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Academics question Modi's claim of autonomy -Basant Kumar Mohanty

question is, delivery for whom and who is going to judge the quality of delivery?” Sociologist Andre Beteille said. He said the government should not grade or rank its own institutions (the Human resource development ministry has for the past three years been ranking higher-education institutions under the National Institutional Ranking Framework). Please click here to read more.

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Wetlands disappear faster than forests

-Deccan Chronicle Critical to Human life as they provide all of world’s freshwater. Kochi: Wetlands, the most economically valuable and among the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, are disappearing three times faster than forests. A new report by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands warned of severe consequences for the future unless urgent action is taken to ensure their survival. Approximately 35 per cent of the world’s

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Survey: India ranks 158th among 195 countries in health care investment

Metrics and Evaluation published in The Lancet says that India’s ranking of 158th in 2016 represents an improvement from its 1990 ranking of 162nd. It comes from having seven years of expected Human capital, measured as the number of years a person can be expected to work in the years of peak productivity, taking into account life expectancy, functional health, years of schooling and learning, the survey said. Please click here to read more.

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Primary lessons in citizenship -Anup Sinha

-The Telegraph Given increasing government influence on primary education, we must ask who controls the substance of what children are taught. Education is an important Human capability that is considered essential for economic development. Education helps one to know about the world one lives in, think, discover new facts, and create new objects of use. It also helps one in making informed decisions and choices. Education is useful to an indi

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UNDP report lauds India's strides in reducing poverty in past decade

-The Indian Express According to MPI 2018 released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, there are 271 million fewer poor people in India in this period. New Delhi: In the decade between 2005-06 and 2015-16, India has halved its Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) — an index that looks beyond income poverty to take into account deprivations in health, education, and

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Preparing for the floods -G Anand & AJ James

ater management The recent floods in Kerala saw heroic rescues from raging rivers swollen by unprecedented rains — and the opening of shutters of major dams. There were allegations of ‘Human blunders’ while the government said it could have done little else. The truth is that India has not learnt its lessons from recent floods, in Assam, Bihar and Tamil Nadu, and without addressing the underlying causes, history will repeat itself

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Bezwada Wilson, national convenor of the Safai Karamchari Andolan, interviewed by Ahan Penkar

th the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act. Later that year, under the leadership of its national convenor Bezwada Wilson,the Safai Karamchari Andolan, aHuman rights organisation that has been campaigning for the eradication of manual scavenging, filed a PIL listing violators of the act. The situation did not improve. In 2003, SKA approached the courts again, and fought a long legal battle to get another

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These Delhi lawyers take legal aid beyond courtrooms -Aamir Khan

boards, child welfare committees, observation homes, All India Legal Aid Cell on Child Rights, National Commission for Minorities, the chief minister’s residence-cum-office and the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences. In 2017, 38,646 people benefited from the scheme.   The Times of India, 17 September, 2018, please click here to access

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