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Over 1.5 lakh new cases for the third consecutive day

-The Hindu Maharashtra reports 51,751 infections, 258 casualties As of 11.55 p.m. on Monday, India reported 1,60,695 COVID-19 cases. As many as 864 deaths were also recorded on the day. The figures do not include cases and deaths from Ladakh U.T. and Manipur. The data is sourced from covid19india.org, an independent aggregator of daily COVID-19 figures. Only 11.80 lakh tests were conducted on Sunday (and for whom results were made available on Monday), about...

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Number of new COVID-19 cases crosses 1.52 lakh for the first time

-The Hindu The figures do not include cases and deaths from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Assam, Sikkim and Ladakh U.T. India registered 1,52,419 new COVID-19 cases on April 10. As many as 837 deaths were also recorded on the day. Daily infections in the country crossed the 1.25 lakh mark for the fourth consecutive day on April 10. The figures do not include cases and deaths from Ladakh U.T. as of 12.10 a.m. on April...

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Extend maternity benefits to tackle child and maternal malnutrition -Kanmani Palanisamy

-IDROnline.org How a government scheme designed to extend maternity benefits to pregnant women in India is unequal and exclusionary. Child stunting (low height for age) has increased in 13 states, child wasting (low weight for height) has increased in more than 12 states, number of underweight children has increased in 16 states, and children who are overweight has increased in 20 states. (All four indicators refer to children between the ages of...

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People living near mining activities at increased risk of diseases, says study -Mayank Aggarwal and Sahana Ghosh

-Mongabay.com * A latest government study has found that mining activities in the coal-rich Tamnar area of Chhattisgarh have put the local population, mainly tribal people, at an increased risk of acute respiratory diseases and tuberculosis. * The study reveals that in the case of tuberculosis, the disease burden rate in Tamnar is nearly double the national rate and almost triple the rate in the state, highlighting the adverse impact of mining. *...

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Free COVID-19 vaccine promise not violation of poll code: EC

-PTI/ The Hindu BJP, in its manifesto for Bihar elections, had promised free COVID-19 vaccine once it is cleared by the ICMR. The BJP’s promise of providing free coronavirus vaccine in its manifesto for the Bihar assembly polls is not violative of the provisions of the model code, the Election Commission has held. Responding to a complaint by RTI activist Saket Gokhale, the commission said it has found no violation of the provisions...

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