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Sharp slump in fruit-vegetable exports prompts long-term remedies

New Delhi , Feb 23 A sharp, 18 per cent slump in the exports of fruit and vegetables alone in the past two years -- largely due to a stringent green norm and heightened quality standards, particularly in Europe -- has prompted a slew of long-term remedial measures including improvement in pre-harvest conditions and cluster farming to improve quality.

Australian postal chief quits over high salary

Canberra , Feb 23

The CEO of Australia's state-run postal service quit on Thursday, two weeks after he faced a backlash for taking a salary of 5.6 million Australian dollars ($4.3 million) last financial year.

Why India cannot follow new WHO guidelines to protect mothers

New Delhi

India must double antenatal visits by health workers to pregnant women to reduce the risk of stillbirths and pregnancy complications, according to a new World Health Organisation (WHO) guideline released last November. Is India ready to implement this and other new guidelines to protect its mothers? It is not, an analysis of government data and research studies shows.

David Bowie dominates Brit Awards 2017

London , Feb 23
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Rock star David Bowie, who died in January last year, was awarded Best British male and Best British Album for "Blackstar" at the Brit Awards 2017 here.

eToilets: Transforming sanitation via technology

New Delhi , Feb 22
An eToilet installed in a park in Bengaluru.
Using the toilet in school was an ordeal for 15-year-old Vineetha two years ago because of poor sanitation and cleanliness. A class 10 student at ZPHS Kodurupadu School in Nellore district, Andhra Pradesh, the ordeal is now over with eToilets being installed in the premises.