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If you are a scribe, grab this unique opportunity: Apply for NFI Media Awards Programme 2019 (last date extended till 10th Jan, '19)If you are a scribe, grab this unique opportunity: Apply for NFI Media Awards Programme 2019 (last date extended till 10th Jan, '19)
December 15, 2018

The National Foundation for India invites applications for its National Media Awards Programme, 2019.  The award is for young, mid-career journalists and will allow them to publish and research articles /photo-essays on issues of national concern, which though important, do not receive adequate media attention. The award supports the pursuit of in-depth, creative field research on these concerns and writing about them with adequate evidence. Under the programme, ten to twelve awards of Rs. 125,000/- are awarded to print and photo journalist each year. The award programme is now in its twenty fourth year and so far around 250 journalists from across the country have been awarded under the programme. The foundation encourages proposals on a broad range of socially relevant issues.    The attached brochure (please click here to access) has details about specific thematic awards and application process. Please send in the completed applications to mini@nfi.org.in / stanzinotsal96@gmail.com . Last date...

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Country's non-income-based poverty level has fallen over the past 10 years, shows new reportCountry's non-income-based poverty level has fallen over the past 10 years, shows new report
December 13, 2018

For long, economists have argued among themselves whether income should be the only criterion for measuring poverty. After all, in real life a person can face multiple deprivations, say, in terms of access to education, health and living standards, among others. The multidimensional poverty index (MPI), which offers a valuable complement to traditional income-based poverty measures, was first introduced in the 2010 Human Development Report (HDR). The MPI looks at both the number of deprived people and the intensity of their deprivations. India's multidimensional headcount ratio (H) viz. the proportion or incidence of people (within a given population) who experience multiple deprivations has reduced from 54.7 percent to 27.5 percent during the last 10 years viz. between 2005-06 and 2015-16. This is revealed in the recently released Global MPI 2018 report, which has been co-produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). The...

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No, we can't compare Global Hunger Index rankings between two reportsNo, we can't compare Global Hunger Index rankings between two reports
October 17, 2018

Like last year, this year too journalists and media persons have compared India's Global Hunger Index (GHI) ranking vis-à-vis its position in previous years. Even the social media is buzzing with commentaries on fallen GHI ranking of the country. The question remains whether such a comparison is possible. The newly released report entitled 2018 Global Hunger Index: Forced Migration and Hunger clearly says that the GHI scores are comparable within each year’s report, but not between different years’ reports. Therefore, in case of the present report, the 2018 GHI scores can be directly compared with the GHI scores given for three reference years — 2000, 2005, and 2010 — in the same report. It could be found from the recent report that the GHI score for India has reduced over time viz. its GHI score was 38.8 in both 2000 (data from the period 1998-2002) and 2005 (data from the period...

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Latest CPCB data shows that the no. of critically polluted river stretches is on the riseLatest CPCB data shows that the no. of critically polluted river stretches is on the rise
October 15, 2018

  How much clean are our rivers? Latest data indicates a negative trend.  A report by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), which was released in September this year, reveals that in total there were 45 river stretches across the country in 2016-17, where water quality is found to be the worst. In 2014-15, however, the total number of such river stretches was just 34. Technically speaking, the value of biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) of the water flowing in these river stretches exceed 30 milligram (mg) per litre (l). For example, the maximum value of BOD of water found in the Yamuna river stretch between Wazirabad and Asgarpur ranges from 9 mg/l to 80 mg/l, according to the new CPCB report. The latest report indicates that there were 16 river stretches across the country in 2016-17, where BOD value is reported to be lying between 20 mg/l and 30 mg/l. It has been...

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Hunger deaths have skyrocketed after aadhaar-based authentication came into force, allege Right to Food activistsHunger deaths have skyrocketed after aadhaar-based authentication came into force, allege Right to Food activists
October 1, 2018

There is a list available with the Right to Food Campaign (http://www.righttofoodcampaign.in) – a decentralised network of civil society activists and experts who are working together voluntarily for ensuring food and nutrition security – which shows that 56 persons died between May, 2015 and March, 2018 on account of hunger and starvation despite India having passed the National Food Security Act (NFSA) in 2013. The RTF campaign has compiled the list of hunger deaths on the basis of various media reports. Please click here to access the list of starvation deaths as reported in newspapers and/or verified through independent fact-finding teams during 2015-2018. From the list, which is received from RTF Campaign, it could be inferred that 25 females and 30 males died due to starvation during the period from May, 2015 to March, 2018. The gender background of one person, however, is unclear. The special update by RTF Campaign indicates...

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