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Human rights in Asean by Shankari Sundararaman

t, there are several ethnic communities and religious minorities that make up the nation state within state boundaries. In an era when there is a growing need for recognition and accommodation within National norms and institutions, the Asean approach to human rights is bound to cause fissures within multilateral institutions such as the East Asia Summit and the Asean Regional Forum. There is a likelihood that one will see a conflict between distinct

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E for electronic, W for waste by Jayati Ghosh

fer the problem to poorer countries whose governments are either not aware of all the risks involved, or feel that they are accessing cheaper second-hand versions of electronic goods. Some interNational attempt at regulation has occurred, such as the Basel Convention of 1992 that suggests policies and enforcement mechanisms to control hazardous waste from its production to its storage, transport, reuse, recycling, and final disposal. Typic

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IP rights create a secure environment for investment in innovation by Francis Gurry

ests of all IP stakeholders — including developing countries — and that it continues to serve the public good. Indeed, this is a constant challenge for WIPO and its constituents. The interNational IP system must be able to deliver tangible benefit to all countries, irrespective of where they fall on the spectrum of technological or economic development. The reality for a global organisation like WIPO, with 184 Member States, is that it mus

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Maternal tragedies by TK Rajalakshmi

n system that can record all births and deaths, including the cause of death. Uttar Pradesh, it says, has the worst civil registration systems in the country. Though the government, through the National Rural Health Mission, is trying to encourage institutional deliveries in an effort to check maternal mortality, health activists are sceptical. In addition to the “architectural correction” of the health system, they would like the mi

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Royalty and RTI by Deepa Kurup

digital age, the implementation of the Right to Information Act, 2005, is deeply linked to the technology that will be adopted to store public documents and information in digital formats. Thus, the National Policy on Open Standards in E-Governance is critical to “ensure reliable long-term accessibility to public information”, wrote RTI activists, under the aegis of the National Campaign for Pe

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Babus pushed to perform by Dilip Cherian

ed updates on projects assigned to them are the rural development ministry, home ministry and ministry for development of northeastern region. Babus working on "new initiatives" such as the National Mission on Female Literacy, Rajiv Awas Yojana etc. too are busy finalising status reports which will be uploaded on government websites for the public. This may be a step to induce more transparency and accountability in the governing process, bu

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UN ‘s Asia-Pacific gathering wraps up with call for better trade deal for poorer States

oorest States, classified as least developed countries (LDCs), to be granted better export rights, even without waiting for the completion of the so-called Doha round of negotiations on reducing interNational trade barriers. ESCAP Executive Secretary Noeleen Heyzer told the gathering that they were enormous opportunities for growth in South-South trade and investment, but high tariffs and procedural obstacles were the biggest stumbling blocks to

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World unemployment up despite economic recovery

unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September from 7.8 percent in 2008, according to the OECD. It is expected to hit 10 percent by the end of the year. BRITAIN — Britain's Office for National Statistics says unemployment in the United Kingdom was 7.9 percent in the three months to August. The rate held although the number of people out of work was 88,000 higher than in the previous three months, the report said. The number of jobless

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Bittersweet tidings by Ashok Gulati and Tejinder Narang

nce — harvesting 348 million tonnes resulting in 26 million tonnes of sugar — was almost repeated. India’s domestic consumption of sugar hovers around 20-22 million tonnes. The interNational price of raw sugar in 2006-07 and 2007-08 hovered between 15 and 18 cents per pound, not very attractive for exports of white sugar. Sugar stocks at home peaked at 10-11 million tonnes at the end of the sugar seasons 2006-07 and 2007-08. Ind

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The red heart of India

;s indigenous tribal groups, who see themselves suffering at the hands of the rich and are displaced by industrialisation. The governments of mineral-rich states have signed lucrative deals with multiNationals to build steel mills and power stations. But according to Mr Sail, the economic benefits of these deals never trickle down to the affected villagers. Indeed a government-sponsored committee in 2008 found that most of the Naxalites are tribals an

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