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Health: Food & Fitness

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Education: Education For All

Article Bangladesh gets $390 mn World Bank aid for education
The World Bank funding would enable 4.5 million rural students to continue education in secondary level annually.
Article Tertiary Education in Small States: Planning in the context of globalisation
The book outlines some of the strategies, such as regional and international partnerships and the use of information technology for spreading tertiary education.
Article Literacy can help fight poverty: United Nations
By promoting literacy, we can help millions of people write their own chapter of opportunity in their lives, said Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General.
Article School head can make a big difference: study
A motivated head-of- the-school can make a big difference to improve the quality of education, says a new study.
Article India is a story of gains and gaps: UNICEF Representative
Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF India Representative, in an interview with OneWorld South Asia, strongly states child marriage is a big impediment to women's true empowerment. Excerpts from the interview.
Article Nothing more frustrating than being unemployable: Tharoor
India’s demographic dividend could turn into a demographic disaster, if millions of young people are not trained to be employable, cautions Shashi Tharoor.
Article UNFPA to launch videos on life- skills education in India
The training videos for tutors are intended to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
Article Millions of kids still out of school in Malala’s Pakistan
According to a report, out of 120 countries in the world, Pakistan has the second largest number of children out of school (after Nigeria).
Article One teacher, one book, one pen, can change the world: Malala Yousafzai
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.
Article Adhocism will ruin Indian school education: Apex court
“We spoil the entire education system by appointing ad-hoc teachers who do not have proper qualification," a two-judge bench of India's Supreme Court said today.
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Education: Education Policy

Article Tertiary Education in Small States: Planning in the context of globalisation
The book outlines some of the strategies, such as regional and international partnerships and the use of information technology for spreading tertiary education.
Article Tripura is now the most literate state in India
Tripura jumped to first position among the states of the country in literacy from the 12th position in the 2001 census.
Article Literacy can help fight poverty: United Nations
By promoting literacy, we can help millions of people write their own chapter of opportunity in their lives, said Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General.
Article India is a story of gains and gaps: UNICEF Representative
Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF India Representative, in an interview with OneWorld South Asia, strongly states child marriage is a big impediment to women's true empowerment. Excerpts from the interview.
Article Nothing more frustrating than being unemployable: Tharoor
India’s demographic dividend could turn into a demographic disaster, if millions of young people are not trained to be employable, cautions Shashi Tharoor.
Article UNFPA to launch videos on life- skills education in India
The training videos for tutors are intended to improve the quality of teaching and learning.
Article Millions of kids still out of school in Malala’s Pakistan
According to a report, out of 120 countries in the world, Pakistan has the second largest number of children out of school (after Nigeria).
Article Extremists are afraid of books and pens: Malala
At UN, Malala Yousafzai rallied youth to stand up for universal education.
Article Adhocism will ruin Indian school education: Apex court
“We spoil the entire education system by appointing ad-hoc teachers who do not have proper qualification," a two-judge bench of India's Supreme Court said today.
Article Experts want best practices for systemic reform in India
In a three day conference on ‘Transforming Schools for Quality Education’, experts are deliberating on improving the quality of education in India based on the learning’s drawn from best practices.
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Education: Vocational Training

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Agriculture: Sustainable Agriculture

Article Sustainable agriculture should be national mission: MD Coromandel International
Coromandel International Limited, a Rs 9800 crore organisation, which works at improving the lives of farmers, has decided to extend farm mechanisation services to farmers in rural Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The business portfolio of the company includes fertilisers, specialty nutrients, crop protection and retail. How this is being implemented and is adopted as a model is what Managing Director of the company Kapil Mehan, shares with Rakesh Sood of One World South Asia.
Article Biofuels to fight poverty and food insecurity
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), calls for sustainable pro-poor development and small farmers engagement in developing countries.
Article Genebanks hold the keys to more productive and healthier crops
Seed banks inside ICRISAT campus, Karnataka, India, hold the keys to ensure more productive, hardier, healthier food crops that could help feed the 9 billion people who will be living on Earth by 2050.
Article Indian women farmers boost rural economy
Indian women farmers are emerging as the backbone of the rural economy. Recent data from the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) data revealed that 18 per cent of farming families are headed by women.
Article One third of global food produce is wasted: report
A UN report has warned ecological foundations that support food security, including biodiversity, are being undermined.
Article India wakes up to plant pests and diseases
As the realisation dawns on how outbreaks of diseases in major food crops have reduced food yields and losses in animals, India looks for international collaboration to ward off farm pests and diseases.
Article Pvt land acquisitions displacing agriculture: Oxfam
According to Oxfam, the amount of land acquired in the past decade was enough to feed a billion people, who unfortunately go to bed hungry each night.
Article Afghanistan to rebuild traditional irrigation network with UN help
The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation is providing technical support to rebuild Afghanistan's traditional irrigation system to help farmers increase their crop production. The irrigation system had been badly damaged due to the conflict and migration from villages.
Article Greenpeace demands an urgent return to sustainable agricultural policies
In a pre-budget consultation with the Finance Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, Greenpeace India has highlighted the need to shift policy focus towards ecologically friendly and sustainable agriculture.
Article Afghanistan: Drier weather forcing farmers to adapt
Afghanistan appears to be getting drier. Many traditional irrigation sources such as springs, streams, rivers and man-made subterranean aqueducts have been drying up in the southern provinces.
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Agriculture: Climate Change

Article Raise your voice, not the sea level, urges UN
“This year, I urge everyone to think about the plight of Small Island Developing States (SIDS),” said the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Article Climate Change affects women more than men
Women are disproportionately affected by extreme climatic changes particularly in developing countries like India.
Article Planet is sending a message on climate change: UN chief
“Climate change is the defining issue of our time,” the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
Article UN agencies make progress towards climate neutrality
The fifth edition of the report ‘Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN’ details the emissions from 64 United Nations organizations.
Article Sustainability is not a choice, but a necessity
South Asian region is most vulnerable to climate change impact, warns Thet Thet Zin, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar.
Article SDGs will be a transformative step for humanity: J D Sachs
Jeffrey D Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, warned of catastrophic results if the planet gets warmer by 4°C.
Article Sustainability needs to be part of companies' DNA: experts
In next five years climate change would be a human right issue, said Assaad Razzouk, a Lebanese-British investor and clean energy entrepreneur.
Article Karnataka MLAs set to work for efficient energy policy
The Karnataka Renewable Energy Policy 2009-14 estimates a renewable energy potential of about 18500 MW (excluding solar).
Article Climate affected Himalayan women look for income guarantees
Ever since climate change has become a reality for mountain communities in Uttarakhand, affecting agricultural output, their primary income source, women are being forced to count every paisa, writes Aditi Bishnoi.
Article New fund targets climate change resilience for urban poor
The Urban Climate Change Resilience Partnership (UCCRP), shall be designed to scale up urban climate change resilience in 25 Asian cities.
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Agriculture: Agri-technology

Article ICRISAT DG William Dar receives FABA Special Award-2014
Dr Dar was chosen by a team of global experts to receive this honor for his notable contributions to science and sustainable agriculture.
Article High time to explore new agri-business models: expert
Discarding traditional agricultural practices in favour of alien methods have pushing Indian farming on the edge, said Devinder Sharma, Agriculture and Food Security Expert.
Article Food systems innovation mooted for food security
The conference on Food Systems Innovation deliberated on the production of food for a growing population with increasing scarcity of water resources.
Article Connect farmers to markets for better output: experts
Participating in a CII seminar, experts urged for providing market linkages for farmers in remote areas for increasing agricultural growth.
Article Time to marry agriculture with nutrition: M S Swaminathan
Renowned agricultural expert Prof. MS Swaminathan said that providing support to small farmers in India will not only help in eradicating poverty but also lead to nutritional security.
Article Short duration farming gains popularity in Bangladesh
The farmers of Gaibandha district started to cultivate the short duration varieties on their land on experimental basis a few years back.
Article Pesticides blamed for midday meal deaths in India
Last month, 23 children died in a village in the eastern state of Bihar after eating school lunch that was made with cooking oil tainted with the monocrotophos pesticide.
Article Indian industry urged to invest in green agrochemicals
The Indian government has urged the industry for the development of eco-friendly green agrochemicals.
Article SC expert committee for withholding GM field trials in India
The committee has suggested the withholding of the field trials of GM crops until a revamping of the system with biosafety as the main mandate is done.
Article Indian govt lauded for putting GM crop field trials on hold
Greenpeace India has lauded the decision by the Indian government for keeping food and farms free from contamination by GM crops.
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Agriculture: Agri-business

Article Nutritional insecurity is a big challenge for India: Peter Kenmore
Peter E Kenmore, Representative in India of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), spoke to OneWorld South Asia on the sidelines of DSDS-2014 in New Delhi. Excerpts from the interview.
Article Join us to improve the lot of farmers: Corporates to Govt
Private and public ventures should come together for extension programmes for the benefit of farmers, suggested agri-business entrepreneurs.
Article High time to explore new agri-business models: expert
Discarding traditional agricultural practices in favour of alien methods have pushing Indian farming on the edge, said Devinder Sharma, Agriculture and Food Security Expert.
Article Roundtable in Delhi to explore new agri-business models
The roundtable meet will discuss new ways of making agriculture a profitable venture by exploring innovative business models.
Article Include banking schemes in school syllabus: Bankers
Bankers from leading institutions believe that banking schemes for farmers should be made part of school curriculum to enhance financial literacy.
Article Indian farmers need structured solutions: Agri expert
L P Semwal, Chairman of Uttarakhand based nonprofit, said that Indian farmers need structured solutions in the form of feasible financing and not subsidies.
Article Financing alone not to solve problem of farmers: Bankers
Seasoned bankers representing various institutions said that farmers should take benefit from various credit schemes, but loans alone cannot improve their economic lot.
Article Connect farmers to markets for better output: experts
Participating in a CII seminar, experts urged for providing market linkages for farmers in remote areas for increasing agricultural growth.
Article Time to marry agriculture with nutrition: M S Swaminathan
Renowned agricultural expert Prof. MS Swaminathan said that providing support to small farmers in India will not only help in eradicating poverty but also lead to nutritional security.
Article Indira award hails farming as unifying force: Swaminathan
India must work towards insulating its farmers from climate variability and price volatility to ensure food security, said Dr M S Swaminathan.
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Governance: RTI

Article Proposed amendments to RTI rules provokes criticism
A draft amendment to RTI rules prepared by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Government of India has invited much criticism from RTI activists. The government claims that the new rules will make implantation of the law more effective but campaigners argue that the new rules undermine the very spirit of RTI Act 2005.
Article "If we address political corruption, we will be able to eliminate corruption in other areas"
Executive Director of Transparency International, India, Anupama Jha talks to OneWorld South Asia about TI’s contribution in checking global corruption. A strong believer in democracy, she shares her views on the rampant corruption in India and explains how citizens can play their part in eradicating the ills of corruption from society.
Article Rio women wish for decent lives
The black women of Rio de Janeiro who were living amidst deep-rooted prejudice and poverty, are now earning a decent living through their cooperative- supported by ELAS Social Investment Fund- sewing and embroidering handbags and clothing. They now train fellow women to support their families and live with dignity.
Article RTI rescues Rajasthan women from hunger, deprivation
In Vijaypura village, marginalised women, especially widows, have used the RTI tool to procure food grains under PDS and are living a healthy life. The movement, instigated by a young RTI activist, boasts of achieving the millennium goal of reducing hunger by half in the region.
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Governance: Inclusion

Article Indian civil society calls for greater inclusion in planning
An inclusive planning process is the key to an inclusive democracy, opine experts at a symposium held at the capital to analyse the approach paper for the 12th five year plan.
Article Sri Lanka: Former Tamil Tigers complain of harassment
Former Tamil Tiger (LTTE) rebels say that they find it hard to find jobs and successfully reintegrate into the society, a year after they were freed from the government rehabilitation and detention camps.
Article "Citizen participation should be key to the budget process": Prof. Leonor Briones
Professor Leonor Magtolis Briones explains why it is important for citizens to be involved in the process of national budget. She also emphasises on framing a gender-sensitive budget as the cornerstone for the empowerment of women in any country.
Article India Census 2011: Big endeavour with many firsts
The second phase of Census 2011 that begins today, will see see many `firsts'; all attempts to ensure that the census is more inclusive, and in tune with India's current realities.
Article 1 crore Bangladeshis move-up the poverty line between 1990-2008
Microcredit Summit Campaign, a US-based advocacy group, has revealed in its report that one crore Bangladeshis have moved above $1.25 a day poverty line between 1990 and 2008. The survey report has come at a time when the microcredit sector is facing tremendous pressure in Bangladesh and rest of the world.
Article India's efforts for inclusive growth: A critical analysis
Malcolm S. Adiseshiah evaluates measures taken by Government of India in ensuring human rights and social inclusion for all sections of the society with special focus on the marginalised. He critically analyses social and economic implications, capacity building competence and operational viability of welfare schemes such as MGNREGA, Right to Education, and Right to Food etc.
Article India: Experts urge development of ICT for equal opportunities
Experts from the field of information and technology, present at the 7th Manthan Award South Asia 2010, called for developing an Indian ICT model to empower and promote innovations at the grassroots level.
Article MasterCard provides payment solution for India's UID card holders
MasterCard Worldwide has collaborated with India’s Unique Identification Authority to provide easy payment solutions for UID account holders with the objective of enabling financial inclusion of millions of people. The solution supports prepaid, debit and credit payment products and will empower ‘Aadhaar’ account holders to move towards electronic transactions.
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Governance: Corporate Governance

Article Better standards for bigger profits: Indian minister
Indian minister for Consumer Affairs said better standards result in lesser wastage and more efficiency and delivers bigger profits.
Article Companies Bill aims at good governance: Moily
India's Corporate Affairs and Power Minister M Veerappa Moily said there is a need to strengthen corporate governance and inculcate the culture of transparency, accountability and responsibility amongst Indian corporates. He was speaking on the 23rd annual day of the Institute of Directors (IOD) in New Delhi.
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Governance: Transparency

Article No country wants to be reliant on foreign assistance in perpetuity: Mark Lowcock, DFID
Since its inception, the Department for International Development (DFID) has been working to create a world that is equal and poverty-free. Mark Lowcock, DFID Permanent Secretary, talks to Bushra Ahmed of OneWorld South Asia about the UK's development aid plans, the complexity of development and the need for collaboration between countries if development aid has to be put to good use.
Article A relatively advanced citizenship is vital for e-Governance: WB economist
Tracey Lane, Senior Economist at the World Bank was involved in the Bank’s Open Data initiative. In an interview with OneWorld South Asia at the sidelines of the Conference on Governance and Public Service Transformation held by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA) in Dhaka, she spoke about the challenges in bringing about transparency through sharing information.
Article Aid agencies not so transparent after all, says Nepal study
A Nepal-based rights group analysed levels of transparency prevalent in seven donor agencies and realised there was little transparency on various scores the agencies were assessed against.
Article Ban Transparency International Bangladesh, urge lawmakers
The Bangladesh government is set to join issues with Transparency following a study indicting Parliamentarians for "negative activities".
Article Good Governance starts with citizens: Indian minister
India’s Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, V Narayanasamy, highlighted the role of stakeholders in governance based on transparency.
Article "India is an example of private success and public failure"
Gurcharan Das, a leading author and columnist, tells OneWorld South Asia's Ashok Kumar that economic reforms could deal with the menace of corruption because it takes away discretion from a babu or a politician and gives it to the market.
Article Govts keen to learn from evaluation of projects that failed, says Sri Lankan official
Velayuthan Sivagnanasothy, Secretary for Ministry of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development in Sri Lanka, shares his insights on evaluation of development programmes.
Article "Protect ordinary citizens from corrupt officials"
Columnist and former Indian diplomat, <b>G Parthasarathy</b> tells OneWorld South Asia's Ashok Kumar that even though corruption has become a feature of national life in many continents, common citizens should not necessarily face the menace in everyday life.
Article Govt to ensure accountability: Indian PM
The Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh said his government was committed to ensure transparency and accountability in governance.
Article Sri Lanka condemned for interference with judiciary
Highlighting apparent attempts to curb the freedom of Judiciary in Sri Lanka, the Asian Human Rights Commission has criticised the Sri Lankan Government for trying to interfere with the country’s judicial services.
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