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Fertilising change

t year by shelling out a whopping Rs 99,500 crore, partly in long-term bonds, are bound to start mounting again. This will, obviously, tell upon the fertiliser industry’s already fragile fiscal Health and will worsen its liquidity crunch. Such huge annual outgo on fertiliser subsidy seems unsustainable, especially if the fiscal deficit is to be contained within reasonable bounds. Clearly, this is a matter of concern. But even more worrisome is t

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Bonus Excesses and Outrage by Jaimini Bhagwati

ense, we may be in the “robber baron” phase of our development somewhat akin to what developed countries experienced up to the 1950s. Consequently, at a mass middle class level, an unHealthy fascination with getting rich quick is growing. The all-too-frequent reports about CEO salaries and the impact of stock market movements on the net worth of individuals are probably a reflection of such thinking and reinforce this mindset. The wid

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Ministry questions foreign varsity bill by Charu Sudan Kasturi

The Health ministry has questioned the benefits to India of a proposed bill aimed at regulating the entry of foreign universities, unleashing the most scathing criticism the draft legislation has faced from within the government. The draft Foreign Education (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill contains loopholes that could deny India benefits to medical education and could even hurt the sector, the He

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Year of House unrest by PC Alexander

nkind has indeed achieved much more in this period than it had in all the previous periods of recorded history. The most remarkable of all achievements has been that human beings have had a much Healthier and longer life in this period than in the earlier ones. World population in the year 1800, was just one billion. But it took only 130 years to add the second billion, 30 to add the third, 15 to add the fourth, 12 to add the fifth and just 11 ye

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Docs protest rural practice bill

The government’s bill to create a three-year diploma course to train “rural Health practitioners” triggered protests from doctors today, who questioned the validity of such a diploma and threatened a statewide agitation. The West Bengal Health Regulatory Authority Bill will permit rural Health practitioners with the three-year diplomas to

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How many mouths to feed?

onaires and the rest. The present Tendulkar estimates may spark yet another debate, but implications for policy-making remain largely unchanged — more social security, emphasis on education and Health, employment generation in non-farm activity, industrial and infrastructure development, and policy reform aimed at opening new economic opportunities.

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Opposition to village ‘doctor’ bill bulldozed

Health minister Surjya Kanta Mishra today pushed through the Assembly a bill that will allow “half-doctors” to practise in villages, steamrollering a demand from the Left Front and the Opposition to defer the legislation. The West Bengal Health Regulatory Authority Bill will permit “rural Health practitioners” with a three-year dipl

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Child marriage ban on Centre’ mind by Samanwaya Rautray

ial custody as the girls — one of them was pregnant — seemed to have consented to their marriage. The commissions, however, objected to this in larger public interest, especially the Health of the girl child, given the high maternal mortality rate in the 15-22 age group. They urged the apex court to iron out the disparities regarding the age of a minor girl under different laws such as the Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929, the

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Scheme for rehabilitation of Endosulfan victims

for the treatment and rehabilitation of people afflicted by the use of Endosulfan in cashew plantations in Kasaragod district. Briefing the media here, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan said the Health Department would provide various kinds of assistance for the treatment and rehabilitation of the victims. The Cabinet had sanctioned Rs.125 lakh for the modernisation of hospitals in the area, improvement of medical facilities and posting of tempor

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With better stoves, UN aims to cut risk of murder, rape for women seeking firewood

fuel. The SAFE project will scale up distribution of fuel-efficient and “improved mud” stoves to assist almost 100,000 women in North Darfur. These stoves consume less firewood and lower Health risks associated with smoke. In Uganda, WFP will focus on refugees and pastoralists in the drought-hit Karamoja region. It will provide more than 35,000 households and 50 schools with fuel-efficient stoves, as well as helping women to find ot

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