April 20, 2015: Leading baby food manufacturer, Nestle, through its wing called Nestle Nutrition Institute (NNI) has violated the Infant Milk Substitutes (IMS) Act by sponsoring and organising NNI National Nurses Quiz-2015 in India, alleged the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI). According to BPNI, Nestle has vociferously breached this enactment by being the spine and the toe of NNI National Nurses Quiz-2015 in India. “To materialise the quiz at the ground level, the company has been establishing contacts with speciality departments such as paediatrics and gynaecology departments of the medical colleges in order to receive nominations for the nurses,” BPNI said. The Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) on its part has also written a letter to the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC) of Aligarh for expressing its discontentment and urged them to withdraw their nurses from the quiz and also not organise such activities in future. Representational Photo; Caption: Naina Gautam and Ashok Kumar
April 10, 2015: A woman sarpanch speaks during a national meeting in New Delhi, ‘Nothing About Us, Without Us’, asking for citizen’s engagement in improving women’s and children’s health. In order to bring country-wide attention to the issue of safe motherhood and the importance of citizen’s participation to achieve that, White Ribbon Alliance India (WRAI) along with Centre for Catalyzing Change, FPAI, IPPF, Plan India, Save the children, and World Vision India, today, at a national meeting, appealed to citizens and government to actively engage and work out an action plan to address women’s and children’s health in India. Photo: Naina Gautam/OneWorld South Asia
April 1, 2015: According to the Amnesty International’s Death Penalty report-2014, at least 607 people were executed in 22 countries in 2014. This reflects a drop of almost 22% compared to 2013, when Amnesty recorded at least 778 executions in 22 countries worldwide. Most executions took place in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the USA – in that order, the report says. China executed more people than the rest of the world put together – but the true extent of the use of the death penalty in China is unknown as this data is considered a state secret; the figure of 607 excludes the number of executions carried out in China.
March 26, 2015: With an endeavor to fight the deadly infectious disease, tuberculosis, Radio Benziger rather took an innovative path of disseminating the information with the help of dramas, discussions and interviews and was rewarded for its out- of- box idea by the Kollam District TB Centre in Kerala on World TB day, on March 24. Focusing on the issue, the Community Radio Station based in the southern part of India, produced a set of 10 radio programmes over a period of two and half months to make people aware of the TB treatment and its precautions, along with the help from district health officials. "We tried to make the radio programmes as simple as possible, but at the same time our focus was to spread awareness within the community. Most of the affected people are migrants from the northern part of India and barely know Malayalam," said Ferdinand Peter, Station Director, Radio Benziger.
March 23, 2014: The Karmaveer Chakra awards which are promoted and instituted by the International Confederation of NGOs (iCONGO) in partnership with the UN were given away in New Delhi on March 22. The awards were distributed during REX CONCLiVE-2015, an event organised every year to felicitate the unsung heroes who have been doing exemplary work in the society within their resource capacity. Over the years REX Karmaveer has become a highly coveted civil society and people's awards.
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