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India to overtake China as most populous country in next 8 years: UN

nd (28%), Central and Southern Asia (25%), Latin America and the Caribbean (18%), Eastern and South Eastern Asia (3%), and Europe and Northern America (2%). People are growing older due to increasing life expectancy and falling fertility levels, and that the number of countries experiencing a reduction in population size is growing. Please click here to read more.

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NYAY is an important first step toward social justice -Vani S Kulkarni and Raghav Gaiha

would enjoy. These are designated as capabilities to live healthy and purposive lives. A cash transfer may not enable a disabled person to move freely, somebody suffering from cancer may have a short life expectancy, and a lonely widow may be unable to overcome ostracisation and depression. We use a unique all-India panel survey of income distributions for 2005 and 2012, reported in the India Human Development Survey, 2015, to address the central q

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The thing about air -Mala Kapur Shankardass

tiative — published last year in Lancet Planetary Health — over half the 12.4 lakh deaths in India attributed to air pollution in 2017 were of individuals under the age of 70. The average life expectancy in the country could be 1.7 years higher, if air pollution is contained at a level at which human health isn’t harmed. However, policy and civil society responses to air pollution have been limited and delayed. It was only in Janu

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Think differently about healthcare -Ravikumar Chockalingam

as dwarfed the growth of a comprehensive public health system, which is critical to overcome some of the systemic challenges in healthcare. A stark increase in population growth, along with rising life expectancy, provides the burden of chronic diseases. Tackling this requires an interdisciplinary approach. An individual-centric approach within healthcare centres does little to promote well-being in the community. Seat belt laws, regulations around

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'Air pollution cause of 1 in 8 deaths'

, one in eight deaths in India was attributable to air pollution in India in 2017, making it a leading risk factor for death. This is according to the first comprehensive estimates of reduction in life expectancy associated with air pollution in each State, published by the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative, a venture of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Institute for Healt

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

ted 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 of multi-drug resistant TB. Thr

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Jean Dreze -- development economist -- interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

very well in many areas, especially when it comes to human development. Kerala is still far ahead of other Indian States in terms of basic social indicators such as nutrition levels, child mortality, life expectancy, literacy rates, and the proportion of the population below the poverty line. The gap is narrowing over time, as other States such as Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are catching up, but it is still substantial, and it was astonishingly la

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World Bank's 1st Human Capital Index: India lower than Bangladesh, Nepal; Finance Ministry rejects report

dia at the 115th position, lower than Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Bangladesh. Singapore topped the poll after it was highly rated for its universal healthcare system, education exams results and life expectancy figures, as per the HCI released by the World Bank. It is followed by South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Finland. The report ranked 157 economies on parameters like child mortality, health and education. In a statement, the Finance Ministry

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Survey: India ranks 158th among 195 countries in health care investment

0 ranking of 162nd. It comes from having seven years of expected human capital, measured as the number of years a person can be expected to work in the years of peak productivity, taking into account life expectancy, functional health, years of schooling and learning, the survey said. Please click here to read more.

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As India Stares at Glaring Inequality, a One-Spot Jump in HDI is no Cause for Celebration -Sumedha Pal

n. The HDI is the composite measure of every country’s attainment in three basic dimensions: standard of living measured by the gross national income (GNI) per capita, health measured by the life expectancy at birth, and education levels calculated by mean years of education among the adult population and the expected years of schooling for children. The report, Human Development for Everyone, was released on Friday by the United Nations D

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