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Representational Image | People working at an office | Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

India’s workplaces need to understand menstruation better. Period

Offices that acknowledge women's periods create equitable workplaces, ones that create a safe space for women in the profession.
The survey also found no correlation between income and happiness among women and said it 'is almost the same in women in all categories of employment' (Representational image) | Commons

Sabarimala temple, Gujarat college or PMS jokes: How Indians loathe menstruating women

Women from a college run by followers of Swaminarayan Temple in Gujarat's Bhuj were ‘paraded’ to washrooms so teachers could check if they were bleeding from their vagina.
The subsidised Janaushadhi Suvidha sanitary pads | Photo: Nandita Singh | ThePrint

One-rupee sanitary pads welcome, but govt’s Janaushadhi stores often don’t have them

Reducing the price of sanitary pads is a great idea, but only works if supply meets demand.
Women voters queue up to cast their votes at a polling station

Election Commission to give women voters sanitary pads at ‘sakhi matdan kedras’ in Mumbai

The Sakhi matdan kendras -- polling booths managed by women, have been set up in all 26 assembly segments of suburban Mumbai.
Akshay Kumar

In the long struggle for GST waiver on sanitary napkins, Akshay Kumar gets to be the hero

We live in a country where citizens’ movements get recognition only when a pseudo-benevolent Bollywood star brings the story on screen.
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On Women’s Day, Maharashtra gifts all its women citizens affordable sanitary pads

The ‘Asmita’ scheme won’t subsidise or distribute napkins for free – it’ll sell them at nominal prices, and plans to provide them to all women in the state.
Actor Akshay Kumar in a teaser trailer for his film Pad Man. | YouTube screengrab

‘Padman’ has started a welcome conversation about periods, but don’t ignore the bad news

In a country notoriously tight-lipped about menstruation, the topic of sanitary napkins, menstrual hygiene, waste disposal and even the taxation of sanitary pads has suddenly gone mainstream.

Congress MP, NGO threaten to take govt to court if sanitary pads aren’t made tax-free under GST

Activists are up in arms over the government's plan to tax sanitary pads at the same level as cheese, cell phones and frozen meat products under the Goods and Services Tax. And there may be at least two legal petitions challenging this decision. KAVEESHA KOHLI

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If Joe Biden wins US presidential election — prepare for an epic policy hangover

As pleasant as it might be to have a president who isn’t actively destroying the country, there are many areas where Biden will need a better plan & political will to make progress.
President Xi Jinping (centre) with other leaders of the Communist Party of China | Representational image: Reuters via ANI

China to reveal how it plans to steer economic growth through the 2030s

China’s Communist Party is expected to release two policy blueprints at the end of 4 days of meetings -- Their 5-year plan & a longer strategy document that stretches until 2035.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing the biannual Army Commanders Conference in New Delhi Wednesday | Indian Army

China lacks ‘honest intent’, be prepared for any eventuality, Rajnath Singh tells Army

Speaking in Delhi, the Defence Minister told military commanders that the government will strongly back reforms in the armed forces including setting up of theatre commands.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.