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Major rivers in India, Bangladesh drying up fast
Feb 04, 2010 The declining water levels in major rivers Brahmaputra and Teesta much ahead of the dry season is lowering the underground water levels and also affecting cultivation in India’s north east and Bangladesh. Environmentalists fear negative changes in overall climate will make the region more prone to calamities.
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Nepal leads in community forestry
Feb 04, 2010 The revised Forest act of 1993 and Forest Regulations act of 1995 have brought 1.1 million hectares of land under community forestry. These efforts while meeting the livelihood needs of locals have led to dense forests and significant reduction in carbon emissions.
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Myanmar: Livelihoods key to cyclone recovery
Feb 11, 2010 A report, released on 9th February, says that restoration of livelihoods is critical for the recovery of thousands who have survived the 2008 Cyclone Nargis. It urges aid and humanitarian support agencies to prioritise this along with successful health, nutrition and water interventions.
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Award winning reports on climate change in Himalayas
Feb 19, 2010 The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has announced the results of a competition for journalists writing on the theme of climate change in the Himalayas. Seven of the winning entries captured the impact of climate change on mountains and livelihoods.
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India-Bangladesh unite to protect Sunderbans
Apr 07, 2010 India and Bangladesh will jointly launch the Sunderbans Ecosystem Forum in September to protect the region from climate change. The project, to be funded by World Bank, will be executed over five years aimed at conserving the tigers, managing mangroves and improving livelihoods of inhabitants.
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Myanmar: Thousands forced to relocate for dam
Apr 07, 2010 The Myitsone Dam in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State will leave more than 15,000 over 60 villages displaced without proper resettlement plans. With the May deadline, many residents are opposing its construction, due to the lack of information on compensation, and its impact on biodiversity.
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Rural livelihoods project brings respite to Bihar's poor
Apr 16, 2010 The Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project, known as JEEViKA, supported by World Bank is aimed at mobilising farmers into SHGs, freeing them from the clutches of local moneylenders and empowering them to retrieve assets, credit and social services such as food and health security. Women have been the biggest beneficiaries.
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India's inclusive growth remains elusive
Apr 20, 2010 Despite investing billions on social schemes, there is still a whopping gap in income growth and health delivery in many states of India. Experts indicate these widely promoted welfare measures are ridden by graft and ill-conceived, and may have become an easy populist tool for the government.
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Delhi gets one health unit for every 50,000 population
Apr 21, 2010 The Delhi cabinet has approved the introduction of Public Health Standards in a bid to improve availability of quality health care to all citizens, particularly the poor. One health care unit will be upgraded for every 50,000 population offering people preventive, basic services and mandatory community involvement.
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Citizen's group demand moratorium on SEZs
Apr 26, 2010 Despite laws already in place to protect farmers and villagers rights, there has been a continuous attempt to acquire fertile agricultural land for setting up Special Economic Zones. A two day People’s Audit of SEZs held in the Indian capital discussed issues on livelihood loss and the adverse social impact.
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Sri Lanka: Reviving livelihoods in former combat-zone
May 10, 2010 United Nations and other agencies are focusing efforts to revive the agriculture and fishery sectors that had completely collapsed due to the war. Although many displaced are aware of the significant contribution of these sectors to local economy, they remain doubtful of the recovery strategy.
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Pakistani villages at risk of submergence
May 13, 2010 At least 36 villages could be submerged along with crops if the trapped water in Attabad lake releases. The overflowing lake that was created after a landslide blocked the River Hunza in northern Pakistan in January has displaced more than 3,000 in late March and early April.
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Collaborating to empower mountain communities
May 19, 2010 The Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries have agreed to increase the information flow on their genetic resources, traditional knowledge, and bio-prospecting activities. This will ensure poverty alleviation through mitigation of biodiversity loss and promotion of genetic diversity among mountain communities.
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Rehabilitation, a far fetched dream for Lankan Tamils
May 20, 2010 Rehabilitation of thousands of war-displaced Sri Lankan Tamils is becoming an uphill battle as donors show weariness. The United Nations has warned that there is an acute shortage of funds and in absence of international community’s initiatives, rehabilitation work may stop soon.
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As they sow, so they not reap
May 21, 2010 Ambiguity surrounds farmers of Afghanistan as profits yielded by crops differ remarkably. High investment associated with high-profit fruit and saffron production acts as barrier to crop switching. In effect, millions remain vulnerable and food insecure while humanitarian wheat procurement presents a gleam of hope.
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Food scenario remains gloomy in Bihar
May 24, 2010 A new study on Bihar’s food security information system has identified twelve districts of state as highly food insecure and has called for immediate targeted intervention by government. Report points to low female literacy as annoying factor contributing to food insecurity and child mortality in the rural regions.
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Struggle for food gets tougher
May 24, 2010 Aid agencies have warned about further impairment of food security for people in western hills of Nepal. Inflation along with low agricultural production is worsening the situation and forcing people to resort to desperate coping measures.
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Enabling them to earn
May 24, 2010 Green Fingers, a commendable initiative by Naima Khan, gives employment opportunities to people with disabilities. Working in the commercial plant nursery gives them an opportunity to shoulder the responsibility of their families and to enhance their capabilities.
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Suicides continue alongside intense GM debate
May 25, 2010 On the issue of Genetically Modified seeds, grounds remain divided as critics accuse GM cotton seeds of spiraling farming costs while supporters praise them for higher productivity. However, the rising number of farmer suicides in Vidarbha calls for immediate attention.
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War ends but sufferings continue
May 26, 2010 A year since the bloody ethnic conflict between Sri Lankan troops and LTTE ended, the sufferings of affected women continue. Shouldering the responsibilities of their families and longing for financial and psychological support, they show employment and security as their top priorities in their struggle to rebuild their lives.
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Humans, a threat to Indian mangrove forests
Jun 02, 2010 In Orissa, heavy human intervention in Mangrove habitats has resulted in fast depletion of mangrove forest cover. Forest officials have cautioned that their loss can adversely affect marine and terrestrial biodiversity as they provide natural shelter to thousands of species and reduce soil erosion.
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Declining wheat consumption indicates food insecurity in Pakistan
Jun 03, 2010 Decline in consumption of wheat, the most basic of food staples in Pakistan, raises concern as it indicates the loss of purchasing power of the country’s people, said a UN official on Wednesday. The situation seems to be unstable with the soaring price of wheat and struggling economy of the country.
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Giving a new career to injured soldiers
Jun 03, 2010 The Queen Mary’s Technical Institute in Pune has started various training programmes for injured soldiers to provide them an opportunity to start a new life. Institute is providing training in BPO and multimedia operations and planning to start a new course in entrepreneurship management.
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Kerala faces grim food scarcity
Jun 04, 2010 With the gap between production and requirement of food grain widening every year, Kerala’s food scene is turning gloomy. The steeping increase in food prices indicates the state’s large dependence on other states and an urgent need of a mechanism to face the imminent food crisis.
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Bangladesh: Rural radio to strengthen livelihoods
Jun 07, 2010 People living in the southern coastal regions of Bangladesh and subjected to cyclones Sidr and Aila, will have a rural community radio to strengthen their information and communication system. According to FAO, this will enhance livelihoods in rural areas and will provide support in crop, fisheries and livestock sectors by broadcasting crucial information.
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Millions turn landless in Bangladesh
Jun 09, 2010 Climate-induced hazards and decreasing productivity of lands as a result of climate change, is rendering many families in Bangladesh, landless. Deprived of their land these families often land up in slums with all affiliated social problems. There is a dire need for land reforms and policies to address the issue.
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48 million in Asia affected by weather-related events
Dec 15, 2009 A report released at Copenhagen says 55 million people worldwide were affected by extreme weather-related disasters in 2009. Even as the last year's figures were lower than previous years, floods, storms and cyclones continued to plague coastal populations in Asia, with costs of disasters going up steadily.
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One million tsunami survivors rehabilitated, says report
Dec 15, 2009 According to a report released by Save the Children, its relief and development initiative has helped around one million tsunami survivors across five countries reunite with their families and live healthy and productive lives. Thousands of children have been provided educational support and quality healthcare services.
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Radio advocacy benefits Dhaka garment workers
Jan 21, 2010 BBC Radio 4 episode highlights appalling conditions in Bangladesh garment factories.
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Heritage in Development
Aug 26, 2011 Banglanatak dot com, a social enterprise, presents a three day international seminar on art and livelihood in in Kolkata from September 6-8, 2011. It uses culture based approaches for pro-poor growth through community led action.
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