UNLIKE OTHER children his age, 20-month-old Nilesh Ramesh Savalkar of Patiya village in Amravati district of Maharshtra has not learnt to run around the house or grab for things. Instead, he sleeps most of the day and complains of a persistent pain in legs and joints. Nilesh’s mother fervently prays for his recovery. His father though is indifferent, calling his condition a typical case of sukhti that will go away with time. Sukhti is a severe form of malnutrition in which the child develops “acute muscle wasting” that eventually affects growth and development.
Cases of malnutrition are not new to Amravati. The burden is particularly high in the blocks of Dharni and Chikhaldhara that are part of Melghat region, a difficult to reach hilly, forest area inhabited by tribal communities. Chronic malnutrition and child mortality rate from the region had prompted the Maharashtra government in 2013-14 to introduce a slew of measures, including a three-tier system, to improve nutrition status of children. Apart from the anganwadis or rural child care centres that are present in every village under the Centre’s Integrated Child Development Services and provide nutrition supplements to children and monitor their growth, the state has set up 24,167 nutrition rehabilitation centres (NRCS ) and village council of development committees (VCDCS ). While NRCS ensure proper food to children with severe acute malnutrition, monitor their height and weight, and counsel caregivers on nutrition; VCDCS focus on rehabilitation by admitting such children to monitor food uptake.
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‘America's original social distancer'
THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND LOCKDOWNS MADE DAVID GESSNER, PROFESSOR OF CREATIVE WRITING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON, REVISIT HENRY DAVID THOREAU—THE 19 TH CENTURY AMERICAN NATURALIST, ESSAYIST, POET AND PHILOSOPHER WHO LIVED IN ISOLATION FOR TWO YEARS STARTING 1845. THOREAU SPENT HIS TIME GROWING HIS OWN FOOD, CONTEMPLATING AND WRITING. HIS STAY IN THE WOODS BY THE WALDEN POND IN CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS, RESULTED IN HIS MOST-KNOWN WORK, WALDEN—A BOOK THAT DESCRIBES THE ACT OF LIVING DAY TO DAY AND IS CONSIDERED A CLASSIC ON NATURE WRITING AND INDIVIDUALISM. GESSNER COMPARES THOREAU’S SELF-IMPOSED ISOLATION TO HIS OWN FORCED SECLUSION DURING THE PANDEMIC IN HIS BOOK QUIET DESPERATION, SAVAGE DELIGHT TO CONCLUDE “JUST HOW INTENSELY RELEVANT THOREAU IS TO OUR TIMES”. EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK:
In absence of robust framework and infrastructure, segregation of domestic hazardous waste remains a distant dream for most Indian cities
States must contend with several production hurdles before they can roll out fortified rice as part of the Union government's plan to fight malnutrition
‘Reality is not as fixed as people like to think'
Humans pride themselves on the fact that they cannot just see and perceive what is around them but also analyse their observations and form definite conclusions. However, this ability to understand reality is not foolproof, say researchers from the University College of London, UK, in a recent preprint paper published in the online repository PsyArXiv. Through a series of experiments, the researchers have determined that people are often akin to mistaking their imagination for real-life perception. DAKSHIANI PALICHA speaks to lead author of the study NADINE DIJKSTRA about the potential implications of their findings. Excerpts:
The fading mirage of a TRIPS waiver
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Many hues of haldi
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The pandemic years have witnessed a boom in the production and export of the humble underground stem called turmeric, along with a renewal of interest among the scientific community in the spice’s therapeutic qualities, especially against COVID-19. VIBHA VARSHNEY reports why inclusion of the household herb in our daily diet is a healthy idea
With the world having lost 14 per cent of its coral reefs in just one decade, a marine devastation seems imminent. But there may be some hope yet
The abnormally high rainfall in the final month of the rainy season has added to India's monsoon agony
BEYOND 100 DAYS
The national rural employment guarantee programme financially empowers village panchayats, thus making them an effective self-governing system
The Secret to Happiness
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BELLING THE BULL
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“We are currently witnessing a triveni sangam of money, market sentiments and fundamentals” -Nilesh Shah
Nilesh Shah is Group President and Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company Limited. Nilesh was part of the team that has received the Best Fund House of the Year Award at all the mutual funds where he worked viz. Kotak MF, ICICI Prudential and Franklin Templeton over last three decades. Nilesh is Chairman of Association of Mutual Fund in India (AMFI), Member of Mutual Fund Advisory Committee (MFAC) and a part time member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. Nilesh was featured in Top 50 People of India by India Today for CY 20.
EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE ALRIGHT
Equity markets show wild movements. From historical highs to record lows. Yet, there’s no reason to panic or rush for the exit door. Patience is the name of the game in equity space
नीलेश राणे का राहल गांधी पर तंज!
केवल कांग्रेस छोड़ भाजपा में शामिल होने का विकल्प बचा
Most Sustainable Shoe With Just Five Components
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The new wave of Covid-19 cases was caused more by a relaxed approach to Covid-appropriate behaviour and inadequate policy measures than mutant virus strains
BED AND BEDDING CO. LAUNCHES STORES FOR ALL BEDDING SOLUTIONS
In sync with the changing needs and preferences of consumers, Bed and Bedding Co., India’s first exclusive mattress retailing chain, has unveiled multi-brand stores in Pune for the true connoisseurs of rejuvenating sleep experience. These Bed and Bedding stores cum experience centers not only offer a variety of mattresses and beddings from all the top-selling brands of India and America, but they also offer the buyers the most compelling opportunity to get real-time assessment of the customization they should look for.
State says no worrying mutations but geneticists question sampling method
State health officials on Saturday said genome sequencing conducted on 52 Covid-19 samples had not shown any particular mutation that could have led to the sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra.
With limited resources on one side and burgeoning expenditure on the other, the Centre had to be realistic, bring in transparency and alter the spending mix