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80% of India’s districts have declining sex ratios

India’s already abysmal sex ratio figures are getting worse by the day, with 80% of its districts recording declining child sex ratios since 1991, according to a new report by Unicef on the global status of children.

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Empower women for a stable society: Abdul Kalam

"Empowerment of women will ensure a stable society" said Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, during an interaction with students of Avinashilingam University in the Indian state of Tamilnadu on 19th December 2006.

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The powerful get water,the powerless don’t:UNDP report

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in a report released on November 9, 2006, has said that lack of water is caused by lack of power, rather than by limited resources.

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Economics behind dalits massacre: Bhalchandra Mungekar

A single most casue of Dalits atrocities in India are economic and in most cases, upper caste Hindus do not take kindly to the economic prosperity of a few Dalit families says Planning Commission member Bhalchandra Mungekar.

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Gender equality: India better than neighbours

Women don't seem to be doing too badly in India, when we consider just South Asia. India's gender-related development index (GDI) rank is 96 out of 177 countries, one of the best in the region if we do not count Sri Lanka, way ahead at rank 68. But, as always, the ranking hides more than it reveals about gender equality.

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Forum for South Asian women mooted

n a major step forward, the National Commission for Women (NCW) and a visiting delegation from Pakistan on Monday decided to work towards the establishment of an apex body that would provide a common platform to women of South Asia and take up issues of common concern to the region.

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Working Model: successful leadership in making NREGS work

Successful leadership among poor especially tribes and their participation in social audit has been achieved in making National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) work better

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State of Misery: Hunger among tribal population in India

Life for the Sahariya tribal people in Madhya Pradesh (India) is an unending struggle against hunger, malnutrition, disease and, above all, neglect. In tribal villages, children continue to slide into the dark folds of hunger.

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My mother fought to keep me: resorting female power

Punjab (India) state-level consultative committee entrusted with the task of educating people and spreading the message of female power in Punjab, which is credited with one of the poorest sex ratios in the country.

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TeleFood: building solidarity to end world hunger

Raising awareness about the problem of hunger mobilizes energy to find a solution. In 1997, FAO launched TeleFood, a campaign of concerts, sporting events and other activities to harness the power of media, celebrities and concerned citizens to help fight hunger.

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Norway breaks silence on "Illegitimate Debt"

Anti-debt campaigners are hailing as groundbreaking Monday's decision by Norway to cancel 80 million dollars in debt owed by five poor nations after it determined that the loans were not granted in a good faith effort to promote development.

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12 lakh ‘missing’ schoolchildren in Maharashtra

Schools in every district of the western Indian state have been found guilty of pumping up enrolment figures in order to comply with teachers’ wishes and retain government funding.

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Young people worldwide can eradicate poverty

The world’s young people, now numbering more than 1 billion, are a major human resource for development, and can be key agents of innovation and positive social change.

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Child labour - India's 'cheap commodity'

According to a recent ILO report on child labour,there are 218m aged 5-17 years, who are employed; of this number, 126m are employed in hazardous work. The United Nations Children's' Fund says that the sheer volume of children engaged in work is living proof of the world's failure to protect them.

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Quality teachers a must for quality education

Quality teachers are a must to ensure quality education for the students, said the speakers at a discussion.

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Indian government comes under civil society scrutiny

A coalition of Indian civil society organisations are holding a two-day meet in New Delhi to remind the Indian government of the promises that it had made to the people during elections nearly two years back. The organizations are also releasing a report card of the government’s performance during these two years.

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Child Labourers rescued

A Delhi-based NGO has, with the help of state authorities, rescued 17 children from embroidery factories operating in the Indian capital.

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Cooperatives crucial allies in fight against hunger: FAO

Small-scale food producers can gain access to local and global markets with the help of cooperatives, says FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

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Jammu and Kashmir floods: How to help

Civil society has come forward to provide relief and succor to those who have been rendered helpless at the hands of merciless rains in Jammu and Kashmir. In these times of need many of us would like to extend their helping hand to our brothers and sisters in the flood affected state. For those of you who want to reach out through the nonprofits already active in the area, OneWorld South Asia provides a detailed description of such organisations.

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