Must Read News Articles – January 29th, 2019


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Capable even if disabled

An institutional display of pure and simple discrimination dressed up as legal reasoning is unacceptable

U.S. declares it has agreed upon peace framework with Taliban

American and Taliban officials have agreed to the framework of a peace deal in which the insurgents guarantee to prevent Afghanistan from being used by terrorists, and that could lead to a full pull-out of U.S. troops in return for a ceasefire and Taliban talks with the Afghan government, the chief U.S. negotiator said Monday.

Learning to probe early

While India has made considerable strides in achieving a near-perfect enrolment rate in primary education, it has failed to give higher education as much attention. As a consequence, Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education is 25.8%, against China’s 48.44% and the U.S.’s 88.84%.

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‘India can’t handle more big cats’

While conservation efforts are aimed at increasing the tiger count in India, global experts and officials in the government suggest that India must also prepare for a new challenge — of reaching the limits of its management capacity.

Think differently about healthcare

India’s public health system can no longer function within the shadows of its health services system

Investment over subsidies

A reconfiguration of public policy is needed to replace agricultural subsidies with investment

Non-communicable diseases top killers: WHO

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) — mainly cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and cancer — continue to be the top killers in the South-East Asia Region, claiming 8.5 million lives each year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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