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Economic Survey puts their number at 21 million nationwide
The lowdown on pulse polio(The Hindu)
On January 28, India carried out the first of its two national rounds of the Pulse Polio Campaign for 2018. The second is on March 11. These two campaigns will see a huge mobilisation of resources to give the oral polio vaccine (OPV) to around 17 crore under-five children.
The fight against leprosy is far from over, says the WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination.
Fishing in troubled waters are now costly(The Hindu)
When Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month, voicing concern about Sri Lanka’s recent decision to impose steep fines on any foreign vessel found fishing in the island’s territorial waters, he was simply following his late leader Jayalalithaa’s footsteps.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India’s growth depends on how fast the eight-State northeast grows.
Maldives govt. yet to implement SC ruling(The Hindu)
Nearly 48 hours after the Maldives Supreme Court overturned the conviction of nine opposition leaders, including the exiled former President, Mohamed Nasheed, the Male administration is yet to release them, raising domestic and international concern over the delay.
‘N. Korea is flouting sanctions’(The Hindu)
North Korea is flouting sanctions by exporting coal, iron, steel and other banned commodities, earning nearly $200 million in revenue last year, a UN report said on Friday.
Not legal tender. What next?(The Hindu)
The Finance Minister made the first official pronouncement about cryptocurrencies in this Budget, stating clearly that the ‘‘Government does not consider cryptocurrencies as legal tender or coin.”
The announcement of a Minimum Support Price (MSP) of 1.5 times the farmer’s cost will likely not have a strong upward impact on overall inflation but could spur a waning of the sharp slowdown in food price gains seen in 2017, according to officials and economists.
Science and Technology:
Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati have been able to synthesise highly crystalline carbon dots by doping them with nitrogen, sulphur and phosphorus. The amount of phosphorus defined the extent of crystallinity. Unlike an amorphous material, less light was scattered or reflected from crystalline carbon dots on shining light. Instead, the crystalline material efficiently converted the absorbed light energy into heat energy.
Look for proof(The Hindu)
Policymaking, especially in health, is a complex process. Here, research that guides the process of policymaking is one of many contributing factors, the others being political aspects, interests of key stakeholders, feasibility of the policy, alignment with other policies, and consonance with the larger vision of the government. It is vital that India’s health policies are based on the best available evidence-based research.
Yesterday’s current affairs material by Forum IAS