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INDIA ADDRESS TOWARDS SICKLE CELL ANAEMIA

Sickle cell anaemia (SCA), a genetic blood disorder, found mention in the Budget this year. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the government will work in “mission mode” to eliminate the condition by 2047. India is the second-worst affected country in terms of predicted births with SCA — i.e. chances …

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A PICTURE OF ISLAM THAT IS QUITE DIFFERENT

Towards the end of 2022, a hugely significant moment in the post-Independence history of Indian Muslims slipped by under the radar. The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, the oldest Muslim organisation in India, with its roots in the national freedom struggle, filed a petition in the Supreme Court of India seeking reservation for …

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NO AGE BAR TO REGISTER FOR CADAVER ORGAN TRANSPLANT

⦁ In a major tweak to the organ donation policy, the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said the clause that people aged beyond 65 could not receive cadaver organ transplants had been removed. ⦁ “The government has decided to do away with the ceiling. Now, people beyond 65 in need …

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STOP E-CIGARETTES

India banned e-cigarettes in 2019. Ecigarettes were still available through online stores and local vendors. “Instances of such devices being sold at convenient/stationary stores near educational institutions have also been reported, which is resulting in easy access by young children to such products.” The increasing availability of such prohibited products …

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UNDERSTANDING INDIA’S MENTAL HEALTHCARE ACT, 2017

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in a report flagged the “inhuman and deplorable” condition of all 46 government-run mental healthcare institutions across the country. The report notes that the facilities are “illegally” keeping patients long after their recovery, in what is an “infringement of the human rights of mentally …

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TACKLING POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

The links between childbirth and mental disorders have been described for hundreds of years. Mental illness after childbirth isn’t merely of historical interest. As illustrated by the findings of the U.K. Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths, suicide is a leading cause of maternal death following childbirth. In India itself, the …

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HEALTH SECTOR AND THE CONSEQUENCES

The stagnant allocations in the Budget for health, education and nutrition reminded me of the film The Last Czars. Emperor Nicholas asks his communist captors why he has been imprisoned despite loving Russia and being loyal to it. Budgets are boring documents if we look at them only in terms of financial …

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PANEL TO REVIEW WORKING OF HOMES UNDER JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD

In the wake of the death of a juvenile in a State-run home in Chengalpattu district, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced that a high-level committee would be constituted to review and improve the functioning of observation homes, special homes and places of safety under the Juvenile Justice Board. …

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ALL INDIA SURVEY ON HIGHER EDUCATION (AISHE)

Tamil Nadu’s Gross Enrolment Ratio dropped by 2.1 percentage points to 46.9% in 2020-21 from the year before, the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) released on Sunday showed. India recorded a marginal increase in GER from 25.6% to 27.3%. Tamil Nadu was among very few States that recorded …

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