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For the demographic dividend -Amitabh Kundu

-The Indian Express Focusing on Health, education of women will bring down population, increase work participation The World Population Prospects 2019 has reported that India’s total fertility rate (TFR) has declined from 5.9 in early Sixties to 2.4 to 2010-15. TFR is defined as the total number of children to be born to women in her lifetime by the current age specific fertility rates. By 2025-30, it will fall to 2.1, sliding further t

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Audit report on AES deaths puts Bihar govt in dock -Arun Kumar

-Hindustan Times An audit report by the accountant general has blamed lack of Health policy to poor management of various government schemes for food, nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, Health, education and overall welfare for AES deaths in Bihar. Bihar does not have a Health policy and its budget also does not focus on any specific area of attention in More »

Government to peg MGNREGA wages to inflation in bid to hike incomes -Priscilla Jebaraj

od items make up more than two-thirds of the CPI-AL consumption basket, but rural workers today spend a much smaller percentage of their money on subsidised food, and an increasingly larger amount on Health, education and transport costs. “They have now agreed to update the indices annually. MGNREGA wages will be linked to whichever index is higher in a particular State,” said the official, estimating that the increased wages based on u

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The slow climb to the trillion economy peak -Indira Hirway

rty leaders, Ministers and also senior government officers. However, this is surprising as the impact of economic growth on major development goals — examples being improvement in education, Health and overall human development/human capital formation; expansion in productive employment for all and environmentally sustainable development, etc — depends on the nature and composition of growth. Share in wealth The economic growth ex

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Is urban Health care being neglected? -Yogesh S The Infant Mortality Ratio (IMR) data, which has either risen or remained stagnant in urban areas raises questions about the condition of the urban Health care system. While on one hand, the Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has been making tall claims about its  Ayushman Bharat scheme, crucial indicators such as Infant Mortality Ratio (IMR) are showing a deep disparity. The decline in the government&

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Economic slump: Busting official myths on consumer preferences -Ranjini Basu

ulletin, Ecowrap, published on August 27, in the context of the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector that the slowdown could be related to a “change in preferences of customers towards more Healthy options of biscuits and snacks”. Such reasoning is an attempt to take attention away from the deep-seated demand crisis that our domestic economy is swathed in. A closer look at the data on consumption patterns of rural India leaves no sc

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The right to choose -Ashok Gulati

rom desi black cows, their urine, adds jaggery and pulses’ flour in certain proportions and deploys that, as jeevamrit, to augment microbial activity in soil. This is supposed to make our soils Healthier and augment productivity in a sustainable manner. Incidentally, ZBNF was also mentioned as the future of Indian agriculture by Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden budget speech. Please click here to read more.

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Waiting for reforms: On the economic stimuli

ster over the last few weeks, focused primarily on reviving the automobile sector, boosting the confidence of foreign investors who were spooked by the Budget announcements in July, and improving the Health of dangerously fragile state-owned banks by doing everything short of privatising them. This time around the focus has been on helping out the underperforming export and real estate sectors through piecemeal fiscal reforms. Among other things, Ms.

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Amla candy rescues Assam nutrition drive -Rahul Karmakar

Assam district has been given a gooseberry candy twist. This follows a report that the targeted groups find the prescribed iron-folic acid tablets repulsive. According to the 2015 National Family Health Survey, 47.2% of the women of reproductive age in Hailakandi were anaemic. The district, thus, has the most anaemic children below 5 years, adolescents and women of reproductive age in Assam. But mothers, pregnant women and children in the distr

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