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Anaemia is a public health emergency that needs to be addressed immediately -Alok Kumar & Vedeika Shekhar

lar dynamism in its record against malnutrition. Despite major government interventions — including providing highly subsidised foodgrains to the poorest 67 per cent of the population under the National Food Security Act (NFSA), a free Mid-day Meal Scheme (MDM) that targets around 100 million students in government schools and a supplementary nutrition programme through the ICDS network — the country is home to the largest number of malnou

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A Simmering Unemployment Crisis in India -Shaguna Kanwar Amongst all the criticism, the Centre has been tight-lipped about employment data post demonetisation. The issue of ‘unemployment’ is being widely discussed across India. The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) data for 2017–2018 says that the unemployment rate hit 6.1%, the highest in 45 years. Even the opposition has intensified its criticism of the present government, which had promised to create 2 crore jobs each ye

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New Study Links Childhood Stunting to Teen Pregnancy Children born to adolescent mothers score poorly on height and weight for their age. New Delhi: Data from the fourth National Family and Health Survey (NFHS-4) surveyed 60,096 women to find what age they were at the time of their first pregnancy. It was found that 25% of these women were in the age group of 10-19 years (adolescence). Children born to adolescent mothers score poorly on height and weight for their age. Adolescent

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Did NYAY help the Congress make a leap? -Lokniti Team

efforts to create an anti-incumbency atmosphere in the country were derailed by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government post-Pulwama and Balakot. Having struggled to counter the dominant narrative of Nationalism and Hindutva created by the ruling party, the Congress announced its minimum income guarantee, or NYAY, scheme for the poorest families on March 25 to wrest the momentum back from the BJP just two weeks before the start of the election. Throug

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Almost 90% slash in prices of nine anti-cancer drugs -Pushpa Narayan

commonly used chemotherapy injections for lung cancer treatment, have been slashed by up to 87% by the drug price control authority. After reviewing the data collected from drug manufacturers, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority’s May 15 memorandum has brought nine anti-cancer drugs in its price control framework. NPPA is an independent body of experts under the Union ministry of chemicals and fertilisers that monitors and controls

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Centre's stand and BJP word differ on countrywide NRC -Vijaita Singh

-The Hindu The promise made in BJP manifesto contradicts govt. affidavit in the SC New Delhi: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s election promise to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) across the country, if voted back to power for a second term, contradicts the Centre’s stand in the Supreme Court and Parliament. Responding to a petition calling for implementing the NRC in Tripura, the Centre had filed an af

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Ujala Clinics to be revamped with peer educators' services

Karyakram (RKSK). The role of Ujala Clinics and the scope for connecting them with the initiatives for promoting mental health, reproductive health and de-addiction was discussed on the occasion. National Health Mission's State Director Samit Sharma said the “shadow educators”, to be appointed in Rajasthan on the lines of Madhya Pradesh, would provide supplementary support to the ongoing counselling services. The new batch of educators

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National Institute of Nutrition stands by its report on no onion, garlic in its meals

-The Hindu 'Fruits, vegetables can be used interchangeably' New Delhi: The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) said on Tuesday that it stands by its findings certifying mid-day meals without onion and garlic provided by the Akshaya Patra Foundation (APF) in Karnataka schools as compliant with nutritional norms laid down by the State government. The response from the institute follows an open letter from experts asking it to withdraw its r

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Jagdeep S Chhokar, one of the founders and trustees of Association for Democratic Reforms, interviewed by Ajaz Ashraf (

t a small fraction of the money that political parties receive. AA: Did the ADR try to find out what these unknown sources were? JSC: We had the Central Information Commissioner declare the six National parties as public authorities. Our idea was to file applications under the Right to Information Act and have the National parties disclose the identity of these unknown sources of income. All the six p

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