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How to conduct, read exit polls -Sanjay Kumar

-The Indian Express With various forecasts for the Lok Sabha election results out, which ones are more reliable than others? A veteran analyst describes the various methods, challenges and shortcomings in conducting an exit poll. How does the common man judge which exit poll is most reliable? Rely on the one whose numbers you like the most and dismiss the one whose numbers you dislike? Today, some even judge the accuracy of an exit poll by looking at the survey agency that conducted the

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

-The Indian Express Fortifying staples with essential nutrients holds the key in fight against anaemia. The daily consumption of iron rich dark green leafy vegetables has reduced from 64 per cent to 48 per cent of the population in the last decade. India has been able to dramatically reduce the number of people living in extreme poverty from 306 million people living on less than $1.90 (on a PPP basis) a day in 2011 to 48 million today. Howev

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Several Union Ministers yet to clear dues on bungalows: rti

ing Vijay Goel, Prakash Javadekar, Nirmala Sitaraman and Sushma Swaraj, have not cleared dues on their official bungalows till February, the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry said. Replying to an rti query, the Ministry said Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh also have outstanding payments on their bungalows. These dues concern furniture and othe

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New Study Links Childhood Stunting to Teen Pregnancy

women also got married earlier – the mean age at marriage is 16.4 years. The mean age for marriage in other brackets is higher – 19.7 and 24.3 years, for example. “A greater proportion” of these adolescent women are in rural areas and from disadvantaged communities. “Unfortunately, in India, early marriage and subsequent pregnancy is often not a deliberate choice, but rather the result of an absence of choices and o

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

most, awareness levels about NYAY registered only a marginal increase of two percentage points (from 44% to 46%) during the past one month. This means that despite popularising the scheme through advertisements, banners and hoardings, the Congress may not have been able to get the information through to an important section of its target audience in time. On the other hand, awareness about the NYAY scheme was found to be the greatest among the higher

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Amnesty lens on abusive tweets against 100 women LS candidates -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu ‘It’s not just trolling, it’s an abuse of human rights’ New Delhi: Launching a crowd-sourced study on the abuse that Indian women politicians face on Twitter, Amnesty India says online trolling aimed at threatening and silencing them must be considered a human rights violation. “It’s so easy for men to dismiss it as just ‘trolling’, but we are talking about rape threats, death threats, stalking…words which can lead to d

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Despite EVMs, EC officials can 'make or mar' poll results

-IANS With the verdict of millions of voters in 2019 elections sealed inside EVMs, there are fresh fears of foul play and potential manipulations. MUMBAI: As the Opposition parties' apprehensions on glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) continue to simmer, a new spectre looms large on the vote-count day of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, May 23. With the verdict of millions of voters in 2019 elections sealed inside EVMs, there are fre

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Citing confidentiality, government refuses to share black money details received from Switzerland

-PTI NEW DELHI: The government has declined to share information on black money cases received from Switzerland, citing confidentiality. Replying to an rti query, the Finance Ministry said India and Switzerland share information on black money on a case to case basis as per the investigations being carried out. It is an ongoing process, it added. "The information shared by Switzerland on black money cases is governed by confidentiality

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

tical 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 drug prices in India. As per the revised order, the maximum retail price of chemotherapy injection pemetrexed (500mg), sold under the brand name Pemxcel and used to treat lung cancer, has come down from Rs 22,000 to

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