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No onion and garlic in midday meals -Tanu Kulkarni

e could not make alternative arrangements to provide food, and had to yield,” said an official, adding that the issue is yet to be resolved. In February, reports by the National Institute of nutrition stated that the menu by APF was in compliance with the nutritional guidelines suggested by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Please click here to read more.

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India needs policies to regulate 'bad food' and produce food sustainably, say experts at National Conclave on Food

e way food is produced and promoted in the country and its linkages with the growing burden of diseases. In her opening remarks, Sunita Narain, director general of CSE, said: “Food is linked to nutrition, nature and livelihoods. We need strong regulations which can stop the ingress of chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics into our food andprotect us against ‘bad foods’high in fat, sugar or salt.” The Conclave focused on two

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Supreme Court strikes down Rs 6,300-cr food contracts -Sandeep A Ashar

ent, the Supreme Court (SC) has struck down tenders worth Rs 6,300 crore issued in 2016 by the Maharashtra women and child development department for supplying Take Home Ration (THR) as supplementary nutrition at daycare centres or anganwadis in the state. A bench comprising Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Deepak Gupta pronounced the order on February 26. Even more worrying for the government in an election year would be the SC’s observati

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How India's anganwadi system is getting some things very right despite its many flaws -Uma Mahadevan Dasgupta

-The Hindu ICDS is the world’s biggest mother and child nutrition and care programme It is an early spring morning. We are walking deep inside hilly country in Karnataka’s Malnad region. When the monsoon comes, rainfall will be intense in these parts, and will continue for many months. This is coffee terrain. With the great tall trees above us, and the plantation ahead of us, we have been walking on this narrow path for a while

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Poorest of poor and uneducated women left behind in ICDS

Child Development Scheme (ICDS) provides a package of six services at anganwadi or child-care centres to young children and pregnant women and lactating mothers. These services include supplementary nutrition, referral services, immunisation, health check-up, pre-school non-formal education and health and nutrition education. The study analyses the findings of the National Family Health Survey 2005-2006

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India's MSP programme for pulses under WTO lens -Amiti Sen

iculture committee meeting this week in Geneva, India said the calculations of MSP made by the US and Canada were incorrect and stressed that its price support programme for pulses was only to ensure nutrition supply for 195 million poor people. Please click here to read more.

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The Egg Debate Boils Over -- Will Governments Stop Playing With Children's Food? -Swati Narayan With the 2019 elections around the corner, political parties should step up to the plate and display their commitment to children’s nutrition. This week, the prime minister made headlines by serving midday meals supplied by  Akshaya Patra at a school in Uttar Pradesh’s Vrindavan. While he engaged in banter with the children about being late, one of the students wittily interjected that she didn’t mind as s

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Everyone is afraid of data -Sonalde Desai

bove, suppression of the report, coupled with leaked data encouraged speculation by The Economist (July 2015) that the data were being suppressed because Gujarat must have fared poorly on reducing malnutrition. It stated that Bihar had made much greater progress since the proportion of children who go hungry had been cut from 56% to 37% between 2005-6 and 2012-13, while the decline was much smaller in Gujarat, from 44.6% to 33.5%. Fourth, sometimes

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There's a hole in the data -Kiran Bhatty & Dipa Sinha

ional Sample Survey. While the Census of India and the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) have a good reputation, when it comes to data related to the social sector — health, education, nutrition — the situation, even with these sources (along with other large data sets), has been deficient on numerous counts. One, the information collected is not available in real time or even annually. The NSSO collects data through specific r

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As new cases rise, leprosy in spotlight -Bindu Shajan Perappadan

d, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Maharashtra remain the ‘hotspots’ from which maximum prevalence was detected last year. High population density, poor sanitation and inadequate access to nutrition are among the reasons for the number remaining high. The Centre says a more aggressive detection campaign is being carried out, explaining the numbers. The Leprosy Case Detection Campaign has shown that 34,730 cases were detected in 2016, 32,

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