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Close polluting units in 3 months: NGT

ustries in “critically polluted” and “severely polluted” areas across the country within three months, saying that economic development cannot take place at the cost of public Health. The directions, put up on the NGT website on Tuesday, were issued on July 10 on the basis of a study carried out jointly by the CPCB and state pollution control boards in 2009-10. A bench headed by the NGT chairperson, Justice Adarsh Kumar

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Union cabinet approves bill to merge 13 labour laws into single code

ontained “provisions of minimum wages and payment of wages to cover employees in both the organised and unorganised sectors. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Occupational, Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, also known as the OSH Code, that seeks to merge 13 central labour laws into a single code which would apply on all establishments employing 10 or more workers. The decision was taken at the Union Cabinet meeting chai

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Selling government data to the private sector: It's complicated

corporations and analytics firms. The former could directly use the data for profit by knowing more about customers. The analytics firms would churn out sophisticated analyses of issues pertaining to Healthcare or education on the basis of such data. The data, in turn, could be sold to firms that would use them for better products and improved marketing. On the other hand, the government would earn revenue by selling the data and such additional reven

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Explained: What is Rajasthan's free medicine scheme -Hamza Khan

e Scheme? In the year 2011-12, Ashok Gehlot, who was serving as the chief minister, had announced a scheme to provide commonly-used essential medicines free of cost to patients visiting government Healthcare institutions. The scheme consists of two components — free medicine and free tests — and is considered one of Gehlot’s pet projects. * Since when has the scheme been in place? To implement the scheme, Rajasthan Medical S

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A Happy Class -Uma Vishnu

an integrated scheme for school education from primary to Class 12. *** In 2013-14 then chief minister Vasundhara Raje set up the CM’s Advisory Council, with nine sub-groups, including on Health, power and education. Led by educationists such as Urvashi Sahni, founder and CEO of the Lucknow-based Study Hall Education Foundation, Gowri Ishwaran, CEO of the Global Education & Leadership Foundation, and Arun Kapur of Delhi’s Vasant

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MP Raju Shetti, Maharashtra's foremost farmer leader and president of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghtana, interviewed by Ajaz Ashraf (

d from organic farming is just too low. * I suppose the problem is that not everyone is willing to pay a higher price for something available at cheaper rates. The produce of organic farming is Healthier and even tastier than that of modern agriculture. However, in our country, there is a huge mass of people who struggle to overcome their hunger. Their vulnerability has them procure food at as cheap a rate as possible. They don’t eat to ke

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RSS-affiliated body demands ban on glyphosate

wani Mahajan said soon the organisation will approach Home Ministry and will submit a memorandum in this regard. In 2015, International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC), a body under the World Health Organization, had found in its research that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic, Mahajan said. He further said glyphosate is an active ingredient in Monsanto''s RoundUp and risk of cancer increases by 41 per cent due to glyphosate. People ar

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Lifting 271 mn out of poverty in 10 yrs, India fastest, Jharkhand No. 1 area: UN -Shalini Nair

uo;assets, cooking fuel, sanitation and nutrition”. The MPI captures both the incidence and intensity of poverty. The global MPI tracks 101 countries on deprivations across ten indicators in Health, education, and standard of living. Developed in 2010 by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), it looks beyond income poverty and tracks poverty in terms of the deprivation f

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On Health and Nutrition, Budget 2019 is Lacklustre and Uninspiring -Dipa Sinha The budget does little for the most vulnerable populations such as women working in the informal sector or their young children. Just by looking at the numbers, the Budget for Health seems promising. The total allocation for the department of Health and family welfare (HFW) has increased by about 16%, which could be seen as a substantial hike considering there was hardly any year-on-year

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