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Myanmar says farewell to neonatal tetanus
Jun 02, 2010 While maternal and neonatal tetanus remains a major public health concern in many countries, Myanmar has successfully eliminated it, says a report by UNICEF. It is the second country in East Asia after Vietnam to achieve the elimination status which marks the safety of mothers and newborns in the country.
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"Temporary membership in Security Council does not strengthen India's case"
Nov 10, 2010 India’s leading columnist Praful Bidwai argues that India should focus its energies on making governance more responsive and effective rather than lobbying for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
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'Diamond' women lead positive lives
Oct 25, 2009 Policymakers, strategists and activists have increasingly acknowledged the role of HIV Positive women in the fight against the dreaded disease. Susan Paxton’s new book, Diamonds, has testimonies of such women from as distant a place as Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam and more. Ranjita Biswas reviews the book.
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UN to form War Crimes Commission against Myanmar
Aug 19, 2010 United Nations is set to form a Commission of Inquiry into war crimes by Myanmar’s military regime in an attempt to free thousands of political prisoners arrested under the authoritarian political system. The move is backed by the Obama government which is considering narrowing its financial sanctions to the regime.
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Pakistan to witness massive child mortality
Sep 14, 2010 Pakistan is at the threshold of witnessing a wave of child mortality owing to unavailability of ration and lack of proper treatment of malnourished children in the flood hit areas. Water borne diseases arising out of poor sanitation further threaten lives of the children.
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UNICEF urges Bangladesh to end child poverty
Oct 22, 2010 UNICEF confirmed that over three crore children live below the poverty line in Bangladesh, while launching a survey report on the progress of children in the country recently. Stating child poverty as a major obstacle to development, it urged the government to raise budgetary allocations for the welfare of children.
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Cambodia awaits law on acid attacks
May 03, 2010 After the alarming rate of acid attacks recorded in Cambodia, lawmakers have begun drafting a new law to curb the crime under which perpetrators would receive severe penalties. It includes improved medical care and social integration programmes for survivors and will consider the opening of state-run medical centre.
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Support needed for battling Malaria in Myanmar
May 20, 2010 Malaria, a major cause of mortality in Myanmar raises concerns as huge funds are required to scale up its prevention. Combating with the disease requires immediate attention in terms of increase in number of facilities and affordability of treatment for which greater humanitarian and development aid from first world is necessary.
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Philippines: Midwives to strengthen maternal health
May 26, 2010 Philippines has decided to start a pilot programme in collaboration with UNFPA to train midwives in life-saving skills and to administer crucial drugs in order to reduce maternal deaths.
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Children suffer due to Government's apathy
May 31, 2010 Government’s negligence towards child rights has forced millions of Indonesian children to suffer, says National NGO Coalition for Child Rights Monitoring. In absence of necessary amendments to the constitution to include all rights of the child, children continue to remain vulnerable.
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Thousands of Burmese migrants suffer exploitation
Jun 01, 2010 The limited job opportunities and low incomes, force tens of thousands of Burmese to migrate abroad for work making them victims of human traffickers. The continual endeavours of government and international agencies to save them from exploitation are evidently effective but greater efforts are required to protect the victims.
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Future looks bright for Timor-Leste: Microfinance in action
Jun 21, 2010 Timorese microfinance institution, Tuba Rai Metin’s support to people with a range of financial services from savings, loans, money transfer services, and insurance is contributing towards a thriving and robust financial sector. Offering loans for small businesses, families, mostly female clients are reaping huge benefits.
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No place to call home
Jul 23, 2010 Caught in conflict between the Muslim separatists and the military, the displaced Bakwits residing in the southern Philippines have been living a powerless and insignificant life. Any hope to become permanent settlers is soon dismissed by unscrupulous politicians who used fake voter IDs to cast vote on their behalf.
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Laos takes a bug-nutri bite
Jul 29, 2010 United Nations is encouraging bug-eating in Laos to solve the country's high rate of child malnutrition. Popular for hundreds of years in the region, the agency's food and agricultural wing is capitilising on the trend to raise income of local collectors and tackle hunger.
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Malaysia: Landmark step guarantees rights to the disabled
Aug 17, 2010 By ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Malaysia takes an important step to protect the rights of the ‘differently-abled’. However, its reservations and limitations to the convention fall short of honouring its pledge, says Human Rights Watch.
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Aid rot woes add to misery of Indonesians
Nov 03, 2010 A large number of people are still left without food and basic aid a week after tsunami hit the shores. The remoteness of the villages is making relief effort difficult. Though local aid agencies have quickly responded, sluggish government response to the disaster has angered the masses.
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Drug trafficking on rise in South East Asia: UN
Dec 15, 2010 The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has warned about the growing use and trafficking of drugs in East and South East Asia especially Burma.
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Asian women inadequately represented in local governments: UNDP
Mar 08, 2011 Countries in Asia and the Pacific region have increased women's representation in local bodies but the figures are still low in South East Asia, says a UNDP report launched on the eve of International Women’s Day. The report analysed, for the first time, women’s representation at rural, urban, district and provincial levels across the region.
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Thousands face torture, forced labour in Vietnam's drug rehabs
Sep 12, 2011 Drug detainees confined at 14 government run detention centres of Vietnam are subjected to forced labour, torture and are held without any legal trial in the guise of rehabilitation, reveals a report by Human Rights Watch.
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Synthetic drug use rising: UN
Sep 14, 2011 Illegal use of Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) has quadrupled in past two years reveals a United Nations report. These synthetic stimulants have surpassed heroine and cocaine to become world's second most widely used type of drug.
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Philippines flood prompts emergency appeal for aid
Dec 20, 2011 Aid agencies are mobilising funds to reach 120,000 people affected by flash floods in the island of Mindanao.
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Pak: 90% of Baloch women illiterate
Jan 25, 2012 Lack of development in Pakistan's south-western Balochistan province is one of the reasons for the lack of education for girls and for fuelling frustration and anger which has spurred nationalist insurgency in the region.
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Submerged lives in downtown Manila
Nov 12, 2009 On November 1 tropical storm, Typhoon Mirinae, ravaged Manila and the nearby northern provinces in the Philippines, leaving at least 20 people dead and thousands displaced, including women and children. It’s a region that still remains flooded from three earlier back-to-back storms.
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Recession boosts child prostitution in Southeast Asia
Sep 30, 2009 Southeast Asia has become a hotbed for commercial sexual exploitation of children due to the global economic downturn. Experts are of the view that governments are failing to do enough to protect young people.
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Philippines: Role women can play in politics
Oct 22, 2009 At a recent pre-election conversation in the Philippines, three women legislators were asked: What difference do women in politics make? With elections scheduled to be held in May next year, meets like these are being organised in an effort to enable young women to understand the role they can play in a political set up.
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Shaky beginnings for ASEAN human rights body
Nov 02, 2009 Southeast Asia's newly constituted inter-governmental human rights body has come under fire over its terms of reference as well as its ability to have any impact on human rights in Myanmar. Critics say its handling of the country seriously undermines the credibility of the organisation.
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Former Khmer Rouge leader charged with genocide
Dec 18, 2009 Khieu Samphan, former head of state for the Khmer Rouge has been charged of committing war crimes against two minority groups, Cham Muslims and ethnic Vietnamese people. A UN-backed tribunal in Cambodia confirmed the leader’s involvement in the deaths of millions.
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Emergency declared in Thailand
Apr 07, 2010 Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has declared a state of emergency in Bangkok amid escalating anti-government protests. Thousands of red-shirts supporters of ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra stormed the parliament today to force elections and end dictatorship.
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'Ambassadors' for ASEAN biodiversity awards
Apr 13, 2010 An awards programme for outstanding achievement in biodiversity conservation and advocacy in South-East Asia has been launched by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Young people and businesses will be engaged to highlight biodiversity loss in their local media and mobilise people to support the cause.
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Conference on Uttarakhand recognises agri leaders
Sep 06, 2013 Harish Rawat, India’s Union Minister for Water Resources, confers awards for outstanding contribution to rural India at the Rebuilding Uttarakhand conference.
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