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Almost 70% senior citizens in India have a chronic illness -Nand Lal Mishra, GursIMRan Singh Rana and Devikrishna NB

-Down to Earth One in every five Indians below 45 have at least one morbid condition Two in every three senior citizens in India suffer from some chronic disease, according to the first Longitudinal Ageing Study in India (LASI) released by the Union Ministry of Family and Health Welfare on January 6 2020. Around 23 per cent of the elderly population (age 60 years and above) have multi-morbidities; elderly women are more likely...

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Most stillbirths in 2019 happened in India, estimates UN report

Commenting on the recently released fifth round of National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) data for 17 states and five Union Territories (UTs) in an article published in The Indian Express (dated 6th January, 2021), Arvind Subramanian and his co-authors have stated that India has made progress on certain outcomes, including infant mortality rate (IMR), under-five mortality rate (U5MR) and neonatal mortality rate (NNMR). Relying on various rounds of NFHS data,...

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Bihar farmers question government decision to end diesel subsidy for them -Mohd IMRan Khan

-Down to Earth Power supply in villages still uncertain, they say Farmers in Bihar have questioned the state government’s decision December 21, 2020, to end subsidy to them for diesel, which has been around for almost a decade, on the grounds that rural areas of the state are receiving sufficient power. Farmers in the state told this reporter that the reasons given by the government for rescinding the subsidy did not make sense....

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IMR improves in India, but malnutrition remains worrying, shows NFHS-5 -Neetu Chandra Sharma

-Livemint.com * The neonatal mortality rate (NMR) slipped in 15 states and UTs in comparison to NFHS-4 (2015-16) * The survey also found considerable improvement in vaccination coverage among children age 12-23 months across all states/UTs The Under 5 and infant mortality rate (IMR) has come down in 18 states and union territories but in parallel 16 states recorded an increase in underweight and severely wasted under 5 children among 22 states that...

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Indian farmers protests: The higher the yield, the greater the discontent -Shagun Kapil and Rajit Sengupta

-Down to Earth Loss of faith in government due to its perceived failure on multiple fronts regarding agrarian issues in the last 11 months have now boiled over Indian farmers have grown more discontented with government policies in the last one year, even as they have produced historic harvests. Their protests have spread to newer regions of the country, records of the last two years show, even as the ongoing protests in...

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