The twin challenges of poverty and hunger

By Amit Kapoor

Goals 1 and 2 of the UNs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) envision eradicating poverty and ending hunger in an extreme form in the world by 2030. Much will depend on how developing countries fare on the twin goals over the coming decade-and-a-half. This is because a bulk of the poor and hungry population is concentrated in the developing regions of the world.

MP has highest foeticide & infanticide cases in India: Asian Centre for Human Rights

By TCN News

New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh has reported the highest number of female foeticide and female infanticide in India, said the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) while releasing its report, ‘Madhya Pradesh: The land of female infanticide and foeticide in India’ on October 6.

Lucknow dengue toll 148, 54 more test positive

Lucknow : The dengue toll in Uttar Pradesh's state capital rose to 148 with the death of seven more people, an official said.

On Friday, at least 54 new patients tested positive for the vector-borne disease in various hospitals of the city, taking the number of patients to 1,800.

Officials informed IANS that fogging and spraying of anti-larva medicines was on at many localities.

Moderate activity helps elderly people recover from disability

New York : Moderate physical activities like walking can help older adults recover from a major disability more quickly and maintain their independence over time, according to a new study.

According to the study published by the Annals of Internal Medicine, the researchers compared the effects of a structured physical activity programme to those of a health education programme on more than 1,600 adults between the ages of 70 and 89.

The study participants were not disabled but were sedentary and had some physical limitations.


Tobacco farmers appeal to Modi, seek participation in FCTC

New Delhi : Over one lakh tobacco growers across the country on Thursday submitted a written appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow their participation in the official Indian delegation to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Conference of Parties (FCTC COP7).

The farmers, under the banner of Federation of All India Farmer Associations (FAIFA), have demanded the policy makers to promote balanced regulations to safeguard the interests and livelihood of millions of small farmers and rural workers.

Dengue deaths touch 100 in Lucknow, more people test positive

Lucknow : The death toll from dengue has crossed the 100 mark here and still the vector borne disease shows no signs of relenting in Uttar Pradesh.

In the past two days, more than 150 patients have tested positive for dengue and the humid weather continues to add to the spread of the disease.

Health Department officials while refusing to admit the high toll, said the situation was "serious and worrisome".

The number of dengue patients here touched 1,356, including a large number of children and aged people.

Why Bihar can treat only 0.3% of its malnourished children

By Shashank Srikant & Nishant Ojha

Of 5 million malnourished children under five in Bihar, no more than 0.3 per cent, or one in 340 -- at best -- can be treated at the state's 38 nutrition rehabilitation centres (NRCs), the first line of primary care against a condition that can permanently inhibit future potential in a region with India's youngest population.

Jharkhand's healthcare system in a shocking state

By Nityanand Shukla

Ranchi : The shocking photograph of a mentally-challenged patient, Munni Devi, being served meals on the floor at a local hospital here has once again brought to the fore the dismal state of Jharkhand's healthcare system -- despite all the tall developmental talk by the state's BJP government.

When a newspaper carried the photograph, the Jharkhand High Court took suo motu cognizance, converted it into public interest litigation (PIL) and has now served notice on the state government.

Varanasi, Allahabad air over WHO pollution limits on most days in August

By Charlie Moloney

On more than 90 per cent of the days in August this year, pollution levels in Varanasi and Allahabad exceeded World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for acceptable levels, an IndiaSpend analysis of data recorded by #Breathe, our 12-city network of air-quality monitoring stations, shows.

Teenager’s death due to anaemia exposes rampant malnutrition among Kerala’s Adivasi students

By Shafeeq Hudawi,

Kozhikode: The death of a teenager due to malnutrition in Attappady, the largest Adivasi settlement in Kerala, has once again exposed the lack of an effective mechanism to ensure proper nutrition for children at various hamlets in the Adivasi settlement. Manikandan, a student of class 8 at the Government Tribal Higher Secondary School in Sholayur who was not provided with proper treatment, died last week due to anaemia.