‘Therapeutic food’: can it solve the malnutrition problem?

The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) issued a notification to states and Union Territories at the end of August, clarifying that “use of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) for management of malnutrition is not an accepted policy of the Government of India”, and asked that this advice “be Read More …

Adoption process, who’s eligible, what safeguards are in place for the child

Who can adopt an Indian child? According to adoption guidelines notified in January this year, prospective adoptive parents have to be physically, mentally and emotionally stable, financially capable and should not have a life-threatening medical condition. Singles are eligible, but a single male cannot adopt a girl child. A couple Read More …

Finance Commission’s changing roles, challenges over the years

The government will soon constitute the Fifteenth Finance Commission, as per normal practice, a couple of years before the end of the five-year period during which the Commission’s recommendations are valid. Article 280 of the Constitution requires that a Finance Commission be constituted to recommend the distribution of the net Read More …

Why rising TB numbers may not be a bad thing after all

After years of being criticised for not doing enough on tuberculosis, India got a pat on the back this week from the World Health Organisation for increasing the funding to fight the disease. The WHO’s Global Tuberculosis Report 2017 said India “stood out as a country in which the budget Read More …

ISA, EBRD ink pact on solar energy

The International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on Nov 2, 2017 signed a Joint Financial Partnership Declaration for the promotion of solar energy. The collaboration between the ISA and the EBRD would also help funding of solar projects both in African and other Read More …

India-Kazakh Prabal Dostyk

The Indian and the Kazakh Armies on Nov 2, 2017 commenced a 14-day joint exercise “Prabal Dostyk” in Himachal Pradesh’s Bakloh town in Chamba district. The joint exercise is aimed at enhancing the military ties between both the countries. The training contingents comprise of platoon strength from 3rd Battalion of Read More …

Vidhyarthi Vigyan Manthan

In a bid to boost science and technology learning among students, the government will hold a nationwide science talent search examination through a mobile application.  State minister Alphons Joseph Kannanthanam launched the mobile app Vidhyarthi Vigyan Manthan (VVM). The app will be used for National Science Talent Search examination to Read More …