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Reality of impunity, rhetoric of Human rights -Maja Daruwala & Devika Prasad

-The Hindu Isolated innovations are not enough to stop cases of custodial torture In May 2017, addressing representatives from countries at the UN’s Human Rights Council, the then Attorney General of India said, “The concept of torture is completely alien to our culture and it has no place in the governance of the nation.” Last week in Sitamarhi district, Bihar, two families received the bodies of their two sons from the p

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No onion and garlic in midday meals -Tanu Kulkarni

issue is yet to be resolved. In February, reports by the National Institute of Nutrition stated that the menu by APF was in compliance with the nutritional guidelines suggested by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Please click here to read more.

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Only 26% of rural toilets use twin-leach pits, finds survey -Varun B Krishnan & Priscilla Jebaraj

nt advertisement featuring film actors Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar has been preaching the benefits of the “do gadde” or twin-pit latrines, which would create valuable farm manure from Human excreta. “Shauchalaya ka ashirvad,” proclaims Mr. Kumar in the advertisement produced by the Centre’s flagship sanitation scheme Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. This month, with the scheme claiming to be on the verge of completing toilet

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Women need governmental support to deal with climate change in the Himalayas -Mayank Aggarwal

en government policies overlook the oppression they face. * To address it, the latest report by ICIMOD has suggested a series of measures such as the government allocating resources, financial and Human, for gender-responsive interventions, and creation of mechanisms to ensure the promotion of women’s rights. * The report also highlighted social problems faced by migrants in the Himalayan countries and batted for a series of measures to en

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India needs policies to regulate 'bad food' and produce food sustainably, say experts at National Conclave on Food

ew of the crisis of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).Apart from policymakers and regulators from the Centre and some states, the delegates and panelists represented Human health, animal health, agriculture, nutrition, research and academia, food industry, farmers and civil society.   Setting the context to the discussions, Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general at CSE, emphasised that “with the growin

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RTI trumps Official Secrets Act, says SC -Krishnadas Rajagopal

Act, which declared the RTI to have an “overriding effect” over OSA. Then Section 24, which mandates even security and intelligence organisations to disclose information on corruption and Human rights violations. Finally, Section 8(2), which compels the government to disclose information “if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to protected interests”. Mr. Venugopal defended that defence purchases dealt with the

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Millions to die prematurely by '50 due to pollution: UN -Vishwa Mohan

s of India NEW DELHI: Flagging the deadly impact of air and water pollution that annually claims at least nine million lives globally, a new UN report on Wednesday called for urgent action to save Humanity from the disastrous consequences of environmental degradation. It warned that cities and regions in Asia, middle-east and Africa could see millions of premature deaths by mid-century if the nations fail to drastically scale up environmental pr

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UP, Bihar continue to be down in the dumps in HDI: Report

d the pack on the crucial measure, where the country is ranked 130th globally, but are staring at a different trouble, the report notes. Mumbai: Uttar Pradesh and Bihar continue to languish on the Human development index (HDI) front, while others, including Haryana and Himachal, have shown an improvement in the past 27 years, says a report. The industrially progressive Gujarat and Maharashtra have slipped in the HDI ranking between 1990 and 2017

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A strange paradox for Indian women -Sonalde Desai

, mornings and afternoons are brightened by the smiling faces of girls and young women, dressed in their uniforms, walking to school. Almost all girls go to primary school and, according to the India Human Development Survey (IHDS) of 2011-12, 70% of girls aged 15 to 18 are still studying, only five percentage points less than boys. They frequently outperform boys. In 2018, in the Class XII CBSE examination, 88.31% girls passed, compared to 78.99% boy

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Prof. Guy Standing, economist at the School Of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (

s to say no to exploitative and oppressive relationships. It also emancipates people to take control of their lives to a certain extent. The third ethical reason is that it provides basic security, a Human right. Studies have shown that when people know that they won’t be starving tomorrow, their mental abilities increase, their capacity to be rational improves. There are also economic reasons—that it gives to the community and to individu

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