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Coal energy and pollution: Can communities fight the threat?

A recent workshop in Karnataka focused on the health impact of coal-based power plants and other industrial pollutants and shared inputs on how to empower local communities to combat the same. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.

Energy Environmental Hazards Public Health

Mr Prabhu, here’s one thing every traveller on Indian Railways needs
The Rail Budget this year has been hailed for its pragmatic approach and emphasis on modernisation and customer experience. Tanvi Bhatikar raises a critical issue that needs to be addressed in order to deliver on those fronts.
Public Funds Government

What’s turning women in labour away from hospitals?
Institutionalised delivery is encouraged as a means of reducing maternal/infant mortality, but the misbehaviour meted to pregnant women in government hospitals deters them, and others who hear of their experiences, from seeking such care. Ruhi Kandhari reports.
Public Health Women's Health Government

Barefoot auditors ensure health for tribal mothers
In the tribal villages of Nandurbar district of Maharashtra, committed social workers are improving the health and lives of mothers and children by spreading awareness about the needs of women and girls. Dilnaz Boga brings you their stories.
Child health Population Women's Health

Why the Chhattisgarh sterilisation tragedy may happen again
With a recent drug sample report confirming the presence of rat poison in medicines administered to Chhattisgarh’s hapless tubectomy victims, it is yet another wake-up call for India to address the threats posed by its $4.25-billion fake drugs market. Tanvi Bhatikar lays out some stark facts.
Law and Order Health Laws and Governance

When kitchen smoke can kill
It has been widely established that the health impact of indoor air pollution, caused often by solid fuels for household cooking, far outweighs the hazards of outdoor pollution. Arpana HS quotes data from the Census and findings from a recent paper to show why India needs to tackle this on priority.
Energy Environmental Hazards Women's Health

Where the boats ferry in good health
For the three million plus marginalised people living on the shifting riverine ‘chars’ on the Brahmaputra in Assam, ‘boat clinics’ arrive once every month with basic health supplies, services and education. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports on this innovative healthcare delivery system.
Public Health ASSAM Poverty

Why minimising ‘mobile’ conversations is a ‘no-brainer’
Did you know a cell phone in a moving car emits significantly greater radiation, half of which could be absorbed by the brain while talking? A renowned epidemiologist from the US warns users of this and other cell-phone related hazards in the course of her recent talks in India. Darryl D’Monte reports.

An old policy Modi must hold on to
The government’s clarification on the Indo-US joint statement on Intellectual Property Rights issued during Modi’s visit to the United States highlights the imperative of maintaining India’s original stance on patent laws and refusal to yield to US demands made in its Special 301 Report. Shambhu Ghatak has more.
Trade Government Opinions Laws

No liquor, no drinking?
The recent decision of the Kerala government to phase out sale of liquor and become a dry state has renewed the debate on prohibition as an effective deterrent. Pushpa Achanta examines trends in alcoholism and de-addiction to show why it may be all for nothing.
Government Society

Surrogacy: The real picture
Gita Aravamudan’s book Baby Makers is a bare-it-all picture of surrogacy in India, and exposes the multiple facets of the practice through the lens of a keen investigative journalist. Padmalatha Ravi shares more details about the volume.
Books Society Women

Two states with healthcare for one
Already struggling with low budgetary allocation for healthcare and shortage of trained staff, health services in Telangana and residual Andhra Pradesh have taken a more serious hit due to issues arising out of bifurcation. Tejaswini Pagadala reports.
Public Health Government ANDHRA Telangana

Should Modi now steer India towards Gujarat?
Throughout the campaign of Narendra Modi, the Gujarat development model had been widely credited with the potential to change India’s future. As the new government completes a month in power, Ramesh Menon stresses the need to seriously question if it is really one that should be replicated in every Indian state.
Economy Education GUJARAT States

A dream come true, but can it seed another?
Wanted: Trains equipped for the sick and infirm
Tackling preventable blindness through screening in schools
Obesity: Are parents responsible?
Neglecting children a blunder: Sen
Tamilnadu's striking progress in welfare
As good as it gets
The Superbugs are here - III
The Superbugs are here - II
All power is within you
The Superbugs are here
Patients' rights on the rise
By the Holy book
Badaun cleans up its act
New interventions for the deafblind
Better healthcare, on our watch
Healthcare: A policy of neglect
Growing focus on palliative care
Implement the UNCRPD, say activists
The Media and the Flu
Alarming malnutrition pushing children out of school - I
Alarming malnutrition pushing children out of school - II
Noon meals and schemes not helping TN children
As healthy as a pig-sty
No to noise
Good food, Indian-style
The Jurassic auto and idea park
Clamping down on second-hand smoke
Using popular culture to mainstream AIDS
Eye donations remain rare, amidst low awareness
Dismal breastfeeding rates hampering infant health
Mujhe jeene do
Aravind Eye: Infinite vision
This monsoon, Assam takes on malaria
Surviving a battle they fight every day
Not quite on the DOT
The ability debates
Study: India sitting on tobacco epidemic
Fit to drive
Tripura aims for total immunisation
HIV: Looking beyond numbers
When it comes to HIV, all women are at risk
Steep health costs pushing farmers to the brink
Attitudes to sex need healthy injection of science
Laureates meet: reminder to shackled Indian sciences
Will open defecation end by 2012?
Tech to the aid of autistic children
The positive lives of Bagalkot
Death of new-borns and the Kerala model
Taking stock of watsan
Claiming the right to health care
Goa's health care challenges
Sorrow and distress, thy home is Jajjal
Condom Ads: missed messages
The younger side of AIDS
The forgotten Saharias of Sheopur
Paying a steep price for motherhood
Still suffering, five years after
Struck by fluorosis
Healthcare as a broad public challenge
In UP, the war on polio stumbles
Will the Public Health Foundation be meaningful?
In the line of fire
An opportunity to end health care slumber
TB: gravest danger to India - II
TB: gravest danger to India
Making menopause easier
Playing politics with AIDS
Universal care - still miles to go
Fiery debate back, but standards scuttled
'Yours or mine, either is fine'
Tender coconuts break into corporate offices
Iodised salt: Health or mere profiteering? -- II
The kiss of Chikungunya
When all joy leaks out
Leprosy nearly eliminated, challenges remain
Iodised salt: health or mere profiteering?
Iodised salt: The lesser known facts
School soft drink bans mirror global concern
The doctor keeps away
Positive blip on HIV radar
White asbestos, a health time bomb
Scientific interest surging in yellow magic
A new plan for safe motherhood
The silence around sex work
Are we ready for the avian flu pandemic?
Who cries when mothers die?
A poor and unhealthy nation
U.P. mismanaging encephalitis epidemic
Cancer: The long fight
Clubbing to combat HIV
Wake up call for HIV/AIDS in U.P.
Remote adivasis face health care chasm
Living in a gray zone
Bringing hope to the rural disabled
Mental health care needs help
Snuffed out on screen
Global leadership, empty stomachs
Clean hands, not soap sales
The cost of eradicating polio
Epilepsy: defogging the demon
Rural Health Mission has promising goals
Death knell for low cost medicines
The ABC's of fighting AIDS
The pressure for health care
Blowing back the smoke
Crippling delivery to the disabled
The Census revelations
The unfinished war on polio
Including the excluded
Health care in action
The Gandhi at Gandhigram
New govt's population control thrust
Sex ratio: the hidden horrors
Elections and Health
More substance, less fizz
Pyrolysis : dangerous but favored
Understanding Schizophrenia
Competitive but inaccessible
The slow poisoning of Punjab
Reaching out with valuable technology
Succumbing to stone-cutting
The dirty dozen
Testing healthcare reforms in U.P.
India needs another freedom struggle!
Killing them slowly
Undone by HIV-AIDS
Hope abroad, despair at home
Public services, private anguish
A revolution in infant survival
Healthcare : Eyes on the prize
Two children, countless wrongs
Putting the bottle first
A juicy opportunity
"You too belong here"
Parents of special children
How can I help you?
Media for Medicine
Success in rural sanitation
Connecting for ability
Save the vultures
The need for ethical debate
Wash your spinach, twice
Mental health, administrative disorder
Profile: Khushboo Welfare Society
Business with humanitarian goals
The condom, the moon and the finger
Polio eradication programme stumbles

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