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DSDS is a milestone for sustainable development dialogue: Naoko Ishii

Jan 24, 2014 05:50 AM The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit can be a catalyst for such change, writes Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility, USA.
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India’s National Health Policy: Nailing it right!

Jan 21, 2014 10:05 AM Rajendra Pratap Gupta, President, Disease Management Association of India speaks on the need for an effective National Health Policy and the aspects to be considered while framing it.
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Pakistan has been facing worst energy crisis, says an expert

Jan 07, 2014 01:30 PM The renewable energy sources remain underutilized despite being cost effective and less hazardous for the environment, says Rafi Amir-ud-Din from the School of Economics, International Islamic University. Following is an excerpt from a paper presented at Conference on ‘Energy Security and Economic Sustainability: The Way Forward’ held at Islamabad.
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Sexual harassment: Ganguly must go, say women's rights activists

Dec 26, 2013 10:05 AM There is ample prima facie evidence of Justice A K Ganguly having sexually harassed a young woman with impunity, say women’s rights activists across India.
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LGBT rights: India’s tryst with destiny?

Dec 12, 2013 06:20 AM The Supreme Court judgement upholding Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a relic of British colonial law, invalidates the lives of multitudes, writes Shaleen Rakesh.
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Fighting AIDS: A long way to ‘Zero’

Dec 02, 2013 11:50 AM 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.
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Family farming is key to a hunger free world: Lise Grande

Nov 22, 2013 05:40 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.
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Cyclone relief work in Odisha: What the media missed

Nov 15, 2013 11:40 AM There is another side to relief carried out during the cyclone, where post cyclone disaster is slowly raising its face, writes Amitabh Patra, a journalist and filmmaker.

Disaster Risk Reduction strategies need to be mainstreamed: Manmohan

Nov 01, 2013 09:59 AM 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.
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Violence against migrants is rising on a daily basis: Navi Pillai

Oct 14, 2013 11:50 AM 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.
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Population ageing presents both an opportunity and a challenge: Ban Ki-moon

Oct 03, 2013 08:25 AM 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.
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Joint efforts needed to meet the zero hunger challenge, says FAO chief

Oct 01, 2013 09:25 AM "The Zero Hunger Challenge calls for something new - something bold, but long overdue," says FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
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South-South cooperation offers real solutions to development challenges

Sep 13, 2013 07:01 AM The global South has assumed a greater role in the global development landscape, said Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations.

How many officials does it take to procure a government document?

Sep 02, 2013 10:15 AM 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.
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“My body, your Right?”

Aug 22, 2013 11:34 AM Marital rape cannot be justified for the sake of protecting the institution of marriage, writes Dr Ranjana Kumari.
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Corporate Interests Influence Drug Regulations

Aug 20, 2013 10:05 AM 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.

Promoting youth employment through skills development

Aug 12, 2013 12:00 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.
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What it takes to deliver midday meal

Aug 06, 2013 09:36 AM 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.
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Juggling statistics, India now claims reduction in poverty

Aug 02, 2013 10:08 AM India's Planning Commission can certainly bring down poverty whenever it wishes by simply lowering the poverty line slab, writes Devinder Sharma.
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Saving newborn lives in India: A look at govt initiatives

Jul 25, 2013 01:45 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.
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