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Article Empower women at workplaces in S E Asia: WHO official
Action across countries and sectors is needed to enhance worker protections and make the migration process healthier, writes Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia.
Article Success of SDGs hinges on India: Nigel Brett, IFAD
SDGs have raised the bar for development in India, feels Nigel Brett from the UN agricultural arm, IFAD.
Article PFI hails hike in health budget by 27%: Poonam Muttreja
It is reassuring to see the Government’s commitment to ‘Health for All’ in the Union Budget, writes Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India.
Article IITians should serve their fellow countrymen: Murli Manohar Joshi, Senior BJP leader
Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi has urged graduates from elite institutes like IITs to develop technology that suits the poor.
Article Demonetisation is advantageous for Indian youth: Anil Pharande, Pharande Spaces
The principled younger earners of India today prefer to be transparent, writes Anil Pharande, Chairman - Pharande Spaces.
Article Direct selling industry is giving back in the form of CSR: Amit Chadha, IDSA
Most direct selling entities participate in the CSR activities in critical areas like health & human services, women empowerment & environmental protection, writes Amit Chadha, Secretary General, Indian Direct Selling Association.
Article Empowerment of widows crucial part of SDGs: Cheri Blair
For Cheri Blair, former first lady of the United Kingdom, the challenges for widowhood are universal and global.
Article UN must change as global challenges surpass its ability to respond: António Guterres
Following are new UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the General Assembly on taking the oath of office, in New York on 12 December 2016:
Article India needs to prioritise men’s participation in family planning
Increasing male participation, key to India’s family planning programme, writes Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, PFI.
Article Raising the bar for inclusive education in India
India should address major obstacles in fulfilling the goal for inclusive and quality education, write Ashish Singh & Aleksei Opacic.
Article Dear Editor, Why paint a rosy picture?
Reports on unemployment fears and an undernourished nation have failed to stroke the right kind of discourse on the subject in the media.
Article India needs to address the issue of food wastage: Shyam Khadka, FAO
Shyam Khadka, the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations in India, believes that Indian farmers need to be reoriented towards pre-green revolution agricultural technology for adopting sustainable and consumer friendly agriculture practices. According to Khadka climate change will make the target of zero hunger more challenging as the issues of hunger and climate change are significantly inter-linked. Excerpts from an exclusive interview to OneWorld South Asia
Article Statement on SC verdict for closure of sterilization camps in India
This judgement has the potential to shape India’s family planning program into a programme of national significance, writes Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, The Population Foundation of India.
Article I hope my medal can serve as an inspiration for differently abled: Deepa Malik
"I hope my journey and the medal can serve as an inspiration for differently-abled individuals to break out from their social boundaries and pursue their dreams," says Deepa Malik.
Article If India's PM Modi wants economic reform, he must first address the Dalit plight
The Dalits who are revolting across India are also attacking Modi because they see his statements as weak and coming too late, writes Joseph D'Souza.
Article Monsoons have exposed chaotic urbanisation
Rajesh Tandon, President of PRIA, a non profit, reflects on issues ranging from monsoon to religion, and democracy to the youth.
Article India Inc cannot pursue CSR agenda in isolation: Shaifalika Panda
Shaifalika Panda, Chief of CSR, Indian Metal & Ferro Alloys (IMFA), and CEO, Bansidhar & Ila Panda Foundation (BIPF), says that companies should realign their CSR agenda to meet the contemporary challenges. Shaifalika talks to Ashok Kumar for the Social Philanthropy Series on All India Radio's FM Rainbow channel. Excerpts from the interview:
Article Sexuality of an individual is a very private matter: Priya Dutt
Congress leader and Sanjay Dutt's sister Priya Dutt feels that sexual minorities and sex workers have an equal right to dignified life. In an interview to Ashok Kumar of OneWorld South Asia, Priya says that segregation of LGBTs is a dangerous trend and they should not feel caged in our society. Excerpts from the interview:
Article CSR is nothing but giving back to society: Naveen Soni, Toyota
Naveen Soni, Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), believes that businesses are duty bound to serve the society that brings profit to them. Soni talks to Ashok Kumar for the Social Philanthropy Series on All India Radio's FM Rainbow channel. Excerpts from the interview:
Article India at the cusp of harvesting youth power: Poonam Muttreja
India is all set to reap rich dividends with its adolescent and youth population, writes from Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, The Population Foundation of India.
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