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How Bihar fares in various socio-economic indicators compared to other States -Vignesh Radhakrishnan, Sumant Sen and Naresh Singaravelu

-The Hindu Over 10% government schools in the State did not have a separate toilet for girls Among all the States, Bihar, which goes to polls on October 28, ranks the lowest on Human Development Index. The Index measures a State's performance along three dimensions: living a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and educated, and having a decent standard of living. Whether it is in the share of schools with girls'...

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Informal sector workers don’t have the privilege to stay at home & work online in the time of COVID-19

After the outbreak of COVID-19 in China during early January this year and its dissemination globally within a few days, health experts have suggested ways to check its spread exponentially among the rest of the population. In the age of internet connectivity, work-from-home and self-isolation have been advised as solutions to ensure social distancing and avoid large-scale social gatherings. Experts have asked governments and private enterprises to keep people at...

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Interpreting India's Performance on the Global Hunger Index

-Press Statement from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Recent reports that India’s ranking in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) has fallen significantly are based on misinterpretations of the GHI data. This has created a misunderstanding of hunger levels in India. The accurate interpretation of the GHI data is described below. The Global Hunger Index report has always made it clear that year on year comparisons of a country’s scores, or indicators...

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Social impact of demonetisation may have been greater: World Bank

-The Hindu Greater Data Availability, especially on labour markets, needed to better gauge social impact of such policies The World Bank has said the social impact of demonetisation may have been greater as the informal economy was likely to have been hit especially hard. However, the Bank said the impact of demonetisation on the informal economy was difficult to measure and greater Data Availability, especially on labour markets, is needed to...

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Diagnosis in ‘Digital India’ -Divvy K Upadhyay, Dean F Sittig and Hardeep Singh

-The Hindu The government must recognise the role low-cost health IT innovations could play in improving diagnostic accuracy, including many that would be useful for rural India The diagnosis of the first patient with Ebola in the U.S. was initially missed in an emergency room late night on September 25. Thomas Duncan, a Liberian national visiting Dallas, Texas, complained of flu-like symptoms and fever, but after lab work and CT scans, was...

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