

“October is observed as World Breast Cancer Awareness Month, mainly to raise awareness about the prevention and also the need for early diagnosis of cancer, to reduce the risk of mortality due to the disease.”

Breast cancer forms in the cells of the breasts, and it can occur in women as well as men, but still, it is more common in women. Nowadays, survival rates from Breast Cancer have increased, and the number of deaths is also declining, due to various reasons such as timely detection of cancer, personalized approach to treatment, and understanding of the disease.

AMPLIFYING THE VOICES

BY SATYARTH AND CHIMATA SHRIYA

Revolutions aim at bringing about significant changes and educating important concepts. The French revolution’s major contribution was the concept of ‘Fraternity’ . Fraternity is the idea of a group of people sharing common interests regarding religious or secular affairs. Over the years,
this term has revolutionised with novel meanings added to ancient ones. The term Fraternity conveys a feeling of Brotherhood. Ever pondered upon the question ‘How to practice Brotherhood in India: The nation of diversity? People in India are divided amongst each other based on caste, class, sexuality, religion, etc.

WHY KILLING RAPISTS IS NOT THE SOLUTION?

Tragic cases like those of Nirbhaya, Dr. Priyanka Reddy or the recent Hathras victim, time and again highlight the unacceptable reality millions of women in India are forced to endure. Violence against women is endemic- the only silver lining it presents is the enormous outcry from the Indian society in its support.

Amidst the many reasonable and constructive calls demanding immediate justice for these victims are strong echoes of voices calling for death penalties of such perpetrators of crime. While the anger felt is understandable and the imposition of stricter laws is needed the most now, the voice of reason stating that such punishments perpetuate a series of violence gets lost somewhere.

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