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India's progress against multidimensional poverty -Francine Pickup

rity basis (the international poverty line), found that poverty declined from 21.6% to an estimated 13.4% between 2011 and 2015. The 2018 update to the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDPs) Human development index (HDI) said that between 1990 and 2017, Indias HDI value has increased by nearly 50%emblematic of the countrys remarkable achievement in lifting millions out of poverty. And, according to perhaps the most comprehensive measure of

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Country's non-income-based poverty level has fallen over the past 10 years, shows new report

health and living standards, among others. The multidimensional poverty index (MPI), which offers a valuable complement to traditional income-based poverty measures, was first introduced in the 2010 Human Development Report (HDR). The MPI looks at both the number of deprived people and the intensity of their deprivations. India's multidimensional headcount ratio (H) viz. the proportion or incidence of people (within a given population) who experie

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Jean Dreze -- development economist -- interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

heir failures. In the case of Kerala, the failures would include high rates of unemployment, alcoholism and suicide. But Kerala has certainly done very well in many areas, especially when it comes to Human development. Kerala is still far ahead of other Indian States in terms of basic social indicators such as nutrition levels, child mortality, life expectancy, literacy rates, and the proportion of the population below the poverty line. The gap is nar

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HRD ministry seeks EWS data for entry level classes at private schools

-Hindustan Times/ PTI Admission for entry level classes for the academic session 2019-2020 will begin in the next two months. New Delhi: The Human resource development (HRD) ministry has sought data on the number of vacant seats that exists for children hailing from economically weaker section/disadvantaged group (EWS/DG) in entry level classes such as Kindergarten, nursery and class 1 at private schools across the country. “I have as

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Privatisation Harms Poor and Needy, Says UN Poverty Expert -Subodh Varma

urged a rethink by governments as also multilateral bodies, like IMF and World Bank, and even parts of UN. Widespread privatisation of public goods in many societies is systematically eliminating Human rights protections and further marginalising those living in poverty, according to a hard-hitting new report. The report was transmitted to the UN General Assembly on 19 October. Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and More »

Widespread privatisation marginalises the poor: UN report -Maitri Porecha

-The Hindu Business Line New Delhi: Widespread privatisation of public goods in many societies is systematically eliminating Human rights protections and further marginalising those living in poverty, according to a new report, released by the United Nations (UN). The 25-page report by the UN is eye-opening in the light of Indian government think-tank Niti Aayog releasing Guidelines for Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for tackling Non-Commu

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What Is Affecting the Performance of the Public Sector? -Kiran Bhatty and Dipa Sinha Most of the ‘reforms’ that are being introduced to address poor delivery of social services are silent on the issue of inadequate Human resources, among other shortfalls in capacity. The poor performance of the public sector especially in education, health and other social services has been the subject of a lot of debates in the last few decades. The dominant narrative has attributed implementation failures to corruptio

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This gel can protect farmers from toxic pesticides -Dinesh C Sharma

these chemicals, preventing them from going deep into the skin and organs like the brain and the lungs. It has been found to be effective in tests done in rats and researchers hope to soon test it in Humans. Exposure to chemicals contained in pesticides interferes with an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase (AChE) which is present in the nervous system and is critical for neuromuscular functions. When its functioning is disrupted by chemical pestici

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Researchers warn Kerala of more landslides -Vinson Kurian

slides when another rainstorm strikes. Monsoon threat The North-East monsoon is expected and rain spells could reactivate these aborted landslides. Given the danger, it is advisable not to have Human habitations in these highly vulnerable areas, he said. Kerala has over major 45 dams and reservoirs and most of them are used for hydroelectric production. The GEER team only visited two of the dams and was not given permission for photography.

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TheyToo: What about men and the third gender? -Sriparna Ray

the judges’ words articulated the notion of a modern, progressive, democratic state. “Such progressive proclivity is rooted in the constitutional structure and is an inextricable part of Human nature,” the five-judge bench had ruled. “The rule of law requires a just law which facilitates equality, liberty and dignity in all its facets,” Justice D.Y. Chandrachud had said. A similar drive to establish an equal society s

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