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Schemes on Protection of Women

Safety of women in the country is of utmost priority to the Government. The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development is implementing following schemes for protection of women:- 

i. Swadhar and Short Stay Homes to provide relief and rehabilitation to destitute women and women in distress. 

ii. Ujjawala Homes for rehabilitation of victims of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation. 

iii.Working Women Hostels for ensuring safe accommodation for working women away from their place of residence. 

iv. One Stop Centre to provide integrated support and assistance to women affected by violence. 

v. Scheme for Universalisation of Women Helpline intended to provide 24 hours immediate and emergency response to women affected by violence. 

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Swadhar Scheme

The Swadhar scheme was launched by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2002 for rehabilitation of women in difficult circumstances.

The scheme provides shelter, food, clothing and care to the marginalized women/girls who are in need. The beneficiaries include widows deserted by their families and relatives, women prisoners released from jail and without family support, women survivors of natural disasters, women victims of terrorist/extremist violence etc.

The implementing agencies are mainly NGOs. An Evaluation Study conducted through Centre for Market Research and Social Development to assess the performance of the scheme observed that the scheme is successful for which it was formulated/implemented.

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Technical Agreement between Indian navy and Singapore navy.

India and Singapore signed Technical Agreement (TA) on sharing white-shipping information to enhance maritime cooperation between the two navies. The agreement was signed during the visit of Navy chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan to Singapore. The White-shipping refers to commercial shipping information about movement of cargo ships. The Singapore Navy and the Indian Navy conduct the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) together annually.

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ISRO successfully tested India’s latest and most powerful cryogenic engine

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved a huge milestone as it successfully tested India’s latest and most powerful cryogenic engine for 800 seconds  at Mahendragiri (Tamil Nadu). This cryogenic engine will be utilized to power ISRO’s next generation monster rocket, the GSLV Mark-III, which will be capable of carrying the 8 ton class of satellites to space.

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Tom Moore, the "Archie" cartoonist passed away

Tom Moore, the "Archie" (America's famous cartoon character) cartoonist who brought to life the escapades of the freckled-face, red-haired character passed away.Moore, who began drawing cartoons while in the US Navy during the Korean War, died in his hometown of El Paso.

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Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee has been nominated for an Emmy Award

Pulitzer winning Indian-born American doctor Siddhartha Mukherjee has been nominated for an Emmy Award for his documentary series on cancer.The six-hour programme based and titled after Dr Mukherjee's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2010 book "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies" is among five nominees for the award for documentary or nonfiction series.

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