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India Budget 2010-11: Social equity takes back seat
Mar 02, 2010 With a promise to bring double digit economic growth, while the Union Budget 2010-11 has increased overall plan allocation, it has not shown the same commitment towards the social sector. Schemes such as NREGS, education and health sectors have got a minor increase in allocations.
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Climate talks face bumpy road ahead
Mar 03, 2010 Controversy has erupted over the US decision to disown the Long-term Cooperative Action text prepared by the developing countries and its emphasis on Copenhagen Accord as the basis of any future climate negotiations. It highlights the difficult road ahead for all the parties in December 2010 meet at Mexico.
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Nepalese women pledge for equal rights
Mar 08, 2010 Making an assessment on the status of women in Nepal on 100th International Women’s day, women’s rights activists say that women still struggle for equal opportunity and rights in every aspect of life. Measures are being suggested to ensure that no discriminatory laws prevail against women in the new constitution.
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Indian state demands compensation from Coca-Cola
Mar 23, 2010 Coca-Cola has been asked to pay $47m in compensation for depleting groundwater, as well as damaging farmland and the local environment by Kerala government in south India. While the company has refuted the charges, the government appointed committee says that it has ‘impeccable evidence’ against the company.
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Draft food bill fails to address nutritional needs
Mar 25, 2010 Activists are irked that the proposed EGoM food bill intends to exclude a large section of the population by targeting only those selected as living below the poverty line in India. In a letter to the Prime Minister they argue that despite court orders it fails to guarantee universal nutrition.
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Include the natives in climate decisions: Agatha Sangma
Mar 30, 2010 At a seminar held in Manila, Agatha Sangma, India’s youngest Member of Parliament stressed that the rural poor, especially indigenous people be made party to the climate change decision-making process. She stated that the global initiatives should not deprive local communities of their right to land and distort local economies.
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All-party meet on Women’s Bill today
Apr 05, 2010 The ruling UPA-II government anxious to forge a consensus on the women's reservation bill has called an all-party meet today. The bill which has already been passed by Rajya Sabha is expected to be taken up for consideration in the Lower House when it resumes budget session on April 15.
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Food-shortage forcing children to eat mud
Apr 05, 2010 Children in the hinterlands of India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh have resorted to eating silica laced mud due to the non availability of food which has worsened malnourishment and diseases. Officials from various ministries are therefore working on recrafting the Food Security Bill to include such families.
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Planning Commission chief pitches for 35kg foodgrain for poor
Apr 08, 2010 Montek Singh Ahluwalia, the deputy chairman of Planning Commission, is endorsing the Tendulkar Committee report that increases the supply of 35 kg of foodgrains every month from 25 kg proposed under the new Food Security Act, drafted by the Empowered Group of Ministers.
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Improving prospects for unskilled NREGA workers
Apr 15, 2010 In an attempt to extend assistance to those in distress but not identified under BPL category, Ministry of Rural Development is considering giving training for self-employment under SGSY by linking it to NREGA. This linking can potentially bring sustainable development by creation of human assets.
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Pakistan's Senate approves bill ending dictatorship
Apr 16, 2010 Pakistan's upper house has voted unanimously against the controversial Seventeenth Amendment of 2003. Ninety lawmakers approved the bill that aims to enhance the provincial autonomy, righting some of constitutional wrongs done by military dictators and limiting key presidential powers.
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SAARC concludes with a 'Silver Jubilee Declaration'
Apr 30, 2010 The 16th SAARC Summit concluded yesterday with a 36-point Thimphu Silver Jubilee Declaration that would aim at making SAARC truly action-oriented. Two agreements on Environment and Trade were signed along with the introduction of a development fund that will serve as a regional funding mechanism for various projects.
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India to soon have green tribunals
May 05, 2010 India is all set to get Green Tribunals with the lower house passing the long awaited National Green Tribunal Bill, which will allow setting up mobile tribunals and any person aggrieved or organisation to file case. The bill also fixes responsibility on polluter to cause harm to the environment.
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Pakistan: Food secure for next two years
May 05, 2010 With 36.052 million tonnes of agricultural produce, Pakistan’s Agriculture Development Minister claims that Pakistan is food secure for the next two years. The country has not only been able to meet the year’s food requirement of 28 million tonnes but has a surplus of 8 million tonnes.
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India's job scheme fails to prevent starvation death
Jan 13, 2010 The death of a job card holder under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in western India has once again brought the law under the scanner. Failure in explaining the benefits and rights under the scheme to the rural population keeps many deprived of the work or unemployment related benefits.
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Indian cabinet approves national knowledge network
Jan 22, 2010 A national knowledge network will encourage knowledge sharing and collaborative research among major technical education institutions and universities in India. Health, education and agriculture are among the main areas identified.
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Bangladesh policymakers to be sensitised on development
Jun 02, 2009 A five-year leadership orientation programme has been launched in Bangladesh by the UN Millennium campaign in association with local NGOs. Inaugurating the programme in Dhaka last week, the Speaker of the parliament urged MPs to discuss issues like climate change, trade policies, gender, poverty and human rights.
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Reservation Express final stop: The Indian Parliament
Jun 22, 2010 To clear the air over the Women's Reservation Bill, a Reservation Express was launched to mount pressure on the political class. The organisers promise of an even bigger showstopper in Delhi, if the Bill is does not get presented in the Lok Sabha, writes Amrita Nandy.
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Devise policies to unleash India's infinite potential
Aug 18, 2010 On the occasion of India’s 63rd Independence Day, Sitaram Yechury assesses the progress India has made in all these years and the challenges it faces ahead. He outlines India’s boundless potential to outshine even developed nations if the lawmakers make policies that provide the citizens an opportunity to grow.
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'Reality Check' for the government and people in Bangladesh
Mar 14, 2011 Advisor to Bangladesh Reality Check Initiative, David Lewis explains how the Swedish government project is building bridges between policy makers and citizens in Bangladesh. By documenting experiences and stories of the poor in their annual report, Reality Check Initiative gets grassroots information to policymakers so that they can make course corrections and improve public service systems in the country.
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Learning lessons on climate funds
Aug 17, 2011 Ahead of the COP 17 in South Africa, Stephen P. Groff of OECD urges policy makers to draw on the insights gained through development co-operation over the past 50 years. He claims strong policies that build national capacity can make climate change funding work better for development results.
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'Stockholm Statement' to the Rio+20
Aug 29, 2011 Participants of the World Water Week released the Stockholm Statement to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20 Summit), calling for policy makers to ensure the availability of water for all, especially the poorest, by increasing the efficiency of water use.
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Rio+20: We are in sight of a historic deal, says Ban ki-Moon
Jun 21, 2012 With heads of more than 100 states coming together to find solutions, to develop new policies to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he was optimistic about a path-breaking deal.
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‘Unless we end poverty, we cannot move towards a green economy’
Jul 03, 2012 Daniele Ponzi, Lead Environment Specialist at ADB's Environment and Safeguards Division, in an interview said the recently concluded Rio+20 conference was largely a success in terms of inclusive approaches.
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‘Pakistan is at the apex of climate vulnerability in Asia’
Jul 05, 2012 Pakistan’s new national sustainable development strategy (NSDS) promises a ‘green action agenda’ and plans to set up a knowledge management system based on technology and innovation.
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India: ‘Devaluation’ of women leading to drop in sex ratio
Jul 11, 2012 Even as the overall sex ratio in India increased from 933 in 2001 to 940 in 2011, as per census figures, the child sex ratio dropped to 914 females in 2011 from 927 in 2001–the lowest since Independence. On the World Population day, OneWorld South Asia, tries to look into the unexplained intricacies leading to a drop in child sex ratio, despite increased media coverage and awareness in the last decade.
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CSE urges govt not to promote diesel in India
Jul 19, 2012 The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a wing of the World Health Organization (WHO), has said that diesel engine exhaust can certainly cause cancer, especially lung cancer in humans. Responding to this shocker from the WHO, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has asked: “Is India prepared to respond to the public health risk of diesel?”
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India takes a re-look at its laws on sexual violence
Jul 21, 2012 The Indian government has stirred a hornet’s nest with its announcement to review Rape laws in the country and tweaking it to make it ‘gender neutral’. The news brought it with it many questions on the state of women’s rights in India and a lot hinges on what decision is made in the end.
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Building an inclusive knowledge society
Apr 29, 2009 UNESCO supported publication, Mapping media education policies in the world, gives a comprehensive view on the subject. It stresses on the involvement of policymakers in the implementation of media education programmes in their respective countries.
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India: Union budget 2010-11 neglects the poor
Mar 09, 2010 The UPA-II budget is a brazen attempt to push the neo-liberal agenda which caters to the interests of upper middle class by totally neglecting the interest of the poor, says noted economist Prof. Prabhat Patnaik. The hike in fuel prices would affect the common man adversely, he adds.
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