On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

 
User: sailendram Topic: Water
Category: Water-Borne-Diseases
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‘False and mischievous’: NIA dismisses reports of seizing Stan Swamy’s straw and sipper 29.11.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
The agency said the matter of his personal belongings was between him and the jail authorities, which comes under the purview of the Maharashtra government.
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Once a world-leading lentil producer, Nepal is now forced to import dal 28.11.2020 Scroll.in
The country’s farmers are struggling with low productivity due to warmer and weather winters brought by climate change.
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Poll panel adopts Bihar model 26.11.2020 The Assam Tribune
Poll panel adopts Bihar model
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Why do the rich and the powerful sponsor literature festivals, prizes, and art in today’s world? 24.11.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
Annie Zaidi, whose novel ‘Prelude To A Riot’ won the Tata Lit Live award for ‘Book of the Year – Fiction’, offers some answers.
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A writer explains why she misses the lockdown brought on by the pandemic 23.11.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
Arefa Tehsin, who writes books on nature and fiction, says she welcomed the opportunity for solitude.
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Coronavirus: India records 30,548 new cases, toll climbs to 1.30 lakh 16.11.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
Delhi’s Covid-19 test positivity rate rose to 15.3 %, the highest in nearly five months.
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8 TIPS to keep your sugar in check 15.11.2020 Rediff: GetAhead
Signs such as blurred vision, dizziness, unusual hunger, nausea, dry mouth, shooting pains and loss of taste etc should be taken very seriously.
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AYUSH ministry’s ‘remedies’ have added to the confusion and chaos of Covid-19 9.11.2020 Scroll.in
Its recommendations have lent legitimacy to home treatment, making the jobs of frontline health workers more difficult.
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Manjiri Indurkar’s courageous memoir reveals sexual abuse but offers compassion and understanding 8.11.2020 Scroll.in
‘it’s all in your head, m’ is the story of a body living with trauma.
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German economy grows at record pace before second wave of pandemic 30.10.2020 DNA
An aggressive second wave of infections and a new partial lockdown to slow down the spread of the disease are now clouding the growth outlook for the fourth quarter and beyond.
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Does poor hygiene lead to fewer Covid deaths? 30.10.2020 Rediff: News
'Better hygiene practices could lower a person's immunity and make the person susceptible to auto-immune diseases.'
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For India’s new Clean Air commission to succeed, it must have time-bound, measurable goals 30.10.2020 Scroll.in - News that matters
Key to the panel’s effectiveness will be the person appointed to head it.
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How US’ Centers for Disease Control went from being world’s finest health agency to Trump’s puppet 27.10.2020 Scroll.in
How could an agency that eradicated smallpox globally and wiped out polio in the United States have fallen so far?
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The paradox of the pandemic: A historian contemplates the consolations of forgetting 25.10.2020 Scroll.in
I kept telling my father that this would pass. I realise that he had some sixth sense about what could happen in the near future.
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If we care about animal rights, we must reimagine language to create a world that is truly just 24.10.2020 Scroll.in
Everywhere, names are being changed, narratives reframed, marginalised groups are being empowered using language. This must happen for animal rights too.
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‘Plague Ki Chudail’: This bittersweet short story from 1902 explores grief, fear and mortality 18.10.2020 Scroll.in
A short story by ‘Master’ Bhagwan Das, translated from the Hindi by Priyanka Sarkar.
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Importance of hand hygiene stressed 16.10.2020 The Assam Tribune
Importance of hand hygiene stressed
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Scientists identify new potential groundwater 'arsenic hotspots' in India 15.10.2020 Science News - Times of India
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Air pollution in winter could exacerbate the severity and spread of coronavirus in South Asia 14.10.2020 Scroll.in
Long-term exposure to pollutants before the pandemic may be associated with severe symptoms from Covid-19 and a greater risk of death.
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Even during a plague in 1700s, religious institutions helped and hindered public health officials 1.10.2020 Scroll.in
In late-Renaissance cities, civil authorities could punish citizens for public health infractions, but they did not have direct authority over the clergy.
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