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Crushed in the middle by Ramachandra Guha

ilures of the Indian State. As numerous studies have shown, the adivasis have gained least and lost most from six decades of political democracy and economic development. In terms of access to decent Healthcare and education, they are worse off than Dalits. In terms of representation at the high levels of the state, they are worse off than both Dalits and Muslims. They have not merely been neglected, but more actively dispossessed. From the 1950s to t

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Cabinet OKs 50% quota for women in civic bodies

f women is likely to have significant benefits in terms of higher priority to women's issues in critical areas of urban governance and service delivery such as water supply, sanitation, education and Health, I&B minister Ambika Soni told reporters after the cabinet meeting. As reported by TOI, the urban development ministry will move a Bill to amend Article 243 of the Constitution in the next session of Parliament. The proposed amendme

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The zero tolerance imperative by Arvind Singhal

rism or mass murders or any act of war against the nation. Of all these trends, the four most disturbing include adulteration of food products, counterfeiting and other malpractices relating to Healthcare services and products, environmental degradation, and corruption at the highest levels involving national resources that will be irreplaceable for the present or future generations, or else entail a very steep cost to the present and future gen

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Lack of transparency and debate in India-EU free trade agreement by Meena Menon

on. Public procurement includes public utilities at state, provincial and local governance level in India and the EU has not stated that it would exclude essential services such as infrastructure for Health, education and water from its demands. In the arena of services, which is hotly debated as well, with the help of the FTA the EU would like to achieve significant liberalisation of the banking sector. A special report by Kavaljit Singh, title

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Two more newly released reports on hunger and malnutrition

eport 2009 makes comparisons between the 2009 GHI and the 2008 Global Gender Gap Index, which is made up of four subindices: economic participation, educational attainment, political empowerment, and Health and survival. It finds that higher levels of hunger are associated with lower literacy rates and access to education for women. High rates of hunger are also linked to Health and survival inequalities be

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Global Hunger Index: Hunger Linked to Gender; India’s Situation “Alarming” by Saabira Chaudhuri

(indicating the proportion of children suffering from weight loss); and the mortality rate of children under the age of five (partially reflecting the synergy between inadequate dietary intake and unHealthy environments). The index ranks countries on a 100-point scale, with 0 being the best score (no hunger) and 100 being the worst. Listen to an interview with Purnima Menon, a research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute,

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2009 Global Hunger Index

er inequality. This report compares the 2009 GHI with the 2008 Global Gender Gap Index, which is made up of four subindices: economic participation, educational attainment, political empowerment, and Health and survival. The evidence shows that higher levels of hunger are associated with lower literacy rates and access to education for women. High rates of hunger are also linked to Health and survival inequ

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Mixed messages in hunger report

ert Dekker, the World Food Programme's (WFP) DR Congo director, told the BBC that Congolese people live almost exclusively on a diet of cassava flour, which is low in nutritional value. He said Health experts recommend adults eat 2,100 kilocalories a day for a Healthy diet but in Congo the average is 1,650 a day. The BBC's Tomas Fessy, in the capital Kinshasa, says decades of war and neglect hav

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Easy Does It

to be grossly overestimated. GM food is widely available in countries like the US and Canada, where such food is not even distinguished from traditional food items by labelling. No adverse effects on Health have been reported for any transgenic product introduced anywhere in the world so far. Besides, it is a myth that traditional food has no toxic effects. GM food has also been found to have the same nutritional value as unmodified food by various st

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GEAC fails the nation, takes the side of Seed Companies on Bt Brinjal

tic Engineering (CRIIGEN), France, in his independent scientific appraisal of Mahyco-Monsanto’s Bt Brinjal feeding studies said “Bt Brinjal may present a serious risk for human and animal Health and the release should be forbidden.” The first independent scientific commentary of its bio-safety and increasing public opinion against GE foods had forced GEAC to review the data provided by the company. Bt Brinjal approval process h

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