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Take Steps to Include Third Gender in UPSC Exam: HC to Centre

The Times of India - New Delhi, India, 8/31/2016

Referring to the landmark judgement passed by the Supreme Court on April 15, 2014 granting legal recognition to transgenders or eunuchs as third category of gender, a bench asked the Centre to take urgent steps to include them in UPSC Exam.

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Rajasthan Varsity Seeks Details of Students’ Menstrual Cycle, Pregnancy Status

Hindustan Times - Rajasthan, India, 8/30/2016

A women’s University in Rajasthan has asked students details of their menstrual cycle and reproductive status in a health-profile form that comes with the admission application, a practice described as disgusting and intrusive by activists. Banasthali University in Tonk, which is 85 km from Jaipur, is a popular residential facility set up to promote higher education in the desert state, where women are way down the social ladder. Kavita Srivastava, a member of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, a rights body, said the form violated privacy. ‘Details of a person’s body cannot be made public. Such information can only be shared with one’s doctor.’ The questions should be withdrawn immediately, she said.

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Growing Antibiotic Resistance Forces Updates to Recommended Treatment For Sexually Transmitted Infections

World Health Organization - Geneva, Switzerland, 8/30/2016

New guidelines for the treatment of three common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have been issued by WHO in response to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and Syphilis are all caused by bacteria and are generally curable with antibiotics. However, these STIs often go undiagnosed and are becoming more difficult to treat, with some antibiotics now failing as a result of misuse and overuse.

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Fostering Communities For Gender Sensitisation

Hindustan Times - New Delhi, India, 8/29/2016

When different people come together to deliver a social message, a sense of community is fostered, dialogues are initiated and action-based steps are taken. Gender Mela, an event organised in the Capital by Safecity, is doing just this. It will engage the community of Dakshinpuri, Delhi, in dialogues on issues that directly impact their lives, including gender-based violence and individual rights. Salini Sharma, Coordinator of the event says, ‘There will be stalls and exhibitions where volunteers from the community will showcase audio-visual presentations. Street play performances will be held, as well as open dialogue with discussions and talks.’

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Sexual Health Products Selling More in Smaller Cities Than Metros in India

Deccan Chronicle, India, 8/28/2016

Indians are embracing the digital space more and more, and along with that they are becoming more aware of their sexuality and are giving more importance to sexual health and well being. A survey by e-commerce platform Kinkpin showed that 87% people in small cities were buying sexual wellness products online, while only 32% in metros were buying them offline. The survey also indicated that women are buying these products more, as 77% of online orders came from women while 73% were from men.

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