A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court of India by two colorblind students to open the door of medical colleges for them.
They say the present practice of not allowing color-blind students to join MBBS courses is backward and should be done away with.
The court has appointed a committee of senior doctors to see which courses color blind students could join.
The two students were denied admission in college after clearing the entrance examination in 2015 as they had partial color blindness. They say that a complete ban on admission to MBBS course goes against the constitutional principle of equal opportunity and fair treatment.
If your Permanent Account Number is not linked to your Aadhaar card by December this year, there are chances that the PAN card will become invalid.
This is part of the Centre's move to make more people enroll for the Aadhar card.
At present, all taxpayers need to have a PAN number to file income tax return. The government says many of these PAN cards are obtained through fraud and hence the Aadhar card is needed.
More than one billion Indians have so far got the Aadhar card which aims to stop misuse of government entitlements and benefits.
The government of Odisha has asked all district collectors to conduct a survey on beggars. The government aims to improve the lives of beggars by including them in rehabilitation schemes.
The district collectors across Odisha have been given a deadline till 30 April to submit rehabilitation plans.
The proposed plans include land, houses, insurance coverage, Aadhar card, ration card, healthcare, skill development for the beggars in the state.
Elderly beggars will be moved to old age home and female beggars and Lepers will be taken care of in different houses. The scheme also includes education and scholarship facilities for the children of the beggars.
As per HelpAge India, the elderly population in India face abuse. HelpAge India is an organization that works for the welfare of elderly in the country.
There are 100 million senior citizens in India. The survey states that that half of this population faces abuse. The abuse could be verbal, physical and emotional.
Most people are not aware that there is a law for the protection of the elderly called the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007.
The law allows for monthly allowances, proper care and dignity to be given to the elderly.
Date: Mar 27, 2017
The British Parliament has passed a resolution that says the Gilgit-Baltistan region in Jammu and Kashmir is a part of India and not Pakistan.
At present the area is occupied by Pakistan, which claims the region is its fifth province and is in Pak-occupied Kashmir.
The British Parliament has said that Gilgit-Baltistan has been illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947.
The resolution has rejected Pakistan’s claims over the region.
It has also called the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor forced and illegal.
The Border Security Force of India has appointed its first woman field officer, Tanushree Pareek. This is the first time in the 51-year history of the BSF that a woman has been given the post.
Pareek was selected in the all-India exam conducted by the UPSC in 2014. She also led the passing out parade of 67 trainee officers of her batch.
Tanushree is posted at the India-Pakistan border in Punjab and will command a unit. The admission of women in the BSF was started in 2013.
The Railways is starting a new scheme from 1 April that will allow passengers to travel in alternative trains when they are waitlisted.
The same ticket can be used by the passengers to take another train going towards the same destination that the booking was done for.
Passengers will be allowed to take Rajdhani or Shatabdi trains even if they booked a ticket for mail / express trains. The best part is that no extra charge will be collected by Railways in such cases.
The scheme has been named ‘Vikalp’ and will help utilize vacant berths in trains and also be useful for the passengers.
Date: Mar 27, 2017
Dangerous accidents caused by elderly drivers is becoming a problem in Japan.
To prevent accidents caused by elderly motorists, the government is offering them major discounts on funerals if they stop driving completely.
A funeral service company has started offering a 15% discount to elderly drivers who give up their licenses.
The country has also introduced a new rule according to which people aged 75 years and above must pass certain tests that check mental and physical abilities when renewing driving licenses.
The central government has asked states to make Aadhaar cards compulsory for a new license and for renewing them as well.
The government says the biometric details such as fingerprint and retina scan will help in preventing issuing of multiple driving licenses under one name.
The initiative will start from October this year.
Officials also plan to convert all data of vehicles and licensed drivers from hard copy registers to the digital format.
Date: Mar 27, 2017
Apple’s voice assistant Siri has helped a four-year-old boy called Roman save his mother’s life.
Roman lives with his mother in a small town in the United Kingdom.
When Roman’s mother became unconscious at home, he unlocked his mother’s iPhone using her thumb.
Roman called the 999 emergency services with the help of Siri.
Roman told operators that he thought his mother had died as she was not opening her eyes and not breathing.
The operators guided Roman, asking him to shake his mother.
Few minutes later, officers located Roman’s home and took his mother to hospital.
This shows the importance of teaching young children their home address and how to call police or emergency services when required.