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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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Indian tourists urged to avoid animal attractions in Bali

Wildlife tourism entertainment venues in Indonesia’s Bali fail to meet even the basic needs of wild animals in captivity, says a report.

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A third of India’s girls fear public place harassment: report

Around 40 per cent of them believe that police would not take them seriously or they could be blamed instead.

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South Asian nations need to monitor oil prices: UNESCAP

Steadily improving economic performance provides a valuable opportunity to mobilize financing for development, says a news UNESCAP report.

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Odisha Government hands over land titles to slum dwellers

Odisha announced the completion of a pilot project for one of the world’s largest slum land titling project with the potential of transforming a million lives.

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Now, yak cheese to fortify diet for infants, pregnant women

IIT Roorkee researchers have identified a new enzyme from yak cheese that could enhance the micronutrient availability to infants, pregnant women and the elderly.

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Bidisha Pillai appointed new CEO of Save the Children

Bidisha Pillai who took over from the outgoing CEO Thomas Chandy has been working in the development sector for more than 20 years.

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Serious human rights concerns in Unnao rape case

Global human rights organisation Amnesty has called for an impartial investigation into the atrocities faced by the Unnao rape victim’s family.

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Shaping the future of liver diseases and transplantation

Liver cancer has emerged as the second largest cancer killer in India.

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Global executions and death sentences slide: Amnesty

India reports some positive steps as number of death sentences decline.

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Ancient Indian ethos key to global sustainability: Trivedi

Experts at a national conference on SDGs hinted that ancient knowledge systems of India could guide the world to sustainability.

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Digital trade could cut costs in Asia-Pacific by $673 bn

According to UN-ESCAP implemention of digital trade facilitation could cut trade costs in Asia-Pacific by $673 billion annually.

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Human centric development approach is key to SDGs

Experts at a national conference on sustainability suggested human centric approach with the use of inclusive innovation and effective partnerships.

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Women’s empowerment is a public health imperative: WHO

Gender-based inequities likewise impede women’s access to essential health services, writes Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia.

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Post marriage, girls want to pursue their passion: study

Girls need support, not permission from their families, says a new study by a matrimonial website.

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