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1.Get serious about fighting TB.

Pushed to a corner owing to lack of political will on the part of countries with a high burden of tuberculosis, the World Health Organisation has called forthe first United Nations General Assembly session on the disease.  read more

2.The rise and rise of Xi Jinping.

With the new title of ‘core leader’, President Xi Jinping has further cemented his authority within the Communist Party of China and the government. Already the party chief, the head of state, the commander-in-chief of the military and the one in charge of the group overseeing the change in the economy, he is now on a par with Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. read more

3.Still seriously hungry and poor.

India is the fastest growing large economy in the world today. Despite this, one in every five Indians is poor. Multilateral agencies as well as governments are playing an active role in understanding problems relating to poverty and hunger and finding solutions to them. But these challenges are pervasive and weeding them out will require clear evidence-based data-driven solutions.  read more

4.Scientists identify gene mutation that ups risk of breast cancer in men.

Researchers of the Anthropological Survey of India (AnSI) and the University of Calcutta, Department of Anthropology, have found that changes in a particular gene, called the BRCA2 gene, can increase the risk of breast cancer in men.  read more

1. India abstains from UN vote on nukes

A UN General Assembly committee has adopted a resolution to launch negotiations next year on a new treaty outlawing nuclear weapons, even as India abstained saying it is not convinced the move can lead to a comprehensive instrument on nuclear disarmament. read more

2.The Need for speed.
What good are new roads when they are incapable of moving people and goods quickly?
“Sir, can’t you pass a central law and solve the Bengaluru traffic problem for us“, went the impassioned plea from Flipkart’s executive chairman Sachin Bansal to Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari at an awards event for startups recently .Bansal was not the only one to petition the minister that day , and Bengaluru was not the only city whose traffic problem was brought to Gadkari’s notice.

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3.Rural India spends more on booze than health.

Rural India spends about three times more on alcohol (Rs 140) and tobacco (Rs 196) than healthcare (Rs 56) each month. And Rs 500, which could perhaps be the price of a meal for two at McDonald’s, is what an average rural household spends every month on fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) like foods items, soaps, detergents, shampoos and hair oil. According to a survey , shared exclusively with TOI, the monthly expenditure on other items including medicines in rural India is restricted to Rs 196.  read more

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