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Suffering in silence: Eating disorders go unnoticed in India

Suffering in silence: Eating disorders go unnotice...

November 21, 2021

In the 2015 film Dil Dhadakne Do, Shefali Shah, who played Neelam, shocked audiences with her heart-breaking scene where, overwhelmed by her husband’s disrespect and the loneliness in her life, she stuffs a chocolate cake into her mouth. Neelam, like many who have suffered from...

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The saga of India’s “fake godmen”

The saga of India’s “fake godmen”

November 15, 2021

Sprung from the Sanskrit root sadh, which means to “reach one’s goal,” a sadhu is a religious ascetic or holy person in Hinduism and Jainism who has renounced worldly life and earthly possessions. Revered for their renunciation and detachment from the world of greed and lus...

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World Pneumonia Day: Poor vaccination & lack of awareness make India pneumonia hotspot

World Pneumonia Day: Poor vaccination & lack ...

November 12, 2021

In 2019, India recorded over 2.5 million deaths due to pneumonia, with children under two accounting for most of the deaths and 153,000 deaths within the first month of life, says the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in a report on the state of the deadly disease that is...

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India remains far from being open defecation free after 7 years of Swachh Bharat Mission

India remains far from being open defecation free ...

November 8, 2021

Two years ago, on October 2, 2019, the Indian government had claimed that its first stage of the much hyped up Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission), had been successfully completed after five years. On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Mi...

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Infant Protection Day: India must reassess its healthcare system

Infant Protection Day: India must reassess its hea...

November 7, 2021

As India marks Infant Protection Day, activists aim to spread awareness about the safety of infants and the importance of proper protection and care in order to prevent early mortality of both the new-borns and mothers. India has made significant strides in its Infant Mortality R...

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Rise in farmer suicides in 2020: A tale of indebtedness & ineptness

Rise in farmer suicides in 2020: A tale of indebte...

November 7, 2021

After a consistent decline in suicide rates of persons involved in farming sector for three consecutive years since 2017, the figures leaped from 10,281 in 2019 to 10,677 in 2020. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reports an 18 pc rise from the 2019 figures that accounts f...

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Skateboarding: India’s rare rural skate park

Skateboarding: India’s rare rural skate park

October 31, 2021

Skateboard is a sport that originated in California, United States, in the late 1940s. It is primarily a city sport which is played in skate parks and the bumps are the important accessories to allow the skateboarders show off their skills. In a country like India, especially in ...

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Social media overdose impacts teenagers’ mental health

Social media overdose impacts teenagers’ mental ...

October 26, 2021

Even though the social media platforms have been undergoing rapid growth in various parts of the world, notably India, the enforced lockdowns saw a huge increase of 70 pc. Indians on average, spend about 2.25 hours on social media daily, slightly below the global average of 2.5 h...

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Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 2021: Progressive yet Problematic

Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 2021: Progres...

October 23, 2021

Last week, the Indian government notified rules under the latest amendment to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971, that was passed the Parliament in March this year. The rules that allow termination of pregnancies even up to 24 weeks of the gestation period stand...

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India’s visually impaired face several hurdles in race for jobs

India’s visually impaired face several hurdles i...

October 15, 2021

Of the 39 million visually impaired persons around the world, India is home to about 12 million, says a report by National Programme for Control of Blindness in 2015-18. Despite historically being home to the largest population of the blind in the world, India is specially poorly...

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