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Opinion  /  Published 04.11.19

One does not simply adapt to noise pollution

Dhak, the rhythmic beat of which is apparently music to the Bengali ear, grated on my nerves on the night of Kali Puja. Woken up from sleep at midnight by the exuberant dhakis — Kali Puja is a signi...
By Srimoyee Bagchi in Calcutta

India  /  Published 01.11.19

Delhi public health emergency

A Supreme Court-mandated panel on Friday declared a public health emergency in the Delhi-NCR region and banned all construction activities till November 5.As pollution level in the region entered the ...
By PTI in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 15.10.19

India is ill-prepared to tackle mental health issues

Ignoring a problem or being unaware of its existence does not make it go away. If anything, its scale often grows to unmanageable proportions. This was indicated by an independent study conducted acro...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 14.10.19

Malnourished children: shocking but not surprising

India is busy building five-trillion-dollar castles in the air. In the meantime, less than 7 per cent of its children under two years of age get an adequate diet. The stark numbers thrown up by the Co...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 29.09.19

Why India can't fix its malnutrition problem

Some burdens are Sisyphean — no amount of endeavour seems to make them any lighter. The burden of malnutrition in India can be counted among these. A report published in The Lancet showed that while...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 15.09.19

Mental health: Laws are not enough

When does death, which is both inevitable and natural, become a serious problem? One of the answers to this question lies in the World Health Organization’s latest global suicide report, which revea...
By The Editorial Board in

Opinion  /  Published 28.08.19

India leads the global spitting fraternity

It is unlikely that India has heard of Mahesh Kumar from the Amdavadi suburb of Naroda. But Mr Kumar has a serious claim to fame. Or infamy, if you will. Some months ago, the gentleman became the firs...
By Uddalak Mukherjee in

Opinion  /  Published 02.08.19

India must update its air quality standards

One out of every four deaths in the world linked to air pollution may be happening in India. But the country has one of the weakest standards globally for a key pollutant like PM2.5, an ultra-fine par...
By Jayanta Basu in

Health  /  Published 18.07.19

Before the next dentist visit, read this

An international team of dental researchers on Thursday urged radical reforms in dentistry practices, flagging the lack of adequate evidence for some routinely prescribed treatment protocols and calli...
By G.S. Mudur in New Delhi

Opinion  /  Published 09.07.19

TB threat requires interdisciplinary response

It’s been a few years but I clearly remember a visit to a chest ward in a hospital in Patna. Tuberculosis patients, their faces emaciated, lay on their beds, staring, coughing, in despair. These imp...
By Shaibal Gupta in


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