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Uttarakhand Floods: Let’s blame ourselves for a change

Jul 05, 2013 07:15 PM It is time that we constituted some rules around how we will all behave as a nation during a national or regional emergency like the recently endured Uttarakhand floods, writes Kavita Narayan.
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Livelihood and skills : A challenge in rural India

Jul 05, 2013 11:00 AM Public private partnerships in India are in the process of strengthening of rural infrastructure such as Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), polytechnics, writes Abhilaksh Likhi.
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Children most at risk in Uttarakhand

Jul 03, 2013 05:55 PM As the focus now shifts from the pilgrims to the communities in the flood-hit Uttarakhand, more and more stories about the plight of families – and children – are coming to the fore, writes Devendra Tak.
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Building a healthy Karnataka

Jun 21, 2013 11:55 AM The people in Karnataka are expecting several promises to be fulfilled and have greater aspiration from the newly elected Government. The newly elected Chief Minister of this south Indian state, Siddaramaiah, through his committed approach to development has ushered hope and positivity in all disciplines, writes Giridhar R Babu.
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Environment vs development: India’s policy dilemmas?

Jun 07, 2013 03:05 PM Compared to developed nations, India is much more vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to their low capacity to adapt and their disproportionate dependency on natural resources for welfare, writes Dr Antony Gnanamuthu.
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Power anganwadis through solar energy and biogas plants

Jun 04, 2013 05:53 PM With its huge energy paucity, renewable energy is the way to go for India. But despite multiple attempts, the Indian government need to be step up efforts to encourage renewables in a big way says Sumedha Basu from the Climate Parliament. She talks of powering angadwadis as a good way of powering rural India.
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Nepal's TRC ordinance is a product of an illegitimate process

May 27, 2013 01:10 PM An ordinance creating a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, passed by Nepali President Ram Baran Yadav on March 14 this year was prepared without consulting victims or human rights institutions. The edifice was necessitated by the 2006 peace accords. But addressing the legacy of the civil conflict that plagued Nepal between 1996 and 2006 pose complex challenges. Janak Raut, Chairperson of the Conflict Victims' Society For Justice, Nepal, expresses his reservations on a process that he feels is illegitimate.
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Agricultural growth is critical for prosperity: Indian Prime Minister

May 23, 2013 11:45 AM The Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, said that agricultural growth is critical for prosperity in rural areas where most of the poor live. Excerpts from the Prime Minister’s speech delivered on the occasion of the releasing of the ‘Report to the People'.
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UNDP set for greater attention to LGBT rights: Helen Clark

May 20, 2013 04:31 PM The head of the UN Development Program, Helen Clark, explains how UNDP is partnering with government, civil society and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people themselves in many countries to tackle the gross inequities.
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“Ensuring a safe workplace needs much more than laws and supervision”

Apr 29, 2013 03:25 PM Training and awareness regarding work related health & safety issues should find a place in schools and colleges where the nation’s future workforce is in making, writes Dileep Narayanrao Andhare, Professor (Occupational Health), Indian Institute of Public Health.
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The Aadhaar way

Apr 21, 2013 04:10 PM Amir Hamza Syed cites an example on the ground to argue for the Aadhaar enabled schemes using the Unique Identification of India (UIDAI) platform.
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Emerging markets have not been immune to the slowdown in West: Chidambaram

Apr 18, 2013 01:40 PM India’s Finance Minister, P Chidamabarm delivered a speech on Tuesday at the South Asian Institute and Mahendra Humanities Center at Harvard University. Excerpts from his speech.
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Manual scavenging: A bill rooted in apology is the way forward

Apr 15, 2013 04:27 PM The 2012 draft bill broadens the definition of ‘manual scavenging’ and prohibits the employment of persons for hazardous cleaning of sewers and septic tanks but it stops short of the apology that dalit rights groups demand, writes Agrima Bhasin, who is a researcher at the Centre for Equity Studies.
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Hypertension: A silent killer of today and tomorrow

Apr 07, 2013 11:35 AM The World Health Organisation (WHO) should be complemented for focusing this year on high Blood Pressure as the theme of World Health Day, writes Dileep Mavalankar, Director of the Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH).
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Rape as a metaphor: Learnings on the road to justice

Apr 07, 2013 10:45 AM Rape, as a part of the law and the criminal justice system in India, has had a very long, arduous evolution. From a time when rapes by policemen were not considered extraordinary or raping women with objects as not even seen as rape, to now when there has been a furore over the rape and murder of the girl in Delhi. Pamela Philipose writes how the fight for justice should go on and not stop now.
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What will it take for Bangladesh to become a Middle Income Country?

Apr 06, 2013 10:30 AM As a part of the series on the recent report, Bangladesh: Towards Accelerated, Inclusive and Sustainable Growth, Zahid Hussain writes about how Bangladesh can become a bigger economic power. Zahid Hussain is currently a senior economist in the South Asia Finance and Poverty group at the World Bank.
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The committee cop-out

Apr 02, 2013 05:05 PM The Indian government seems to resolve all contentious issues related to environment and economic growth by setting up more committees, writes Milind Wani who works with Kalpavriksh-Environment Action Group.
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'Need to expand access to clean energy sources'

Mar 26, 2013 12:45 PM Mukul Sharma is the South Asia Regional Director of Climate Parliament, a group of legislators working to raise issues concerning climate change across the world. He writes for OneWorld South Asia about how despite increased budget allocation to renewable energy, there need to be many more things done to ensure the government meets its ambitious targets according to the 12th five year plan.
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Growing inequality behind increasing civil strife in India

Mar 21, 2013 11:50 AM Thomas Chandy, Chief Executive Officer, Save the Children India, believes that high crime rate, health problems and mental illnesses, and the increasing civil strife in many parts of India are due to the increasing inequality in society.
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Beyond jobs MGNREGA unleashes assets for excluded communities

Mar 15, 2013 01:01 PM The world’s largest work entitlement scheme, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) mandates 100 days of work to a rural household in a year. In operation since 2006, the scheme is also bringing about another big change by creating productive assets that build village infrastructure and empower rural communities to have a fighting change against chronic poverty.
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