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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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LifeLines Education goes toll-free in Rajasthan
Feb 18, 2010 The Government of Rajasthan has signed a memorandum of understanding with UNICEF and OneWorld Foundation India to scale up the LifeLines Education service across the state. Teachers and students across 33 districts can now find quicker and informative resolution of academic queries on a toll-free number.
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Indian state rolls out e-Sanchar for better governance
Feb 19, 2010 A MoU has been signed between the Rajasthan Government and OneWorld Foundation-India launching e-SANCHAR, an innovative e-governance application that will bring real benefits of social sector programmes to the poor segments of society. It integrates mobile/telephony network with ICT to enable real time information from text to voice mode.
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Indian activists demand new law on disability
Feb 22, 2010 Disability rights activists have critiqued the proposed amendments to the Persons with Disabilities Act and asked for a new formulation with a human rights approach; one that addresses fundamental rights and freedom and is aligned with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (UNRCPD).
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Sunderbans eco-system under threat: WWF
Feb 23, 2010 According to a latest study rising sea levels would lead to the shrinkage of the Bangladesh Sunderbans by 96% within half a century. Although experts claim the Indian side of the Sunderbans will not be badly affected, concerns are rising over the impact on tiger habitat and livelihoods.
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Child wedlock still haunts India
Feb 23, 2010 Child marriage continues to be prevalent in India and the rural women are four times more likely than urban women to be married off before 15 years of age says a report by Population Council of India. It also finds awareness of contraceptive methods limited among young women.
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Educating the underprivileged
Feb 23, 2010 As part of a corporate social responsibility initiative, Amway Opportunity Foundation, a non-profit body has renewed its association with Deepalaya to provide education to the underprivileged children in India. The cosmetic giant extends support to Project 'Sunshine' that aims to create a better future for every child.
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Rural educators face tough times in India
Feb 24, 2010 Even after the government’s effort to increase the number of educators in schools in a north Indian state, the state of primary education remains distressing. With half of the new appointees being women, the long and unsafe journey is affecting their social life and future prospects in the school.
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Innovation projects bring food security in Himalayas
Feb 24, 2010 In the Ladakh region of high Himalayas where farming is only possible from April to August three-quarters of people depend on government subsidised food for survival. However innovation projects like artificial glaciers, hydraulic ram pumps to lift water and cooperative farming are changing the ground situation.
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India hub of illicit drug trade via internet
Feb 25, 2010 A new United Nations report has revealed that narcotics smuggle via the internet is taking place in a big way in India. The agency has urged the authorities to increase its vigilance in detecting the misuse of courier and postal services and stop the rising drug abuse in its neighbourhood.
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SEWA founder Ela Bhatt gets Niwano Peace Prize
Feb 26, 2010 A pioneer of women's self-sufficiency cooperative, Self-Employed Women’s Association’s Ela Ramesh Bhatt has been chosen for the 27th Niwano Peace Prize, a legacy of Nikkyo Niwano. She receives the award for her contribution to the upliftment of poor and oppressed women in India on May 13 in Tokyo.
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Health and education lack priority in India
Feb 28, 2010 Nine is Mine, a global campaign on child advocacy have argued that inspite of an increase in allocation of funds, the government has undermined its own promise on universalisation of education and health services in the Union Budget 2010-11.
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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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Women's quota bill to be introduced in parliament
Mar 04, 2010 Despite strong opposition, the women’s reservation bill will be introduced in the second chamber of the Indian parliament on March 8, marking the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day. Though doubts on the easy passage of the bill run high, yet it is a step-up to women’s movement.
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A grim reminder of Dalit situation in India
Mar 05, 2010 In a gruesome incident 63 backward caste villagers, most of them women and children, were crushed to death as they gathered for a community religious feast in India. The rush for free meal and gifts highlights the poor condition and landlessness among dalits in India.
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India launches campaign to stop maternal deaths
Mar 08, 2010 Play Your Part, a nationwide campaign has been launched to bring families and communities together to prevent thousands of maternal deaths every year in India. According to the latest official data, the north-eastern state of Assam has the highest maternal mortality rate at 480 per 100,000 live births.
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Mission mode approach required for right to education
Mar 08, 2010 The allocation for Right to Education Act in the Union Budget 2010-11 has been less than half the estimated cost primarily due to the inability of states to utilise the existing funds. To make this Act a reality concerned union ministries and the states should work in a mission mode.
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Women's bill sparks protests in Indian parliament
Mar 08, 2010 Amid protests and continuous adjournments of the upper house, voting on the historic bill that reserves 33% of legislative seats for women has been deferred until tomorrow. The Indian Prime Minister has called an all-party meeting to work out modalities of passing the Bill.
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Corporate girl-turned-sarpanch sets example for youth
Mar 09, 2010 30 year old Chhavi Rajawat left behind corporate glamour and city life to become the head of her village in Rajasthan. With a degree in business management she is determined to improve the living conditions of her village by providing safe drinking water and creating job opportunities.
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India's capital witnesses sharp fall in migratory birds
Mar 09, 2010 The Asian Water Bird Census 2010 reveals a marked fall in the arrival of migratory birds in Delhi due to degradation of Yamuna river basin, caused by domestic and industrial pollution. Unless protective measures are taken immediately, the wetlands would become dry lands in near future.
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Green crusaders from eastern India
Mar 10, 2010 In an exemplary effort, the conservation of Subankhata Reserve Forest in Assam has been successfully taken up by the former Bodo militants, who were mostly responsible for destruction of the forest and wildlife during the decade of militancy. Involvement of key stakeholders has brought success to the initiative.
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Assam: First state to guarantee right to health
Mar 12, 2010 Assam became first state in India to table the Public Health Bill, 2010, which seeks to make healthcare facility a basic right of every citizen. Adopting a Public Health approach, it makes mandatory for all new development projects to carry out a health impact assessment study.
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India's poorest state begins to turn around
Mar 12, 2010 A wide ranging reform programmes implemented by the Bihar government, backed by World Bank are bringing visible improvements in the public finance management, school enrollment, health, and in fighting corruption in India’s poorest region. State revenues and development expenditures have also increased.
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Jammu and Kashmir tribes appeal for food
Mar 15, 2010 The Gujjars and Bakerwals tribes in India’s Jammu and Kashmir have sent a written appeal to UN to provide food to more than six lakh nomadic families under the World Food Programme. Intense food-deficit is causing malnutrition and anaemia among children and women in the state.
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Noted Indian environmentalist claims GM crops 'suicidal'
Mar 16, 2010 Vandana Shiva, activist and environmentalist claims the adoption of genetically modified crops would be suicidal in terms of climate change. She stresses that it would put small farmers at greater financial risk, rather than securing their farms and addressing food insecurity.
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UNDP head lauds India's job scheme for nurturing rural livelihoods
Mar 16, 2010 Last week, Helen Clark, Administrator of the UNDP and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, embarked on a five-day visit to India in hopes of continuing strong relations between the UNDP and the country. With stopovers in different districts in the state of Rajasthan, she observed the use of ICTs in enabling effective and prompt delivery of government services, and political reservation in empowering marginalised women.
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Highway to hygiene
Mar 17, 2010 Kumar Alok‘s recently released book on rural sanitation addresses the importance of sanitation and hygiene and goes on to analyse the successes and challenges of the expanding sanitation movement in India. It aims to bring about a change in sanitation practices by generating awareness.
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Train women smallholders for better crops, says report
Mar 18, 2010 A report issued by the City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development reveals that giving women farmers the same inputs and education as men could increase the yields by 20%. Although a large number of agricultural producers are women, it states that inadequate skill development remains a concern.
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Nesting dreams of deprived children
Mar 19, 2010 PVR Nest, a social initiative of PVR Ltd, a giant in movie business, along with their partners launched the first annual report that showcased the good work in transforming the lives of disadvantaged children and preserving environmental heritage. They aim to join hands with many to work together for a common goal.
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