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Over 1.6 Crore Sanitary Pads Sold at Subsidised Rates Under Asmita Yojana: Maharashtra Govt to HC

Hindustan Times - Mumbai, Maharashtra, 7/31/2020

The Maharashtra government on July 31, 2020 informed the Bombay High Court (HC) that over 1.6 crore sanitary pads have been sold at highly subsidised rates to adolescent girls and women across the state. In an affidavit filed on July 31, 2020, the government said that the Asmita Yojana has been implemented, since it was introduced in 2018, with the objective of ensuring accessibility of affordable sanitary pads across rural Maharashtra. The affidavit was submitted in reply to a public interest litigation (PIL), jointly filed by Nikita Gore and Vaishnavi Gholave. In the PIL, the petitioners sought proper implementation of the national guidelines for menstrual hygiene management issued by the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in 2015.

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Over 1.6 Crore Sanitary Pads Sold at Subsidised Rates Under Asmita Yojana: Maharashtra Govt to HC

Hindustan Times - Mumbai, Maharashtra, 7/31/2020

The Maharashtra government on July 31, 2020 informed the Bombay High Court (HC) that over 1.6 crore sanitary pads have been sold at highly subsidised rates to adolescent girls and women across the state. In an affidavit filed on July 31, 2020, the government said that the Asmita Yojana has been implemented, since it was introduced in 2018, with the objective of ensuring accessibility of affordable sanitary pads across rural Maharashtra. The affidavit was submitted in reply to a public interest litigation (PIL), jointly filed by Nikita Gore and Vaishnavi Gholave. In the PIL, the petitioners sought proper implementation of the national guidelines for menstrual hygiene management issued by the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation in 2015.

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Mexico Supreme Court Rejects State's Bid to Decriminalise Abortion

BBC News, Mexico, 7/30/2020

Mexico's Supreme Court has rejected a landmark injunction on abortion rights across the country. The case revolved around an injunction granted in the eastern state of Veracruz, which would have effectively decriminalised termination in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. In an article a week before the verdict, reproductive rights organisation GIRE said they hoped the court's decision would be a "historic opportunity" for pro-choice campaigners. But four out of the Supreme Court's five justices voted against upholding the injunction. Removing articles 149, 150 and 154 of the local Penal Code would have decriminalised abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, allowed terminations for health reasons, and gotten rid of the time limit on abortions in the case of rape.

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IIT Gandhinagar Concluded First Ever Pan-India Workshop for Women in Computing

Telangana Today, India, 7/29/2020

A pan-India virtual workshop for women in computing, hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN), was held from July 24 to 26, 2020. The workshop was co-organized by IITGN, ACM-W India Council (the Association for Computing Machinery's India Council on Women in Computing), and the ACM India Council, and was supported by Google and TCS. The workshop was aimed to help Indian women graduate students in the field of computing deal with various situations through their graduate years and beyond. The panellists guided the students in various aspects of their graduate careers, such as finding a research topic, honing their reading and writing skills, achieving work-life balance, opportunities beyond graduate school and much more.

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India's First Mother-Child Vertical Transmission of Covid-19 Case in Pune

Livemint - Pune, Maharashtra, 7/28/2020

The Sassoon General Hospital in Maharashtra has claimed to have reported the country's first case of 'vertical transmission' of the coronavirus infection from a mother to her child through the placenta. Vertical transmission takes place when the foetus is in the uterus. If a pregnant woman is infected, the transmission of the virus takes place through the placenta – an organ that develops in the uterus during pregnancy and provides oxygen and nutrients to the foetus. Explaining the phenomena, Sassoon General Hospital's paediatrics department head Dr Aarti Kinikar told that when a person contracts the infection, it is mainly because of some contact with fomites. If the mother is infected, the baby can be infected post-natally because of breastfeeding or any other contacts.

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