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A toilet block in a village in Bhopal District, Madhya Pradesh | Photo: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg

Study finds Indian households with female children reduce practice of open defecation

The study found a reduction in open defecation owing to a firstborn child being a girl far greater in poor urban households than richer ones.
Doctors inside a protective chamber before collecting swab sample at a newly installed Walk-In Sample Kiosk (WISK) for COVID-19 test, in Chennai | PTI

To meet world average, India must add at least 10 lakh doctors to healthcare force

Doctors can’t be added to fight the pandemic overnight. So each year, India must add 30,000 medical seats. Casual attitude won’t do anymore.
File photo | PM Narendra Modi talks to chief ministers on plan to tackle coronavirus | Narendramodi.in

Delhi to Kerala — State response to Covid-19 makes it clear India needs a new health policy

The 123-year-old Epidemic Diseases Act isn’t good enough for a pandemic in the Information Age. India must revisit the National Health Bill that wasn’t passed.
File photo of Pakistan PM Imran Khan | Facebook | Imran Khan

Pakistan launches Corona Relief Tiger Force, gets 90,000 volunteers in two days

The relief force volunteers will distribute food to the poor and create awareness about Covid-19 in areas under lockdown.
Representational image for TB patients | File photo: PTI

India’s long TB battle has 3 key lessons for fighting the coronavirus

Tuberculosis keeps coming up in the context of the novel coronavirus pandemic. India’s tuberculosis burden has taught us a thing or two about infection control.
Medics interact with a patient at a help desk, set- up in view of coronavirus pandemic, at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad on 14 March

Abbott Laboratories launches 5-minute coronavirus test that is portable

The test employs molecular technology, which is highly valued by the scientific community for its accuracy.

‘Excuse to destroy our people’: Far Right groups weaponise coronavirus to further their agenda

Several extremist groups, worldwide, have employed both conspiracy theories and calls for targeted violence against communities to push their Far Right ideologies.
Classical dancer M. Sandhya Rani has successfully battled her down syndrome

World Down Syndrome Day: Busting some common myths around the genetic disorder

Down syndrome is one of the most common disorders with 30,000 cases in India every year.
While a bit of shrinking is a normal part of ageing, it can suggest more serious issues. | Photo: Pixabay

Do you get shorter as you age? Yes, this is why

While a bit of shrinking is a normal part of ageing, it can suggest more serious issues.
Medics wearing protective masks inside the novel coronavirus isolation ward of Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu | PTI

India can fight COVID-19, but only if the private sector is allowed to step in quickly

Private facilities are not allowed to test for COVID-19 now. But if number of suspected cases in India increases, government resources won’t be enough.

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File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.
RBI

RBI reschedules Monetary Policy Committee meeting, new dates to be announced soon

The panel was scheduled to meet for three days beginning 29 September for RBI's bi-monthly monetary policy review. RBI did not give any reason for rescheduling the meet.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.