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Not sure about data in foreign reports on air pollution deaths: Environment Minister -Amitabh Sinha

-The Indian Express Government policies could not be framed solely on the findings of international reports, he maintained. EVEN AS he acknowledged that the Health impacts of air pollution were “real” and “dangerous”, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave on Friday contested some of the numbers presented in a new global report, which has identified India as the worst affected country and attributed more than a million

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Budget unmindful of income inequality -MA Oommen

ial inclusion being the most desired goals, building the capabilities of individuals as well as the institutional architecture and social arrangements to improve them (public provision for education, Healthcare, food security) assume importance. In the Indian federal context, policy and instrumental choices will have to promote continuing convergence towards income, Health and education. No budget so far

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Regulator sets up scientific panel on food fortification and nutrition -Sounak Mitra

ntific evidence, define strategies to address nutritional needs of the general population and vulnerable groups, and review the standards for all suitable food fortifying vehicles, in addition to the Healthy dietary intake of fat, sugar & salt,” FSSAI said in a statement. The panel will also address regulatory and related technological issues, review proposals from industry using modern risk assessment methods, and prescribe standard samp

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Nutrition and public Health: Here's why eating wisely is a must -Vivian Fernandes

ps on smartphone screens for use by the over-nourished or those who are plain anxious. They will need the institute’s prior permission, of course. Releasing the volume in Delhi, mid-January, Health minister J P Nadda, hoped that NIN would quickly release an app for those who cannot lug around the “2 kg” volume (he was pretty accurate). Soumya Swaminathan, director-general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), which ove

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Farming goes to seed -Jayshree Sengupta

n small pieces of land averaging 1.15 hectares. To some extent, out-migration has to be encouraged to enable agricultural rural households get higher incomes. Migrants send money home and it helps in Health and education of the family. Higher rural income is vital for propping up demand for manufactures. In recent years, the exodus from farming has been due to distressed agricultural conditions. The agriculture growth rate was 1.2 per cent in 2015-

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NPPA puts price cap on cardiac stents; says hospitals overcharge -Kundan Pandey

et the price of bare metal stent to Rs 7,260 and drug eluting stents (DES) including metallic DES and bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS)/ biodegradable stents to Rs 29,600. Earlier, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had notified the inclusion of stents in the list of essential medicine on July 19, 2016. This decision came after the Delhi High Court asked the government to take action responding to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by

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Social sector may be victim of inadequate budget -Bappaditya Chatterjee

-IANS Kolkata: Lack of policy directions for ensuring quality implementation of programmes makes the Union Budget 2017-18 allocations to ailing core social sectors like education and Health inadequate in delivering the benefits, experts say. Schemes like Swachh Bharat-Urban and the National Social Assistance Programme saw no increase, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan got a mere 4.4 per cent rise in allocation, while the Integrated Child Development Servi

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New Health plan to cover 70% population

-The Hindu Business Line Chennai: National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS), a national insurance scheme that will be effective from April 1, is likely to provide insurance cover to 70 per cent of the population. By this scheme, each family will get Health cover up to ?1 lakh as opposed to ?30,000 under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), the current Healt

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Welcome push to rural India's aspirations -Harsh Kumar Bhanwala

higher allocation for housing will energise the rural economy. Research sponsored by Nabard shows that rural roads can be virtually compared with the nerve system of a nation which enable building a Healthy and equitable society. Brave effort The overarching theme of doubling the incomes of farmers in five years is interlaced with a host of requirements and policy decisions. A budget can at best try and address some of them at a time. Yet, we s

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A first-of-a-kind campaign in Pune creates awareness about sanitary waste segregation -Richa Agarwal

perative of self-employed waste workers, in collaboration with the Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP) and Rotary Pune, launched a ‘Red Dot campaign’ to help waste pickers avert Health hazards due to mishandled sanitary waste. The campaign is the first of its kind in India and SWaCH is leading the way forward to help the waste pickers in Pune. Laxmi Narayan, co-founder of SWaCH, said, “We have been trying to get attentio

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