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Starvation deaths in Assam Tea Estate

Historians tell us of the colonial era stories of miserable conditions of workers, even bonded labour, in tea plantations of eastern India. However, the situation improved after independence. In the past few decades the tea industry has made steady profits even in worst years of economic downturn. And that is why reports of starvation deaths in tea plantations of Assam are so shocking. An Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) report says that...

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Investing in water, sanitation as important as in defence: Jairam by K Balchand

Proposes inter-ministry contribution for prioritising the issues   Union Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh has presented a plan to various Central ministries to contribute to the cause of drinking water and sanitation, saying that investment for a healthy population was as important as investing for defence. Mr. Ramesh, who also holds the Drinking Water and Sanitation portfolio, on Tuesday had his proposals ratified at the National Drinking Water and Sanitation Council which...

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NRHM scam: 6 officials booked in accountant's murder

—PTI Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati faced the heat on the multi-crore National Rural Health Mission scam on Friday even as six health officials, including the chief medical officer, were booked on charges of criminal conspiracy and murder of an accountant in connection with the corruption case. An FIR, under sections 302 (murder) and 120B (criminal conspiracy), was lodged with the city police against six health officials, Additional Superintendent of Police Rajiv...

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Another health official found murdered in Uttar Pradesh

-PTI The National Rural Health Mission scam in Uttar Pradesh has turned murkier with another health official being found murdered at his home — the fifth victim in the last one year after the alleged bungling of over Rs.10,000 crore of Central funds surfaced. The U.P. police found the body of Mahendra Sharma, an accountant, with severe injuries on his head and face, from the Pasgawan health centre area in Lakhimpur Kheri...

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PMO push for free drugs at govt hospitals

-The Times of India Free medicines to all patients visiting any government health facility across the country could soon be a reality with the health ministry ready to roll out a nearly Rs 30,000 crore 'free-medicines-for-all' scheme with the PMO's strong backing. The free medicine initiative along with an expansion of the National Rural Health Mission to urban areas, a more district-oriented approach and implementation of recommendations of the K Srinath Reddy...

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