After being declared Polio-free in 2014, India continues to be "on the right track" in maintaining its polio-free status, and ensuring that every child gets vaccinated, an official expert group has said. The 27th Meeting of the Polio India Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) that reviewed the country's programmes, including mass vaccination...
Ninety-nine refugee shelters have been damaged and 130 destroyed in Rohingya refugee camps in Southern Bangladesh due to torrential rains that began on Saturday and continue to trigger landslides and flooding. Around 21,500 people are reported to be affected since 11 May when monsoon started and the numbers are expected...
Shujaat Bukhari, eminent journalist and Editor-in-chief of Rising Kashmir, a Srinagar-based newspaper, was shot dead on Thursday evening outside his office in Srinagar. A group of three attackers, who are yet to be identified, shot him multiple times and fled the scene. The two security officers guarding were also been...
The latest annual social audit report on India's more than a decade-old rural employment guarantee program has revealed major shortfalls in worksite facilities across the country. The social audit, conducted in 46,130 of the 2,62,416 Gram Panchayats, found that worksites in 20,316 Panchayats -- 44% of the audited ones --...
Doctors posted in the remote areas of Kashmir are using Whatsapp to get help from specialists to save lives, under an innovative programme, Save Hearts Initiative, by the government. Under the programme, which follows a “hub and spoke” model doctors collaborate online, to provide on-time medical care particularly to Myocardial...
Twenty-two projects have been approved in 25 low-income nations under the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, which marked its first anniversary on Friday. This includes a climate early-warning system in seven Pacific island countries, and governance projects in eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland, and Uruguay. “The Fund’s focus on supporting people in...
India now has over 3.8 lakh villages and 391 districts with Open Defecation Free (ODF) status, with 7.4 crore toilets having been built across rural India, the central government has said. While the country has been running a nation-wide cleanliness campaign -- Swachh Bharat -- since 2014, the rural sanitation...
Myanmar and United Nations agencies have signed a major agreement that would pave the way for the eventual return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled the country since conflict broke out last year in the North Rakhine state. Under the memorandum of understanding, officially signed by...
The United States has vetoed a resolution at the United Nations Security Council which deplored the "excessive, disproportionate and indiscriminate force" by Israeli forces against Palestinian civilians, although it was supported by 10 of its members. The US, which said that the resolution took a "grossly one-sided view" without blaming militant...
While nearly four in ten children in India (38%) are stunted -- having low height for their age, indicating poor nutrition-- a new study shows huge variation in its prevalence in districts across the country, with 239 of the 640 districts having stunting above the national average. The districts with...

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