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1.How Sri Lanka won the malaria war.

On September 5 this year, Sri Lanka was declared malaria-free at the 69th Session of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Committee for South-East Asia held in Colombo. This is another milestone in Sri Lanka’s outstanding achievements in public health, also reflected in standard health indicators such as life expectancy, infant mortality and average family size.  read more

2.Choosing hospital over home.

Over the last decade, a government programme aimed at increasing institutional deliveries has changed the health-seeking behaviour of Indian women. A new study, released on Friday, has found that the maternal health programme Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) led to a 22 per cent increase in women delivering in government hospitals between 2004 and 2014. read more

3. ‘Heart of Asia’ meet to target Pak.on terror.

India and Afghanistan are once again expected to try to pin down Pakistan on terrorism at the Heart of Asia conference beginning here on Sunday. The two countries are expected to try for a draft declaration in stringent language against “cross-border terrorism” and “sanctuaries for terror groups”.  read more

4.GST Council fails to reach consensus on key issues.

NEW DELHI: With just about two weeks to go in Parliament’s winter session, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council failed to reach a consensus on critical issues, including the laws that need to be passed in this session in order to stick to the April 1, 2017 rollout date set by the Centre for the new indirect tax regime.  read more

1.Counter-terror framework, peaceful Af dominate HOA

Finalising a counter-terror framework, ways to bring lasting peace to Afghanistan and boosting regional connectivity for the war-ravaged country’s economic growth were some of the major focus areas during first day’s deliberations at the Heart of Asia conference on Saturday , being attended by major regional and global powers.   read more

2.Odisha moves SC on Mahanadi dispute

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday said the state has sought an injuction from the Supreme Court against Chhattisgarh’s “unilateral“ constructions on the Mahanadi river. The suit was filed under Article 131of the Constitution on December 2.  read more

1.Demonetisation can only go so far.to go further,politics that backs black money must change.

Not enough weeks have passed for us to say that the currency earthquake is over. Aftershocks are more severe than expected, with people waiting in day-long queues, and often failing to withdraw their own money. However, enough time has lapsed for us to look at the overall picture and ask a few basic questions: What is it all about? How did we come to this pass? Will all this lead to the fair and equitable life we deserve?  read more

2.Stand up for the idea of India.

Democracy upholds the freedom to take a stand. The judgment by Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy orders all Indians to stand when the national anthem is played in theatres before a movie starts. Democracy is also about choice. Critics howl that the judiciary is shoving patriotism down citizens’ throats. Is it? read more

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