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Ensuring delayed marriage requires concerted efforts to keep girls in school for longer -Sheila Vir

-The Indian Express A well-educated woman’s chances of making informed decisions and exercising greater agency in the household is monumental in breaking the cycle of poverty, ill health, as well as malnutrition. India’s Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) stands at 122 as per the latest Sample Registration System (SRS) bulletin from last year — a significant decline from an MMR of 556 in 1990. A parallel decrease in the prevalence of child marriage...

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A battle over welfare: On Delhi Assembly polls

-The Hindu The AAP will hope that the Assembly polls are a referendum on its government’s work Delhi, the Union Territory (UT) that hosts India’s capital city, might lag behind several States in total population and in area, but it enjoys outsize significance in terms of media and political attention. With 1.47 crore electors spread across the largely metropolitan national capital region and its pockets of rural voters in some suburbs, Delhi...

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Kitchen gardens improve nutritional diversity of Kondhs - Basudev Mahapatra

-VillageSquare.in Overcoming taboos and becoming more knowledgeable about abundant local foods, malnourished Kondh people in Odisha are bringing diversity to their food baskets through backyard kitchen gardens Kandhamal/ Kahalandi, Odisha: “Unless we consume a variety of foods that include vegetables and greens, pulses and legumes, and meat and fish along with rice, where will we get adequate nutrition? How can our children have proper physical and cognitive growth?” asked Golapi Kanhar. The question...

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Glimpses of Pratham's 20-year partnership with Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo -Rukmini Banerji

-The Indian Express Over two decades, we have together learned how hard work on the ground and rigorous research can help to evolve solid solutions to one of the big problems facing primary education in India today. Little did we know when we embarked together on a journey 20 years ago, that the path from Mumbai’s municipal schools would eventually lead to Stockholm and a Nobel prize. A tall, thin economics professor...

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Under Modi, cost of education has exploded -Subodh Varma

-Newsclick.in A recent NSO survey report shows that private educational institutions are charging exorbitant fees, and the government is not far behind. Cost of primary education (class 1 to 5) has increased by 31% between 2014 and 2018, shows a comparison of National Statistical Office or NSO (formerly National Sample Survey Office) survey reports for the 71st Round and 75th Round. This is mainly fuelled by a staggering increase in private schools,...

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