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Social activists to challenge RTI amendment in Bihar

ople) activist, Praveen Amanullah said on Saturday. “We will also launch a campaign against the amendment,” Amanullah said describing the move as “undemocratic and violation of Human rights“. Amanullah, who shot off a letter to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, alleged that the decision would serve the interests of government officials only. The State cabinet in its meeting on Tuesday decided to amend the Act in keepi

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Victims always by Venkitesh Ramakrishnan and Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashastra

onstituted or has been functioning ineffectively. Gaps in implementation The gaps in its implementation could be studied at two levels – the executive and the judiciary. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) noted in its 2002 report: “Under-reporting is a very common phenomenon and the police resort to various machinations to discourage S.C./S.T. [persons] from registering their cases, to dilute the seriousness of the viol

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Poor women 'bear climate burden'

ection for all, and where people have more say in their own lives, it added. It warned it was a long-term goal - taking "decades, even centuries" - to keep the atmosphere suitable for Human habitation.

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From dream to reality by NK Singh

yment and a more egalitarian social order. And to change mindsets in tune with contemporary challenges. A lot of issues that are being argued against Bengal are equally true of India, be it issues of Human development, governance or corruption. Bengal mirrors India’s problems as India mirrors Bengal’s problems. Second, the other issue that needs specific mention is that life is bigger than mere gross domestic product numbers. Growth

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Managing Disasters and Displacement by SG Vombatkere

nd economic impacts of various kinds of natural and man-made disasters and associated displacement of populations, and argues for a wider and more inclusive definition of disasters in the interest of Human rights, social justice and equity for the victims of disasters. Legislation, Disasters and People Numerous disasters at national and international levels have caused governments to recognise the need for rapid and effective response to pro

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President for ending scavenging within time frame

asserted. The President also voiced her concern over the prevalence of scavenging in some parts of the country despite the ban on the practice and said that society should put an end to this inHuman occupation. She called for proper rehabilitation of those engaged in the job within a set time frame.

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Rural poverty and India's Maoist revolt by Mark Tully

ctly known for their softly, softly approach. When they were very active in Kashmir, I remember having several conversations with the governor about the failure to punish police responsible for Human rights abuses. Bitter criticism The governor was a Humane man himself, and he had the honesty to admit the government feared the forces would be demoralised if action was taken against them ev

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'Outlays have had no relationship with outcomes': Mani Shankar Aiyar

orld, or that, notwithstanding that extraordinarily high growth rate, we remain a low-income, food-deficit country in which 35 per cent of the population consumes less than 80 per cent of its minimum Human energy requirements, where 9 out of 10 pregnant women suffer malnutrition and anaemia, and, in consequence, 47 per cent of children under the age of 5 are moderately to severely undernourished? Tragically — and this is the running theme

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On eve of food security summit, Ban to fast in solidarity with world’s hungry

he is expected to say that it is unacceptable that more than one billion go hungry when the world has more than enough food, Marie Okabe told a news briefing. “He will also highlight the Human cost of the recent food, energy and economic crises and say that these crises are a wake-up call for tomorrow,” she added. “In particular, he will emphasize the link between food security and climate change.” Mr. Ban will str

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Protecting traditional knowledge among key themes of UN official’s visit to India

or owners of patents, trademarks or copyrighted works – to benefit from their own work or investment in a creation. These rights are outlined in Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which provides for the right to benefit from the protection of moral and material interests resulting from authorship of any scientific, literary or artistic work.

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