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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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Rohingya refugees face uncertain future
Feb 19, 2010 A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding for the unregistered Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say Medicines Sans Frontiers. Burma refuses to give them citizenship or land ownership and Bangladesh does not permit them to work or access food aid.
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Pakistan: Street child turns educator
Feb 22, 2010 For a young boy who had spent most of his early childhood on the streets, turning an educator for homeless children has been life-changing. After being rehabilitated by a UNICEF-sponsored NGO he has been motivating other street children to get off the streets and away from drugs.
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Bangladesh's return to secularism
Feb 22, 2010 After a recent Supreme Court ruling to strike down an amendment that allowed religion-based political parties to flourish in the country, Bangladesh is all set to return its constitution to secular roots. The government has widely welcomed the move as a 'victory of constitutionalism'.
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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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Study of glacial lakes shows no immediate risk
Feb 22, 2010 A recent field investigation carried out by ICIMOD in collaboration with national partners to discover the actual situation on the ground of three of the potentially dangerous lakes in Nepal point out that they should not simply be seen as threat, but rather as a resource that needs proper care.
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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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Addressing unemployment by entrepreneurship
Feb 23, 2010 The labour ministry of Bhutan has concluded its first entrepreneurship training for unemployed youth from the poorest regions. Organised as part of UNDP’s human security project, the programme aims to create new employment opportunities and reduce rural-urban migration.
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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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From drug addicts to healers
Feb 24, 2010 Members of Punorjibon, an organisation dedicated to make a drug free society, conduct awareness campaign against drug abuse and have set up a service centre for addicts in Bangladesh. Many of the drug users belong to poor families and collect money by selling their blood.
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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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Nepal's claim over leprosy eradication challenged
Feb 24, 2010 Aid workers in Nepal fear that a recent official declaration regarding the elimination of leprosy could encourage complacency. It would not only impact the flow of aid for leprosy programmes but also result in confusion since the Terai region still remains disabled by the disease.
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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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A new chapter for war-affected children
Feb 25, 2010 The Sri Lankan government has prepared plans to get all children from north eastern provinces affected by the decades’ long civil war in school by the end of April. An accelerated learning programme is being developed with the participation of UNICEF to benefit children in resettlement areas.
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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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UN official urges military to protect Afghan children
Feb 26, 2010 UN Secretary General’s special representative for children and armed conflict has asked international troops in Afghanistan to implement directives for protection of children caught in conflict. She expressed particular concern on the issues of sexual violence, reintegration of children in armed groups, and children in detention.
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Disaster tool kit for Nepal's administrators
Feb 26, 2010 In order to sensitise policy makers and strengthen policy framework on disaster risk reduction, a group of DRR stakeholders have produced a concise information tool kit, including maps, fact sheets, existing legislation on disaster management, policy documents and possible early warning strategies for dealing with floods.
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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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Lanka to issue new guidelines for turtle hatcheries
Mar 02, 2010 The Environment Ministry in Sri Lanka has issued a warning to turtle breeders over the commercial or leisure use of the incubators. After a report revealed that hatcheries are contravening conservation laws, the authorities have asked hatcheries to follow new guidelines failing which they would face prosecution.
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Smokeless stoves show promise of a green future
Mar 02, 2010 As a result of an idea to create energy-efficient metal stoves for the northern areas of Pakistan, women like Sona Siddiqi have learnt to built earthenware smokeless stoves that save precious fuel woods. The project funded under the small grants programme of GEF has improved the living conditions of communities.
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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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Mullahs promoting family planning in Afghanistan
Mar 03, 2010 Afghan religious leaders have joined community and health workers to explain the importance of spacing out births as a necessary step for providing both mother and child a chance at good health. They are delivering messages during Friday prayers also distributing stocks when clinics remain closed.
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Local artisans learn to build safer homes
Mar 03, 2010 About 115 carpenters and masons from eastern Bhutan are being trained to build quake resistant homes under the Bhutan recovery and reconstruction plan funded by UNDP. Bhutan lies on a seismically active zone and the recurring aftershocks of last two quakes have put people and authorities on alert.
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Afghan child migrants need urgent attention
Mar 04, 2010 The number of Afghan children seeking asylum in Europe has increased significantly last year, according to the UN refugee agency. Initial findings highlight the need for policies to protect these children.
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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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Nepal needs to regulate international adoptions
Mar 05, 2010 The case of Rajan Kumar Nepali highlights the fact that unscrupulous agents are effectively trafficking children to foreign couples for large profits. While Nepal introduced a new legislation in 2008, UNICEF has asked the government to ratify the Hague convention on international adoptions.
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