Indian economy to grow at lower rate in 2017-18 due to demonetisation: Paris-based think tank

Indian economy to grow at lower rate in 2017-18 due to demonetisation: Paris-based think tank

Indian economy is projected to grow at a lower than expected rate of 6.7 per cent this fiscal due to the “transitory effects” of demonetisation and the GST implementation, according to Paris-based think tank OECD. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has also revised downwards its estimate for the country’s growth in next financial year (2018-19) to 7.2 per cent. For this period, the GDP expansion was pegged at 7.7 per cent in June. In 2017-18, India’s growth is forecast to be 6.7 per cent compared to June…

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Indian retail may grow to Rs 85 lakh crore by 2021: Report

Indian retail may grow to Rs 85 lakh crore by 2021: Report

Indian retail industry, growing at 10 per cent, may almost double to Rs 85 trillion (lakh crore) by 2021 steered by consumer data and technology disruptions, says a joint report by Ficci and Deloitte. According to the report, consumer data and technology disruptions will drive retail and FMCG sectors towards a new phase of growth where consumer experience will be the focal concern for all retailers and brands. “Consumer retail forms an integral part of the industry with current estimated size of more than Rs 45 trillion. It is further…

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Childhood Cancer: Why Only 1 in 5 Indian Children Survives Cancer

Childhood Cancer: Why Only 1 in 5 Indian Children Survives Cancer

A heavyweight in the category of dangerous diseases, cancer ranks high on the list. It is one of the major causes of death among adult, as well as children, and across the globe. It is alarming how the disease is growing and affecting more and more people every year. As per the National Cancer Registry programme of the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (ICMR), one out of eight men today has the possibility of developing cancer in his lifetime (0-74 years). Similarly, one out of nine women has…

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One in Every Three Indian Kids Has Unhealthy BMI: Reveals Survey

One in Every Three Indian Kids Has Unhealthy BMI: Reveals Survey

Health is a major issue in our country especially when it comes to kids. A new survey has been doing the round in this respect with some alarming results. The nationwide 7th Annual School Health and Fitness Study 2016 released by EduSports, a school sports enterprise, reveals that a large number of school children in India have fitness levels far from satisfactory. The survey is conducted every year and last year’s report covered 1,69,932 students in the age group of 7 – 17 years from 326 schools in 86 cities and 26…

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Leaf Plates From Germany: Time to Switch Back to Ancient Indian Traditions?

Leaf Plates From Germany: Time to Switch Back to Ancient Indian Traditions?

Do you remember eating food out of pattals? I do. Raised in the heartland of Uttar Pradesh, I was quite close to the rustic and traditional ways of living as compared to some of my friends and colleagues living in metros. I remember some of my favourite street stalls and most iconic canteens and eateries in Allahabad serving pav bhajis, poori sabjis and samosas in donas made out of dried leaves. My father would note the economical aspect of such a practice, not to mention the fact that leaves are…

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70 mn Indian women consume smokeless tobacco, many to kill hunger

70 mn Indian women consume smokeless tobacco, many to kill hunger

70 mn Indian women consume smokeless tobacco, many to kill hunger A whopping 70 million Indian women above age 15 use smokeless tobacco (SLT), which alone constitutes 63 per cent of the world’s SLT consumption, according to a Union Health Ministry report on SLT. The first-ever comprehensive report by the ministry, launched at the ongoing World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) here, also stated that one factor influencing SLT use among disadvantaged women is the desire to suppress hunger while performing difficult and laborious tasks. “Easy…

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Why 10 million Indian women secretly undergo abortions every year

Why 10 million Indian women secretly undergo abortions every year

Why 10 million Indian women secretly undergo abortions every year In 2008, Arti Chauhan (name changed to protect identity), mother of a 12-year-old girl, a 9-year-old boy and a 6-year old girl, became aware that two pills— mifepristone and misoprostol, taken with a day’s gap between them—could induce an abortion, a procedure she considered when she got pregnant when her boy was just a year old. Chauhan, 28, wife of a daily wager employed in a fabrication workshop in Mt Abu in southwest Rajasthan’s Sirohi district, did not want another…

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6 Indian Superfoods to Reduce Belly Fat

6 Indian Superfoods to Reduce Belly Fat

Wedding season is here! And you will all agree with me that there comes a moment when you want to lose stubborn fat around your belly just to wear that favorite sari or lehenga of yours. We keep running from pillar to post to find that one secret food or ingredient that melts our belly fat. We don’t believe in miracles but here is the list of superfoods that will actually help you shed those extra kilos. In order to lose weight, you need your calorie intake to be less…

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66% Indian Smokers View E-Cigarettes as ‘Positive Alternative’

66% Indian Smokers View E-Cigarettes as ‘Positive Alternative’

Nearly 66 per cent of Indian smokers see e-cigarettes as a “positive alternative” to tobacco products, a new survey said on Thursday. In a first-of-its-kind survey of adult smokers in India conducted by non-profit organisation factasia.org, the researchers found that 69 per cent of Indian smokers would consider switching to e-cigarettes “if they were legal, met quality and safety standards, and were conveniently available”. The survey showed that a few smokers in India have tried them although more than a third — 36 per cent — express some level of…

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Indian Scientists Discover Link Between Obesity, Diabetes

Indian Scientists Discover Link Between Obesity, Diabetes

In a major breakthrough, Indian scientists have zeroed in on key disease events triggering type 2 diabetes in obese people. They say the novel findings open up avenues for drug development and therapy and could also help identify those susceptible to the disease affecting 64.5 million Indians.With 9.8 million obese men and 20 million obese women (fifth and third rank respectively in the world in 2014), according to a study published in The Lancet journal, it is a double whammy for India. Scientists at the CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology…

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