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From plate to plough: A clear trend towards non-vegetarianism in India -Ashok Gulati & Smriti Verma

-The Indian Express But per capita meat consumption remains relatively low. This has implications for nutritional and food security. In the eyes of the world, India is seen as a vegetarian country. Presumably, this impression has been created by our best brand ambassadors from political, spiritual and yoga circles. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a strict vegetarian. The popular yoga guru, Baba Ramdev, and many other Hindu religious leaders too, are vegetarians...

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Capital’s sex ratio improves slightly, infant mortality rate decreases

-The Hindu From 896 females per 1,000 males a year ago, the ratio is now 898 females per 1,000 males New Delhi: The sex ratio in the Capital has improved in the past one year. From 896 females per 1,000 males a year ago, the ratio now stands at 898 females per 1,000 males — and it is best among the Muslims. On Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia released Delhi government’s data on...

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Gujarat ranks 20th among 21 states in girl child education -Himanshu Kaushik

-The Times of India AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government may be making tall claims about its "Kanya Kelavani" and school enrolment drive, but a report shows the state has performed much poorly than other states in championing girls' education. The Sample Registration System-Baseline Survey 2014 reveals that Gujarat (with 73.4 per cent of girls in school) is at the 20th position among 21 major states, just a notch above Rajasthan (72.1 per cent)....

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Infant mortality rate: Target set by Millennium Development Goals not met -Samarth Bansal

-The Hindu Unlike previous years, data for only 23 states and UTs has been released in the report. Information for other states will be released later. Sample Registration System (SRS) Bulletin 2014, published by the Registrar General of India and was released earlier this month shows that none of the ten big states (for which data is available) have been able to reduce the Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) as per the target...

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Middle-aged smoke and drink the most: Survey -Samarth Bansal

-The Hindu For both categories, the 45-59 age group reported the highest proportion while the 15-29 reported the lowest West Bengal and Chhattisgarh had the highest proportions among people who reported to be smokers and alcohol drinkers respectively, data from the Sample Registration System (SRS) Baseline Survey 2014, released by the Registrar General of India show. A fourth of West Bengal men smoke and a third of Chhattisgarh men drink — the highest...

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