May 27, 2015: The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on May 26 called for increasing food-grain productivity from 2 tons per hectare to 3 tons per hectare. Addressing a gathering of farmers at New Delhi's Vigyan Bhawan on the occasion of the launch of DD Kisan, Doordarshan's channel dedicated exclusively to farmers, the Prime Minister also called for making the ‘Tehsil’ the unit of agricultural planning and development. The Prime Minister said that if the country has to move forward, villages must progress, and if villages are to progress, then it is essential for agriculture to progress. He said there was a time when agriculture was the most preferred of professions, but over a period of time, its attractiveness had declined to rock bottom. He added that with the right incentives and actions, this trend could be completely reversed. Photo: Naina Gautam/OWSA
May 20, 2015: The Fifth Annual Lotus Leadership Awards will honour the work of Dr Ranjana Kumari, the Director of Centre for Social Research, a non-profit organization in India dedicated to empowering women and girls and promoting women's fundamental rights. Dr Kumari, a long-time champion for women’s causes, has worked tirelessly to promote women's political participation, combat domestic violence, and advocate for gender equality as a leader on the forefront of the women's movement in India. The Lotus Leadership Awards, instituted by The Asia Foundation, New York recognize outstanding individuals who have made major contributions to the well-being of women and their communities in Asia. The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle, a group of committed individuals, foundations, and corporations working together to advance the rights and opportunities of women across the Asia-Pacific region, hosts this annual event. ( Dr Ranjana (in the centre) is pictured with other women)
May 11, 2015: While it is believed that the education system in India is the backbone of the country’s growth and development, there is a substantial challenge around achieving quality for the majority of our children. STIR, in its efforts to build a national movement of teacher changemakers who can improve learning for children, brought together aprox 800 teachers from affordable private schools and government schools from the states of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Rajasthan and Odisha, partners and senior government officials from over 12 states across the country were present to kickstart the beginnings of a national movement. It also recently released a guide which introduces 123 micro innovations selected through a rigorous process by their partners, teachers and experts.
May 6, 2015: Saddened and outraged by the Government’s decision to integrate the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC) with the Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for Hearing Handicapped (AYJNIHH) in Mumbai, the deaf community on fifth May gathered outside Shastri Bhawan in large numbers in order to demand the complete autonomy of ISLRTC as envisaged in the 11th Five Year Plan. National Association of the Deaf (NAD) has also written to the honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to suspend the Government order with immediate effect, and establish ISLRTC as a stand-alone organisation managed by the deaf people. Nearly 5000 people from various deaf organisations under the leadership of the NAD gathered in New Delhi today to demand an end to this injustice meted out to a linguistic minority.
April 28, 2014: The United Nations refugee agency is rushing critical supplies to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake that has reportedly killed more than 3,000 people and injured thousands more on Saturday, and pledged that it ready to provide any assistance needed to help survivors through these difficult times. “We are deeply saddened that thousands of people have been killed, injured or displaced in the disaster. These numbers are still rising with frequent aftershocks and as search and rescue teams reach remote areas,” said Daisy Dell, Director of the Asia-Pacific bureau of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “UNHCR stands in solidarity with Nepal, which has been a generous host to thousands of refugees over the years,” she added. Photo: UNHCR
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