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International Women's Day 2018

Walkathons, motorcycle rallies and many such events have queued up for March 8 to celebrate International Women's Day of 2018. OneWorld South Asia brings to you stories related to all such activities that bring forth the challenges and successes related to women’s world.

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International Women's Day 2017

As International Women's Day of 2017 marks the social, economic, cultural and political progress of women on March 8, OneWorld South Asia brings to you some untold stories, struggles and achievements in sync with this year’s theme of Be Bold For Change.

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Civil Society and Union Budget 2015

The Union government is all set to present its Budget on February 28, 2015. The expectations from the government, which came to power on the twin promises of good governance and development, are quite high across all sections of the society. OneWorld South Asia endeavours to capture the expectations of the civil society from the upcoming Budget.

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Flashback 2014

Children demand attention and action: When India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai won this year's Nobel Peace Prize for their struggle against the suppression of children and their rights to education, it put into focus the sorry status of millions of children in South Asia, which was subsequently underlined by a shootout of at least 133 schoolchildren in a Peshawar school.

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Health: m-health

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Health: Tele-medicine

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Health: Lifestyle Diseases

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Health: Primary Healthcare

Article UN ECOSOC grants ‘Special Consultative Status’ to Indian nonprofit
The Disease Management Association of India (DMAI) is a not-for-profit organisation that works towards achieving accountable, affordable and accessible healthcare in India.
Article Bihar needs integrated solutions like SWASTH: Prakash Kumar of BTAST
Prakash Kumar, Team Lead, Bihar Technical Assistance Support Team (BTAST), a health sector reform programme in Bihar supported by DFID-UK, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, says that convergence between health, nutrition, and water and sanitation makes sense for Bihar as it is one of the most populous state and optimum use of available resources and holistic planning is necessary for development.BTAST is an initiative of Bihar Government supported by DFID-UK to implement the Sector Wide Approach to Strengthen Health (SWASTH) in Bihar. Excerpts from the interview with Prakash Kumar:
Article Bihar provides dialysis service at half the market rates
Special camps are being organised in the state at public health facilities where haemo-dialysis sessions are being provided at half the market price.
Article Indians living a longer but unhealthy life: study
According to a new study, ailments including diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases pose an increasing threat to health in India.
Article Rising prosperity adding to India’s chronic disease woes: James Curran
Prof James Curran, Dean, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, United States, in an interview to OneWorld South Asia, tells how chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes are going to be the major cause of death in India. Excerpts from the interview:
Article Maternal health in India: Betting big on midwives, ANMs
According to a top Indian health official citizen participation is the key to reducing maternal mortality rate in the country.
Article Primary health care: The cornerstone for tobacco cessation
Physicians have an extremely important role to play in tobacco control, write Dr Hayden McRobbie and Dr Rajmohan Panda.
Article IDSP tracking 864 passengers for Ebola virus in India
During past 24 hours, 155 passengers from the affected countries have arrived at seven major airports in India.
Article India launches new strategy for 'Kala Azar' eradication
The new strategy involves carrying out active searches for people with symptoms of the disease in the 54 affected districts of the four states
Article CGHS clinics now open to all senior citizens in Delhi
The clinics will be thrown open to all citizens above 65 years of age, signaling an end to the exclusivity of the Central Government Health Services.
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Health: Traditional Medicine

Article Breastfeeding could save 210,000 child deaths in India
Around 22 per cent of newborn deaths could be prevented if breastfeeding started within the first hour of birth, a recently released report said.
Article Most people in Myanmar harp on traditional medicines
In Myanmar, an overwhelming majority of people use traditional medicines as these are affordable and widely available. With the government recently formalising its role in the healthcare system, these medicines that are in use since 600 BC have got a fresh lease of life.
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Health: Preventive Healthcare

Article More focus sought on mental health standards for children
“There is a need to understand what Mental Health means in relation to children in institutions,” the experts said.
Article Wombs on rent no more: Centre for Social Research
A study by the Centre for Social Research points out that the lack of legislations has led to the proliferation of an unregulated industry.
Article Breastfeeding could save 210,000 child deaths in India
Around 22 per cent of newborn deaths could be prevented if breastfeeding started within the first hour of birth, a recently released report said.
Article Yuvraj Singh advocates for a healthy life
Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, a cancer survivor himself, partners with Good Chime! initiative to promote good health and lifestyle.
Article Groundbreaking research reveals more clues about HIV
The only HIV vaccine trial to achieve moderate success took place four years ago, yet it continues to reveal new information about the virus and renew hopes for a future vaccine.
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Health: Food & Fitness

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Education: Education For All

Article 5000 kids in MP campaign for education, environment
The campaign aimed at establishing a constructive communication among various stakeholders including children and parents
Article Riding on common man’s agenda, AAP wins in Delhi
After making the issue of corruption the hallmark of its protests, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party wins Delhi poll with a huge margin sailing on the promise of cheaper electricity and clean drinking water.
Article Sri Lankan govt renovates 13 schools in Kilinochchi
These schools had been in a dilapidated condition due to the near-30-year conflict.
Article Education in 21st century must be inclusive: Karan Singh
Breakthroughs in communication technology have given us immense possibilities in this regard,” says Indian Parliamentarian Dr Karan Singh.
Article Pakistan: Kalash festival ends, girls’ miseries continue
Kalash is a remote area bordering Aghanistan and is notorious for not having any girls’ school or college.
Article Govt ended discrimination against rural students: SL Prez
‘Mahindodaya’ is school development programme which is working to to end discrimination against rural students in the education field.
Article Rural marathon held to promote girls' education in India
The marathon Aao Sath Chale (Come, let us walk together), saw participation of more than 1000 sports loving and spirited people.
Article Indian govt to formulate new education policy
"The government proposes to formulate a new policy aimed at meeting the challenges posed by lack of quality and research,” said Smriti Irani, India’s HRD minister.
Article Poor quality education holding back South Asia: report
While the South region has made tremendous gains in expanding access to schooling over the past decade, a new report by the World Bank says that poor quality education is holding the region back.
Article No discussions on Sri Lanka's education system: IMF
The International Monetary Fund denied that the lender has influenced the Sri Lankan govt to reduce funding for free education as claimed by the Opposition.
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Education: Right to Education

Article Pakistan's Sindh makes education of children compulsory
Sindh passed a landmark decision by passing the Right to Education Bill to boost efforts of attaining 100 per cent literacy by 2015.
Article Pakistan passes provincial legislation for Right to Education
Recently, Pakistan's provinces passed the Bill which would ensure free quality education for children around the Islamabad Capital Territory; a positive move towards accomplishing universal and inclusive education in the nation.
Article Panel nod for plan to let corporates, NGOs adopt municipal schools
The standing committee of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has approved the proposal to allow corporates, educational trusts and NGOs to adopt civic schools. The proposal is aimed at ensuring effective implementation of Right to Education (RTE) Act in public schools.
Article Challenges ahead to implement reservation for marginalized sections in Pvt schools; Long term solution lies in strengthening state run school education system: CRY
The provision of 25 percent reservation for economically and socially weaker section in private schools under the RTE Act is an important clause that allows integration of these children with private school system.
Article Indian children can now claim their right to education
A southern Indian state has allowed children to claim their educational rights under the Right to Education Act. Over 20 Indian states have already notified their draft rules to empower local education bodies for effective implementation of the Act.
Article India: Enrolment in schools drops by 2.6 million
Despite the Indian government's effort to increase the number of children attending school, the country has actually witnessed a dip in enrolment in primary classes since 2007. According to data released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development , the decline in national figures has been the steepest in the last two years, with the state of Uttar Pradesh being the worst performer.
Article RTE in India: About the big leap, disagreements and delay
Ashwin Mahesh and Subramaniam Vincent of India Together analyse the applicability of the Right to Education Act in India to private schools that have stirred public debate and are resulting in unnecessary delay in its execution. They opined that different guidelines for different type of schools to function under RTI may emerge as a suitable solution in the present situation.
Article Despite RTE, quality of education still below par in India
The Annual Status of Education Report 2010, released by NGO Pratham, reveals that the Right to Education Act has only helped in increasing enrolments. The quality of education remains poor as nearly 50% class V students cannot read class II texts.
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Education: Education Policy

Article Education in 21st century must be inclusive: Karan Singh
Breakthroughs in communication technology have given us immense possibilities in this regard,” says Indian Parliamentarian Dr Karan Singh.
Article Govt ended discrimination against rural students: SL Prez
‘Mahindodaya’ is school development programme which is working to to end discrimination against rural students in the education field.
Article Rural marathon held to promote girls' education in India
The marathon Aao Sath Chale (Come, let us walk together), saw participation of more than 1000 sports loving and spirited people.
Article The best we can give our children is education: Rajapaksa
The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa recalled that a society, in which everybody can live without any fear and suspicion
Article Indian govt to formulate new education policy
"The government proposes to formulate a new policy aimed at meeting the challenges posed by lack of quality and research,” said Smriti Irani, India’s HRD minister.
Article Poor quality education holding back South Asia: report
While the South region has made tremendous gains in expanding access to schooling over the past decade, a new report by the World Bank says that poor quality education is holding the region back.
Article Institutionalisation of facilities needed: Disabled students
Disabled students from various institutes have called for concrete steps for building a more enabling environment.
Article Teachers need to be sensitised towards disabled: Indian Minister
India’s Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Kumari Selja, talks to Ashok Kumar of OneWorld South Asia, at the 15th NCPEDP - Shell Helen Keller Awards-2013 in New Delhi.
Article Bangladesh gets $390 mn World Bank aid for education
The World Bank funding would enable 4.5 million rural students to continue education in secondary level annually.
Article India needs a productive and committed workforce: Tine Staermose
"We are not putting the business-as-usual lens on technical advice for India”, says Tine Staermose, ILO Decent Work Technical Support Team for South Asia and Country Director for India in an interview with UNIC.
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Education: Vocational Training

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Education: Teacher Training

Article Teachers need to be sensitised towards disabled: Indian Minister
India’s Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Kumari Selja, talks to Ashok Kumar of OneWorld South Asia, at the 15th NCPEDP - Shell Helen Keller Awards-2013 in New Delhi.
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Agriculture: Irrigation

Article Hunting for a sustainable solution for irrigation in India
Greenpeace has announced a global innovation challenge for sustainable irrigation solution for rural India.
Article Ancient tanks mooted to solve Sri Lanka’s water crisis
“Ancient reservoirs like tanks can store water and so are buffers against irregular rainfall supplies,” experts said.
Article Afghanistan to rebuild traditional irrigation network with UN help
The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation is providing technical support to rebuild Afghanistan's traditional irrigation system to help farmers increase their crop production. The irrigation system had been badly damaged due to the conflict and migration from villages.
Article Afghanistan: Drier weather forcing farmers to adapt
Afghanistan appears to be getting drier. Many traditional irrigation sources such as springs, streams, rivers and man-made subterranean aqueducts have been drying up in the southern provinces.
Article Driving new changes in Asian irrigation
Without major reforms and innovations in the way water is used in agriculture, many developing countries will face severe food shortages in future, warns a new report <b><i>Revitalizing Asia’s Irrigation: To Sustainably Meet Tomorrow’s Food Needs</i></b>. It suggests the shift to a more economically viable approach.
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Agriculture: Livestock

Article Enhancing livestock productivity in Orissa
Project Nandini, a livestock information system implemented by the Government of Orissa, aims to provide extension services to cattle farmers in Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack and Mayurbhanj districts of the state.
Article Cyclone shelters for livestock remain a concern in Bangladesh
According to the Bangladesh government, there are some 3,700 cyclone shelters in coastal areas. However, only a small fraction have incorporated any type of livestock component in their construction.
Article Indian corporates unite to tackle rural livestock issues
ILRI in collabration with Sir Ratan Tata Trust launched a program to improve the livelihoods of diadvantaged livestock communities in rural areas of northern India.
Article India: Punjab confronted by the perils of Green Revolution
Stagnating yields, loss of biodiversity and damaged soil conditions are haunting the farmers of Punjab. The immense pressure put on soils due to intensive monocultures of wheat and paddy and displacement of other nutrient-rich crops has severely degraded its quality. Reckless fertiliser use has also deteriorated productivity and contaminated water bodies in the area.
Article Bangladesh: Cattle sales crash after human anthrax outbreak
The cattle and livestock market saw a great dip in its sales following the human anthrax outbreak in Bangladesh. The Ministry of Health has reported nearly 500 cases in the past one month. The government has now launched an awareness campaign and claims to have sufficient supplies of livestock anthrax vaccines.
Article FAO launches portal on animal welfare
FAO has launched a new web portal to facilitate a single access point for international and national information related to farm animal welfare. Policymakers, farmers, scientists and animal welfare experts can now access research findings, relevant legislation and policies on livestock through this online gateway.
Article Food factories help viruses spread and evolve
The spread of the influenza A(H1N1) virus is linked to the way food is produced in factories, says Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment. She argues that practices like intensive poultry farming with dense animal population help viruses spread fast causing outbreak of pandemics.
Article Rescuing animals from Kosi fury
Kosi waters that inundated several northern districts of Bihar have not just affected humans but also animals. Teams from International Fund for Animal Welfare and Wildlife Trust of India are trying to save the livestock left behind from starvation and diseases.
Article Afghanistan’s livestock sector shaken due to freezing cold
More than 300,000 animals in Afghanistan have become prey to cold temperatures, severely devastating the livelihood of local farmers. Such extreme weather conditions are causing unprecedented miseries in the country, where more than 900 people have died due to cold this winter.
Article Farming tips on mobile
First of its kind in India, the Rajasthan State Cooperative Department has launched the ‘Kisan SIM card’. Farmers can now get free tips on various aspects of farming from weather updates to guidance on livestock rearing to crop infection through SMS and voice messages.
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