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PM Modi is Worried About Population Explosion, a Problem Set to Go Away in 2021 -Saurabh Rai and M Sivakami

ty rate (TFR) and annual population growth rate to quantify population growth. The desired value for TFR is 2.1, at which a population reaches a replacement level of fertility. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS), which provides demographic estimates and which the government uses for policymaking, shows India’s TFR was 2.2 in 2016: 2.4 in rural areas and 1.8 in urban; the latter is below the replacement rate. Eighteen states and five uni

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What can help in controlling population in India--society or law? -Neetu Chandra Sharma * The population explosion has major impacts on the country ranging from Health, social, environmental and economic * Gender preferences are also contributing to the population explosion in India New Delhi: Pointing out population growth as a major concern in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech called for a deeper thought towards the issue. Apparently, the mention was an indication that the gover

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On sale: Your personal data is worth 50 paise or less -Mahender Singh Manral

ress checked one of the websites, which was found to be active hours after the arrests. Investigation into two women arrested for allegedly duping more than 350 people on the pretext of providing Health insurance at a low premium has revealed they were procuring database of customers from employees of call centres after paying 5 paise to 50 paise per contact. Last week, two women identified as Suman Lata (34) and Jyoti (33) were arrested from W

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Delhi: Cremation to go green with dung blocks -Paras Singh

gaushalas. Despite several interventions by courts and introduction of new technologies, 95% of cremations — around 80,000 — in Delhi are wood-based traditional funerals, said a public Health official. Each of these uses 400-500kg wood, requiring over 3.6 crore kg wood — equivalent to 4 lakh trees — every year. Mokshda, an NGO working in the sector, found in a survey of 3,000 cremation grounds that on average, an Indian tree

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Under Ayushman Bharat, hospitals use bizarre ways to siphon off funds -Ishita Mishra

have been accused of siphoning almost Rs 1.20 crore in just a few months. About a year after introduction of the Ayushman Bharat scheme — the Union government’s programme for providing Health protection cover to around 10 crore vulnerable families — truant doctors and hospitals in the tiny Himalayan state of Uttarakhand have come up with some of the most innovative ways of scamming the ambitious plan for a quick buck. Not that the

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Data on AES related deaths in Bihar during May-June this year is fraught with confusion

opment Services scheme-ICDS; consumption of litchi that contains methylenecyclopropylglycine-MCPG; low level of immunization/ vaccination drive among children against diseases; poor status of primary Health centres-PHCs; high temperature coupled with humidity etc.] that could have caused the death of more than 150 children in Bihar during the month of June this year. Representative Image It is, however, essential to look at the latest data (ma

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Here is a solution for crop residue burning problem -Jyoti Singh

t seeding of wheat into unplowed soil and with rice residues left behind was the best option. It saved on water, labour and use of agro-chemicals, reduced green house gas emissions, and improved soil Health and crop yield and thus benefitting both farmers and the society at large. The Happy Seeder option will eliminate air pollution by crop burning and reduce green house gas emissions (GHG) from on-farm activities by more than 78 per cent relative

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57.3% allopathic practitioners are not qualified: Health Ministry -Bindu Shajan Perappadan

to take appropriate action under the law against quacks “At present, 57.3% of personnel currently practising allopathic medicine do not have a medical qualification,” states the Union Health Ministry’s data, adding that this puts at risk rural patients who suffer because of an urban to rural doctor density ratio of 3.8:1, and India’s poor doctor-population ratio of 1:1456 as compared with the World More »

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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