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23 November 2014
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ICDS SCHEME
Why Bihar’s child is different from Himachal’s

The Integrated Child Development Services scheme was launched to address the nutrition, health and learning needs of all children below six years of age. Ankita Aggarwal shares findings from a survey that point to the huge variations in implementation and effectiveness. 

Children Education Government

CHILD VISION
Tackling preventable blindness through screening in schools
Various independent studies and research reveal close to 20 per cent of students across India suffering from some degree of visual impairment. A new initiative from the Nayonika Eye Care Charitable Trust seeks to correct this through the combined efforts of a wider network.
Health KARNATAKA

CHILD HEALTH
Obesity: Are parents responsible?
Junk food, lack of exercise, poor parenting and modern lazy lifestyles are all triggers for obesity among children, which is turning out to be a major health hazard in present-day India, says Ramesh Menon.
Health

FOOD SECURITY BILL
Neglecting children a blunder: Sen
The National Food Security Bill is an important step towards ensuring the country's founding principles of health, education and nutrition services for all, but can achieve that end only when it addresses children's entitlements more effectively, argues economist Amartya Sen in a speech given in New Delhi on 15 February 2013.
Food Security Health Laws

SHANTINIKETAN
A child's trauma, the media's madness
The media's coverage of a young girl's humiliation in her school is totally devoid of objectivity or even plain common sense, making things even worse. Shoma Chatterji reports.
Children Human Rights

FINANCIAL SECURITY
Inflation: perception and reality
There is an urgent need for reliable and transparent consumer price indices that covers the large majority of Indian families, from the poorest upwards. Kannan Kasturi reports.
Economy Creative Society Films and Books

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT
Hot ash burns child to death
Illegal dumping of industrial waste around Raigarh takes the life of 7-year-old Twinkle Thakur, raising familiar troubling questions about the trajectory of 'development' in India. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Environmental Hazards CHHATISGARH Environment Health Laws and Governance Creative Politics

ELECTION ISSUES
Jumping into the fray themselves
Disillusioned by the total lack of responsiveness from mainstream parties to their plight, displaced tribals from Polavaram decide to contents the assembly elections themselves. R Uma Maheshwari reports.
Elections Displacement Government TRIPURA GOA Agriculture opinions Education opinions
ELECTION SPENDING
Big money seeks common man's blessing
It was once hoped that curbing election expenses would keep the process fairer. Today, the opposite is true, and neither the UPA nor the NDA wants to disturb this comfortable arrangement. Kannan Kasturi reports.
Elections Government Government opinions RTI Law and Policy Urban Poor Creative Media opinions RTI opinions Society Films and Books Women's Representation Agriculture opinions Literacy Education opinions Environment opinions

OPINION
The dull days of White Gold
Across India, cotton growers make up the largest group of the over 180,000 farmers who committed suicide between 1997 and 2007. There's nothing like an election to spur policy change, though, notes P Sainath.
P Sainath Agriculture MAHARASHTRA OP-ED Government opinions Creative RTI opinions Women's Representation TRIPURA Environmental films and books Tourism
MOTHER AND CHILD
Dismal breastfeeding rates hampering infant health
Statistics are staggeringly in favour of breastfeeding, and surprising as it may be, breastfeeding rates in India are dismal. Krithika Ramalingam digs deeper into the factors at play.
Health Women

CHILD AND MATERNAL HEALTH
Tripura aims for total immunisation
From drum beating at markets to using helicopters, Tripura has been making rapid strides in its immunisation programme, pushing this important health care intervention among tribal as well as non-tribal mothers and children. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.
Health
CHILDREN/HEALTH
Death of new-borns and the Kerala model
38 babies died in one hospital in Thiruvananthapuram over the past four months, shocking a state which boasts of the lowest infant mortality rate in the country. The much discussed and extolled Kerala model of health development is ailing, reports P N Venugopal.
Health KERALA
 

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