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AIIMS surgeon enters Limca Book of Records

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2015
C S Yadav, doctor of orthopaedics at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, has registered his name in the Limca Book of Records-2014-15 for conducting maximum joint replacements at the highest altitude. Yadav carried out total knee replacements and hip replacements in Leh in Jammu and Kashmir from May 6-9, 2013. He was assisted by three doctors of Sonam Norboo Memorial Government Hospital, Leh, where the operations were conducted.

Distressed handloom weavers seek bailout

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Feb 28, 2015
Narmada S, resident of Sansthan Narayanpur village in Nalgonda district of Telangana, has never heard of Union finance minister, Arun Jaitley. She also does not understand how a single man can decide the fate of her family and many others in her village. What she knows is that handloom weavers like her will not survive for long.

Findings of Economic Survey 2015 are cause for worry

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2015
Survey hints at what we can expect from Union Budget 2015-16 Author: Richard Mahapatra

Economic Survey low on health; public health infrastructure may take a backseat

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2015
The Economic Survey 2015 is mum about public health infrastructure in India. This has been a major concern raised by people who advocate health rights. But the Survey seems to indicate that the Union Budget may not announce any concrete steps for strengthening health infrastructure.

India falls short of achieving increased power generation capacity

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2015
Is India on track to increasing capacity in the power sector? It does not seem so, if one goes by the findings of Economic Survey 2015 tabled on February 27 in Parliament. The Survey shows that India is lagging behind and has added only 11,610.41 MW. This figure includes 1,000 MW generated by nuclear power facilities commissioned till December 31, 2014.

Findings of Economic Survey 2015 are cause for worry

Issue Date: Feb 28, 2015
The terms “fiscal prudence” and “fiscal consolidation” appear frequently in the Survey tabled on Friday. What do they mean? To put in plain words, the government has identified subsidies—oil, food and fertiliser—as the most important sector that must now be “rationalised” to unleash the economic potential of the country.

Earth’s natural cooling process offset global warming in past decade

Issue Date: Feb 27, 2015
Natural cooling cycles in the Atlantic and the Pacific have offset global warming in the past decade, say researchers. However, this trend could reverse in the future, says a new study published in the journal Science.

Study identifies genes linked to obesity

Issue Date: Feb 27, 2015
In a massive worldwide study to understand the genetic basis of obesity, scientists have identified 97 genetic markers strongly associated with influencing body mass index, a common index to measure obesity.

Help Kerala’s rubber sector recover from crisis, urges state finance minister

Issue Date: Feb 27, 2015
As an immediate measure to revive the sector, the Centre should raise the import duty of natural rubber from the current 20 per cent to 40 per cent. Rubber sector can be brought under the ambit of the new “Make in India” scheme. The Central government must declare a scheme for supporting rubber growers with soft interest loans from banks.
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