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Doing some good vs. doing right by Liesl Gerntholtz

is a lot like South Africa — it has exceptional healthcare, if you can afford it, but an alarmingly high rate of maternal deaths. The Indian government, to its credit, has recognised this as a National crisis and has developed programmes designed to end preventable maternal deaths. A cornerstone of the government’s response has been to encourage women to give birth in health facilities, rather than at home. The Janani Suraksha Yojan

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NREGS under scanner in Bhilwara

y government programme in the country so far, some 1,700 persons are at present carrying out a unique social audit of the implementation of the UPA Government’s much talked about Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Bhilwara, the constituency of Union Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister C. P. Joshi in Rajasthan. Right to Information activists from 15 States, under the banner of Soochana Evum Rozgar Abhiyan

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Activists condemn GEAC approval by Aarti Dhar

genic vegetable and genuine concerns over its safety for human consumption. There is also the threat of all future seeds and therefore Indian agriculture coming under the control of global multiNational companies and the charging of exorbitant prices from Indian farmers, a statement issued by the All-India Kisan Sabha said here on Wednesday. The monopoly of MNCs like Monsanto over the seeds is another major concern, as seeds are no longer

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Social audits lead to action against corrupt officials

ffice passbooks and fudging of account books. The audits were organized by the Rajasthan Government in partnership with the Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS,, the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI, and many other civil society organisations between October 1 and October 12 at 11 randomly selected (through draw of lots) village Panchayats of Bhilwar

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Expand and re-orient NREGA by PS Appu

reater emphasis on building social capital in a big way.  Soon after assuming office, the first UPA government took an impressive step for the alleviation of rural poverty by launching the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. It was, indeed, a wise move to insulate the programme from the vicissitudes of electoral politics by enacting the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). The

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Man-made floods

isiting the guidelines for disaster management preparedness issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Though all states have been advised to set up disaster response forces, on the lines of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Andhra Pradesh regretfully is among those which have not done so.

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Not just another civil rights activist by Prashanth Chintala

ond lead. The New Indian Express also carried it as a lead story. Ofcourse, 57-year-old Balagopal was not just another civil rights activist. A brilliant mathematician who obtained his PhD from National Institute of Technology-Warangal (then Regional Engineering College) and a post doctoral degree from the Indian Statistical Institute, Balagopal had been a professor of mathematics at the Kakatiya University before plunging full-time into human r

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RTI a ‘tool of governance’ in the hands of common man

After all to the block development office he was just a septuagenarian rickshaw puller. Mazloom finally found justice with the help of the Right to Information Act. Many such stories were shared at a National convention on the Right to Information in the Capital on Sunday which was organised by Kabir -- a platform for Right to Information (RTI) -- Social Watch India, United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), and Wada Na Todo Abhiyan. Delivering

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Migration’s gender angle by Jayati Ghosh

le and married women migrate. Indeed, there is growing evidence of women who have borne children moving for work, leaving the care of their children with family members who remain at home. InterNational migration for work shows clear demarcations and separate niches for male and female labour. Male migrants tend to be concentrated in the production and construction sectors, and to a much lesser extent in service activities. Female migrants, by c

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Farm yield may fall in South Asia by Padmaparna Ghosh

South Asia will be badly hit by declining crop yields stemming from climate change, a report by the InterNational Food Policy Research Institute (Ifpri) has found ahead of a food security summit next month. Another study, released by the Food and Agricultural Organization on Thursday, also said that farm yields will be adversely affected by global warming. The Ifpri report—made public on Wednesday—analysed 32 crops and livest

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