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Irom Sharmila’s Satyagraha completes nine years

s struggle has been launched in Manipur to get Sharmila released and for repealing the Armed Forces Special Power Act.  Irom Sharmila’ fight against Armed Forces Special Power Act staRTEd on 2 November, 2000. On 1 November, 2009 one insurgent group active in Manipur threw bomb on a company of Army men. Out of vengeance, Army men belonging to Eighth Assam Rifles staRTEd random firing near a

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Now an e-journal to fight child labour in Karnataka

to find tender hands of children as young as five washing utensils at roadside dhabas or girls below 14 working as domestic helps in India’s IT hub Bangalore. A new e—journal is being staRTEd in another effort to fight the menace. The State Resource Centre (SRC) on Child Labour is all set to start the bi-monthly journal within the next three months. “The idea behind the e-journal is to reach out to the educated populatio

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Developing Contention by Chandrashekhar Dasgupta

“comparability of efforts” with those of other developed countries under the protocol. Developing countries are expected to implement nationally appropriate mitigation actions “suppoRTEd and enabled” by finance and technology from the developed countries. The new post-2012 emission reduction commitments of developed countries under the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the details of measures for “enhanced implementation”

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CPM’s slide deeper than diagnosed

occupation, the biggest setback for the Left was among farmers — a loss of 26 percentage points — followed by a 16 percentage point decline in support among skilled and semi-skilled suppoRTErs in rural areas. The only occupational groups that stood solidly by the Left were salaried people in rural areas, whose support rose by 23 percentage points, and skilled and semi-skilled workers in urban areas. Interestingly, despite the revers

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Look East policy comes of age by Sanjaya Baru

argely confined to the Left Front (which recently organised a human chain across Kerala in protest against the signing of the FTA), opposition to the FTA from within the government came from three quaRTErs. First, the domestic oilseeds lobby which was opposed to lower duties on palm oil imports. Second, domestic manufacturing interests that were mainly concerned about rules of origin and the likelihood of cheap Chinese imports making their way into In

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SAARC to make statement in Copenhagen

ries. The statement will be made by Sri Lanka, current chair of the SAARC, on behalf of the member-states,” Minister of State (Independent charge) Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh told repoRTErs at a joint press conference of Environment Ministers. As a side-event, the SAARC statement will highlight the vulnerabilities of the member-states and the actions taken by the countries domestically. All SAARC countries were vulnerable to floo

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2009 Global Hunger Index

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) shows that worldwide progress in reducing hunger remains slow. The 2009 global GHI has fallen by only one quaRTEr from the 1990 GHI. Southeast Asia, the Near East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean have reduced hunger significantly since 1990, but the GHI remains distressingly high in South Asia, which has made progress since 1990, and in Sub-Saharan Africa, where progress has been marginal. Som

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Welcome new price index

little sense in releasing manufacturing price data on a weekly basis, when only 16-20% of the WPI items are updated. For the rest, the common practice has been to repeat the data of the previous repoRTEd week, as companies continue to be indifferent on reporting price data on a weekly basis. The Collection of Statistics Act is yet to become operational law, shielding truant companies from penal action. So price data have been subject to high volatili

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GOVERNMENT AS A SERVICE by Ashok V Desai

ogressively with time. So if it is the objective simply to reduce poverty, it requires no special policy. Growth will not remove poverty amongst those with inadequate earning power — the unsuppoRTEd young, old, disabled, mentally disturbed or ailing. They would require special subsidies. But the rest would cease to be poor at some point in time. All organizations that have measured poverty with a constant poverty level have confirmed the f

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