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Bihar needs integrated solutions like SWASTH: Prakash Kumar of BTAST

Aug 21, 2015 04:15 PM Prakash Kumar, Team Lead, Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST), a health sector reform programme in Bihar supported by DFID-UK, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, says that convergence between health, nutrition, and water and sanitation makes sense for Bihar as it is one of the most populous state and optimum use of available resources and holistic planning is necessary for development.BTAST is an initiative of Bihar Government supported by DFID-UK to implement the Sector Wide Approach to Strengthen Health (SWASTH) in Bihar. Excerpts from the interview with Prakash Kumar:
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Indian agriculture needs greater entrepreneurship: IFAD's Ashwani Muthoo

Jul 16, 2015 07:15 PM There is a strong need for value addition of the farm produce, asserts Ashwani Muthoo of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
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Heat stroke deaths are tip of the iceberg: Dr Dileep Mavalankar

Jul 01, 2015 12:33 PM Heat waves are likely to rapidly increase as climate change progresses, says Dr Dileep Mavalankar.

Rising prosperity adding to India’s chronic disease woes: James Curran

Jun 24, 2015 07:55 PM Prof James Curran, Dean, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, United States, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, tells how chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes are going to be the major cause of death in India. Excerpts from the interview:
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Yoga coordinates between body, spirit, mind and soul: Rajnath Singh

Jun 24, 2015 03:04 PM Yoga joins groups in the society and it doesn’t divide, said Rajnath Singh, India’s Home Minister.

India has a vibrant civil society: US Ambassador to India

May 21, 2015 05:17 PM In an interview to CNN-IBN, an English news channel, US Ambassador Richard Verma called for a dialogue with the Narendra Modi government on the recent crackdown on foreign NGOs like Greenpeace and donors like Ford Foundation.

Civil society leaders in India protest against targeting NGOs

May 09, 2015 01:00 AM A number of civil society organisations have drafted an open letter to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for lodging a strong protest with the govt over the recent crackdown on various nonprofits.

India's brick kiln labourers get a taste of freedom

Apr 20, 2015 05:19 PM Brick kiln workers are unskilled and illiterate and they are unaware of government subsidies, writes Sumnima Udas.

Mental disorders: Strengthening the district mental health programme

Apr 14, 2015 05:37 PM Depression alone accounts for around 3% of the total burden of disease in India, writes Rahul Shidhaye.

Folk arts & struggles for citizenship

Apr 02, 2015 01:15 PM The performers of such art are ordinary citizens; they are farmers, agricultural labourers, school and college going student write Martha Farrell & Rajesh Tandon.

A person in exile talks more openly: Sahar Delijani

Apr 01, 2015 12:10 AM Iranian author Sahar Delijani known for her popular novels like the Children of the Jacaranda Tree was in India earlier this year to attend the Jaipur Literature Festival. In an interview to Ashok Kumar of OneWorld South Asia, Sahar said that writers-in-exile motivate other people to come out with their own stories.
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How power can be cleaned

Mar 19, 2015 05:15 PM India has to address access to energy as much as the environmental problems of unclean power, writes Sunita Narain.
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‘Historic opportunity' for reconciliation in Sri Lanka: Jeffrey Feltman

Mar 11, 2015 03:50 PM The national elections in Sri Lanka demonstrated the people's resolve to share in the future of their country, says Jeffrey Feltman, the UN political chief.

Uphold child rights for the ‘right’ future, says CRY CEO

Feb 23, 2015 04:35 PM The consistently low allocations of below 5 percent of the total Union Budget for the needs of children needs serious reflection, writes Puja Marwaha.
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Engaging the private sector to improve food security

Feb 12, 2015 04:40 PM There is a need for greater collaboration between private sector companies to improve food security in eastern India, writes Vijay Nazareth.
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Global challenges need humanitarian solutions: Yves Daccord

Jan 23, 2015 07:31 PM Yves Daccord, Director General of ICRC, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, said that global cooperation can provide solutions to challenges like extremism, climate change and economic downturn.
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Species specific conservation not a sustainable idea: Sunil Kumar

Jan 06, 2015 06:55 PM The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), a subsidiary of the RBS Group confers the RBS ‘Earth Heroes’ Awards for recognizing work in the field of wildlife and conservation. N Sunil Kumar, Head of Sustainability, India, RBS NV, and Director, RBS Foundation India, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, said that sustainable development should be an integral part of human progress.

Some thoughts on community resilience

Jan 06, 2015 03:50 PM Antony Gnanamuthu examines different definitions of ‘resilience’ as followed by various authors and organizations.

Alochona must lead to Ainer Chokhe

Jan 02, 2015 02:50 PM There are murmurs of the Jadavpur University Community Radio Station going off air on social media, all of which throw up a number of questions, writes Bijoy Patro.

Mitigation is not a great burden because it has many co-benefits: Dr R K Pachauri, Chairman, IPCC

Dec 26, 2014 12:00 PM Dr R K Pachauri is one of the most prominent leaders in the fight against climate change in the world today. As Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he been highlighting the scientific realities of climate change the world over and as Director-General of TERI he has been working relentlessly to create a climate-friendly ecosystem in India. In an exclusive interview with Rajiv Tikoo & Anupam Hazarika, he calls for action at local and global levels to fight climate change. Excerpts:

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