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Let Government Staff’s Pension Funds To Invest 50% In Equities: PF Body

  ¬†Hyderabad: The pensions fund regulator PFRDA wants government to more than treble investment levels in equity markets by government subscribers under the National Pension System (NPS) up to 50 per cent from 15 per cent now. The regulator has sent a proposal to government seeking to allow government subscribers (state and Central government employees) invest up to 50 per cent in equities under the NPS, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority chairman Hemanth Contractor said here on Thursday. The authority manages about Rs. 1.70 trillion of funds belonging to…

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Risk to Human from Bird Flu Sub-Type H5N8 is Low: Government

The risk to human population from avian influenza sub-type H5N8 is “low” but the government has issued advisories to states and Union Territories to minimise bird-human interface as a matter of “abundant caution”, Rajya Sabha was informed today. Outbreak of bird flu was first reported on October 18 among wild birds in National Zoological Park in Delhi and since then samples from Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Punjab and Haryana have been tested positive at Bhopal-based National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases (NIHSAD). Minister of State for Health Faggan Singh…

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Dengue Claimed 179 Lives, no Death Due to Chikungunya: Government

Dengue has claimed 179 lives across the country this year while no death has been reported due to chikungunya, though it affected 21,000 people, the Rajya Sabha was told today. “During 2016 (till November 13), a total number of 179 deaths due to dengue and no death due to chikungunya has been reported in the country. “The number of positive cases for dengue and chikungunya in the country during 2016 (till November 13) are 90,277 and 21,094 respectively,” Health Minister J P Nadda said in a written reply. He said…

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Government Working to Make People Aware of Stress: Nadda

In a bid to tackle stress among people and improve productivity, Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda on Wednesday said that the government is working on “Catch them Young” programme to make people aware of stress-related problems. “There is a heightened focus on preventive health along with curative health now. Awareness is very important to keep away non-communicable diseases (NCDs),” he said after launching the “No More Tension” mobile app and the release of the “Healthy India Initiative/Swastha Bharat-ek pehal” magazine here. “People suffer from stress related problems due to…

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Delhi Government Orders Three-Day School Shutdown Over Smog

Schools in the Indian capital will be closed for the next three days, the Delhi state government said Sunday, as the city struggles with one of the worst spells of air pollution in recent years. “Emergency measures are needed to solve this problem together,” state chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said. “All construction and demolition in the city will be banned for next five days. All schools will be closed for the next three days in Delhi,” he added. Thick smog has blanketed the capital for days, with local and central…

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Andhra Pradesh Government Aims to Make State Mosquito-Free in 2 years

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today said his government would work to make the state “100 per cent mosquito-free” in the next two years. “It is possible. We have recently launched a war on mosquitoes. We have to work on this daily and in two years make AP mosquito-free,” the Chief Minister said, inaugurating the two-day conference of District Collectors here today. Sri Lanka has achieved the distinction of being a mosquito-free nation and the World Health Organisation has also declared it so, he pointed out. Andhra Pradesh…

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