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Food shortages incapacitate and kill millions of children each year – UN report

es, and damaged cognitive abilities that limit their capacity to learn and to earn a decent income,” said Ms. Veneman. “They become trapped in an intergenerational cycle of ill-health and Poverty.” The UNICEF report noted that a stunted child is likely to experience a lifetime of poor health and underachievement, pointing to prevention as the only effective strategy to tackle the problem. It highlighted the benefits of excl

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Survey of 422 slums in city planned by Deepa H Ramakrishnan

Scheme Phase I and II. A one-time grant-in-aid of Rs.10 lakh to conduct the socio-economic survey would be provided by the National Buildings Organisation, a part of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. As per the NBO, the agency coordinating various types of socio-economic surveys required for effective implementation of JNNURM and other urban Poverty alleviation programme, the civi

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India Focuses on Education and Health by Heather Timmons

ment “should have done a lot more in both areas” in recent years, he said. Under Mr. Singh, India’s Congress government, which was re-elected this year, has promised to reduce Poverty, bolster economic growth and fix some of the systemic problems that hamper India’s aspirations to become an economic superpower. Its relatively insular economy and financial services sector helped the country escape the brunt of the global e

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E for electronic, W for waste by Jayati Ghosh

ed through by rag-pickers of all ages, who look for any elements that can be resold. In developing countries such as ours, where recycling occurs as a matter of course because of the widespread Poverty and sharp inequality that mark our consumption patterns, this may seem as something quite obvious and hardly worthy of comment. Some may even see this as evidence of our greater ability to use and reuse material items more effectively than the was

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Will the mindset from the past change? by Amit Bhaduri & Romila Thapar

essing the problems of the adivasis. The situation now demands attention because it has turned violent. 2. Then there is the state. What has the state done in these areas to annul the terror of Poverty over the last 60 years? Perhaps terrorism and its victims should be redefined to include many more varieties of terror than the ones we constantly speak of. The spectacular increase of wealth despite the recession has still done little to make More »

Needed: ‘basic’ doctors of modern medicine by Meenakshi Gautham & KM Shyamprasad

tatistics on the disease burden and attributed the poor state of health in the country not only to inadequacies in medical services and health personnel but also to the prevailing social ills — Poverty, illiteracy, poor nutrition and unsanitary conditions. The report is best known for providing the blueprint for a modern public health delivery system in India, along with the training of its personnel. Foremost among these was the ‘ba

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India’s Malnutrition Dilemma by David Rieff

990 and 2002. Today only 7 percent of Chinese children under age 5 are underweight, whereas the figure for India is 43 percent. Even in sub-Saharan Africa, which most people assume to have the direst Poverty statistics, the average child-malnutrition rate is 28 percent. The youthfulness that leaders like Ambani claim as the country’s great competitive advantage could turn out to be the greatest stumbling block to Indian development and make

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Maoist Rebels Widen Deadly Reach Across India by Jim Yardley

ce considered Robin Hood figures, the Maoists claim to represent the dispossessed of Indian society, particularly the indigenous tribal groups, who suffer some of the country’s highest rates of Poverty, illiteracy and infant mortality. Many intellectuals and even some politicians once sympathized with their cause, but the growing Maoist violence has forced a wrenching reconsideration of whether they can still be tolerated. “The root

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UNICEF sounds alarm over numbers of South Asian children trapped in Poverty

Some 300 million children in South Asia, or half of the region’s under-18 population, suffer from chronic levels of Poverty, according to a new United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) study presented today at the opening of a conference in Bangladesh. To combat the enormous amount of Poverty afflicting children, UNICEF urged leaders across the region to strengthen efforts tackling the

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Migration: supportive policies needed by Vidya Subrahmaniam

nts moving from one State to the other is 42 million; those who reside at a place other than their place of birth is as high as 307 million. Studies in Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh indicate that Poverty rates fell by 50 per cent between 2001-02 and 2006-07 for households which had at least one migrant. Overcoming Barriers recognises the challenges arising from rapid urban growth as a result of internal migration. Migrants families often end

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