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Mid-day meals row in K'taka: Terminate Akshaya Patra's contract, demand activists -Dr. Nimeshika Jayachandran

the Akshaya Patra foundation and its provision of midday meals. The Akshaya Patra foundation was recently under much scrutiny after it had refused to sign the memorandum issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MoHRD). The organisation which has been providing midday meals to over 4 lakh children for several years now, is being required to include onion and garlic in preparation of its meals. Akshaya Patra is an NGO which is one of th

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Farming in a warming world -Naveen P Singh & Bhawna Anand

need to strengthen and enhance existing coping capacity and to remain committed to the objectives of the Paris Agreement. The report establishes that the world has become 1°C warmer because of Human activities, causing greater frequency of extremes and obstruction to the normal functioning of ecosystems. Climate-induced risks are projected to be higher for global warming of 1.5°C than at present, but lower than at 2°C (a catastrophic si

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The anatomy of a police station -Rashmi Sharma

a mob of cow vigilantes in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh, is a vivid expression of the contempt of our ruling classes, and those aligned to them, for the rule of law. The increasing number of Human sacrifices for the alleged protection of cows signals a steep rise in this contempt. These incidents shock us because they are graphic and indicate a discernible change for the worse. The shock turns into dread as the ruling elite fails to condemn a

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She is the answer -Bina Agarwal

mary cooking fuel in most of rural India, cooking energy is essential for food security. Over time, we must shift to cleaner fuels, given the ill-effects of kitchen smoke from unprocessed biofuels on Human health, but in the short term women need more firewood through greater access to forests and commons. Please click here to read more.

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Anchored in Human rights -Allan Maleche, Blessina Kumar & John Stephens

and disturbing arsenal of surveillance technologies has caught the attention of international and domestic policy makers and threatens to detract from an effective response to TB that is anchored in Human rights and has a Human touch. For example, a plan in India is to implant microchips in people in order to track them and ensure they complete TB treatment. There are also seemingly endless technological t

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Even police officials are not safe, says NHRC

-The Hindu Issues notice to U.P. govt., seeks report within four weeks Describing the Bulandshahr incident as yet another instance of lawlessness, the National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government and the police over the death of two people, including Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, at the hands of a mob on Monday. The NHRC said it had taken suo motu cognisance of media reports about the killings f

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Margins of New India -Christophe Jaffrelot & Kalaiyarasan A

In both states — where the BJP has held office for a long time — the Adivasis lag behind other social groups and are losing ground, economically and educationally. According to the India Human Development Survey, in 2011-12, the annual per capita income of the STs in Chhattisgarh represented 51 per cent of the per capita income of the non-STs, a significant climbdown from 2004-2005, when this proportion was 68 per cent. In Madhya Pradesh,

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Floods, droughts compound diseases in India -Raghu Murtugudde

burden. All the major species of mosquitoes that are endemic to India have life cycles from eggs to adulthood of only 6-10 days. This means that the active/break periods may be leading to some unique Human ecology, i.e., interactions between Humans and their surroundings, which include the natural and social environments as well built infrastructure. Please click here to read more.

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No Rafale, No Mandir. Only Bad Jokes: What Elections Look Like in India's Poorest District -Suhas Munshi

with it. Another reason could be the fact that it is the poorest district in India. Two months ago, a report put together by United Nations development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), found Alirajpur to be the poorest district in the country, with 76.5 per cent of the district below poverty line. Alirajpur fares last on every quantifiable social parameter in the country, including rate of literac

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Jean Dreze, development economist, interviewed by G Sampath (The Hindu)

n be developed much more. But unfortunately, the schooling system, the economic system, and social norms tend to give more emphasis to self-interest as a motive, and that is a problem. If we want the Human race to survive, we need to go beyond self-interest and foster different kinds of values and social norms. How to do that is a difficult question, but a good place to start would be the education system. If you look at the Indian education system

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