CAG report on Food Corporation reveals loaders’ use of proxy labour to earn lakhs continues unabated

New Delhi: The famous lakhpati loaders of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) continue to bleed the corporation dry, never mind multiple suggestions by myriad agencies to rein them in. The latest fault finding mission, by the Comptroller & Auditor General of India, has laid bare the same rot which has been eating away at FCI for years. The CAG found that in October 2015, 61 labourers at FCI earned more than Rs two lakh as monthly incentive and two among these loaders earned over three lakh in incentive! Their remuneration…

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Lifestyle changes could prevent a third of dementia cases, report suggests

More than a third of dementia cases might be avoided by tackling aspects of lifestyle including education, exercise, blood pressure and hearing, a new report suggests. Approximately 45 million people worldwide were thought to be living with dementia in 2015, at an estimated cost of $818bn. Drop in dementia rates suggests disease can be prevented, researchers say Read more And numbers are rising: in England and Wales it is estimated that 1.2 million people will be living with dementia by 2040 – a 57% increase from 2016 figures, largely driven by people…

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Daily Report: Reinventing Food Isn’t Easy

Food delivery services are having a hard time turning a profit, and they are dreading the day that Amazon officially acquires the high-end grocer Whole Foods. Uber, the ride-hailing service, is simmering in management chaos and a tough intellectual property fight with Google’s parent company, Alphabet. And that brings us to Hampton Creek, the company that is trying to reinvent food. Last year, the vegan food start-up quietly ordered its workers to buy mass quantities of its flagship product, Just Mayo, from stores. Such an effort could make Just Mayo seem more popular than it…

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One-Third Young Indians Suffer From Lifestyle Diseases: Report

Representative Image One in three or 33 per cent of Indians over 30 years of age are suffering from one or more lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure, thyroid and cancer, a report has revealed. GOQii — a California-based virtual fitness coaching platform — in its ‘GOQii India Fit’ 2017 report showed that nearly 9.4 per cent people are suffering from high cholesterol followed by 7.7 per cent suffering from diabetes and 6.76 per cent suffering from thyroid. “Over the years, there has been an increase in…

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Nokia 3310 on the comeback trail, report says

NEW YORK, Feb 15 — The 2017 Mobile World Congress will introduce a new version of the classic Nokia 3310 handset, according to a new report on the phone brand’s plans. A higher end offering, the Android 7.0 powered Nokia 6, will be announced for international release at Mobile World Congress at which Nokia and its new owner, HMD Global, are presenting on February 26, 2017. It had announced the Nokia 6 for launch in China early 2017 at the beginning of the year. With its Nokia 6 at €249…

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HOSPITAL FOOD ‘DIABOLICAL’ Report shows half of hospitals are failing to meet basic government food standards

Rules brought in to drive up standards include providing “flexible” meals and drinks day and night. But new data from the Department of Health shows only 54 per cent are fully compliant. Katherine Button, of the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, said: “The situation is diabolical. “When the hospital food standards were brought in two years ago, we were promised that these hospital food standards were legally binding. “With half of hospitals still not meeting even the basic standards, we can now see that this is demonstrably not the case….

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US Health Report: Exercising More, But Mental Health Suffers

How healthy are people in the U.S.? A new federal report shows that although the country has made progress in some areas, such as increasing how much exercise people get and lowering the number of teens who smoke cigarettes, it’s fallen behind in others, particularly in taking care of mental health. The new report, published today (Jan. 11) by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), detailed the country’s progress in meeting a set of 10-year national health goals that were set in 2010 as part of…

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In Report to PMO, Home Ministry Counters BSF Jawan’s Food Complaint

New Delhi: The Home Ministry has in a report to the Prime Minister’s Office on said it has found no substance in a complaint by a BSF jawan that poor quality rations were given to security personnel posted along the border, asserting “there was no widespread discontent” in constabulary over food. In the report, the Home Ministry conveyed to the PMO that there was no shortage of rations at any post in paramilitary forces and quality check is being conducted regularly. A video by BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav complaining…

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Russia, Trump deny report Moscow has compromising info on president-elect

Moscow denied allegations Wednesday that the Kremlin has collected compromising information about Donald Trump and called news reports on the matter a “complete fabrication and utter nonsense” — as the president-elect blasted the claims on Twitter. Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, insisted that the Kremlin “does not engage in collecting compromising material.” Shortly afterward, Trump unleashed a barrage of tweets about the “fake news.” “Russia has never tried to use leverage over me,” Trump wrote, while swiping at the intelligence community for allegedly allowing the information to…

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‘Hundreds die’ in India police custody, says rights group report

Nearly 600 people died in police custody in India between 2010 and 2015, says the US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a new report. The rights group said no policeman was convicted for a prisoner’s death in custody during this period. India’s police routinely attributes deaths in custody to illness, attempted escape, suicide and accidents. But rights groups say a large number of such deaths happen because of torture in custody – claims officials reject. On Monday, the rights group released a a 114-page report which examines “police disregard for…

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