The Economic Survey of India (ESI) 2017-18 was tabled in parliament marking the first business of this year’s budget session. The ESI document gives an account of the performance of India’s economy during the ongoing fiscal while also providing projections for the upcoming financial year 2018-19.

Timely access to emergency care can substantially reduce mortality. International benchmarks for access to emergency hospital care have been established to guide ambitions for universal health care by 2030. However, no Pan-African database of where hospitals are located exists; therefore, we aimed to complete a geocoded inventory of hospital services in Africa in relation to how populations might access these services in 2015, with focus on women of child bearing age.

India has been ranked at a low 177 position in the Global Environmental Performance Index (EPI), that places countries on how well they perform on high-priority environmental issues

We increasingly rely on global models to project impacts of humans and climate on water resources. How reliable are these models? While past model intercomparison projects focused on water fluxes, we provide here the first comprehensive comparison of land total water storage trends from seven global models to trends from Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites, which have been likened to giant weighing scales in the sky.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Pollution in Rivers, 05/01/2018. Governments for implementation of various pollution abatement schemes. Sewage treatment capacity of 2455.43 mld (million litres per day) has been created so far under the NRCP. Details of the funds released to the State Government for pollution abatement of rivers under NRCP during last three years and current year is at Annexure-I.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Noise Pollution, 05/01/2018. Ambient noise levels are monitored on real time basis by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in association with State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) / Pollution Control Committees (PCCs) in seven metro cities, namely Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai under National Ambient Noise Monitoring Programme (NANMP). The average level of noise pollution in respect of seven metro cities of the country including National Capital Territory of Delhi during last three years is annexed.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats,05/01/2018. Year-wise details of funds released to State/UT Governments since the inception of IDWH is given on the Annexure.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Generation of Solid Waste, 04/01/2018. The State / UTs wise details of estimated generation of municipal solid waste is given in Annexure.

There is a need to increase access to surgical treatments in African countries, but perioperative complications represent a major global health-care burden. There are few studies describing surgical outcomes in Africa.

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Question raised in Lok Sabha on Status Wastage of Agricultural Products, 02/01/2018. The details of the post-harvest loss for 45 commodities are presented in Annexure-I.The volume of post-harvest loss of selected commodities is given in Annexure-I. The economic value of quantitative loss of 45 crops/commodities was calculated to be approx. Rs.92651 crore at average annual prices of 2014 (Annexure-I).

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