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Uttar Pradesh

Bitter returns of a bumper harvest

Body of BhubSingh Khushwa being taken for cremation. He reportedly committed suicide as he could not repay his loans amounting to Rs 25,000. The government did not buy his wheat produce. His wait seemed endless   Read full story: Death on mounds of a bumper crop Photograph by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri

Bitter returns of a bumper harvest

UP has recorded a bumper crop this year. But most of the farmers are still in debt because the government is not purchasing their stocks. Jasoda Bal of Mahoba village may eventually have to sell her wheat harvest cheap to a private trader   Read full story: Death on mounds of a bumper crop Photograph by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri

Bitter returns of a bumper harvest

The mortuary at Orai in southern Uttar Pradesh regularly receives bodies of farmers of Bundelkhand region, who are driven to suicide by debts. The state government has made no effort to address farmers' grievances   Read full story: Death on mounds of a bumper crop Photograph by: Sayantoni Palchoudhuri

Children once again

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2012

A thin green coating

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2012
There is a buzz about green buildings. Town planners are wooing developers with generous offers so that they construct structures that consume less power, water and material. Cities like Noida in Uttar Pradesh and Pimpri-Chinchwad in Maharashtra where construction industry is booming due to proximity to mega cities are taking the lead by offering extra built-up areas and financial benefits. But there is no check in place to measure the performance of these green buildings. Analysts say developers are taking advantage of such laxity to pocket the incentives.

Vaccine woes continue

Posted on: 12 Mar, 2012
For long, India’s vaccination programme had six vaccines for tuberculosis, diphtheria, pertussis, whooping cough, tetanus, polio and measles. The vaccines were cheap and protected children adequately. But in the last decade, the country has been under tremendous pressure from the pharmaceutical industry to include a variety of expensive vaccines in its immunisation programme.

Time for course correction

Issue Date: Mar 7, 2012
Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee will be rewriting the budget from today. This became clear late in the afternoon yesterday when state elections results were declared and the Congress party was routed in three of the five states that went to polls.

Matter of life and death

The two story building of community health centre in Malhipur in Jamunaha block in Shravasti district in Uttar Pradesh has separate rooms for doctors of every speciality. But all are locked due to the lack of staff. The Community Health Centre is run by only two general physicians. There is no staff nurse Photo by: Ankur Paliwal Read more: Cradles of hope (Cover Story) Read more: What ails Bundi? (Reporter's Diary) Read more: Children of a lesser god (Reporter's Diary)
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