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Development plans pose threat to India's hill state
Mar 19, 2010 The central government have scheduled development plans for the remote north-eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Renowned correspondent Mark Tully affirms how these measures will undermine traditional tribal culture and isolate the natives.
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Food grains rotting away in Indian godowns, streets
Mar 19, 2010 The Agriculture Minister has summoned the State Food and Supplies Minister to find an urgent solution to the food stock wastage in the Indian state of Punjab, after a media expose. The state administrators are however blaming the centre for the failure in distribution of grains and inadequate storage facility.
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Exploited and Unsafe: CWG workers need a fair chance
Mar 19, 2010 The Delhi High Court appointed panel, to look into the working conditions of near about 17,000 workers for the Commonwealth Games, have cited concern over lack of minimum wages, adequate accommodation, basic equipment and medical care by government appointed companies. The panel observes workplaces as extremely unclean, unhygienic and unsafe.
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'Withdraw Operation Green Hunt'!
Mar 20, 2010 In a letter to the Union Home Minister, the indigenous people of Jharkhand have highlighted their plights and rising insecurity in the state due to the anti-Maoist operations. It proposed that rather than protecting the corporate interests, the government should focus on peace talks involving communities.
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UNDP supports India's historical fight for gender equality
Mar 20, 2010 Visiting India during a historic week for women in the country, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, participated in an exciting array of debates in the capital city on gender issues ranging from the intersection between political and economic empowerment, to the much deliberated and timely subject of reservation.
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India: Child cabinet trained to test water quality
Mar 23, 2010 Bal Sansad, a joint initiative of the Department of Human Resources Development, the Drinking Water and Sanitation Department, the Government of Jharkhand and UNICEF, trains students to test the quality of water. Besides monitoring schools and villages, they are also involved in educating their community about safe drinking water.
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Mauritius to become global database hub
Mar 23, 2010 The Indian Navy is providing a new green technology to Mauritius which will help thousands of servers being planned for the island to remain cool. This venture would help the island nation realise its ambition to become a global database hub.
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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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An ironic twist to maritime dispute in South Asia
Mar 25, 2010 A maritime dispute between India and Bangladesh over the New Moore Island in the Bay of Bengal seems to be resolved by its submergence due to global warming. According to a UN panel, Bangladesh which lies in a low lying delta remains vulnerable to rising sea levels.
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Child rights openly flouted by mining industry
Mar 26, 2010 Providing a grim picture of the extent of violation of children’s rights in mining areas across the country, an NGO report states that children are often malnourished, denied access to education and work in dangerous conditions. There is glaring loopholes in the law and implementation related to mining in general.
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'Guest together' in support of Earth Hour in India
Mar 27, 2010 Celebrating Earth Hour, in-house guest at the Intercontinental Hotels Group will contribute towards sustainable energy by putting off the lights for an hour between 8:30 and 9:30 pm. To generate more awareness, there will be green foods, and the switch from bulbs to CFLs.
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Kashmir Assembly introduces bill against domestic violence
Mar 29, 2010 Aimed at protecting women against any kind of violence within the family, a bill has been introduced in Kashmir’s legislative Assembly by the Social Welfare Minister. It prohibits abuse or threats by husband, harassment by way of dowry and provides women rights to secure housing.
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Tourist resort threatening an Andamanese tribe
Mar 29, 2010 A controversial tourist resort in Andaman islands has come under the scanner of Indian Supreme Court as it infringes forest area where endangered Jarawa tribe lives. Jarawas who migrated from Africa some 60,000 years ago, face the dilemma of retaining their traditional culture or acquiring new cultural traits from outsiders.
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Doctors using vaccines to earn big profits
Mar 30, 2010 A new study in the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics highlights the unethical practices adopted by doctors in collusion with vaccine manufacturers to earn big profit from vaccines. The study finds huge difference in the price of vaccines offered to doctors and the MRP price.
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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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India's farm sector fails to get sufficient attention
Mar 30, 2010 Indian farmers are plagued with various challenges related to degraded soil, depleted ground water and stagnant crop yields. Even the prosperous ones are complaining of smaller or stagnated yields due to the liberal use of synthetic fertilisers and the shift in government policies to land and water mining.
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Achieving MDGs for Dalits and Muslims
Mar 30, 2010 The National Confederation of Dalit Organisations organised the National Consultation on Strategies for Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals for Dalits and Muslims to discuss the challenges and strategies for achieving the MDGs for the socially excluded.
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Arsenic contagion causing blindness in newborns
Apr 01, 2010 Alarming levels of arsenic content in groundwater in many villages of Bihar is causing blindness among newborn babies. Though doctors are yet to confirm the major cause of the deformity, using contaminated groundwater has commonly resulted to cancer, bone deformity, gangrene and skin disorders.
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Education becomes a fundamental right in India
Apr 01, 2010 The Right to Education Act came into force today after the Prime Minister in his address to the nation announced the operationalisation of the Act. The law envisions to provide free and compulsory education for all children between 6 and 14 years of age.
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India: Coke plant leaves farms dry
Apr 02, 2010 Since a Coca-Cola bottling plant opened up at Kala Dera in Rajasthan the water table in the semi-arid land has declined significantly, according to a study by India’s Central Ground Water Board. Farmers claim a disaster-like situation has been created, reducing their land to dust.
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Plans underway to replace controversial Armed Force act
Apr 03, 2010 On the recommendations of the Jeevan Reddy Committee and the Second Administrative Reform Commission, plans to replace the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in force in some northeastern states and in Jammu and Kashmir with a more humane law has been announced.
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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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93% wild medicinal plants recorded endangered
Apr 05, 2010 Wild and rare plants used for making ayurvedic medicines in India are being threatened by the growing demand of herbal industries. The government is therefore trying to protect these plants by relocating them.
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Infant mortality rises as Delhi gets ready for games
Apr 06, 2010 While there has been some headway in tackling child mortality in rural areas, the number of children under five dying in India’s capital has been on the rise. The city is investing crores to make the Commonwealth Games work and yet, no efforts are made to advance urban health care.
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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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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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MGNREGA comes under Supreme Court scanner
Apr 08, 2010 India’s apex court recently brought under its scrutiny the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, stating that most of the projects under the scheme were failing as funds were not reaching the actual beneficiaries. The bench argued that real developments should take place at the ground level.
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Mid-day meal plan suffers in government row
Apr 09, 2010 The mid-day meal scheme, world’s largest cooked meal plan is likely to be disrupted due to grain shortage as the HRD ministry and the Department of Food and Public Distribution in India are locked in a payment spat. 117.7 million children will be affected if the standoff is not resolved.
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