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India slips in human development index

o Information, National Food Security, and Right to Education Acts. It commended the Indian grassroots group Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sanghatan for popularising social audits of government schemes. Gender disparity Noting that women, on an average, have lower HDI than men across the world, the report pointed out that the largest Gender disparity in development was in South Asia, where the female HDI va

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Laggard in human index

rldwide on human development and has cited figures suggesting that about half of India's people face deprivation in education, health and living standards. Inequality, multidimensional poverty and Gender gaps appear to be factors holding back India's progress on the human development index (HDI), a measure linked to progress towards a long, healthy life, access to knowledge, and decent standard of living. The UN's Human Development Report 2016 h

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Why India Needs MNREGA: Evidence From Gujarat -Udayan Rathore

adodara) had initiated a spate of reforms in the first decade of the 20th century, which included provisions for universal access to primary education and legislations against discrimination based on Gender and caste. Modi’s reign as chief minister of Gujarat (October 2001 to May 2014) had spurred the narrative of unprecedented prosperity and wellbeing. Despite Gujarat’s impressive growth rate for more than a decade, the performance on var

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Amended maternity law goes a long way, but has a long way to go still -Shalini Nair

egrave;ches in close vicinity of the workplace, and by allowing women up to four daily visits to the crèche. While all these aspects make for a milestone legislation on the road to reducing Gender inequality at work and bringing down maternal and infant mortality in India, the amendment of the 46-year-old law still leaves out the vast numbers of women in the informal sector, and in smaller, fragmented establishments. It also fails to ackn

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Plenty wrong with the new maternity Bill -Subramanyam S

ment has enacted another legislation on surrogacy, making it near impossible to commission surrogacy, thus defeating the provisions under this Bill. How companies are affected Laws that endorse Gender equality are great in theory but they should be present inherently within the enterprise and not be cast as an obligation. It is the responsibility of the Government to push industry in recognising such benefits voluntarily. For an SME or startup w

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Gender gaps in digital access threaten to 'leave women behind': UN report

-The Hindu Business Line UN panel cites social norms, costs among barriers to digital inclusion of poor women New Delhi: Wide Gender gaps in access to the internet as well as mobile phone ownership threaten to “leave women behind” as countries develop, says a report by the UN high-level panel, calling for digital inclusion, especially of poor women, to achieve one of the key Sustainable Development Goals — economic empowermen

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'Gender bias leads to anaemia and malnourishment in girls'

-The Hindu Business Line Ahmedabad: Gender-based discrimination leads to greater neglect of girls, in turn leading to malnourishment and retardation in female children, explained experts at the Jaipur-based IIHMR University recently. Experts and academicians from the university revealed that as much as 56 per cent of girls aged between 15 and 19 suffer from anaemia. Commenting on the National Girl Child Day, Goutam Sadhu, Associate Professo

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The majority at the margins -Jayati Ghosh

nue to see their wages squeezed. Women workers, who are more likely to be in precarious low-paid work, are among the worst affected. They earn 31 to 75 per cent less than men, not only because of the Gender pay gap, but because of other factors like unequal access to social protection. Global supply chains that force suppliers to compete have intensified the problem. Profits make up 72 per cent of the costs of an Apple iPhone 2010; wage costs come

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'Have money, can't lend!' -TCA Sharad Raghavan

are still only getting Rs. 500 per week.” “The problem is all across,” Mr. Singh added. “That has taken a toll on our collection efficiency. It used to be 99.8%. Women as a Gender usually don’t default, and our instalments are very small. Now, we are closer to 80-85% collection efficiency.” The reason for this is that cash-intensive industries across the north of India are now struggling to remain afloat. &

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Set up body to look into complaints against channels: Supreme Court -Dhananjay Mahapatra

9 (1)(a) of the Constitution. The bench clarified that when it suggested a regulatory mechanism, it meant a complaint redressal system to address grievances of citizens relating to social issues like Gender justice etc. "We will not go to the extent you think it politically. We have nothing to do with politics or otherwise. If anyone has a grievance against news or a programme, let them have the option of a statutory committee to approach with

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