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India facing severe levels of malnutrition, climate change to further worsen undernutrition -Neetu Chandra Sharma

-Livemint.com * The report also took note of open defecation in India as an impacting factor for health * Public health experts have also said that India need some more time to tackle malnutrition and the efforts are going on New Delhi: While India is tagged as a country with ‘serious’ levels of hunger, climate change will further worsen its undernutrition levels, the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2019, a report jointly published by Concern Worldwide, an Irish aid agency, and Welthungerlife, a German NGO has highlighted. Further, India in terms of hunger rankings has slipped from 95th rank in 2010 to 102nd in 2019. According to the report, Pakistan, the only country in South Asia region that had a ranking below India in previous indices, in the 2019 ranking, has come up to 94th place. The 2019 GHI measured hunger in 117 countries where the assessment is most relevant and where data on all four...

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Foreign milch cows grow 32%, while no growth in desi milk-producers: Livestock Census 2019

-The Hindu The Centre’s drive to increase indigenous breeds of cattle seems to have had little impact among cows kept for dairy purposes, according to data from the 20th Livestock Census released on Wednesday. There are 4.85 crore desi (native) milch cows in the country, less than 1% higher than the 4.81 crore population in the last census in 2012. On the other hand, the milch population of exotic and crossbred cattle — including varieties such as Jersey or Holsteins which have much higher milk yields — saw a whopping growth of 32% over the last seven years, growing from 1.9 crore to 2.5 crore animals. Please click here to read more. ...

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Peanut paste not a solution for severe malnutrition: study -Jagriti Chandra

-The Hindu Clean drinking water and sanitation are also important’ Deaths due to severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in India could be at least a tenth of what was earlier believed, which implies that instead of taking emergency measures such as providing Ready To Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), there needs to be a focus on non-food interventions such as sanitation, health, clean drinking water along with an emphasis on nutrition, suggests a new study published in a peer-reviewed medical journal on Wednesday. The paper, published in PLOS Medicine, provides new evidence at a time when inter-ministerial discussions are under way on formulating guidelines for nutritional management of SAM children and when policymakers and experts are divided on the issue of providing either RUTF or locally-made energy-dense food. During the study, the researchers observed 2,704 children in West Singbhum district in Jharkhand and Kendujhar district in Odisha, who were born between October 1, 2013 and February...

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Explained: Why India trails in Global Hunger Index -Udit Misra

-The Indian Express In Global Hunger Index report, India has the highest percentage of children who suffer from acute undernutrition. On other parameters, where India has improved, the pace has been relatively slow. The latest Global Hunger Index (GHI) has ranked India a lowly 102 among the 117 countries it has mapped. In 2018, India was pegged at 103 but last year 119 countries were mapped. So while the rank is one better this year, in reality, India is not better off in comparison to the other countries. The GHI slots countries on a scale ranging from “low” hunger to “moderate”, “serious”, “alarming”, and “extremely alarming”. India is one of the 47 countries that have “serious” levels of hunger. On the whole, the 2019 GHI report has found that the number of hungry people has risen from 785 million in 2015 to 822 million. It further states that “multiple countries have higher...

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New draft rules downgrade CIC and ICs, cut their tenure and perks -Shyamlal Yadav

-The Indian Express The government had amended the RTI Act in July this year allowing it to fix the tenure of CIC and ICs of the Centre and states, and also to lay down terms and conditions of service. The Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) and Information Commissioners (ICs) may no longer enjoy five-year tenures and pay and perks similar to that of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioners (ECs) as allowed under the Right to Information Act, 2005. According to a fresh DoPT proposal, the terms of conditions of CIC, including her/ his pay and perks, should be the same as that of the Cabinet Secretary, which is significantly lower than that of the CEC. And those of the ICs will be similar to that of the Secretary to the Government of India. Please click here to read more. ...

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