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World Toilet Day

Today is World Toilet Day. In 2001, on November 19, World Toilet Organization, an NGO, was formed with a view to improving toilet and sanitation conditions all over the world. Since then, this day is observed as world toilet day by the 53 member-countries of this organisation and by international and civil society bodies all across the globe. However, it was only last year, in 2013, that the day was formally recognised by the United [...]

Ebola Virus Outbreak

One of the world’s extremely severe diseases with near fatal effects, according to WHO, is the Ebola. Its current outbreak is the worst ever. In most cases, the infected people die. It was in the year 1976, this deadly virus was first detected in Nzara, Sudan, and in Yambuku, Democratic Republic of Congo. So far it is mainly confined to the tropical regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, with very few instances in other countries. The ongoing Ebola [...]

Although steeped in poverty, the reported ‘damage’, ‘loss’ and ‘wastage’ of foodgrains in India is quite massive. It is an issue that needs to be looked into urgently especially as the population is rising alarmingly and the people don’t have enough food even though currently we produce enough. By 2025, India is on the way to becoming the most populous country in the world. There is no doubt that appropriate measures should be planned and [...]

Drugs

After lots of debates and controversies, the Government of India has finally come up with the proposal of controlling the prices of all life saving medicines from the beginning of 2015. In a circular issued by the Government of India, all medicine packs with the price fixed by the Government will be highlighted with black ink on a bold red strip and this will be available in all chemist shops, hospitals and other health centres. [...]

Yoga

Yoga guru BKS Iyengar died this year at the age of 95 in Pune. Yoga kept the guru fit well past the age of 90, setting an example for its practitioners about the long-term benefits. What makes yoga so different from other forms of fitness? “Yoga is all about evolving. A person evolves physically and spiritually when connected with yoga.” These are the words of Harsha Bhantia, a yoga teacher in Kolkata who started Happy [...]

Movember movement

We have had the Ice Bucket challenge recently. Now India is joining the Movember movement. This is a movement, when in the month of November men proudly sport a moustache – For a cause.  November from now on will be known as Movember, when a moustache growing charity event is held to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. It is awareness about diseases peculiar to men, like prostate cancer and testicular cancer. This movement [...]

Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana

It’s almost a month now when our Prime Minister launched the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) on October 11, a programme to boost rural development under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). The idea is to encourage MPs to utilise a portion of the funds allotted under MPLADS towards a rural development programme, in which each of them should adopt a village every year for its all-round economic and social growth and [...]

Bal Swachhata Abhiyan

As a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the mega cleanliness drive in India, and also as a part of the Children’s Day celebrations, the Government of India has launched yet another campaign “Bal Swachhata Abhiyan”. This campaign will be carried out together by the education and health departments from November 14, Children’s Day, to November 19, the birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi, in all schools across the country. The Central Government has issued directives [...]

Sterilisation

Eleven women died and over 25 are in critical condition after botched up mass sterilisation surgery organised by the Chhattisgarh Government in Bilaspur district. The tubectomy was carried out on 83 women in a health camp, in 6 hours, over the weekend. Many of them had complained of severe pain and started vomiting subsequently. Those survived are in critical condition in various hospitals. This is not the first time that there are reports of deaths [...]

Uniform Civil Code for National Integration

Uniform civil code is a much talked about law that needs to replace the personal laws which govern the rights of people in terms of customs and rules of each religious community, covering personal issues like marriage, adoption, divorce, inheritance and maintenance. These personal laws or civil codes pertaining to personal issues differ from community to community and hence the laws of the Hindu community in India are different from those of the Muslim, Parsi, [...]