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Starvation deaths in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan

is much less than the minimum wage per day (65 rupees in the agricultural sector and 93 rupees in other sectors in Madhya Pradesh). Moreover, given the fact that the tendu and bidi industry has been Nationalized by the state government since 1964, it shows the government neglect in enforcing adequate working conditions including wages. Therefore, the family had no other choice but to try to get food through begging. However from this, they have

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Starvation and suicide by PC Alexander

r, the manner in which the conference on climate change in Copenhagen concluded its deliberations with a "non-agreement", shows that some of the grave apprehensions which dominated the interNational thought process prior to the conference were not equally shared by all those who attended the conference. The point to be noted is that the entire world was riveted by financial crisis and climate change for over a couple of years now, almos

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Pinki Virani interviewed by Nandita Sengupta on child abuse

Winner of a National award for Bitter Chocolate, an eye-opener book on child sexual abuse, author-activist Pinki Virani tells Nandita Sengupta the nation has let down its children in the Ruchika Girhotra case. You have said that government response to the Girhotra case is appalling. In the National outrage on Ruchika, government has missed the woods for the trees. I'm appalled that the law

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Bihar’s miraculous economic growth: Myth or reality?

from 2004-05 to 2007-08. Besides, Bihar figures pertain to a much lower base of previous years. (The CSO does not generate data but merely reissues figures provided by the states.)  The National Human Development Report 2001 of the Planning Commission shows that Bihar comes at the bottom of the Human Development Index (HDI) among the 15 states which were studied. Bihar's HDI (0.367) comes below the HDI of Madhya Pradesh (0.394, Rank: 12)

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Govt eliciting views of ministries on Ranganath Misra report

ck with their suggestions and responses. We can then place their views before the Cabinet," he said when asked as to what the Government was doing on the recommendations. The report of the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities, headed by former Chief Justice of India Ranganath Misra, was tabled in Parliament in December. The Commission has also recommended delinking of Scheduled Caste status from religion and abr

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Whose inflation is it anyway? by Ruhi Kandhari

price index (cpi), based on the prices consumers pay at the shop for essential items.   The government has shown more alacrity in responding to increase in the wpi, which is used to calculate National inflation. While overall inflation remained 4.78 per cent in November, the consumer price index climbed above 11 per cent. For agricultural labourers, among the poorest in India, it was 15.65 per cent in November. For industrial workers, als

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Poverty, beyond calories by Savvy Soumya Misra

g below poverty line came down from 45.3 per cent in 1993-94 to 37.2 per cent in 2004-05. “Growth brought down poverty between 1994 and 2005,” said N R Bhanumurthy, professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy in Delhi. “Non-farm activities have gone up, which led to growth. However, there are criticisms that growth did not bring down poverty as much as it was anticipated,” he added. The recommendation

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New UN-managed fund announces over $9 million in grants to empower women

n multilateral initiative, currently funded by the Governments of Spain and Norway, designed to promote innovative programmes focusing on women’s economic and political empowerment at local and National levels. “This new Fund has tremendous potential to bring about concrete and sustainable changes in women’s lives. Very impressive efforts to advance women’s political and economic empowerment are underway in every corner o

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Bangladeshi villagers help themselves to Indian wood by Alastair Lawson

to India. In many places it has yet to be completed - and even where it has been constructed it lies behind a stretch of "no man's land" which is supposed to be out of bounds to Bangladeshi Nationals. Because the Bangladesh part of the border has been de-forested over the past 30 years, villagers like Mr Razaq have nowhere other than India to find wood. Bangladesh conservationist Enam Ul-Haque says that the incursions by villager

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Unwarranted optimism by Jayati Ghosh

s recovering after the extreme lows a year ago. But there are two sets of reasons for this not to continue. On a more structural level, the basic imbalances that caused the most recent crisis of interNational capitalism have still not been resolved: the imbalance between finance and the real economy; the macroeconomic imbalances between major players in the interNational economy; and the ecological imbalanc

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