(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
August 16, 200
EVERY five minutes, a woman dies
The report said, “Every five
minutes, roughly one
maternal death occurs in
UN special rapporteur on health
Anand Grover said that
in most cases, such deaths “are avoidable” and called for empowerment
at the grass-roots level. Maternal mortality rate in
Legal adviser of the Centre for
--- The Asian Age, August 02
THE government may have enhanced allocation for its social sector in the current budget but the net expenditure as percentage of the gross domestic product (GDP) is still too low in comparison to some of the developed economies.
The total combined expenditures of central and state governments on social services in 2008-09 was 6.72 per cent of GDP at current prices. This is too low when compared to what some of the western countries spend on their people.
For instance, expenditure on education as a proportion of total expenditure has increased from 9.5 per cent in 2003-04 to 10.8 per cent in 2008-09. Share of health in the total expenditure has also increased from 4 per cent in 2003-04 to 5 per cent in 2008-09.
However, despite improvement in central allocation, there are still leakages in the system which are preventing the benefits from reaching the intended target group.
--- The Times of
A FORMER FBI translator has
claimed that the
“With those groups, we had
These “intimate relations’ included using bin Laden, for ‘operations’ in Central Asia, including Xinjiang, China. These ‘operations’ involved using al-Qaida and the Taliban in the same manner “as we did during the Afghan and Soviet conflict,” that is, fighting ‘enemies’ via proxies.
--- The Times of India, August 03