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Is genetically modified food really safe? -Rajat Chaudhuri

ted. Yet there was almost nothing on the labels to indicate the presence of GM ingredients, some were even labelled GM-free! Their report made headlines but was quickly forgotten, despite the serious Health implications for every consumer. Incidentally, the legal and regulatory framework in this country does not allow GM crops to be commercially cultivated or imported without labelling and approvals. GM technology — involving the introduction

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Two museums in Mandya are saving native paddy grains from extinction -R Krishna Kumar

wanted to be a museum curator, but had to take up his family’s farming vocation after his father fell ill. A few years into farming, the chemical pesticides began to take a toll on Khan’s Health. “This was the turning point; I decided to switch to organic farming,” he says. One day, Khan received sacks containing 40 strains of paddy from his uncle. He was supposed to cultivate them, but he realised he knew nothing about them

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Administrative laxity is responsible for failure to check air pollution

bursting of banned crackers had not been rooted out entirely; there were also complaints of noisy celebrations that went beyond the hours fixed by the court; the air quality in the city changed from Healthy to hazardous in a span of 18 hours, indicating a frightening deterioration coinciding with Kali Puja and Diwali. These transgressions were especially common in the suburban areas where the administrative writ is known to run sporadically on festiv

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18 newborns die in Jorhat hospital -Anup Dutta

-The Times of India JORHAT: As many as 18 newborns died at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) in the past nine days prompting the Health department to order a probe into the incident. The probe is to be headed by the director of medical education. A representative of Unicef (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund) is scheduled to visit the hospital on Saturday. JMCH principal and chief superintendent Debajit Hazarik

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Poverty in all its faces -C Rangarajan & S Mahendra Dev

ment Initiative has been lost. UNDP and Oxford University released the report on Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) 2018. This report covers 105 countries. The MPI is based on 10 indicators: Health, child mortality, years of schooling, school attendance, cooking fuel, sanitation, drinking water, electricity, housing and assets. This report has specifically discussed the case of India. It is well worth quoting the opening paragraph on India: &

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Protecting against polio -R Prasad

ching to the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) that uses dead virus to immunise children, the VAPP burden is concentrated in low-income countries which continue to use the OPV. In spite of the World Health Organisation asking all countries using the OPV to include a “continuous and effective system of surveillance” to monitor the frequency of VAPP in 1982, India did not comply. Data on VAPP became available only years after active polio s

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Demonetisation: A circus, clowns and a silver bullet -James Wilson

vailable at any crossroad of his detractors’ choice and receive the punishment of their choice, in case the measure failed. A fawning public and a media, which was only happy to suspend even Healthy disbelief, fell for the histrionics of one of the greatest actors India has produced. The breaking voice, the tears, the raw emotion, India had seen nothing like it before, even when the country had won its independence. Except for a small bunch o

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'Was slapped for resisting': In MP, tribal women allege insertion of birth control device without consent -Sajin Saju

-The Indian Express The IUCDs assume significance as birth spacing through family planning is considered an important intervention for maternal and neonatal Health. Dindori: In early January, a 30-year-old woman gave birth to her second child. But dampening her joy was the realisation that a copper-based intrauterine contraceptive device (IUCD) had been inserted in her body without her consent. The woman’s account is echoed by many ot

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Our real ranking: Highest statue in the world -- and other sad tales of rising India -Kanti Bajpai

rengths and weaknesses, represented by a monstrous metal emblem of rising India. As we think about the tallest statue in the world, we should also remember the other rankings we own. Here are some Health snapshots. India’s life expectancy, in one estimate, is low enough to put us at 164th out of 224 nations – in our region only Pakistan ranks worse. In 2016, India had the highest incidence of tuberculosis and the largest number of cases

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What has driven India's poverty reduction? -Arjun Srinivas

and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), which release something called Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for 105 nations. The MPI is a more holistic measure because it considers dimensions of Health, education and living standards and its India results are based on the findings of the National Family and Health Survey (NFHS). People are designated poor according to the MPI, if they are deprived i

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