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Forest Fires Increased 158% In 6 Years; Warming A Factor: Experts

Forest Fires Increased 158% In 6 Years; Warming A Factor: Experts

Mumbai: Forest fires in India increased 1.5 times over six years to 35,888 incidents, according to government data submitted to Parliament on July 20, 2018. Experts believe that long dry periods, especially during winter and the pre-monsoon period, caused by increased warming, is a significant factor for more fires.…

Did Aadhaar Glitches Cause Half Of 14 Recent Jharkhand Starvation Deaths?

Did Aadhaar Glitches Cause Half Of 14 Recent Jharkhand Starvation Deaths?

New Delhi: On July 27, 2018, Rajendra Birhor, a 40-year-old Adivasi, starved to death in Ramgarh, a district in eastern Jharkhand. He belonged to a “particularly vulnerable tribal group” (PVTG) and should have had access to at least two welfare measures that could have saved his life: A pension and a ration card.…

Govt Ad Spend Could Feed 46 Million Children Mid-Day Meals For A Year

Govt Ad Spend Could Feed 46 Million Children Mid-Day Meals For A Year

Mumbai: Midday meals for 45.7 million children for a year. One day’s wages for 200 million workers. About 6 million new latrines. And at least 10 more Mars missions. These were some of the things that could have been financed with the money that the current government spent on publicity in the four years it has governed India.…

With 4 Years To Go, 6% Of India’s Solar Rooftop Target Installed

With 4 Years To Go, 6% Of India’s Solar Rooftop Target Installed

Chandigarh: With less than four years left to meet its target of installing 40,000 megawatt (MW) of rooftop solar power capacity by 2022, India has installed just about 2,538 MW as of March 2018, a full 94% short of the target. At this rate, missing the target is a foregone conclusion, which also jeopardises India's overall solar target of 100 gigawatt (GW, equal to 1,000 MW) by 2022.…

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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.…