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Home ministry blocks foreign funds for NGO that supported health ministry's anti-tobacco drive -Menaka Rao The Public Health Foundation of India had been working on government programmes since 2010. The Ministry of Home Affairs has barred the Public Health Foundation of India from receiving foreign funding by revoking its registration under the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act. The ministry cited the organisation’s lobbying against tobacco use as one of the reasons for the move. However, as the foundation’s officials have pointed out, it has been working...

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Now, healing with 'qualified' quacks -R Prasad

-The Hindu The State has taken the lead in providing some essential and basic health-care training to these informal providers. In West Bengal, nearly 3,000 quacks — informal health-care providers with no formal medical education — are to be trained for six months. The crash course in medicine, and to be conducted by 130 trained nurses, is to begin from December 1. The objective is to provide these informal providers with a minimum...

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Family planning in India means only women doing planning, figures show -Abantika Ghosh

-The Indian Express Women continue to constitute 98 per cent of the sterilised population; this despite the fact that the procedure is less complicated for men. New Delhi: Even as the Health Ministry announced plans on Friday for a targeted population control programme in 145 high fertility districts, data from 2013 shows that nothing has changed since the deaths of 19 women in a sterilisation camp in Bilaspur in 2014. Women continue to...

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Centre should do away with sterilisation camps in 3 yrs: SC

-PTI Supreme Court today directed the Centre to do away with sterilisation camps within three years and strengthen the primary healthcare centre system, saying "it is time that women and men are treated with respect and dignity and not as mere statistics in the sterilisation programme". The verdict was delivered when the court was dealing with a PIL which had brought to light the mismanagement of sterilisation camps which had led to the...

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Care work: the future of work -CP Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh

-The Hindu Business Line Even though technological changes imperil many jobs, care services are unlikely to be affected thanks to the significance of face-to-face human interaction involved in them Across the world there is much gloom and doom about the impact of technological changes on jobs, as automation and other innovations are seen to threaten not just blue-collar jobs but also many forms of office work. It is true that the way...

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