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Eliminating tuberculosis within a generation

Published ahead of World TB Day (24 March 2019), The Lancet Commission on Tuberculosis estimates that there are significant financial benefits of reducing TB mortality. With the country shouldering one-fourth of the global burden and a predominant

India a year unhappier

India is unhappier than ever before. The United Nation`s World Happiness report 2019 has ranked India at the 140th position from the previous 133 in 2018, dropping seven spots in just a year and 23 positions since 2015.  

On the line

Releasing a booklet on the railways achievements in the last five years, railways minister Piyush Goyal may have painted a rosy picture, but that does not subtract from its many troubles, chief among which is its worsening operating ratio.

Why AAP-Congress alliance could be a threat for BJP

The Congress party has unanimously supported Sheila Dikhshit`s decision to reject an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi. With the Congress shutting the prospect of alliance, the national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejri

Mumbai bridge collapse: BMC preliminary report in 24 hrs

The blame game between the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Railways continues after a foot overbridge collapsed near Chattrapati Shivaji  Maharaj Terminus on March 14. Six people have killed and over 31 injured in the mishap. The

Control rooms set up ahead of elections to report black money use

To curb the use of black money in the coming 2019 General Elections, gather intelligence and keep a strict watch over movement of cash and valuables and other unlawful means of influencing elections in the constituencies of Mumbai, the Director Ge

Study reveals failure in implementation of solid waste rules

While we toss in the dead pencil cells or dry cells in the dustbin we never give a thought about end-of-life management of these batteries. The recent study of Toxic Links on batteries titled ‘DEAD AND BURIED’ estimated 2.7 billion pie

NHPC appointed as aggregator for power procurement Pilot Scheme-II

NHPC has been appointed as the aggregator under Pilot Scheme-II notified by ministry of power. The hydropower utility scheme will procure aggregated power of 2500 MW for 3 years (covered under medium term) through PFC Consultancy Limited (PFCCL),

Encouraging STEM education, empowering girls to be tech innovators

India is now the sixth-largest economy in the world, with a 2017 GDP of $2.6 trillion, according to the database of the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) for April 2018.  The country’s labour force is also

Making medicines affordable

Calling for a pragmatic and compulsive licensing system in healthcare, chairperson, Cipla, Dr Yusuf Hamied said that government must formalise essential drugs. Making a strong voice for compulsory licensing and voluntary licensing to make medicine

Delhi, NCR ranked most polluted cities in the world: Report

India`s national capital region (NCR) has been ranked as the world`s most polluted region in the world, said a report by NGO Greenpeace.    The latest data compiled in the IQAir AirVisual 2018 World Air Quality Repo

Subsidised LPG cylinder cost goes up by Rs 2.08

IOCL has increased the price of LPG cylinder by Rs 2.08 per unit, taking cost of a subsidised LPG cooking gas cylinder from Rs 493.53 in February to Rs 495.61 in March 2019 in Delhi.   While the price of non-subsidised L

The high road to despair

India has 16 crore people who drink and 6.5 crore drug users, a survey by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences estimates. Of those who take alcohol, 5.7 crore have health or dependency problems. But only 2.6 percent of them report getting a

Producers accountability e-waste(d)

India has a relatively low per-capita usage of electronics, yet it is the second largest contributor of e-waste in Asia, after China. Globally, it is the fifth largest – China, USA, Japan and Germany are the top four countries in generating

When caste overtakes nationalism

As India waits for Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman`s return from Pakistan, Google search on the 34-year-old `braveheart` saw a major spike. Not surprisingly, people were more keen on finding out his caste more than anything else. 

Railways plan to enhance goods trains speed from 65 to 100 kmph

The railways are making concerted efforts to significantly enhance the speed of freight trains from 65 kmph to 100 kmph for raising revenue and give a fillip to the goods segment.   Railway board member (rolling stock) R

Tech firm, telcos prepare to enter 5G era

As the government is set to roll out the 5G spectrum auction, the network providers are also equipping 5th generation network-ready LTE technology.  According to the government, the technology would have an impact of more than $1 trillion on

Many electronic companies still have no take-back system: Report

In 2016, 44.7 million tonnes of e-waste was generated globally which is expected to increase to 52.2 million tonnes in 2021. As of 2016, it was found out that India is the second and fifth highest generator (in Asia and globally respectively) of e

Vande Bharat halts midway near Tundla

In a major embarrassment to the railways, the much touted Vande Bharat Express developed a technical snag at Chamraula, 15 kms from Tundla junction.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the train on Friday from New Delhi

PM flags off India’s first semi high-speed train

Indian Railways entered a new era as prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday flagged off the country’s first semi high-speed train, Vande Bharat Express, from the New Delhi railway station. The new train is also seen as a success stor



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