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Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra interviewed by Sugandha Indulkar (The Times of India)

ise in aspirations among tribal communities which may not be in consonance with their traditional way of life. The real challenge for policy makers and the communities is to ensure improved access to Health, education and development opportunities while preserving their unique heritage. ‘One size fits all’ approach in policy making will not work as some areas do require contextualised programmes and policies. * Will education and opport

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Our notions of motherhood -Gargi Mishra

rrogacy in India and allow only “ethical altruistic surrogacy”. The Bill was first introduced in the lower house in November 2016, then referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare. It was introduced and passed by the Lok Sabha again in December 2018 without incorporating most of the recommendations of the Committee, but lapsed. The 2019 Bill is identical to the Bill of 2018. It showcases the state&rsquo

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Planting forests no panacea for the climate crisis: IPCC -Tarun Gopalakrishnan

t acting immediately, stating that “[d]eferral of Greenhouse Gas emission reductions from all sectors implies trade-offs including irrevocable loss in land ecosystem services required for food, Health, habitable settlements and production, leading to significant economic damage to many countries in many regions of the world”. (emphasis ours) Please click here to read more.

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Are 57% 'doctors' quacks? Govt says no, then yes -Rema Nagarajan

-The Times of India Are a majority of those practising allopathy in India quacks? The government said no, it now says yes. A 2016 WHO report on the Health workforce in India had shocked everybody by stating that 57.3% of those practising allopathic medicine did not have any medical qualification. Then Union Health minister JP Nadda had rubbished the report as “erroneous” in January 2018 whi

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Is Jammu and Kashmir underdeveloped as stated by Amit Shah? -Vignesh Radhakrishnan & Sumant Sen

-The Hindu Where does Jammu and Kashmir stand in comparison to other States in key indicators of growth and development Union Home Minister Amit Shah has linked poor Healthcare, poverty, lack of doctors and slow economic growth in Jammu and Kashmir to amendment to Article 370. However, a look at how the State, now bifurcated into Union Territories, compares with other States in key indicators suggests that these concerns are exaggerated. Li

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Judgement day -Vikram Patel

od, her violent father and his extreme jealousy, her parents’ marital strife and, ultimately, their tragic death. Indeed, adversities in childhood are the most important predictor of our mental Health, not only in childhood but throughout our lives. The most memorable line in William Wordsworth’s The Rainbow, that the “child is the father of man”, is a prescient reminder that each of us is the product of our childhood experi

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Finding the data on missing girls -Sabu M George

r, despite all the officially acknowledged facts, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani claimed in the Lok Sabha that SRB has improved from 923 to 931 girls. She was quoting data from the Health Management Information System (HMIS), a fundamentally flawed source that largely considers home deliveries and births in government institutions. Data from the HMIS are incomplete and not representative of the country as a whole as births happening

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India's hepatitis-B miss -GS Mudur

-The Telegraph Country fails to achieve infection-control New Delhi: Gaps in immunisation have kept India out of the list of four countries announced by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday as having achieved control of hepatitis-B virus infections. The WHO said Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand have achieved hepatitis-B control with the prevalence of the disease dropping to less than one per cent among five-year old children,

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Focussing on the critical years of a child's life -KR Antony

ged three to six years. While Anganwadi centres target children in the second category, the section on Early Childhood Care and Education up to three years is sketchy and inadequate. It only mentions Health and nutrition services for both mothers and children. Take-home ration that is provided for children up to three years by the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme only helps physical growth; it does not provide psycho-social stimulat

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