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GN Bureau | May 27, 2016
NHAI chairman Raghav Chandra talks about steps taken by the highway authority to speed up highway construction projects, improve maintenance of highways and make them safer and more user friendly.
READ: "Our development spending has gone up by more than 50%"
Imagine a scenario where a doctor knows all about the patient’s health even before being bombarded with a litany of health woes. In the not too distant future, this is going to happen in India when an electronic health record will be maintained for every Indian. The government is planning to make a digital repository of medical history of everyone as it wants to ensure an ‘accessible, affordable and high quality’ healthcare. The initiative is in line with the global shift towards electronic health system – wherein each hospital department is computerised and networked and has a central database of patient records
READ: Coming soon: electronic health record of every citizen
The National Food Security Act (NFSA) hopes to address this lacuna. It assures food security for nearly two-thirds of India’s over 120-crore people. But the way it is implemented leaves much to be desired. For example, authorities are yet to ensure that all the poor are identified and then food grain is disbursed to them.
READ: Listen to the rumble in poor’s stomach
The Shayara Bano case has placed the Muslim personal law under the judicial scanner yet again. The supreme court is set to examine triple talaq, polygamy and other discriminatory practices against women on the touchstone of the fundamental rights guaranteed under the constitution.
Though there have been petitions in the past pointing to the need for reform, Shayara’s petition has upped the ante by questioning the discriminatory practices as onslaught on her constitutionally-guaranteed rights which the court was bound to protect. With the revolt from within against the Shariyat-based system, it might not be easy for orthodox groups to cut short the debate by justifying personal law pointing to the rights of minorities or freedom of religion.
READ: Fundamental rights vs fundamentalism
Pushpa Rawat comes across as a girl next door until you get to know her and her work better. Rawat makes documentary films, but not just any. It is the unusual style of her films that makes this 28-year-old woman from Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, stand out. Her journey so far, however, has not been a cakewalk.
READ: Documenting her way to filmmaking
Minister of state for communications (I/C) Manoj Sinha has launched BSNL’s satellite phone service that will be offered to government agencies in phase one and later opened for others. While unveiling the new service, Sinha said BSNL works where no other network is present.
The cabinet has given it’s green signal to raise bonds of Rs 2,360 crore for renewable energy. The bonds will be raised by the ministry of new & renewable energy (MNRE) through the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), a Miniratna enterprise, during current fiscal.
Chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian’s campaign for some sense in country ratings has finally found some success. Global rating agency Moody`s Investors Service has downgraded China`s long-term local currency and foreign currency issuer ratings to A1 from Aa3 and changed the outlook to stable fr
The low level of farmers` income and year to year fluctuations in it are a major source of agrarian distress. This distress is spreading and getting severe over time impacting almost half of the population of the country that is dependent on farming for livelihood, said a Niti Aayog policy paper.
The civil society has strongly criticized the Narendra Modi government that completes three years in office. Citizens’ Report: Promises and Reality tha
Improving the availability of health workers, particularly at the sub-centre level, has been one of the thrust areas of the national rural health mission (NRHM). Back in 2005, most of the sub-centres in the country were run by a single auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM). ANMs were overbu