Limit trans fats to 1% of calorie intake to keep diseases at bay

Context: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recommended that adults and children should consume a maximum of 10% of their daily calorie intake in the form of saturated fat (found in meat and butter) and 1% in trans fats.  Other facts & Figures: These draft recommendations, the first since 2002, Read More …

Flawed, unjust

Context: New reservation norms in faculty appointments threaten to diminish opportunities for Dalits, tribals and OBCs. Indian universities preserve of a privileged caste elite: Indian universities, like most other institutions in the country, were historically the exclusive preserve of a privileged caste elite. It is to make them more inclusive Read More …

Nutrition panel drops Minister for Women and Child Development proposal

Context: The National Council on Nutrition (NCN) has unanimously rejected Union Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD) ’s proposal to replace ready-to-eat food as take-home dry rations with energy-dense nutrient packets which could be mixed with food for anganwadi beneficiaries. Direction of the Council: The council has also directed that pilot Read More …

What does it take to save a newborn’s life?

Context: The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) released a report highlighting the grim state of the Indian health system for newborns. United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) report: With an average newborn mortality rate of 25.4 deaths for every 1,000 live births, India leads the list of Read More …

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 has these guidelines on how to report such cases. The details of the Act are as below PROTECTION OF CHILDREN FROM SEXUAL OFFENCES ACT, 2012 Chapter V- Procedure for reporting of cases Sec 23. Procedure for media- No person shall make any Read More …