Look at who the Niti Aayog is consulting

October 26, 2017, 6:31 PM IST Rema Nagarajan in Staying Alive | India | TOI International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) is globally known for being a front organisation for food companies, soft drink companies and agrochemical manufacturers. There have been several reports on how ILSI has funded studies to oppose or dilute public health measures involving regulation of the food industry to tackle obesity.... Continue Reading →


Flawed economics?

Veena Shatrugna and Sylvia Karpagam DECEMBER 12, 2017 00:15 IST Link Hunger is not related as much to food production as to access and distribution The article “A misleading hunger index” (Dec. 4) could have been ignored for its wrong understanding of both epidemiology and nutrition if it wasn’t for the fact that its authors... Continue Reading →

Private vested interests rear their heads

Dr. Sylvia Karpagam Link to edited version in DH An online petition to the Governor of Karnataka has been doing the rounds on Change.org, presumably signed by private hospital doctors and those owning medical establishments and demanding the dismissal of the health minister of Karnataka, Mr. Ramesh Kumar. The petition is filled with language that... Continue Reading →

Beware! Gorakhpur redux in Bengaluru?

NATION, CURRENT AFFAIRS DECCAN CHRONICLE. | JOYEETA CHAKRAVORTY PublishedAug 23, 2017, 2:50 am IST UpdatedAug 23, 2017, 3:23 am IST Queues of weary patients awaiting treatment at Bowring Hospital are a common sight.  Contrary to the increase in number of doctors trained in Karnataka, the shortage of total number of specialists went up from 32% to 39%... Continue Reading →

When TV Anchors Become BJP Spokespersons To Spread Fake News

Published: July 09, 2017 13:19 IST Mahua Moitra The Goebbels doctrine - "Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth" -is also known to psychologists as "the illusion of truth". Under test conditions, people were more likely to rate statements as true when these statements were more familiar. Welcome to the BJP's nation-wide... Continue Reading →


Link State child helpline officials on a visit to a government school in a remote village in Kalaburagi district spotted a 9-year-old girl wearing a chain with beads generally worn by children who are dedicated to the Devadasi system prevalent in parts of North Karnataka. Swinging into action, the officials rescued the girl who is... Continue Reading →

Pricing of Cardiac Stents

Rema Nagarajan Vol. 52, Issue No. 23, 10 Jun, 2017 Download PDF Version Rema Nagarajan (reemanagarajan2016@gmail.com) is a senior journalist with the Times of India and writes on health issues. The pricing of cardiac stents in India has been mired in controversy and allegations of profiteering at the cost of vulnerable patients. This article looks at the... Continue Reading →

Activists: Don’t join SUN, a nutrition drive

TNN | May 24, 2017, 05.19 AM IST Link   Civil society groups have cautioned the central government about fresh efforts to persuade India to join the international movement called Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN), whose stated mission is to help countries fight malnutrition. Several paediatricians, nutritionists and public health activists wrote to the Niti Aayog stating... Continue Reading →

Are Akshaya Patra Kitchens What They are Made Out to Be?

BY LANA WHITTAKER ON 01/08/2015 • 10 COMMENTS  Link In recent years, NGOs have become increasingly involved in supplying meals to schools as part of the government’s midday meal scheme, particularly in large urban areas. Akshaya Patra is the largest of these, currently working in 10 states, feeding 1.4 million children each day. Centralised kitchens are vast... Continue Reading →

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