Can a mining fund provide relief to Rajasthan’s silicosis widows?

Down to Earth | Nov 22, 2019

The disease is leaving a trail of young widows across Bhilwara, who are now the main bread earners of their families, often with two or more children to fend for

Sitting on the edge of a stone slab, Bhagwani points to her place of work — a sandstone mine located adjacent to her village Jaleri in the Bijoliya tehsil of Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district.

She is breathless from the walk, but quips to add that it is nothing compared to what her husband went through. Working as a stone driller since adolescence at mining sites, her husband started showing symptoms of silicosis five years ago. Read more

Ten years after Shivraj Singh Chouhan govt rejected recommendation, MP to give eggs to children from next year

The Economic Times | Vasudha Venugopal | Nov 23, 2019

According to official records, the proposal to give eggs to children was first suggested to the Shivraj Singh Chouhan led MP government in 2009 as part of formulating the Atal Bihari Vajpayee child health and nutrition mission to address the issue..

NEW DELHI: Ten years after the BJP government of Madhya Pradesh first rejected a proposal to give eggs to children to address the alarming levels of malnutrition in children, and followed it up with many rejections of the same proposal in the subsequent years, the Congress-led MP government now has now decided to launch the scheme not just for children, but also for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Read more

Nagada tribes fume over DMF fund misutlisation

Orissa Post | NOv 21, 2019

Kaliapani: Amidst allegations about misutilisation of the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) funds in Nagada area of Jajpur district, Juanga residents have decided to stage an agitation over the issue November 25. Notably, the Khani Anchal Surakhya Manch has called for an agitation over alleged misutilisation of the DMF fund.

Nagada came to focus after 19 kids died in 2016 allegedly due to malnutrition. The state government faced heavy criticism from various quarters. It laid focus on the development of Nagada so as to ensure all-round development of this backward area. Read more

Pollution won’t spare your little one: Kids deemed more vulnerable to damage than adults

The Economic Times | Nov 16, 2019

Kids these days are likely to face increased risk from severe floods, prolonged droughts, and wildfires.

NEW DELHI: As temperatures rise in a changing climate scenario, children born in India will be particularly vulnerable to a greater health burden of malnutrition, air pollution and deadly heat waves, according to a major new report published in The Lancet journal on Thursday.

The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change is a comprehensive yearly analysis tracking progress across 41 key indicators. Read more

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