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A child at the nutritional rehabilitation centre at Chitrakoot district hospital | Jyoti Yadav | ThePrint

How this remote, backward UP district is fighting malnutrition amid Covid pandemic

Children with severe acute malnutrition are believed to face a 9 times higher risk of death than a well-nourished child. The condition has also been linked with growth impairment.

Why India can’t figure out what a third wave of Covid will look like

The stuttering vaccination program and a lack of clarity on how & where the second wave was virulent are making it difficult to figure out what a third will look like.
File photo of Johnson and Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine| Flickr

No clarity on India launch of single-dose J&J Covid jab as talks focus on indemnity hurdle

US pharmaceutical companies like Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson have asked for indemnity against legal liability but the Government of India has not been inclined to give it.
Representational image | A beneficiary receives a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, in Kerala in July 2021 | ANI

Tougher than smallpox, but more feasible than polio — study pushes for eradicating Covid

Study published in BMJ Global Health compares eradication of smallpox and polio to possibility of eradicating Covid-19, argues that benefits outweigh the cost of working towards eradicating the pandemic.
A foreign national, residing in Kullu, receives Covid vaccine in Himachal Pradesh, on 29 April 2021 | ANI File Photo

Govt allows foreign nationals to register for Covid vaccine in India through CoWin

Foreigners can use their passports as identity proof for registration. Govt said the initiative will counter possibility of Covid spread in metropolitan areas, where foreigners reside.
A health worker preparing to administer Covid vaccine at a hospital in New Delhi on 16 January 2021 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Modi govt wants private hospitals to secure CSR funds and vaccinate school teachers 

In a meeting last week with private healthcare providers, Niti Aayog member (health) Dr V.K. Paul urged them to explore the CSR option.
Representational image | Steve Buissinne | Pixabay

Treatment of diseases like cancer, diabetes significantly hit by Covid in Odisha, study says

A study published in IJMR says routine treatment of non-communicable diseases was hindered due to the pandemic and patients in urban areas faced more difficulty than those in rural areas.

Don’t make safe water free for all. Those who can afford should pay

Those who can afford safe water should pay a reasonable price. But those who cannot pay for reasons beyond their control should get it for free.
A health worker collects swab sample from a passenger for Covid-19 test at a railway station in Prayagraj on 6 July 2021 | Photo: PTI

India records 35,499 new Covid cases, recovery rate at 97.39%

As of Monday 8am, India's number of active cases declined to 4,02,188, its total Covid burden was 3,19,69,954 cases while death toll was 4,28,309, according to the health ministry.
People wait to undergo Covid-19 testing at RML Hospital in Lucknow on 7 August 2021 | PTI

Delta variant detected in 80% samples sent for genome sequencing in Delhi in last 3 months

The official data also showed that the Delta variant has been found in 1,689 and the Alpha variant has been detected in 947 of the 5,752 samples from Delhi processed so far.

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The Finance Ministry at North Block in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Apple plans satellite features for iPhone that allow emergency calls

Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017. However, the feature is unlikely to be ready before next year. an Francisco: Apple Inc.’s push to bring satellite capabilities to the iPhone will be focused on emergency situations, allowing users to send texts to first responders and report crashes in areas without cellular coverage. The company is developing at least two related emergency features that will rely on satellite networks, aiming to release them in future iPhones, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017, Bloomberg has reported. Speculation that the next iPhone will have satellite capabilities ramped up this week after TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the phone will probably work with spectrum owned by Globalstar Inc. That’s led to conjecture that the iPhone will become something akin to a satellite phone,...
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Bloomberg

RBI to penalise banks if ATMs run out of cash from 1 October

The scheme has been formulated over concerns of inconvenience caused to the public and to ensure that sufficient cash is available through ATMs, RBI said in a circular.


‘Will pull India into a vortex’ — why Delhi is unlikely to heed ‘Afghan demand for air support’

While no active military aid is being discussed, ‘benign support’ like maintenance of equipment, training and spare parts has been under discussion between India and Afghanistan.

Caste, ethnicity, religion – United colours of Indian hockey prove the game thrives in inclusivity

It's impossible to field an Indian hockey team that doesn’t reflect the diversity, the united colours, better than any other. Shows that a sport, or a nation, will prosper with growing inclusivity.