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Economic slump: Busting official myths on consumer preferences -Ranjini Basu

ulletin, Ecowrap, published on August 27, in the context of the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector that the slowdown could be related to a “change in preferences of customers towards more Healthy options of biscuits and snacks”. Such reasoning is an attempt to take attention away from the deep-seated demand crisis that our domestic economy is swathed in. A closer look at the data on consumption patterns of rural India leaves no sc

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The right to choose -Ashok Gulati

rom desi black cows, their urine, adds jaggery and pulses’ flour in certain proportions and deploys that, as jeevamrit, to augment microbial activity in soil. This is supposed to make our soils Healthier and augment productivity in a sustainable manner. Incidentally, ZBNF was also mentioned as the future of Indian agriculture by Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden budget speech. Please click here to read more.

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Waiting for reforms: On the economic stimuli

ster over the last few weeks, focused primarily on reviving the automobile sector, boosting the confidence of foreign investors who were spooked by the Budget announcements in July, and improving the Health of dangerously fragile state-owned banks by doing everything short of privatising them. This time around the focus has been on helping out the underperforming export and real estate sectors through piecemeal fiscal reforms. Among other things, Ms.

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Amla candy rescues Assam nutrition drive -Rahul Karmakar

Assam district has been given a gooseberry candy twist. This follows a report that the targeted groups find the prescribed iron-folic acid tablets repulsive. According to the 2015 National Family Health Survey, 47.2% of the women of reproductive age in Hailakandi were anaemic. The district, thus, has the most anaemic children below 5 years, adolescents and women of reproductive age in Assam. But mothers, pregnant women and children in the distr

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A milestone in greater transparency, accountability -Madan Lokur

decentralised locations, right down to the municipal ward and panchayat levels. They will have access to welfare schemes, revenue activities such as mining, and other service delivery issues such as Health and education. It would be wonderful if all other State governments follow the Rajasthan government’s initiative, which aims to make people, including the marginalised sections, a part of the governance process. Justice Madan Lokur is a

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All about malnutrition and starvation deaths in India

-The Hindu The Supreme Court has agreed to examine a plea that starvation deaths continue to eat into the right to life and dignity of social fabric and a “radical” new measure like community kitchens need to be set up across the country to feed the poor and the hungry. A Bench led by Justice N.V. Ramana issued notice on Monday to the government on the petition filed jointly by activists Anun Dhawan, Ishann Dhawan and Kunjana Singh, represented by advocates Ashima Mandla and

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Explained: A suicide every 40 seconds, taking stock of global trends

on and alcohol use, is well established, WHO finds that many suicides happen during a crisis and because of an individual’s inability to deal with stress. A fact sheet released by the World Health Organization last week shows that close to 8 lakh people die due to suicide every year. In other words, suicides account for one death every 40 seconds. Another important fact that often gets missed is that behind every successful suicide, there ar

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How No Food Waste works to redistribute surplus food to the needy in Tamil Nadu -Nahla Nainar

e a tendency to go bad in the heat. So we try and distribute them within an hour of preparation because we cannot risk food poisoning. Our volunteers don’t accept anything that may endanger the Health of the recipients,” says Ramakrishnan. With the ban on single-use disposable vessels, NFW has shifted to serving food on plantain leaves. People are also allowed to bring their own containers to take food home. A gift of food can move p

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Pesticide consumption a leading cause of suicides worldwide: Report -Rohan Gupta

-Down to Earth Up to 168,000 people kill themselves by ingesting pesticides annually, it said Pesticide accounted for as many as one in every five suicides across the world, a recent World Health Organization (WHO) report on suicide prevention has said. The report titled Preventing Suicide has been published in the form of a resource for pesticide registrars and regulators to educate them on how to prevent suicides due to pesticide consumpt

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Development matters, but so does identity -Rajeev Bhargava

less and communal conflict would disappear. It seems that the government’s claim on Jammu and Kashmir shares the same premise. Give Kashmiris an economic package, prospects of more jobs, better Healthcare, high-quality consumption goods and they will forget their specific identity and assimilate peacefully with the rest of India. ‘Development’ shall trump identity. Cultural and ethical framework Identity is much misuse

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