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‘Pakistan is at the apex of climate vulnerability in Asia’
Jul 05, 2012 Pakistan’s new national sustainable development strategy (NSDS) promises a ‘green action agenda’ and plans to set up a knowledge management system based on technology and innovation.
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Drug trials kill 2,031 in India, only 22 compensated
Jul 05, 2012 Around 2,031 people in India have succumbed to clinical drug trials they were subjected to in the last four years. Sadly, only 22 of those who died have been compensated so far. The information became public during the hearing of a Right To Information (RTI) petition by the Central Information Commission on June 29.
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India: Assam flood situation worsens, death toll rises to 116
Jul 05, 2012 Though the relief and rescue operations in the flood ravaged State of Assam, situated in north-eastern India, are in full swing, the death toll continues to rise. According to official reports, around three lakh people have already taken shelter in the relief camps.
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Heritage tag for Western Ghats: World recognition, local condemnation
Jul 05, 2012 One of the world’s top eight hotspots of biological diversity, the Western Ghats is engulfed in a controversy. Latest addition to the list of natural World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and IUCN, the Karnataka government is not impressed by the recognition and wants the Government of India to get the honour removed.
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‘Countries like India key to sustainable development’
Jul 09, 2012 According to science journalist David Dickson, Rio +20 summit held in Brazil, has made it clear that the key to global sustainable development does not lie in the logical arguments coming from proponents in the developed world, including its scientific communities, however passionately they are delivered. Instead, it is the political leadership of the developing countries which will drive the world towards global sustainable development, he writes.
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Plug the leaks to bring water to millions in Asia: study
Jul 09, 2012 A new study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) says millions of people in Asia could have access to clean water if leaks were plugged and water utility reforms adopted. The study, which is a collaborative effort between ADB and the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, provides new insights into urban water management of many Asian cities including Colombo in Sri Lanka and Jamshedpur in India.
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Don’t allow MNCs to purchase agricultural land: Indian govt to DRDAs
Jul 09, 2012 Government of India has asked the District Rural Development Agencies not to allow the multinational companies to purchase agricultural land in the country. Anita Chaudhary, Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, said that it will adversly affect the agriculture production in the country.
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Nepal: ‘Massage parlours luring girls from poor families’
Jul 09, 2012 Nepal’s adult entertainment industry has been drawing young girls away from being trafficked across the border to the fleshpots of India’s big cities, but only to force these hapless girls to serve in cabin restaurants, massage parlours and dance bars. Inter Press Service, quoting education specialist, Helen Sherpa from World Education’s Asia division, says: “Trafficking is happening right here in the country and not just to Mumbai or New Delhi of India”.
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Now, designer rice to beat hunger
Jul 10, 2012 Some of the best brains on rice research are meeting in India’s southern state of Andhra Pradesh for a debate on designer rice as part of a conference organised by the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). According to William D Dar, ICRISAT's Director General, the latest science-led innovations can be used to generate new varieties to ensure enough food for 9.2 bn population by 2050.
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India and UNESCO sign deal for a UNESCO Category-1 Institute in Delhi
Jul 10, 2012 India and UNESCO have signed an agreement to establish the Mahatma Gandhi Institute Of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development. The signing of the agreement is the culmination of a process of three years commencing with the decision by UNESCO’s 35th General Conference in 2009. The Institute to be located in India, is the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.
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India: ‘Devaluation’ of women leading to drop in sex ratio
Jul 11, 2012 Even as the overall sex ratio in India increased from 933 in 2001 to 940 in 2011, as per census figures, the child sex ratio dropped to 914 females in 2011 from 927 in 2001–the lowest since Independence. On the World Population day, OneWorld South Asia, tries to look into the unexplained intricacies leading to a drop in child sex ratio, despite increased media coverage and awareness in the last decade.
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Child sex abuse cases rising in Sri Lanka
Jul 12, 2012 With over 700 incidents of rape or abuse of children coming to light during the first six months this year, cases of rape and molestation of children, and crimes like rape of teenage girls, have risen alarmingly in Sri Lanka. According to police the number of incidents was out of a total of around 900 complaints of rape and abuse of women and children received by the police this year.
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ADB aid to take India’s villages closer to markets
Jul 12, 2012 A new $800 million investment program from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help build 9,000 kilometers of rural roads in five Indian states, and providing connectivity to 4,200 far-flung communities year-round to crucial markets. ADB’s investment program is part of a larger $1.2 billion program to connect villages in the states of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, and West Bengal with all-weather roads by the end of 2017.
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India: Assam deluge claims 595 lives of wild animals in Kaziranga
Jul 12, 2012 Floods are critical for the survival of bio-diverse Kaziranga’s unique ecosystem. Equally, they are a killer. A recent report recommends a road map for resolving this world heritage site’s existential paradox.
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Indian renewable energy stakeholders plan new body
Jul 12, 2012 Stakeholders from the Indian renewable energy sector got together in Delhi to propose a new renewable energy platform which will work for the promotion of renewable and clean energy in the country. The idea is to set up a comprehensive multi-stakeholder advocacy platform which will bring together initiatives undertaken by various groups individually to push for a stronger clean energy environment in India.
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Floods leave thousands food insecure in Bangladesh
Jul 13, 2012 Extensive flooding, landslides and flash floods in eastern Bangladesh have left thousands of people food insecure. According to the government estimates, more than 1,000 hectares of seasonal crops were destroyed in eastern Bangladesh, while scores of poultry farms and fish hatcheries were swept away.
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Shinya Ejima to take over as Chief Representative, JICA India
Jul 13, 2012 Shinya Ejima, the current head of Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) global environment department will take over as the Chief Representative of the JICA India office.
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Conflict-affected Lankans head to Australia in search of jobs
Jul 13, 2012 The number of young men from conflict-affected areas of Sri Lanka, heading for Australia in search of jobs seems to be growing. According to the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, 1,413 Sri Lankans were apprehended on arrival in the first half of 2012, a 150 percent increase over 2011, when 211 people reached Australia. In 2010 that figure stood at 579, and in 2009 it was 739, the department reported.
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Good monsoon allays drought fears in India
Jul 13, 2012 Monsoon rains in the country were above average in the past week for the first time in the current season. Talking to All India radio, Director of the India Meteorological Department, LS Rathore said rains were one per cent above average for the week ended 11th of this month, a sharp improvement from 49 per cent below average in the previous week. “It has allayed fears of a drought which would hit output of food crops,” Rathore said.
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Indian local bodies to actively fight female foeticide
Jul 14, 2012 Government in India has decided to give an active role to the local bodies in its fight against female foeticide. Tribal Affairs and Panchayat Raj Minister, Kishore Chandra Deo said that his ministry has initiated an action plan for curbing the inhuman practice of female foeticide with the help of gram panchayats.
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India: Incessant rains maroon thousands in West Bengal
Jul 16, 2012 Normal life has been affected in India's north-eastern state of West Bengal due to continuous rain. Rain has also inundated many areas in Jalpaiguri and several houses were also damaged. Landslides were also reported from Kurseong and some areas near Siliguri were also submerged.
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Coercive sterilisation harming women in India: HRW
Jul 16, 2012 Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said that India should eliminate coercive female sterilisation practices as some health workers in order to meet their 'targets', pressurise women to undergo sterilisation without providing sufficient information, either about possible complications, its irreversibility, or safer sex practices after the procedure.
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EU legislators want less aid for middle-income countries
Jul 16, 2012 Quoting Charles Goerens, a member of the European Parliament’s development community, Mungcal says that countries such as India and China that are experiencing significant economic growth should be 'more responsible for their own people”.
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Goonj wins Japanese award for innovation
Jul 16, 2012 Goonj, a Delhi-based NGO’s ‘cloth for work’ initiative recently won it the prestigious 'Japanese Award for Most Innovative Development Project’ in a worldwide search.
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Indian state hires IFC as healthcare consultant
Jul 17, 2012 In a new role, the International Finance Corporation would encourage participation of private companies in medical and healthcare sectors in the tribal dominated state.
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Indian nuclear plant to get clearance without making EIA report public
Jul 17, 2012 A nuclear power plant coming up in Haryana, India, conducts a public hearing without making the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report public. The controversial plant is being constructed by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) on fertile agricultural land.
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To save water, HC holds back construction in India’s Millennium City
Jul 17, 2012 The High Court of Punjab and Haryana in an order, has restrained new construction activities in India’s National Capital Region (NCR) of Gurgaon. The court has asked Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) not to issue new licences for builders in Gurgaon, unless they ensure that no groundwater would be consumed for construction work.
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Innovative contraception to benefit South Asian women
Jul 18, 2012 Lakhs of women in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia could benefit from a more accessible and affordable contraceptive injection. The drug, Depo-SubQ Provera 104, is a version of the intramuscular Depo-Provera contraceptive injection — a synthetic form of the female hormone progesterone, which is injected in the buttock or upper arm muscle.
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Indian PM to deliberate on easy implementation of Food security Bill
Jul 18, 2012 Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has called a meeting to discuss for easy implementation of Food security Bill, suggested by over 30 leading experts and economists. The experts have suggested uniform legal entitlement of subsidised foodgrains to 67 per cent of the country's population under the Bill.
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Auction route for natural resources will affect FDI, says India
Jul 18, 2012 Government of India has submitted before the Supreme Court that the foreign investment in the country will be affected if auction is made the only route for allocation of natural resources. Attorney General GE Vahanvati told a five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia on Tuesday.
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