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Global data flows are foundational for the world to collaborate and create innovations, solutions and products. Over the recent past, regulatory frictions over data flow -- for protecting data privacy and intellectual property, amongst others -- have only heightened and deepened.

MediaNama deliberates on how global geopolitics impact cross-border data flows and how conflicting value systems inhibit a formal global agreement on data flows or Internet governance. The story also analyses the role India can play, as it is set to assume the G20 presidency in December, to chart the future of digital governance even as it looks to safeguard its domestic policy space.

About three weeks ago, the Supreme Court of India, in a landmark order, took definitive steps to grant abortion rights to “unmarried women”. The Caravan argues that this judgement not only takes a “comprehensive view of women’s rights” but also reiterates the reproductive autonomy of India’s women. It also curtails the historical tendency of the State in India to look at female fertility as a mere population control measure.

Mental health maladies have become one of the realities of our times. However, it may not affect everyone equally. Research proves that there are clear and present linkages between identity-related inequalities and the outcomes of mental therapies. India Development Review argues that mental health professionals rarely factor in the patient’s social identities in their interventions.

And, in an impact story, The Probe's reporting on the illegal riverbed mining in the Doodh Ganga river in Kashmir’s Budgam district, persuaded the District Development Council to write to the authorities to deal “strictly” with the infringements and the officers responsible.

For more such stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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How Does Geopolitics Shape Cross-Border Data Flows, And What Is India’s Diplomatic Stance?

MediaNama looks at how strategic concerns and value systems determine cross-border data flows and the way India can play a role in charting the present and future of Internet governance.

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गर्भपात का अधिकार

The Apex Court’s order in the last week of September to pave the road for the legalisation of abortion by “unmarried women” marks a welcome step towards giving a woman autonomy over her body, says The Caravan.

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Mental healthcare in India fails marginalised people

The socially marginalised groups are more prone to mental stressors, than the general population, and it is important that the therapists factor in that reality when treating the patients, emphasises India Development Review.

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Exclusive: After Doodh Ganga illegal riverbed mining, DDC seeks action against government officials

The Probe's story on the illegal riverbed mining in the Budgam district of Kashmir has resulted in the local government authorities demanding action against the officers who had allowed the illegality.

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Xi says ‘national security’ 50 times at Party Congress & China sees rare protest against him
ThePrint reports and analyses General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speech at the 20th Party Congress of the Communist Party of China.
Don’t Jump the Gun on Land Record Digitisation
Kashmir’s land revenue records are less than perfect with errors and bugs inserted over the years. The present drive to digitise the records, while welcome, will inadvertently legitimise the anomalies of the past, says Kashmir Observer.
Will MBBS In Hindi Be As Good As In English? Why Not? Hinglish Is The Future
Swarajya argues that there is no plausible reason why imparting knowledge in our curriculum, the MBBS course, for instance, should necessarily be in English. A hybrid of languages (English, Hindi and the mother tongue) should be the way forward.
School Made Of Bamboo Sticks with Zero Facilities | Delhi's Eco Friendly School
Mojo Story reports from the ground on a unique eco-friendly school made out of bamboo in Delhi that provides education to about 200 underprivileged children. The school lacks basic facilities like water and electricity but tries to make up for these inadequacies by preparing the children for admission into mainstream schooling.

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