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Could our addiction to plastic be poisoning us?

World Environment Day 2018, is themed as Beat Plastic Pollution, and urges governments, industry, communities and individuals to break up with single-use plastic.

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UN, Myanmar agree on framework to repatriate Rohingyas

Myanmar’s government and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced an agreement that would be a first step toward the possible return of Rohingya refugees to the country.

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Sterlite firing: Young men fear arrest, torture

A preliminary report of a People's Inquest provides an account on the violation of human rights of people protesting the Sterlite copper smelter plant. It notes that many people have been rounded up and beaten by police.

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India adopts Taj Declaration to beat plastic pollution

A Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution was adopted in Agra on Sunday as part of which efforts would be made to make the 500-metre area around the historic ivory-white marble monument litter-free and phase out single-use plastic.

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Action now is critical: UN Environment chief

UN Environment Chief Erik Solheim has said that the World Environment Day (WED) 2018 to be hosted by India on Tuesday is expected to be the most "exciting and inspiring WED ever".

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India’s poorest homes still await electricity

The government says electricity has reached every village in India; but in most villages, the poorest homes are still not connected to the grid, a problem compounded in the Himalayas.

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Future imperfect in India – hungrier and deeper in debt

Data from the National Family Health Survey conducted in 2016 shows that little has been achieved in tackling malnutrition. Besides, there has been a sharp increase in the indebtedness of household.

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Punishment for a Capital?

Forty six civil society organizations, in a joint statement released on Saturday, have said that the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill of Andhra Pradesh is “anti-people” as it empowers state to infringe upon people’s rights over natural resources.

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Five journalists win media fellowships on life-skills

The fellowships are being given for sensitising mainstream mass media on the importance of Life Skills for youth.

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Seventeen Nipah deaths keeps health officials on toes

The Nipah mystry continues to haunt health officials and the Health department of the government of Kerala as 17 of the 18 people who tested positive for the Nipah virus so far have died and the remaining one is presently undergoing treatment.

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Andhra set to become zero budget natural farming state

In an unprecedented transformation towards sustainable agriculture, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has launched a scale-out plan to transition 6 million farms and farmer households to 100 per cent chemical-free agriculture by 2024, in the process, aiming to create the human and social capital necessary for vibrant and inclusive agricultural production.

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World Environment Day celebrations kick off in New Delhi

India is the global host of 2018 World Environment Day, 2018 with “Beat Plastic Pollution” as the theme for this year’s edition. The issue signals the centrality of plastics and plastic waste to addressing environment challenges.

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Smoother walls healthier for lungs

A study from the University of Moratura in Sri Lanka has attempted to understand the relation between walls and respiratory health, given especially how toxic mould linked with asthma, respiratory diseases on the rise. According to the research, smoothing walls prevents mould growth in hot and humid countries.

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A leg-up for relief standards for elderly and disabled

Humanitarian inclusion standards for older people and people with disabilities are set to become part of the Humanitarian Standards Partnership through a partnership between a coalition representing this section of the world's population and the Sphere Project

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Rights, ecology take a back seat as spin doctors take over

Locals charge the police for firing on a peaceful protest as an estimated 100,000 protesters moved to the District Collectorate to lodge their protest against serious public health and environmental hazards posed by the copper smelter of Vedanta's Sterlite Copper.

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Climate change threat to tea production: report

The FAO report also warns that tea production is highly sensitive to changes in growing conditions.

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New project helps Rohingya refugees farm for food

As the Rohingya people endure heavy rain in Balukhali camp, in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazaar district where they have sought refuge, a major canal dredging project currently underway to protect them from monsoon floods, promises to aid them grow some food for themselves

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Government unveils legislation for contract farming

The Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday released the Model Agriculture Produce and Livestock Contract Farming and Services (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2018, saying that the Act will provide confidence to farmers and incentives to the sponsors to enter into a contract

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At long last, MHA has a Women Safety Division

The Indian Government's interior ministry has created a new Division to comprehensively address the issues of women safety and deal with all aspects of women safety

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WHO validates elimination trachoma in Nepal

Nepal becomes the first South-East Asia country that has been validated for eliminating trachoma.

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