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As India rethinks labour rules, one item not on the agenda: Childcare facilities for women workers -Mirai Chatterjee

more than 90% of its workforce. And yet, as a nation, it has hardly recognised the importance of full-day, quality childcare for them. There have been many numerous discussions on the continuing poor Health and nutritional status of India’s young children. Every few years, fresh data from the National Family Health Surveys reveals its slow progress in these areas. However, despite voluminous eviden

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Deflation in WPI of 8 kharif crops observed during 2016-17 to 2018-19, while their MSPs grew at a positive rate

house, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), please click here to access It may be noted that the ‘miscellaneous’ group comprises Household goods and services; Health; Transport and communication; Recreation and amusement; Education; and Personal care and effects. Against the backdrop of privatisation of most services, rural areas have witnessed a higher rate of inflation in services that are included in the

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Varanasi out of UP Swachh Ward Contest -Nelanshu Shukla

like open defecation free, solid waste management, segregation of waste, condition of public toilets, public feedback and involvement of local authorities. Speaking to India Today, Varanasi chief Health officer of Dr GL Kesarwani said: "The marking was very strict and therefore we couldn't manage to secure a place. The evaluation was carried out by a third party according to their own procedure". Please click here to read more.

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Fasal Bima Yojana: Farmers' Distress is Source of Profit for Companies -Subodh Varma

ress of farmers into a profit-making enterprise. This happened through a well-established mechanism of insurance, a favoured model of the Modi government. In this model, which is being imposed on the Healthcare system also through Ayushman Bharat, the government abdicates its own responsibility of providing a service and hands it over to companies. What could have been a straight forward service of compensating farmers for losses turns into government

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A double-edge sword for farmers -- Loan waivers shrink credit supply to the farm sector -Kushankur Dey

s observed that increase in credit offtake in specific regions (as rural banks follow a service area approach) has slowed. Credit-deposit ratio across the states has been showing a trend of declining Health. This implies that rural banks are not in position to mobilise the required amounts of deposit to make proportionate lending and that has affected their metrics of operating efficiency in terms of risk-weighted capital adequacy ratio, net interest

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The safety net of the future -Pranab Bardhan

one-fifth of the population today is under the official poverty line, large sections of those even much above that line are subject to brutal economic insecurities of various kinds (due to weather or Health risks, market fluctuations, job losses). Anxiety about such insecurities occasionally spills over into the streets and politicians wake up and feel they have to do something. In recent times, both the BJP (around election time in Uttar Pradesh a

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Doctors raise baby food alert -GS Mudur

titutes, claiming companies are organising “scientific sessions” to influence doctors into recommending their products. The Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India has asked the Union Health ministry to authorise Health officers or paediatricians in the district hospitals to look out for and file complaints against violations of the Indian Milk Substitutes Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods Ac

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Centre has spent Rs. 850 crore on Ayushman Bharat till date -Maitri Porecha

-The Hindu Business Line But more than three months after its launch, technical glitches, State-wise disparity remain More than 6,000 patients have been seeking care daily under the cashless Health insurance scheme Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, popularly known as Ayushman Bharat, following its launch three months back. In less than 90 days, 6.4 lakh persons have benefited, said Health Minister J

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Young and wasted -TK Rajalakshmi

nfant in 2017, marking a 54.9 per cent increase. The growth in sales of formula milk food in the follow-up months of infancy, including the toddler stage, was also high and happened despite the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) position that such food was unnecessary and should not supplant breast milk. The report says that a faulty diet composition was one of the major reasons for the high prevalence of malnutrition and that 37.8 million chi

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How reviving traditional farming helped Kerala tribal communities become Healthy -Sandeep Vellaram

sed to be a part of their everyday diet. The protein-rich ragi, thina, kodo millet, little millet, barnyard millet, pearl millet, sorghum and various types of beans largely helped them maintain their Health. The millets are high in minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. Ragi had rich calcium content, about ten times that of rice and wheat. And all of these foods were being cultivated on these very lands by the people, but the cultiv

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