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A number of tribal kids are dying of malnutrition in Palghar district, Maharashtra. Lack of basic facilities like roads, water, healthcare and employment is also not helping.

India sees dramatic improvement in opportunities for girl child: UN

Both India and China, which together are home to roughly one in three 10-year-olds alive today, are among the world’s fastest growing economies and have seen dramatic improvements in the opportunities available to youth, said UNFPA’s T

How tribal infants are dying of malnutrition in Palghar

On a cloudy afternoon in the last days of September, a five-watt bulb hangs inside a kuchha hut in Kalamwadi village, somewhere deep in a tribal area of Palghar district, Maharashtra. The flickering bulb fails to provide enough illumination to rec

NHRC seeks more teeth

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is waiting for a hearing in the Supreme Court on October 26 as it seeks more powers. Its restricted recommendatory and advisory role could be further enhanced and it could ensure that recommendations are

Farmers in Cauvery delta region fear crop failure

The supreme court has asked Karnataka to release 2,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu every day till further orders. However, farmers living near Cauvery delta region are worried as their livelihood is at stake as the quantity of water is t

APO secy-general pushes for “Smart Initiative” at 57th WSM

Asian Productivity Organization (APO) secretary-general Santhi Kanoktanaporn during the 57th Workshop Meeting (WSM) of Heads of National Productivity Organizations (NPOs) announced that the organization would be taking up a myriad of technology-en

India trails badly in world ranking on security, fundamental rights, justice

India ranks 66 out of 113 countries in terms of how the rule of law is experienced by its people, says World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index. The report has put India behind 65 countries including Nepal, Thailand and Malaysia. India bags a

Do you know how much the govt pays to print a Rs 10 note?

Hard cash is not free. In fact, the Rs 10 note costs between 70 paise and Rs 1.12 to print.   An RTI response on the printing cost of currency notes has revealed that different public sector undertakings have different p

Report highlights plight of Indian Muslim women

A staggering 79 percent of Muslim women reported not having received any maintenance from their husband post their divorce, said a survey report “No More – Talaq Talaq Talaq -- Muslim Women Call for a Ban on an UnIslamic Practice&rdquo

Spectrum auction: Winners and losers

The biggest ever telecom spectrum auction is over, and again it’s time to take stock. The government, of course, has failed miserably to meet its targets – due to a variety of reasons. The industry, already amid a price war thanks to t

Postal network to be used for distribution of pulses

“Postal network to be used for distribution of the Chana dal and other pulses should be taken up through postal network,” tweeted PIB chief Frank Noronha after cabinet secretary PK Sinha on Wednesday reviewed the availability and the p

National waterway project gathers steam

The first phase of the national waterway project is taking shape with the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) awarding the contract for construction of the multi-modal terminal at Sahibganj in Jharkhand  to Larson & Tourbo (L&T

India’s new consumer protection bill futuristic, says minister

C.R. Chaudhary, minister of state for consumer affairs, said that the existing Consumer Protection Act-1986 is being replaced by a consumer friendly legislation, with a forward looking approach including protection of consumer’s rights while

Favourable monsoon to revive rural incomes: CRISIL

The monsoon this year has brought cheer to farmers and a report by CRISIL, a research agency, said it expects “the favourable monsoon to revive rural incomes”. “Larger agricultural output will help boost supply and

Skill India: How Uber is generating livelihood opportunities for youngsters

Rekha, a labourer’s daughter, who was forced to leave studies had been for a while resisting intense societal pressure to get married. She wanted to be empowered, but didn’t know how to go about it. The future looked bleak. It was then

Gandhi very much relevant for change, says Ramachandra Guha

Is Gandhi still relevant today? Or, is it still a relevant question today? Ramachandra Guha, renowned public intellectual with a biography of Gandhi to his credit, says his political experiments are still relevant for those who want to change the

Maharashtra horror: 740 tribal students died in last 10 years

 As many as 740 students of residential schools in tribal areas have died in Maharashtra in the past 10 years, revealed an internal report of the state tribal development department. What’s more shocking is the manner in which

It is possible to end extreme poverty by 2030: World Bank expert

There has been much progress toward ending poverty: the World Bank Group’s latest numbers show that since 1990 nearly 1.1 billion people have escaped extreme poverty. Between 2012 and 2013 alone, around 100 million people moved out of extrem

BRICS a template for a new approach to global governance: Sushma Swaraj

“We have always looked upon BRICS as a template for a new approach to global governance in the 21st century. The five nations represent the voice of the changing world and our approach to global issues signifies a convergence across differen

Indians may have shifted to high risk farming due to crop insurance: UN

The rapid transformation of farming and food systems to cope with a warmer world, such as adopting climate-smart practices, particularly to curb greenhouse gas emissions, is critical for hunger and poverty reduction, the United Nations agriculture


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