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India’s Malnutrition Dilemma by David Rieff

o Food campaign, is intransigent on the topic: “My question is if the government can spend 25 billion U.S. dollars on defense, why can’t it spend an equivalent amount on ensuring the food security of the people of India?” Smiling, he added: “Of course it’s a rhetorical question. I know perfectly well — we all know perfectly well — that neither the government this country now has or, for that matter, is ever li

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Dirty business

If there is one sector that is visibly the intersection of backroom politics, crony capitalism and serious threats to India’s internal security, it is mining. The business of resource extraction has always had its own peculiar economic logic: modern, yet dependent on the land; high-tech, yet somehow, indefinably, with feudal overtones. These anomalies have traditionally been recognised by economists, who categorise mining as the only &ld

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PM security stops patient, leads to death: Family

The family of a kidney patient on Tuesday alleged that he died as their vehicle failed to reach the emergency section of PGIMER hospital here due to tight security measures for the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh even as the PMO sought a report on the incident. The family of deceased S P Verma, a resident of Ambala in Haryana, claimed that security personnel, including those from Chandi

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Maoist Rebels Widen Deadly Reach Across India by Jim Yardley

Or one piece of it. India’s Maoist rebels are now present in 20 states and have evolved into a potent and lethal insurgency. In the last four years, the Maoists have killed more than 900 Indian security officers, a figure almost as high as the more than 1,100 members of the coalition forces killed in Afghanistan during the same period. If the Maoists were once dismissed as a ragtag band of outdated ideologues, Indian leaders are now prepar

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Not the right medicine

the aid of the industry, which has seen a string of foreign acquisitions of Indian players. None of these acquisitions is hostile. So, where does the government come in, particularly when there is no security issue at stake? It is also quite clear that some of these deals, like the most celebrated one of Ranbaxy going to its Japanese acquirer Daiichi Sankyo, have been very attractively priced. So, the industry has been doing quite well and managements

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Shhh! It's a secret by Jug Suraiya

h according to the latest tally is sitting on 28,685 so-called 'secret files'. The PMO is meant to declassify and make public these files as per the rules laid down in a manual of 'departmental security' (some might feel that 'depart mental' would be an apter term) issued by the home ministry. And what exactly does this manual say about de-secretifying secrets? Sorry, but that's also a secret. In short, not only is the public voters and ta

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Bt brinjal crosses another hurdle

e.  Though cultivation of Bt brinjal was cleared by a government panel earlier, under pressure from the non government organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) on health security and environmental concerns, a review committee was constituted in 2007. The GEAC approval of Bt brinjal for commercial exploitation has been opposed by dozens of CSOs and peoples’ movements all across the country. (The links below car

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Migration: supportive policies needed by Vidya Subrahmaniam

our report suggests that official attitudes to migration have hardened in recent times and that pre-World War I governments were more supportive of migration which they saw as beneficial. security concerns post 9/11 have led to viewing newcomers from different backgrounds with some amount of suspicion as there seems to be a perception linking immigration with crime. The data do not establish such a link. In the year 2000, the average incar

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Seeds of trouble by Latha Jishnu

instead the effort is to spread the knowhow as widely as possible to help farmers establish autonomy over the entire gamut of production from seeds to marketing. It is the only way to ensure the food security of the nation, they believe. That’s the earthy wisdom coming from the fields. The Dalit women who make the large body of DDS are ready to share their knowledge for free. Any talk of IPRs makes them laugh.

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India more prosperous than China, finds Legatum Prosperity Index

Demonstrates very high levels of social capital, but overall ranking brought down by low levels of education, internal security and health LONDON, October 26, 2009 – The third edition of the Legatum Prosperity Index, published on 26 October, 2009 ranks 104 countries (covering 90% of the world’s population), based on a definition of prosperity that combines economic growth together with measures of happiness and quality of life.

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