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Agriculture investment: Time to cultivate a visible hand

The increase in minimum support prices (MSPs), which promises up to 97% increase in return on costs, can become the trigger for stimulating much-needed investment in agriculture by the Indian farmer. But it needs to be backed by the other factors that go towards making farming profitable.

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Health spends can’t be left to chance

Everybody faces the possibility of incurring medical expenses at short notice. You are better off if you regularly put a fixed sum of money into a pool and relied on this to pay for unpredictable expenses (Shutterstock)

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India can reduce maternal deaths

n many parts of the world, including in India, profuse and uncontrolled bleeding after birth accounts for more than half of all maternal deaths. Massaging the womb, and timely, i.e., within 60 seconds of birth, administration of easily available low-cost drugs such as oxytocin can have a dramatic impact on this bleeding.

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New scientific discoveries can save the lives of preterm babies

The birth of preterm babies is a global challenge. These exciting new discoveries offer great promise and could help both advanced as well as developing countries such as India, which, because of its sheer size, has the largest number of preterm births of any country, develop a serious response to this issue.

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The path to maximising citizen welfare

Today, the private sector provides ‘public goods’ while the State looks at issues such as law and order

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