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Only 36% of Nirbhaya fund used since 2013, panel tells House hours before convicts’ hanging

Nirbhaya fund was launched in the wake of the December 2012 gangrape-murder amid anger over what was seen as systemic indifference to crime against women. 
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Fighting malnutrition is a Modi govt priority, but 2 ministries don’t agree on funding

The 15th Finance Commission recommends Rs 7,735 cr for Women and Child Ministry's malnutrition programme but Finance Ministry rejects recommendation.
New mother talking to a nurse at the hospital

WCD ministry refutes survey that claims maternity scheme missed 51% of beneficiaries

The WCD Ministry has said the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana has had 10 million or 1 crore beneficiaries since 2017 launch. 
A health worker immunises a pregnant woman at a health centre in Aurangabad, India

Why Aadhaar card is a stumbling block in Modi govt’s flagship maternity scheme

The Modi govt scheme, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, transfers cash worth Rs 5,000 to women of 19 years or above for their first child.
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Too soon to celebrate Modi govt’s sex ratio claim, wait for 2021 census, say experts

Modi govt told Parliament that sex ratio at birth has risen to 931 from 923 in 2015-16, but academics & activists are taking it with a pinch of salt.

Women & child development ministry gets a promotion with outspoken Smriti Irani

The controversial minister, who was expected to get a bigger role, has been put in charge of women and child development ministry, previously headed by Maneka Gandhi.
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WCD not a soft ministry, it looks after 70% of India’s population: Maneka Gandhi

Union minister Maneka Gandhi was speaking at a function organised to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme.
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Soon, govt portal SHeBox will give you status of sexual harassment complaints in firms

SHeBox is an online initiative that allows women to file complaints of sexual harassment, which are then resolved on the WCD ministry’s watch.
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Modi’s pet cash transfer scheme gets thumbs down from Paswan & Maneka ministries

The Prime Minister’s Office wanted the WCD ministry to implement a cash transfer scheme instead of foodgrains, but Maneka Gandhi decided to stop it.

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Hussain Shahis’ Krishna Bhakti, Mughals’ Mathura link — lesser-known facts about Muslim rulers

After the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan, Right-wing commenters have claimed that 'rebuilding is a civilisational responsibility Indians owe to their ancestors'. This can't be more anachronistic.
Indian currency

Troubled NBFCs begin to show signs of revival after stimulus

Sound health of NBFCs is vital because they form backbone of Indian economy in lending to wide range of borrowers from small merchants to business giants.


IAF chief R.K. Bhadauria takes a sortie in HTT-40 last November | Twitter | @HALHQBLR

Defence Ministry clears purchase of indigenous basic trainer aircraft, upgrade of Israeli UAVs

HAL acquisition among projects worth Rs 8,722.38 crore to be cleared. The upgrade of Israeli Heron UAVs will include arming them, a need being pushed due to stand-off with China.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.