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21st January – Equity’s weak pulse and commodified medicine

In 1924, the Madras presidency of British-India rolled out the Subsidised Rural Medical Relief Scheme (SRMRS), which was about providing temporary annual subsidies to doctors choosing to settle down and practise privately in villages specified by local boards. The scheme was then reckoned to be an economical way of expanding health-care access in rural areas. …

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20th January – One government proposes, other deposes

Since coming to power, Andhra Pradesh State Government has cancelled or put on hold a number of high-profile State contracts and projects, many involving foreign partners who now face huge losses. Arguments in favour – Officials say reviewing commitments made by the previous government will increase accountability and decrease corruption in the State, but outside …

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18th January – Universal Healthcare

Most middle-class taxpayers in private jobs are stuck between the devil and the deep sea when it comes to accessing quality, and yet affordable, healthcare. Their faith in government hospitals is eroding, and dependence on expensive private hospitals is increasing. What is ‘Universal Healthcare’? In 1948, the World Health Organisation had enshrined ‘Universal Health Coverage’ …

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17th January – Blue Flag Certification

Recently, the Centre issued an Extraordinary Gazette Notification declaring a list of activities and facilities that would be permissible in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) areas of certain beaches, which have been identified for obtaining the ‘Blue Flag’ certification. Context – In July 2019, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) had identified …

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17th January – Prelims Booster

Saksham What is Saksham? ‘Saksham’ is an annual one-month long, people-centric fuel conservation mega campaign of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. About PCRA – Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) is a registered society set up under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, …

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16th January – Directly Elected Mayors

Metros have been deprived of empowered Mayors who can raise efficiency, productivity and liveability. Mayors in many global cities go on to lead their country, which possibly explains why they have been reduced to obscure, ceremonial figures by national parties in India. Need – The Economic Survey of 2017-18 notes that a third of the …

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15th January – NEONs

Among the most-discussed new concepts at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this year was NEON. What is a NEON? The first project of Samsung’s Star Labs, NEONs are being called the world’s first artificial humans. They look and behave like real humans, and could one day develop memories and emotions — …

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