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Poverty play -Jayati Ghosh

-Frontline Once more, without feeling: the government's latest poverty estimates. YET again the Central government has mired itself in controversy by releasing its latest poverty estimates based on the consumption expenditure survey of the NSSO (National Sample Survey Office) Survey of 2011-12. The Planning Commission's poverty line, using methodology suggested by the Tendulkar Committee in 2010, is now apparently defined as the spending of Rs. 27.20 per capita per day in rural...

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An inspiring story of achievement: Jharkhand 18, India’s pride -B Vijay Murty and Anbwesh Roy Choudhury

-The Hindustan Times Eighteen tribal girls started practicing in the farms of Ormanjhi near Ranchi and because an American dared they ended up playing football in Spain. Franz Gastler, a US national founded Yuwa, an NGO, in 2009 to use football to promote Health, education and a shot at a better life, but his unending efforts got India talking about the U-14 team. They finished two international tournaments - Donostic Cup in...

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Inverse Chokehold -Prachi Pinglay-Plumber

-Outlook Doctors at public hospitals in Mumbai are getting tuberculosis Samidha Khandare made news just a few months ago when she received her medical degree as she herself lay on a hospital bed. She'd been undergoing treatment for tuberculosis. Tragically, she hit the headlines once again: on June 30, she died of multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). A nursing student too died of TB at the Nair Hospital. Since then, at least...

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Centre for extending MDM to backward dists -Akshaya Mukul

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: Government's failure to run the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) scheme smoothly in the government schools has not stopped it from proposing to extend the programme to cover 25% children of private schools in SC, ST and minority-concentrated districts. Initially, the idea was criticized within the HRD ministry and now both the finance ministry and the Planning Commission have put a spanner in the proposal. Sources in the...

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In Chhattisgarh, contamination of water claims 20 lives -Suvojit Bagchi

-The Hindu Raipur: Water contamination in flood-affected panchayats of Abujhmarh in Narainpur district of south Chhattisgarh may result in a huge death toll, it is feared. The secretary of one of the affected panchayats, Kamluram Netam, has told journalists of Narainpur that several panchayats of the area are "severely affected and the death toll will go up." So far, more than 20 persons have died due to water-borne diseases, the locals said....

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