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Literacy classes bring hope to Afghan girls, women
Feb 03, 2010 A UNICEF-supported informal learning centre is helping to improve literacy among women and girls in Afghanistan’s remote areas. Incentives and meals are bringing more volunteers and students at the centre to learn and share knowledge without fear.
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Trafficking adds to the woes of pavement dwellers
Feb 03, 2010 Close to 14 million Bangladeshi citizens live in pavements and streets, most of them environmental refugees. While the women and children become vulnerable to trafficking, lack of awareness and legislation to protect their rights, social prejudices and corruption is aggravating their situation.
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UN lauds India's job guarantee scheme
Feb 03, 2010 The United Nations report World Social Situation 2010, released globally last week, has complimented the national employment guarantee scheme for its universal nature, in comparison to targeted schemes like BPL cards. It suggests effective measures be taken to address deficits.
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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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Pakistan most vulnerable to climate change
Feb 05, 2010 Environmental experts have warned that climate change will have disastrous consequences for Pakistan if the government continued to soft-pedal on the issue. The members of the sub- committee for climate change decided to play key role, as the government has failed to fulfill its responsibility.
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Ancient language in India goes extinct
Feb 05, 2010 Bo one of the world’s oldest languages, has come to an end with the death of Boa Sr, the last speaker of this language, among the Great Andamanese tribes. While Andaman Islands are believed to be an anthropologists dream, little is being done to preserve their heritage, says an expert.
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Bangladesh riverbed cleaning drive goes futile
Feb 08, 2010 A riverbed cleaning drive initiated by the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority is becoming completely ineffective with tonnes of waste being disposed into the waters everyday. Environmentalists fear that unless urgent action is taken to prevent dumping rubbish into the rivers, it is going to remain a lifeless pit.
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Sectarian violence posing threat to Pakistani society
Feb 08, 2010 The increasing sectarian violence in Pakistan between different groups can not just be seen as an accident of history or politics, rather a symptom of an increasingly intolerant society. The need for embracing diversity and pluralism has been felt to avoid straining the social fabric irreparably.
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India adopts decent work country programme
Feb 08, 2010 Celebrating 90th anniversary, International Labour Organization announced last week the adoption of decent work country programme for India to advance faster and inclusive growth. It aims to empower the disadvantage in selected sectors and states, with emphasis on women workers.
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New horizon beckons child soldiers in Nepal
Feb 09, 2010 Nearly 3,000 child soldiers from the Maoist army were released yesterday, in final batch, as part of an agreement between UN, government of Nepal and the Maoist party. These children would be provided with education and life skills to help them integrate with the Nepalese society as responsible citizens.
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Bangladesh: Fair price cards for marginal families
Feb 09, 2010 The Bangladeshi government has decided to introduce fair price cards for 25 lakh ultra poor families, without any permanent income, land or enlisted in safety net programmes. Beginning February 21, it will allow poor, especially women to purchase 20 kilogrammes of rice at Tk 22 a kg for three months.
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India needs proactive policy for water security
Feb 09, 2010 According to a study by Water Resources Group, India could face huge water deficit by 2030, if not followed by a vision and proactive policy. It suggests that by improving water efficiency and improved productivity in farming, this supply-demand gap could be reduced substantially.
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Indian tribe seeks Avatar director's help to protect land
Feb 09, 2010 Survival has championed the cause of India's Dongria Kondh tribe of Orissa - an advertisement in a popular film magazine has asked Oscar winner James Cameron to help in the struggle to defend their sacred mountain. Further, Amnesty has released a report today highlighting that mining activities are threatening local livelihoods and access to water in the region.
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First Indian woman at the South Pole
Feb 10, 2010 "In Antartica, the wind is your worst enemy" - Reena Kaushal Dharmshaktu relives the thrill and agony of participating in an expedition conceived to celebrate women’s empowerment, climate change and environmental degradation. The expedition commemorated the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Commonwealth.
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India bans cultivation of Bt brinjal
Feb 10, 2010 The decision to put a moratorium on the cultivation of Bt brinjal has been hailed by experts and activists. Concerns about possible health hazards of genetically modified brinjal and rapid contamination of natural brinjal varieties through cross-pollination were voiced at public hearings in seven cities across the country.
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Humanitarian support for Pakistan
Feb 10, 2010 The 2010 Humanitarian Response Plan for Pakistan aims at meeting the needs of people from North West Frontier Province and Fata areas.
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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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Bangladesh streamlines agriculture subsidy
Feb 11, 2010 The Bangladeshi government announces a novel agriculture input assistance card that will allow marginal, small and medium farmers to get a cash subsidy. The new system will streamline service delivery, enable automatic cash transfers and reduce misappropriation.
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Collective action to restore Indian rivers
Feb 12, 2010 At the Jaipur birding fair, two experts from UK share experiences of cleaning the river Thames in London, which remained polluted for years due to the industrialisation and rapid urbanisation. They opine that with collective effort the polluted rivers of India could be cleaned within 20 years.
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India plans satellite mapping to monitor slums
Feb 15, 2010 The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation will introduce satellite mapping to help governments discover new slums and prevent their illegal spread. It will employ the geographical information system to make effective analysis on slum communities, providing them sanitation and other amenities, and relocating them to suitable areas.
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Bangladesh rejects climate fund from UK
Feb 15, 2010 Dhaka has rejected Britain’s offer of £60m fund for climate change through World Bank saying that it would have unfavorable conditions attached to it. Activists from Britain and Bangladesh suggest that an alternative mechanism could be worked out to distribute all the money through a national board.
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Double or Nothing: Nepal launches save tiger campaign
Feb 15, 2010 To mark year 2010 as year of Tiger, Nepal launched a campaign yesterday to double tiger population in the country. It pledged to increase tiger population from current 300 to 600 by the beginning of the next decade with intensified conservation efforts and control poaching.
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Lankan displaced miss resettlement deadline
Feb 16, 2010 The Sri Lankan government has promised to resettle remaining internally displaced by April after failing to move everyone out of camps by end-January. Administrative structures have been restored in the north so that the relocated people can lead normal lives and participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
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Young doctor upholds Afghan women's right
Feb 16, 2010 Dr Anarkali Kaur Honaryar was chosen by Radio Free Europe’s Afghan chapter as person of the year in May 2009. She fights for women’s rights in Afghanistan which is staunchly patriarchal and most part of it ruled by the Taliban since 1990s, where freedom of women has been constrained.
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Dhaka: Medical examinations traumatic for rape survivors
Feb 16, 2010 Lack of women doctors for medical examination is proving to be a major impediment to justice delivery in rape cases in Bangladesh. Many of the survivors baulk at the insensitivity of the examination which prevents legal action against the attackers.
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Millions still homeless in Myanmar
Feb 17, 2010 The International Organization for Migration has raised an appeal for USD 17 million to provide shelter to 100,000 cyclone-affected families in Myanmar. Last week a periodic review was launched by the Tripartite Core Group calling for donor support to rehabilitate those left homeless.
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India to notify right to education act
Feb 17, 2010 The Right to Education Act that promises free and compulsory education for all children between 6-14 years will finally be implemented from April 1 with its notification by Ministry of Human Resource Development. Expressing their concern many civil society organisations ask the government to incorporate constitutional guarantee within the Act.
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UN advisor urges Indian industries to adopt MDGs
Feb 18, 2010 Recently appointed senior advisor to the United Nations Office for Partnerships, Babu Lal Jain hopes to rope in corporates and utilise information technology to achieve the MDGs. A campaign will soon be launched in 543 parliamentary constituencies to assess the MDG targets and mobilise the corporate sector.
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Embankments crucial to protect the homeless
Feb 18, 2010 Aid agencies have urged the Bangladeshi government to speed up reconstruction of the coastal embankments destroyed by cyclone Aila by the end of March. Failing to repair the embankments on time would leave more than two lakh homeless people facing another monsoon in appalling conditions.
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