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1.Health policy wants public hospitals certified for quality.

Targets safe water for all by 2020

The long awaited National Health Policy (NHP), announced a few days ago, proposes to raise public health expenditure as a percentage of the GDP from the current 1.15% to 2.5% by 2025. The resource allocation to individual States will be linked with their development indicators, absorptive capacity and financial indicators.

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2.The lowdown on India’s plan to eliminate TB by 2025.


At the end of 50 years of tuberculosis control activities, the disease remains a major health challenge in India. As per new estimates, the number of new cases every year has risen to 2.8 million and mortality is put at 4,80,000 each year.

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3.The World Bank is keen on resolving Indus divide.

After her recent visit to India and Pakistan, World Bank Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva reiterated that the Bank was keen on resolving the disagreements between the two nations over the interpretation of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) following the construction by India of two hydroelectric power plants.  read more

4.Bilateral exercises give fresh push to India’s strategic ties.

The Army has conducted exercises with 18 countries in the last three years

India is leveraging bilateral military exercises to further strategic cooperation. The Indian Army is currently engaged in or has just concluded four separate exercises with the armies of Nepal, Oman, Singapore and the U.S., with a focus on aspects like counter-insurgency, jungle warfare, heli-borne and special operations, meant to promote interoperability.

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1. Niti Aayog to rank states on water management index
To Be Assessed Under 28 Indicators
The Niti Aayog will soon start a process to sensitise states towards preparing a Water Management Index (WMI) which will ultimately lead the Centre’s think-tank to rank them on the basis of their efforts in efficient management of water resources.

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1.Nationalist economics rises from rural India.

Poverty and politics are as inseparable as the Congress party and the Gandhi family. The Gandhis owe their political growth to the deification of poverty Socialist style while demonising the rich. The subsequent cliche is that the rich are city-born and the poor are in the countryside.  read more

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