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Community action, with a focus on women’s well-being, can fight malnutrition -Uma Mahadevan Dasgupta

-The Indian Express Anganwadi workers, ASHAs, ANMs and anganwadi supervisors can work together with panchayat members to ensure that all children and mothers are covered with immunisation, antenatal care, maternity benefits and nutrition services On an MGNREGA worksite in Kolar, Karnataka, a male worker came up to me and said that men ought to be paid more than women. I asked him why. “Adhu yaavaagalu hange,” he replied: That was how it...

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Malnutrition in kids worsens in key states 2015-19 -Udit Misra and Nushaiba Iqbal

-The Indian Express This is one of the startling revelations in the first-phase data of the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 2019-20 — released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on December 12 — and marks a shift since the last NFHS in 2015-16. Several states across the country have reversed course and recorded worsening levels of child malnutrition despite dramatic improvements in sanitation and better access to fuel...

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Piped Dream -Moumita Chaudhuri

-The Telegraph With the Assembly elections approaching, water has again become a promise. Is it indeed possible to ensure every household in the state gets clean piped water supply within the next four years? Nothing can be more shameful if a government that has been in power for 18 years cannot even provide basics like clean drinking water.” So said Union home minister Amit Shah in 2018, when he was in Odisha...

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Gujarat: No mobile tower, drinking water, electricity supply; villagers boycott bypolls in Kaprada, Morbi -Kamaal Saiyed and Gopal Kateshiya

-The Indian Express Twenty-six villages in Pardi taluka fall under the Kaprada Assembly seat. Tarmaliya, with around 700 voters, is located in the most interior parts of the constituency. Rajkot, Surat: AROUND 40 students at Tarmaliya village in Pardi taluka of Valsad district, which falls in Kaprada Assembly constituency, boycotted the by-elections Tuesday for want of a mobile tower. In the absence of a mobile tower, the students claimed, they had to...

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Arsenic-laced water kills over one million in India’s Ganga basin -Kapil Kajal

-TheThirdPole.net Over thirty years since high levels of arsenic was found in groundwater in West Bengal, little has been done to avert a slow-burn health crisis In the Indo-Gangetic plains, there are many widow-villages where the men have died from drinking water laced with arsenic. Women often come to the area to marry and so are only affected later in life. In India, over one million people have died in the last...

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