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Why Bengaluru’s Bus System Is India’s Best And Loses Least Money

Why Bengaluru’s Bus System Is India’s Best And Loses Least Money

Mumbai: Bengaluru is India’s third most-populous city, but its bus system is not only India’s largest with 6,448 buses (in 2015-16), it also lost the least money (Rs 101 crore) over six years to 2016 among eight metropolitan bus systems, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of transit data.…

33% Teaching Posts Vacant, Indian University Crisis Hits Rankings, Teaching, Research

33% Teaching Posts Vacant, Indian University Crisis Hits Rankings, Teaching, Research

Mumbai: India is one of the world’s top five economies and the country with the world’s largest working-age population--around 861 million aged between 15 and 64. These data emphasise why education is critical to India’s future growth. Yet, a third of teaching posts are vacant in India’s central universities, no Indian university finds a place in the global top 100.…

66% Working Indians Earn Less Because Of Childhood Stunting, One Of World’s Worst Rates

66% Working Indians Earn Less Because Of Childhood Stunting, One Of World’s Worst Rates

Mumbai: Around two-thirds of the working population in India are earning 13% less because of stunting in childhood--being excessively short for their age--one of the world’s highest such reductions in per capita income, according to a new report released by the World Bank. Children with stunted growth must endure adverse outcomes later in life.…

Over 1,600 URLs Blocked In India Over Last 18 Months, Facebook Took Down Most

Over 1,600 URLs Blocked In India Over Last 18 Months, Facebook Took Down Most

Mumbai: As many as 1,662 uniform resource locators (URLs) or posts on social media were blocked over 18 months ending June 2018, Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister for electronics and information technology, told the Rajya Sabha (Parliament’s upper house) on August 3, 2018, as part of an explanation on combating fake news.…

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India's Great Challenge: Health & Sanitation

Toilet Owners Defecate In Open In Villages Declared Open-Defecation Free: Rajasthan Study

Toilet Owners Defecate In Open In Villages Declared Open-Defecation Free: Rajasthan Study

Mumbai: With a little more than a year to go for Swachh Bharat Mission’s deadline of open-defecation-free India, patchy access to toilets, incomplete toilet construction and rampant open defecation among households with a toilet were some findings of a new study in gram panchayats (village councils) declared open defecation-free (ODF) in Rajasthan.…

6 In 10 Indian Babies Miss Out On Early Breastfeeding And Its Life-Saving Benefits

6 In 10 Indian Babies Miss Out On Early Breastfeeding And Its Life-Saving Benefits

New Delhi: While there has been an improvement in the number of babies getting breastfed in the first hour of life in India--reflected in a rise from 23.1% in 2005 to 41.5% in 2015--the majority of Indian babies still miss out and could face life-threatening consequences, a new global report said.…

Why Health Workers, Paid Rs 4,000 Per Month, Are Vital To India’s National Nutrition Mission

Why Health Workers, Paid Rs 4,000 Per Month, Are Vital To India’s National Nutrition Mission

Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh: Every morning, 26-year-old Meenakshi Gangwar packs a rucksack--a baby doll, a register and some nutrition charts--and sets off on her scooter to visit one of the 41 anganwadis (day care centres) that she is in charge of.…

Why National Nutrition Mission Must Focus On Improving Women’s Well-being

Why National Nutrition Mission Must Focus On Improving Women’s Well-being

Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh: About 400 metres from the sub-divisional magistrate’s office in Manikpur block of Uttar Pradesh’s Chitrakoot district, 18-month-old Chandni Kol sat crying outside her mud hut on a sweltering May afternoon. Her legs and arms were skinny while her belly was inflated--typical symptoms of malnourishment.…

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‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

‘Reduce Stigma To Make Women Comfortable Accessing Safe Abortions’

New Delhi: Abortion was legalised in India almost half a century ago, yet unsafe abortions--performed in unhygienic conditions by untrained providers--are the third largest cause of maternal death. Nearly 78% of the more than 15 million abortions conducted annually in India are outside of health facilities, giving rise to safety concerns.…

How A Healthy Gut Can Be A Bulwark Against India’s Lifestyle-Disease Epidemic

How A Healthy Gut Can Be A Bulwark Against India’s Lifestyle-Disease Epidemic

Mount Abu (Rajasthan): Processed food, an overly sanitised environment and an urban lifestyle can reduce beneficial bacteria in your gut, which primes the body against India’s epidemic of lifestyle diseases, according to Vineet Ahuja, gastroenterology professor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences,…

‘We Could Reverse Type 2 Diabetes In India In The Next 5 Years’

‘We Could Reverse Type 2 Diabetes In India In The Next 5 Years’

Mumbai: Aseem Malhotra PhD, is a man with a mission--to drastically reduce the amount of carbohydrates we eat. He claims by cutting back on sugary and starchy foods, we will not only benefit from feeling healthier and losing weight but lessen our chances of developing type 2 diabetes. Even those currently enduring insulin injections &…

We Will Not Accept Any Decision That Undermines The State’s Fiscal Domain: Kerala Finance Minister

We Will Not Accept Any Decision That Undermines The State’s Fiscal Domain: Kerala Finance Minister

Mumbai: The finance commission is a constitutional body created every five years to decide on Centre-state financial relations. The latest panel constituted for 2020-2025 was asked to use the 2011 population census for deciding every state’s share of the central taxes. This may mean that states with higher populations will receive more central funds.…