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GST: Ayurvedic medicines likely to become expensive -Prabhat Nair

said, “Now the ayurvedic medicines and products have a tax incidence of 7 per cent, including VAT. Under the GST regime, the 12 per cent slab will increase the medicine price and eventually the Health care expenditure of the people”. Some of the medicines likely to see a higher price are post delivery, allergic and arthritis medicines and drugs used against epidemics. For example, a person using ‘dasamoolarishtam’ regularly

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Food safety authority's draft amendments include fatty acids composition in edible oil -Meenakshi Verma Ambwani

dible oils. The amendments in the regulation have been introduced at a time when edible oil companies have been increasingly looking at launching blended oil products to woo consumers with various Health benefit claims. The food regulator said the draft FSS (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Amendment Regulation 2017 will pave the way for determination of the authenticity of edible oils by incorporating fatty acid composition in the sta

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India Owes a Debt to Its Farmers -Yogendra Yadav

pulism’ and compulsions of electoral politics. Bankers have talked about the ‘moral hazard’ that such a decision might invite. Economists worry about its implications for the fiscal Health of the governments. Many agricultural experts have described it as a gimmick that would not address the plight of the farmers. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor has sounded a warning bell. The Union finance minister has washed his hands off

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In This Year's IIT Class, Kids Of Farmers And Labourers: Telangana's Super 100, Almost -Uma Sudhir

nstitutions of higher education so they can compete with their more privileged peers. Bhanu Sunil Kumar from Warangal has similar ambitions. "My father could not study and because of ill-Health, he could not get a job. So he dreamed that I should study. He wanted me to go into civil services. So I will go to IIT and also prepare for civil service entrance exams at the same time." Ketavat Bhupya Naik said his passion is physics and

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Yogendra Yadav, convenor of Swaraj Party, interviewed by Archana Mishra (

. Existential crisis is looking at farmers’ life in a larger context. Unfortunately, when we look at farmer we look at his cost but we should look at his domestic expenditure like education and Health which have shot up to the roof. What existential crisis does is that it threatens the self-respect of farmer as a person, challenges their dignified existence and in cases leads to suicide. Unless we connect the current crisis in Mandsaur and Mahar

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Anganwadis: A report card -Shradha Chettri

-The Indian Express The Indian Express visited 14 anganwadis, and found similar problems almost everywhere. New Delhi: A Healthy meal and a stepping stone for school — anganwadis in the city have two key responsibilities. The Indian Express explores the problems at each front Five-year-old Naseem does not go to school, but that doesn’t mean he can stay at home after breakfast. As soon as the clock strikes 9 am, Naseem leaves hom

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Government targets 146 districts to accelerate India's population control drive -Sushmi Dey

family planning measures by identifying 146 districts where the total fertility rate (TFR, the number of children born per woman) is more than three and which add up to 28% of the population. The Health ministry is set to roll out "Mission Parivar Vikas" in these districts to improve access to family planning services, create awareness and make family planning choices available. The "high-focus" districts are in the seven st

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Small or marginal farmers: Debt waiver tough call for Punjab -Vibhor Mohan

bt waiver, its key poll plank in the last assembly elections. But even as the government panel hopes to submit an interim report this week, independent experts point out that given the poor financial Health of the state and the Centre in no mood to offer a bailout, the state has four broad options to tackle the loan remission liability. Sources said the state committee headed by T Haque, former chairman of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Pric

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The best of times, the worst of times -Mihir Shah

has meant that there is now a serious water crisis, with both water tables and water quality falling rapidly. We have arsenic, fluoride, mercury, even uranium in our drinking water, creating serious Health issues. What is worse, to get the same increase in production, farmers have had to apply more and more fertilisers and pesticides over time. This dramatically raises costs of cultivation, without a proportionate increase in production. More than 3,

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New crop of leaders -Rasheed Kidwai

Prashant Pandey, Anil Dubey and other anti-corruption activists in Madhya Pradesh. Rai's pressure group, Vichar MP, brought together many activists working in diverse fields such as malnutrition, Health, the drive against the sand mafia and the Right to Information. They exchanged notes and sifted through data to prepare a rejoinder to Chouhan's claim of the state witnessing an agricultural growth rate of 9.7 per cent against a national average

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