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Honorarium blow to midday meal cooks -Basant Kumar Mohanty

-The Telegraph New Delhi: Human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar has reportedly struck down a proposal to increase from a paltry Rs 1,000 a month the honorarium for cooks-cum-helpers preparing midday meals. A cabinet note moved recently seeking extension of the scheme for three years from 2017 is silent on any increase in the wage of the 25 lakh workers, most of whom are single women or widows. A note prepared by officials of

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The Invisible Majority -Vedeika Shekhar

rnity benefits or special care and more vulnerable to sexual harassment, these women migrants are more likely to be paid less than male migrants and non-migrant women. In addition to low pay and inHuman working conditions, low-skilled women migrants often get work that is saddled with health hazards. According to a study by Cividep, garment workers in Bengaluru, comprising 90 per cent women migrants, often suffer from “respiratory illness, tu

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No horn, please: How street noise is hurting our health -Sanchita Sharma

c obstructive pulmonary disease, lung infections like pneumonia, and cancers of the lung and respiratory tract. What is less known is that traffic noise adds to this incessant vehicular assault on Human health. Revving motors, ceaseless honking, overloaded vehicles and blaring music not just damage the health of commuters but also those who live or work around busy roads. Annoyance, irritability and hearing damage are the obvious fallouts, but s

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High yield onions grown from night soil manure: ICAR -Krishna Kumar

emical manure was used weighed at 24 kg,” said Amar Jeet Gupta, principal scientist-horticulture, ICAR-Pune. He said more tests would be needed to see if it can be used for food produced for Humans, to check for presence of heavy metals, transmission of Human diseases and viruses. Consultant for the Unicef in Maharashtra, Jayant Deshpande said that there is no reason to be worried as research ha

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Rights panel lens on jail for minors

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Friday sought a report from the Uttar Pradesh government over news reports about two minor girls being kept in jail for three-and-a-half months for alleged cow slaughter. The commission took suo motu cognisance of "a media report" that in a case of alleged cow slaughter, the police sent the two minor girls, aged about 12 and 16 years, to jail in Khatauli, Muzaff

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'Ghost' claim but no proof -Anita Joshua

-The Telegraph New Delhi: Prakash Javadekar's Human resource development ministry has failed to back up with details his four-month-old claim that Aadhaar-linkage had helped the government identify 80,000 "ghost lecturers'' at colleges and universities. Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri of the Satark Nagrik Sangathan had moved separate Right to Information applications on the subject. Bhardwaj had sought the state-wise break-up of the &

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Southern comfort: India's global poverty rank improves -Suvojit Bagchi

ngana and Andhra Pradesh) the average MDP is 9%. However, poverty levels have dropped in all States. The paper, authored by Professor S. P. Singh and research scholar Akarsh Arora of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in IIT Roorkee, and Mohammad Zakaria Siddiqui, an Australia-based development scientist, is to be published later this month. Researchers have extracted data from the National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS 2015-16) for the co

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Courts can see House reports

social activist Kalpana Mehta and others challenging the justifiability of the action taken by the Drugs Controller General of India and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in approving the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for cervical cancer patients despite a parliamentary standing committee report opposing its use. The vaccine is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline Asia and MSD Pharmaceuticals ostensibly for preventing cervical cancer.

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