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Lead in PVC pipes is poisoning India's drinking water, but govt's done nothing in 2 years -Malavika Vyawahare

rom industry. NGT demanded action in 2017 In May 2017, India’s apex environment court, the National Green Tribunal (NGT), said in its judgment that in view of “the potential adverse Health effects due to presence of lead in water flowing through PVC pipes”, action be taken “expeditiously”. It directed the environment ministry to set standards for the use of lead in PVC pipes within four months from May 2017, and

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Lack of Public Data, Rising Costs and Availability of Drugs Ail India's Immunization Project -Swati Dey

Forty years after immunization was introduced for the first time in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed representatives from 54 countries at the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and cited the renamed Mission Indradhanush—it aims to immunize all children under the age of 2 years, as well as all pregnant women—as being “close” to his heart. But four years after its inception, the project is

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Only 26% of rural toilets use twin-leach pits, finds survey -Varun B Krishnan & Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu Waste disposal from other toilets could turn into Health and environmental nightmare New Delhi: Over the last year, a government advertisement featuring film actors Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar has been preaching the benefits of the “do gadde” or twin-pit latrines, which would create valuable farm manure from human excreta. “Shauchalaya ka ashirvad,” proclaims Mr. Kumar in the advertisement produced by the

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PM Health scheme supports fraud: Congress

aim that over 10 crore families will get insurance cover up to Rs 5 lakh for a premium of only Rs 1,100 a year The Congress on Saturday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much-hyped Health scheme, Ayushman Bharat, was built on the wrong foundation, allowed corporates and private hospitals to mint money and incentivised fraud. The party also dubbed false the government’s claim that over 10 crore families will get insurance co

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India needs policies to regulate 'bad food' and produce food sustainably, say experts at National Conclave on Food

the crisis of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).Apart from policymakers and regulators from the Centre and some states, the delegates and panelists represented human Health, animal Health, agriculture, nutrition, research and academia, food industry, farmers and civil society.   Setting the context to the discussions, Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general at CSE,

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With Health Ministry arms not on same page, who will give a helping hand to these cancer patients? -Maitri Porecha

-The Hindu Business Line Govt’s Wellness Centres have identified over 37,000 patients, but can they be treated under Ayushman Bharat with their data not shared with NHA? The Union Health Ministry has identified thousands of new cancer patients, but is unable to treat them. Reason: Its own departments are not coordinating among themselves, and the patients are left high and dry. On February 21, the Ministry released startling statistic

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Growth in Agri GVA deflator shows a declining trend in comparison to growth in other sectoral GVA deflators

ed and Niger seed) on average between 2016-17 and 2018-19. Based on data analysis, that news alert also demonstrated how the rural areas have witnessed a higher rate of inflation in services (such as Health and education) vis-à-vis the rate of inflation in Consumer Food Price Index (CFPI). A similar picture emerges if we check the performance of Agri Gross Value Added (GVA) deflator vis-à-vis other sectoral GVA deflators. After calcu

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Tackling the agrarian crisis, differently -V Kumaraswamy

-The Hindu Business Line The focus must shift away from sops, to raising farmers’ income by promoting better seeds and rejuvenating soil Health Agrarian crisis is staring on our face and, as usual, a flood of familiar suggestions have resurfaced. The political responses have been on expected lines. Fixing MSPs (minimum support prices) at 50 per cent over costs is as disastrous as it can get. There is no inherent incentive in cutting d

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'Seed Mother' who never went to school has lessons for scientists -Radheshyam Jadhav

is taking farming back to its roots Pune: Twenty years ago, when her grandson fell ill, Rahibai Popere was convinced vegetables and foodgrains containing ‘poison’ had made the child unHealthy. She asked her son to stop buying vegetables and foodgrains grown using hybrid seeds, chemicals and fertilisers. And then started a journey to conserve and save indigenous seeds, which she says need just air and water for cultivation. Rahiba

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Poorest of poor and uneducated women left behind in ICDS

package of six services at anganwadi or child-care centres to young children and pregnant women and lactating mothers. These services include supplementary nutrition, referral services, immunisation, Health check-up, pre-school non-formal education and Health and nutrition education. The study analyses the findings of the National Family Health Survey 2005-200

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