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CURRENT AFFAIRS - STATE About 52,000 primary schools in Odisha have no teacher per class | 23-Sep-2016 13:27

In Odisha, about 52 thousand government primary and upper primary schools functioning under the School and Mass Education Department, have no teacher for each class and above 41 thousand schools have no room for each class. This was revealed from information furnished by School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra in the State Assembly yesterday in response to a question of BJP MLA Dilip Ray.

The information also revealed that 212 schools have no toilets. However, drinking water supply system has been put in place in more than 51 thousand 815 schools, the minister said. Notably, a total of more than 34 thousand primary and 17 upper primary schools are operating under the mass education department of Odisha government.

Kerala government opposes GM mustard cultivation | 21-Sep-2016 13:52

Kerala Government yesterday objected to Genetically-Modified, GM, mustard being considered for commercial cultivation in India. Briefing the media after the cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, his Government does not favour GM mustard as it has been proved to be unhealthy. The State Government will inform the Centre that this should not be given the nod for it to be cultivated in India, he added. This is the first time that the Kerala Government has openly expressed its concern about GM mustard.

Women entitled to end pregnancy regardless of reason: HC | 21-Sep-2016 13:52

The Bombay High Court has held that the scope of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act should extend to the mental health of a woman and she should be allowed to opt out of an unwanted pregnancy irrespective of the reason.

A division bench of Justices VK Tahilramani and Mridula Bhatkar yesterday said the benefits of the Act must be extended to not just married women but also to those women who stay with their partners as married couples in live-in relationships.

The court made the observation while taking suo motu cognizance of a news report about pregnant women prisoners who were not taken to hospitals, despite informing the jail authorities of their wish to terminate pregnancy.

The court said the right to control their own body and fertility and motherhood choices should be left to the women alone. It further said this right emerges from her right to live with dignity as a human being in society and protected as a fundamental right under Article 21 of the Constitution.