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Measuring progress by Jayati Ghosh

he GDP remains the most widely used indicator of any economy and is generally the benchmark used to determine both performance and policy orientations of most governments. The more wide-ranging Human development index, or HDI, (which is the simple average of income measured by the GDP, health measured by life expectancy and education measured by literacy/enrolment) is clearly superior to the simple per capita GDP indicator. It is particularly us

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Public-private partnership deals no longer confidential by Chitrangada Choudhury

an off-shore container terminal along Mumbai’s coast. “A PPP agreement involving the nation's physical resources and its infrastructure, which had critical environmental social and Human aspects, apart from technical and financial aspects, could not be a matter between the bureaucracy of the government and the private party alone,” a three-member bench of the CIC ruled on an RTI application filed by an activist organisation, t

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Kerala fights clock in ASEAN free-trade deal by Ranjit Devraj

t to see a copy of the proposed pact which, if signed, will undoubtedly affect the fisheries and plantation sectors." It does not help that Kerala - a state of 32 million people, with high Human development indices - is ruled by the Communist Party of India - Marxist (CPI-M), which is bitterly opposed to the pro-liberalization polices of Singh’s Congress party-led government. Supporters of the deal within the central government

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Father of green revolution no more with us

Bank of India, 15 September, 2009, http://rbi.org.in/scripts/AnnualPublications.aspx?head=Handbook%20of%20Statistics%20on%20Indian%20Economy  Lessons from the Green Revolution: Effects on Human Nutrition by Rachel Bezner Kerr, IDRC, http://www.idrc.ca/uploads/user-S/11212685201Green_Revolution_&_Nutrition_paper_-_for_Ecohealth_training.doc

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Richer states, poor performance, in reducing malnutrition

nutrition is a disease of the poorer states, which the richer states are in the process of curing. It now transpires that malnutrition among women and child undernourishment, two essential markers of Human development, are rampant in richer states as well. States with high per capita incomes such as Gujarat and Haryana have performed poorly in transforming the growth they have experienced into the well-being of women and children. For instance,

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Information delayed is Information denied

Rajasthan’s Chief Information Commissioner, Mr. MD Kaurani, had to beat a hasty retreat when he came to face the information seekers at a packed social audit event at the auditorium of the Humanities Department of Rajasthan University in Jaipur on Monday. The hall was packed to capacity with people who had gathered there to voice their grievances in the presence of the Commissioner.   The biggest complaint of the information seekers, wh

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The Damned Brahmaputra

scend, high forests with spectacular biodiversity, breathtaking gorges and mountain farms give way to fertile plains, braided riverine islands, masses of fish and birdlife, and a landscape dense with Human settlement. The ecological and economic well-being of the areas downstream—Assam and Bangladesh—hinges upon the integrity of these rivers. Read more

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Sad demise of YSR a blow to rural development

is popular and techno-savvy arch-rival Chandrababu Naidu in Andhra politics, not once but twice in a row. Though AP is behind other South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in terms of Human Development Indicators (HDI), its recent progress in almost all counts is remarkable. India’s rural development practitioners and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) were of late cut up with him for proposing direct cash transfers as a vi

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SDGs

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries Goal 11: Make cities and Human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, se

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Legislating against hunger

ht to food is one of the basic economic and social rights to achieve substantive democracy, and without it political democracy is incomplete. It is directly linked to the right to life, a fundamental Human right enshrined in the Constitution and conceivably all Human rights conceptions. The essential demands of the campaign have to be seen in the context of the nutritional emergency in India and the n

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