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26th August 2016
The New Draft Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016
  • Commercial surrogacy is banned in most developed countries, including Australia, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, New Zealand, Japan and Thailand. 
  • Now the new bill has banned it in India too.
  • But the bill allows altruistic surrogacy, where women (near relative) can legally carry someone else’s child if no money (other than medical cost and insurance), favor or coercion is involved.
  • Under the proposed law, only infertile Indian couples who have been married for at least 5 years can opt for surrogacy, while those who already have a child cannot do so.
  • The law that insists that a surrogate woman has to be a close relative of the infertile couple would be "impractical" and may also raise the risk of the surrogacy industry, driven by demand, moving underground, spawning illegal transactions. People will start making fake documents that they are near relatives.
  • The Bill has penalty provisions for those violating the law, when it comes into effect. The penalties include a huge monetary fine (10 lakh), and imprisonment (10 years) and even striking down the name from medical register. This will increase paper work. The records will have to be kept for 5 years and not 2 years.
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New Delhi August 25, 2016: Immunisations, also known as vaccinations, help protect you from getting an infectious disease. When you get vaccinated, you help protect others as well. Vaccines are very safe. It is much safer to get the vaccine than an infectious disease. 
 
Raising awareness Dr KK Aggarwal - President HCFI & Honorary Secretary General IMA said, "Immunization can protect against 25 different infectious agents or diseases, from infancy to old age. The most common diseases include measles, polio, and tetanus amongst others.
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