The infant mortality rate (IMR) in India has gone down. According to the latest figures by the Registrar General of India under the Ministry of Home Affairs, while the IMR in 2006 was 57 per 1,000 live births, India reported an IMR of 53 per 1,000 live births in 2008.

Though Governments in India are elected for a five-year term, the first few months set the tone and provide early hints about the course it plans to take.

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BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has so far received Rs 600 crore for restoration and rehabilitation activities in the flood affected areas of the State, said Central team head O Ravi, joint secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs. The team today left for New Delhi after visiting six worst affected districts during the last two days.