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Despite soaring child-health spending, 40 million Indian children are stunted -Prachi Salve and Saumya Tewari India accounts for 27% of the world's neonatal deaths and 21% of all child deaths Here are some health statistics for Indian children five years or younger: 38.7% are stunted (below normal height for the age), 19.8% are wasted (underweight and short) and 42.4% are underweight. This in a country that boasts a 40-year-old national child-health programme – now among the world’s largest – and increased spending on child health 200% over...

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States fail to implement MDMS with vigour, finds CAG report

In its performance audit of the Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDMS) carried out in 27 states (except Mizoram) and 7 Union Territories (UTs) during the period 2009-10 to 2013-14, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India has observed that the provision of noon meals in public schools could not stop children's enrolment in private schools because quality of education imparted is a major concern among the guardians. (Please check the...

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The pulse of the matter -Amit Mohan Prasad

-The Indian Express Farmers tend to lose out irrespective of whether crop prices go up or down. Government needs to rectify this. The price of tur/ arhar dal had recently skyrocketed to Rs 200 per kg and the consumer as well as the government were at their wits’ end. Not very long ago, high onion prices were making everyone shed copious tears. In both the cases, there was profit maximisation by...

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Half of Slum Children in Delhi Underweight: Study

-IANS New Delhi: Half of the children residing in slums in New Delhi are underweight, a study released by NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) showed on today. According to the survey on the status of health, nutrition and education of children below the age of six years in slums here, 25.6 per cent of the 50.2 per cent underweight children are severely underweight. Only 31 per cent of the children under the...

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A model to conserve indigenous paddy varieties -S Annamalai

-The Hindu The system brought down input costs — two to four kg of seeds per acre against 30 kg needed for fertiliser-based, water-intensive farming A model evolved for applying traditional wisdom in farming has also helped in conserving indigenous paddy varieties that are under threat of extinction. The Biodiversity Rainfed Farming System, promoted by Rural Organisation for Social Education, a not-for-profit voluntary organisation, in four blocks of Pudukottai district of Tamil Nadu,...

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