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'Migration hugely beneficial to the poor’ by Vidya Subrahmaniam

The 2009 Human Development Report (HDR), released simultaneously across the world on Monday, makes a strong case for removing barriers to migration within and across borders, arguing that Human movement had brought perceptible all-round benefits and held the potential to improve the lives of millions of poor and low-skilled people. Released jointly here by Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commis

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Sen and the art of justice by Kancha Ilaiah

sion and not merely based on compulsion) between mother and child is far superior and long lasting, than the justice that gets expressed between two individuals based on a contract. The just and Human relationship between the mother and child (till the child grows to a stage of autonomous life) is not based on institutional bondage (like institutional justice) but on Human bonds. It cannot be expl

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Centre counters anti-FTA campaign by KPM Basheer

ightaway reveals its intention: “Don’t Get Misled by False Propaganda on India-ASEAN FTA.” The campaign is ahead of the October 2 massive Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram ‘Human chain’ announced by the ruling CPI(M) against the FTA, which was signed on August 13. The LDF government, especially Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan, has been very vocal in its opposition to the FTA as it fears the trade accord will greatly

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The iniquitous perils of the free trade pact

t the farmers of the State ought to be instantly imposed here. And to that extent, the ASEAN agreement should be made subject to nationalist conditions. I protested as part of what was called a Human chain against the FTA that was organised across Kerala on October 2, out of concern for swaraj, agriculture, and the peasants and workers of Kerala. Why not copy Mr. Obama in this matter: India is readily adopting America in many other matters, afte

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Protest against proposed Cash for Food in Delhi

Puram, Peera Garhi, Paschim Vihar, Sultanpuri, Jwalapuri , J J colony, Hastasal & Vikaspuri. The protest was a symbolic protest where around 300 affected poor families assembled and formed Human chains demanding 1) Abolition of cash for food scheme immediately as it goes against the basic objective of Food Dept to provide subsidized food to the needy & poor families of the state. 2) The income criteria for identifying BPL fa

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Gene mutation and food by Kavitha Kuruganti

nknown and also unpredictable. This is where the primary concern about this technology stems from — scientific evidence exists to show that the changes made are unsafe from an environmental and Human health perspective. A fundamental flaw in Dr Swaminathan’s article was to make it appear that what is inherently unsafe can be made safe through regulation! At another level, Dr Swaminathan talks about various GM crops and their benefits

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Bindeshwar Pathak by Mridu Khullar

shwar Pathak wanted to know what would happen if he touched a scavenger, one of India's "untouchables," stuck at the bottom of the country's social order and fated to collect and dispose of Human waste. When he did, his grandmother punished him by forcing him to swallow cow dung and urine, and making him bathe in water from the Ganges. "This issue has bothered me since," says Pathak, 66, who describes himself as a More »

U.S. Award for Mallika Dutt

Indian-American Human rights activist Mallika Dutt has won the American Courage Award for her work in the U.S. and India. The 47-year-old, who grew up in Kolkata and left for the U.S. at the age of 18, will receive the award on October 1 from the Asian American Justice Center, a leading civil rights organisation. In 1989, Ms. Dutt co-founded ‘Sakhi,’ an organisation that helped south Asian women suffering domestic violence in N

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Rising prices: What is the govt doing? by Paranjoy Guha Thakurta

scam is awaited. During 2008, at a time when there was a ban on its exports, consignments of non-basmati rice from Indian found their way to a clutch of African countries — ostensibly as "Humanitarian aid" — through a selected group of exporting firms. Curiously, some of these consignments were diverted through Europe. Since elections to the Maharashtra Assembly are round the corner, a section within the Congress in the sta

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Beyond Borlaug by Barun Roy

bridge between organic and inorganic agriculture. At the same time, service and subsidy systems should be such as would take care of farmers’ needs and indebtedness in a more positive and Humane way and encourage them to think twice before they take their own lives. Every farmer needn’t produce the same thing year after year and loan wavers cannot be a permanent answer. Borlaug did his job. Let’s do ours. The task is more

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