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Consumption patterns

The poverty quibble

Posted on: 31 Jul, 2013
Government claims a huge drop in poverty numbers but critical indicators—health, malnutrition and wages—continue to be grim. So how did the poor fare better?

Vitamin D complex

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2013

High BP, tobacco are top killers

Author(s): Ratnika Sharma
Issue Date: Jan 15, 2013
DISEASE patterns are changing world over. Deaths from infectious diseases, poor nutrition and maternal and child illnesses, which used to be the key global killers two decades ago, are down. More people today die of non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure and due to tobacco and alcohol consumption. This is one of the key findings of a study on the global burden of disease, published in The Lancet on December 13, 2012.

A pecking order falls

Author(s): Garga Chatterjee
Issue Date: Dec 15, 2012
We live in a world filled with theories of human nature, or more correctly, theories of human nature that explain differences between people. Such theories have a wide ranging currency and explain differences between people in things as varied as poverty, labour efficiency, honesty, graciousness, violence (or lack thereof), scientific progress, cleanliness of streets, alcoholism, sexual prowess and what not.

Rio: not plus or minus, just 20

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2012
The Rio+20 UN conference on sustainable development is over. The conference declaration, titled “The Future We Want”, is a weak and meaningless document. It aims at the lowest common denominator consensus to say it all, but to say nothing consequential about how the world will move ahead to deal with the interlinked crises of economy and ecology. Is this the future we want or the future we dread?

Seeking Food Sovereignty

Posted on: 29 Jun, 2012
From Cordoba to Chennai and Maine, farmers and consumers are coming together on the platform of right to safe food

Guardians for the future

Issue Date: May 15, 2012
Today, vast factory trawlers are vacuuming every living thing off the floor of the oceans. Toxic wastes are being dumped on poor communities whose governments turn a blind eye. Millions of hectares of irreplaceable primeval forests are purposely being burned every year to make way for cattle ranches.

The great divide

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2012
The Planning Commission has rejected the poverty estimate made on the basis of the latest consumption expenditure survey by the National Sample Survey Office. The survey done in 2009-10 reveals a wide gap in the expenditures of the rural and urban residents. This implies high inequality. What’s more, people in villages now spend a larger share of their income on food and other necessities as compared to those in towns and cities

‘Tribal philosophy can’t be ignored beyond a point’

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2012
Your views on the tribal way of life.

New poverty estimate scrapped

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2012
ARGUABLY, India does not have a poverty estimate. It faces a tough question: how to measure poverty. Confusion erupts as multiple expert groups and organisations are working on a new methodology to measure poverty.
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