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Kerala tops the list for best performing State in health

Kerala continued to top the list for the best performing State in the health sector among the 21 large States, while Uttar Pradesh retained the worst performer tag, according to the second edition of NITI Aayog’s Health Index.

31.4% of Indian children will be stunted by 2022: report

Almost one in three Indian children under five years will still be stunted by 2022 going by current trends, according to an analysis of the country’s food and nutrition security.

1 crore houses by 2020: Puri

Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister of State (independent charge) Hardeep Singh Puri has said that the government’s target of constructing one crore houses by 2022 under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) could be completed by the end of 2020.

Trade, anti-missile deal, other sticky issues on plate during Pompeo-Jaishankar talks

India will once again press its case for a waiver of United States’ sanctions on the $5.4 billion Russian S-400 Triumf anti-missile deal, but will discuss USA’s concerns over the issue during talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

The state of Indian prisons

The National Crime Records Bureau must be more prompt and open in releasing data

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‘Impressive’ tortoise discovered in Arunachal Pradesh

A tortoise considered beautiful enough to be named ‘impressed’ has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh.

Sinha led panel proposes Rs. 5000 crore stressed asset fund for MSMEs

 A committee formed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), headed by former SEBI Chairman U.K. Sinha, has recommended a ₹5,000 crore distressed asset fund for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Cash in circulation fell post note ban: FM

According to Finance Minister, demonetisation, coupled with increased digital transactions and the reduced cash usage in the informal economy, led to a reduction in currency in circulation by Rs. 3.4 lakh crore.

Cabinet clears DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill

The Union Cabinet cleared DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, which seeks to control the use of DNA technology for establishing the identity of a person.

An indecent settlement

Johnson & Johnson’s paltry settlement for faulty hip transplants is problematic