Supreme Court allows Passive Euthanasia and Living Will with strict guidelines
Recognising right to die with dignity as a fundamental right, the Supreme Court (SC) on March 9, 2018 ruled that the passive euthanasia and advance 'living will' are permissible.
The apex court ruled that individuals can draft a living will specifying that they shall not be put on life support if they undergo an incurable coma in the future. A living will is a written document that allows a patient to give explicit instructions in advance about the medical treatment to be administered when he or she is terminally ill.
Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of human rights award
Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was on March 7, 2018 stripped off her human rights award conferred by US Holocaust Memorial Museum.
In a letter to Suu Kyi, Museum Director Sara Bloomfield insisted that they did not take this decision lightly, but were compelled to act in light of the mass displacements and killings of the Rohingyas at the hands of Myanmar's security forces.
The Elie WieselAward is named after late Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel who, like Suu Kyi, is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
PM launches National Nutrition Mission and pan-India expansion of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Nutrition Mission and Pan India Expansion of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) covering all 640 districts of the country at a mega event held at Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan on March 8, 2018, on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
The National Nutrition Mission (NNM) is a comprehensive approach towards raising nutrition level in the country on a war footing. It will comprise the mapping of various schemes contributing towards addressing malnutrition, incentivizing states/UTs for meeting the targets, incentivizing Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) for using IT-based tools, eliminating registers used by AWWs and introducing measurement of the height of children at the Anganwadi Centres (AWCs).
It will also comprise social audits, setting-up Nutrition Resource Centres and involving masses through Jan Andolan for their participation on nutrition through various activities, among others.
Union Government launches 'I - Metros’, an association of all Indian Metro Rail companies
PK Sinha, Cabinet Secretary of Union Government, on March 8, 2018 launched 'I-Metros', an association of all Indian Metro Rail companies.
The platform will be a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and sharing of experience among the Indian Metro Rail companies to nurture excellence in performance. It will be registered under the Society Registration Act 1860.
The key objective behind the formation of this association is to provide a common platform for all Metro rail companies for sharing experience, information, best practices and innovations.
India’s endangered Asiatic lion population increases to 600
The endangered Asiatic lion, which only lives in Gir Forest National Park of India, has made a comeback from the brink of extinction, with its population rising to more than 600.
In the late 1960s, there were only about 180 Asiatic lions, but the progress in their numbers provoked wildlife conservationists to consider them as endangered.
The Asiatic lions are known to be the cousins of the African lion. They are believed to have gotten separated some 100000 years ago.