Stories you must read over the weekend

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GN Bureau | July 9, 2016


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A study by the National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana, a premier institute in dairy studies, has predicted a negative impact on milk production due to changing climatic conditions. The sector will have to bear a loss of 3.2 million metric tonnes of milk annually, costing more than Rs 5,000 crore. Gokul Mission, started in 2014-15 by the government, has undertaken a breed improvement programme of the indigenous (desi) cattle, enhancement of milk production and productivity of native bovines, upgradation of nondescript (low productivity) breeds using elite indigenous breeds.

 
 
Kerala imposing a tax on junk food, now popularly referred to as fat tax, puts the spotlight on rising obesity, an issue that should have been addressed quite some time. Chubby kids do look cute. However, there are serious health issues associated with being obese, due partly to hogging tasty junk food like pizzas and burgers.
 
 
A lot has been said and heard about the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). A common refrain is that it does not have special funds for its effective implementation. But nobody perhaps said that money alone does not convert a village into a model village or ‘adarsh gram’. Then what is that element which works towards the making of a model village? It is our understanding of the term ‘adarsh’. 
 
 
Should health insurance include the cost of medicine? That is the question raised by a recent study on India which seeks to measure the financial burden of cardiovascular diseases on people. While the study does not make any suggestions, it does point out that health insurance schemes in India do not cover medication costs. In order to assess the financial burden of heart diseases, the researchers created five step-up treatment regimens for the most common cardiovascular medications in India.
 
 
Five long years and several revisions later, the right to privacy bill is now wedged tightly between the department of personnel and training (DoPT) and the department of electronics and information technology (DeitY). The government does not seem to be in a mood to formulate a comprehensive law on privacy with provisions for data protection, physical and bodily privacy as well as safeguards against interception and surveillance.
 

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