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In NTD fight, the end in sight -Soumya Swaminathan

-The Hindu Around the world, nearly 1.6 billion people are affected by a group of diseases so ignored that the term used to refer to them is called neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). These are a cluster of 17 diseases affecting the poorest people living in the least developed pockets of the world. While some of these diseases may be unfamiliar, leprosy, kala-azar and filariasis are better known in India and being targeted for elimination in the near future. A disease is considered &lsqu

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Indias laggard states need a bigger infrastructure push -Sachin P Mampatta and Tadit Kundu

telephone connections (landline and mobile) per hundred people and percentage of electrified households. Data for electrified households has been taken from various rounds of the National Family and Health Survey, while other statistics have been taken for Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy’s (CMIE) database, the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MOSPI) and the Economic Surveys of states. The Mint state infrastructure inde

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From plate to plough: An unfulfilled farm manifesto -Ashok Gulati & Siraj Hussain

ffer stock; even the quantity procured/imported in 2015-16 is yet to be disposed of. That is worrying as quality will deteriorate fast. Another major initiative of the government was to issue soil Health cards to all farmers once in two years. Building from the experience of Gujarat, the idea was that farmers will make good use of information and the application of fertilisers will be in accordance with soil needs. A target of 14 crore cards was fi

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Chance of newborn survival: Somalia better off than India

er chance of survival than babies born in Afghanistan and Somalia, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study published in the medical journal The Lancet. In the GBD rankings for Healthcare access and quality (HAQ), India has fallen 11 places, and now ranks 154 out of 195 countries. Further, India’s Healthcare index of 44.8 is the lowest among the sub-continental countries, as Sri

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Insurance premiums set to go up under GST regime -Mayur Shetty

mediate impact of GST would be the higher premium outgo due to the increase in rate of tax on insurance following implementation of the Goods and Services Tax. For families that own a car and pay for Health and term insurance the increase in annual outgo would be close to Rs 1,000. "The immediate impact will be an increase in the tax from 15% to 18% which will have to be borne by customers," said Tapan Singhel, MD, Bajaj Allianz General I

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Modi Government's Maternity Benefits Scheme Will Likely Exclude Women Who Need It the Most -Dipa Sinha

-TheWire.in Conditionalities related to utilising Health services do not make any sense in the absence of a service guarantee, and only serve to blame the victims and not the system for its failures. Nearly six months after the prime minister announced maternity benefits of Rs 6,000 to pregnant and lactating mothers, the cabinet yesterday approved the implementation of the maternity benefits programme (MBP) – a scheme that will likely ex

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India ranks below Lanka, Bangladesh on Healthcare index -Rupali Mukherjee & Sushmi Dey

-The Times of India NEW DELHI/ MUMBAI: India continues to be one of the poor performers ranking at 154, much below China, Sri Lanka and even Bangladesh, in terms of quality and accessibility of Healthcare, according to the new Global Burden of Disease study published in the Lancet. The study points that despite the country's socio-economic development, India has failed to achieve in Healthcare goals

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Economy growing at 7%, jobs at 1% -Subodh Varma

A total of 2.3 lakh jobs were added to the eight sectors covered in the quarterly survey including manufacturing, construction, trade, transport, accommodation and restaurants, IT/BPO, education and Health. Please click here to read more.

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Climate change impact on agriculture leads to 1.5 per cent loss in India's GDP -Subhojit Goswami

oduction decreases, availability of food decreases. Climate change hits poor the most. They don’t have income to buy the food, so their access to it is affected. This, in turn, has an impact on Health and affects absorption.” According to him, climate change has about 4-9 per cent impact on agriculture each year. As agriculture contributes 15 per cent to India’s GDP, climate change presumably causes about 1.5 per cent loss in GDP.

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Modi Government Halves Spending On Maternity Benefit Programme

Cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday decided eligible pregnant women and lactating mothers (PW&LM) will now receive Rs. 6,000 in nearly all blocks and districts of the country for improving their Health and nutrition status. The scheme seeks to bring down maternal mortality. Pregnant women and lactating mothers are eligible to receive a cash benefit of Rs. 5,000 in three instalments through direct benefit transfer from the women and child devel

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