Dec 02, 2013 05:20 PM
As a virus, AIDS has proved remarkably resourceful, outwitting scientists and keeping a vaccine or cure out of reach, says James Robertson, Executive Director of India HIV/AIDS Alliance.
[AIDS] [Health MDGs] [India] [Health] [South Asia]
Nov 22, 2013 11:10 AM
Family farms are the main producers of the foodstuff consumed every day in our meals, says Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India.
[Food safety] [Food security] [Farmers] [Farming] [UN] [Agriculture] [Environment]
Nov 01, 2013 03:29 PM
The Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, said that early warning systems should be strengthened further to minimise the negative impact of disasters. Excerpts from his speech at the fifth meeting of the National Disaster Management Authority in New Delhi.
[Disaster Management] [South Asia] [Manmohan Singh] [India] [Disaster reduction]
Oct 14, 2013 05:20 PM
Navi Pillai, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has stressed on the need for combined efforts in addressing racism. She was speaking at the eleventh session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme. Excerpts from her speech.
[Accountability] [Democracy] [Racism] [Violence]
Oct 03, 2013 01:55 PM
By 2050, the number of older persons will be twice the number of children in developed countries, and the number of older persons in developing countries is expected to double, says Ban Ki-Moon.
[United Nations] [Population] [Ban Ki-moon]
Sep 02, 2013 03:45 PM
Literature on red tape often tries to distinguish ‘good’ rules that uphold accountability and transparency, and guard one against arbitrary decisions and decision-makers from bad rules or red tape, writes Mehjabeen Jagmag.
[Accountability] [Governance] [Corruption & transparency] [South Asia] [India]
Aug 22, 2013 05:04 PM
Marital rape cannot be justified for the sake of protecting the institution of marriage, writes Dr Ranjana Kumari.
[Gender Empowerment] [Gender Equality] [Gender Sensitivity] [India] [South Asia]
Aug 20, 2013 03:35 PM TWO recent events, once again, show how the regulatory mechanisms that apply to medicines is deeply flawed and influenced by the industry. The first is the notification of ceiling prices for essential medicines by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA). The second is the order by the Central Drug Standards Control Organisation (CDSCO) to ban three medicines, including a commonly used anti-diabetic medicine.
Aug 12, 2013 05:30 PM
As the world celebrates International Youth Day, India's biggest challenge remains having a young population that is unemployable due to lack of skills. For the ILO, this is a major focus area and much needs to be done before India's huge youth population goes into a crisis.
[Youth] [ILO] [India] [Labour]
Aug 06, 2013 03:06 PM
To run the midday meal programme successfully, it requires attention to detail and needs an active involvement of those placed the highest in the land, writes Sunita Narain.
[Hunger and Poverty] [South Asia] [Food] [Food insecurity] [India]
Aug 02, 2013 03:38 PM
India's Planning Commission can certainly bring down poverty whenever it wishes by simply lowering the poverty line slab, writes Devinder Sharma.
[India Poverty] [South Asia] [India Planning Commission] [India]
Jul 25, 2013 07:15 PM
India today accounts for nearly one third of all newborn deaths worldwide but fortunately the Indian govt agrees that saving newborn lives should be a national priority, writes Dr Rajiv Tandon.
[Healthcare] [South Asia] [Children] [India] [Health] [Health MDGs]
Jul 19, 2013 09:00 AM
A key challenge for MGNREGA is to foster local convergences at the Gram Panchayat level to expeditiously track the flow of funds, writes Abhilaksh Likhi.
[South Asia] [Farmers] [Agriculture] [India] [Rural India]
Jul 17, 2013 04:05 PM
'Manipulation by association’ seems to be a clever strategy used by the private sector in marketing, writes Arun Gupta.
[Food] [Health and Nutrition] [Nutrition] [India] [South Asia] [Health]
Jul 15, 2013 12:35 PM
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes, addressed hundreds of young people at the United Nations, urging them to use education as a weapon against extremism.
[Malala Yousafzai] [Education For All] [South Asia] [Education]
Jul 12, 2013 07:19 PM
With the unwillingness of the US to extend the subsidy limit for addressing the nutrition needs of the hungry, India’s National Food Security bill could run into serious problems, writes Devinder Sharma.
[Hunger and Poverty] [Food crisis] [Food insecurity] [Agriculture] [India]