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Indian water activists campaign to save Yamuna

A coalition of Indian activists, the Rashtriya Jal Biradari, has launched a nationwide Jal Satyagraha (struggle for water) for water conservation. At its recent meeting at New Delhi, experts, government representatives and CSOs spoke on ways to restore the lost glory of the city’s river Yamuna and resolve the present water crisis.

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USAID to provide $3.4m for teachers’ education

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between UNESCO and the Federal Education Directorate for a $3.4 million three-year programme to strengthen teachers’ education in Pakistan. Funded by USAID, the programme will establish a new framework for teachers’ accreditation and management in basic education.

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Indian govt. for 100 pc FDI in higher education

The Government is for allowing 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in higher education and hinted at making reservation mandatory in the institutions to be set up by foreign universities in the country.

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Indian PM meets 9-is-Mine delegates

20 children led the 9-Is-Mine delegation to the Prime Minister on 1st February, 2006. The Prime Minister received them at his residence on 7 Race Course Road, and spent exclusive time with the children.

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The struggle for affordable medicines

India, which amended its patent laws for TRIPS-compliance in 2005, introduced a clause to ensure that pharmaceuticals did not block the entry of low-cost generic drugs.

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23 lakh children out of school in Bihar

Indian State of Bihar appeared to be facing the biggest challenge on the education front by finding out massive number of out-of-school children in the state

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The threat from the internet

Indian public sector majors BSNL and MTNL have promised to deliver a New Year gift to those subscribing to their internet services. Bandwidth on entry level ADSL broadband connections provided through telephone lines are to be raised from 256 kbps to 2 Mbps at no extra cost to the customer.

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80% of India’s districts have declining sex ratios

India’s already abysmal sex ratio figures are getting worse by the day, with 80% of its districts recording declining child sex ratios since 1991, according to a new report by Unicef on the global status of children.

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Empower women for a stable society: Abdul Kalam

"Empowerment of women will ensure a stable society" said Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, during an interaction with students of Avinashilingam University in the Indian state of Tamilnadu on 19th December 2006.

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The powerful get water,the powerless don’t:UNDP report

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in a report released on November 9, 2006, has said that lack of water is caused by lack of power, rather than by limited resources.

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Economics behind dalits massacre: Bhalchandra Mungekar

A single most casue of Dalits atrocities in India are economic and in most cases, upper caste Hindus do not take kindly to the economic prosperity of a few Dalit families says Planning Commission member Bhalchandra Mungekar.

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Gender equality: India better than neighbours

Women don't seem to be doing too badly in India, when we consider just South Asia. India's gender-related development index (GDI) rank is 96 out of 177 countries, one of the best in the region if we do not count Sri Lanka, way ahead at rank 68. But, as always, the ranking hides more than it reveals about gender equality.

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Forum for South Asian women mooted

n a major step forward, the National Commission for Women (NCW) and a visiting delegation from Pakistan on Monday decided to work towards the establishment of an apex body that would provide a common platform to women of South Asia and take up issues of common concern to the region.

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Working Model: successful leadership in making NREGS work

Successful leadership among poor especially tribes and their participation in social audit has been achieved in making National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) work better

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State of Misery: Hunger among tribal population in India

Life for the Sahariya tribal people in Madhya Pradesh (India) is an unending struggle against hunger, malnutrition, disease and, above all, neglect. In tribal villages, children continue to slide into the dark folds of hunger.

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My mother fought to keep me: resorting female power

Punjab (India) state-level consultative committee entrusted with the task of educating people and spreading the message of female power in Punjab, which is credited with one of the poorest sex ratios in the country.

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TeleFood: building solidarity to end world hunger

Raising awareness about the problem of hunger mobilizes energy to find a solution. In 1997, FAO launched TeleFood, a campaign of concerts, sporting events and other activities to harness the power of media, celebrities and concerned citizens to help fight hunger.

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Norway breaks silence on "Illegitimate Debt"

Anti-debt campaigners are hailing as groundbreaking Monday's decision by Norway to cancel 80 million dollars in debt owed by five poor nations after it determined that the loans were not granted in a good faith effort to promote development.

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12 lakh ‘missing’ schoolchildren in Maharashtra

Schools in every district of the western Indian state have been found guilty of pumping up enrolment figures in order to comply with teachers’ wishes and retain government funding.

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