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Nearly 25% of UP's adults are underweight, higher than the national average

Kerala (8.5 percent) and Goa (10.8 percent), among different states.   The gender difference in the proportion of persons having below normal BMI is highest in Jharkhand, followed by Odisha, ASSAm (also Bihar), Haryana and Maharashtra. It needs to be mentioned that the NFHS-4 fact sheets are now available for all the 29 states and 7 Union Territories (UTs). References: NFHS-4 Fact Sheets for Key Indicators based on final data, ht

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Discrimination against girl child still continues in Odisha -Hemanta Pradhan

pirit. Proper enrollment of pregnant women and monitoring her health till her baby turns one-year-old can stop the declining child sex ratio," she said. Another child rights activist Lalita MiSSAl said mindset of people towards girl children needs to be changed. "People still believe that only the son who can perform the last rites and sons will look after parents in old age as they are the bread winners. But girls are now shining in ever

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'Maximum human trafficking cases in WB followed by Rajasthan'

king was reported in Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura, Nagaland, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep and Puducherry. Among the northeastern states, the highest — 91 cases — were reported in ASSAm. The state, however, recorded huge improvement since 2014. It had reported 380 cases of human trafficking in 2014 and 1,480 such cases in 2015. There were seven cases in Meghalaya, three in Manipur, two each in Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh and on

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How many Indians have Internet? -Aarati Krishnan

-The Hindu Popularly quoted figure of 28% is not accurate; here’s why Chennai: Go digital or else. Since demonetisation, the government has been sending out this stern meSSAge to citizens who are still wedded to cash transactions. But to go digital, a key prerequisite is access to the Internet. How many Indians have it? Official statistics suggest that the number is as high as 28% of the population. But as with most statistics, dig

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Aadhaar to be mandatory for driving licence -Dipak K Dash

-The Times of India NEW DELHI: In a move to check multiple driving licenses under one name, the Centre will ask states to make Aadhaar identification neceSSAry for a new licence as well as for those seeking renewal. This is expected to prevent the issuance of multiple licences, means adopted to beat the suspension of licence for traffic, criminal offences or for fake identity. The Aadhaar number's biometrics details will help prevent such p

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What are the lessons learnt from the Right to Food case? -Apurva Vishwanath

; the apex court said in an order after the first hearing. On 10 February, 17 years after the first judicial intervention, the apex court unceremoniously ended the case. “In view of the paSSAge of the National Food Security Act, 2013, nothing further survives in this petition. In case the petitioner has any grievance with regard to the implementation or otherwise of the National Food Security act, 2013, he may file a fresh petition,”

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Law matters, not PM's word: A-G to SC on note ban deadline -Utkarsh Anand

uo;s speech of November 8, Rohatgi sought to assert that after the ordinance, position had changed in law and that all that had to be looked into now was the effect of the The Specified Bank Notes (CeSSAtion of liabilities) Ordinance, 2016’. “We are not at the PM’s speech anymore. We are at a law and the law says you cannot deposit it after December 30 if you don’t fall in the category of people who were abroad. Neither the PM

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MNREGA Is Not Making India's Workforce Less Skilled - Here's Why -Naman Garg and Aarushi Kalra

uthors’ own research to oppose their claims. The first claim is that “MGMNREGA may be turning skilled factory workers into unskilled pit fillers”. For this to be valid, it is neceSSAry that the factory jobs that workers left required more skill than MNREGA work. However the authors’ own research suggests the exact opposite. Note that, according to their findings, it is only the factories that pay low wages and have low-produ

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Rise in farmer suicides in NE -Sumir Karmakar

Guwahati: The Northeast has seen more than four-time jump in farmers' suicides from 21 in 2014 to 95 cases last year. The region also saw 105 suicides by agricultural workers last year, mostly in ASSAm and Tripura, revealed the report on suicides in the farming sector of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) 2015. Farmers' suicides have assumed serious proportions mostly in western and southern states. This rise in suicides in the Northeas

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The call for a large safety net -Somesh Jha

ble by law,” the official said. Various researches have pointed out significant flaws in the present social security framework of the country. The International Social Security Association (ISSA) in its ‘Social Security Coverage Extension in the BRICS’ report said that the best way to describe the social security coverage in India “is a patchwork” as there was a “total mismatch between the labour market realities

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