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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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As India Stares at Glaring Inequality, a One-Spot Jump in HDI is no Cause for Celebration -Sumedha Pal The vision of true Human development in India will become a reality only when patterns of exclusion and lack of social empowerment are driven out of the lives of the disadvantaged sections. India may have jumped one notch up in its ranking in the latest Human Development Index -- at 131 among 188 countries -- the growing inequalities in the country are a serious cause for concern. T

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Forest Rights Of Adivasis: Their Struggle For Land Continues -Sandeep Sahu

ash;had got Jama’s father three months in jail before the high court intervened. This time, his sister was also detained, but set free the next day. Jama was released only after the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) intervened. It also ordered the state to pay Rs 10,000 each in compensation to Jama and his sister. Please click here to read more.

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UN report details alarming level of reprisals against Human rights defenders in India, China

several countries named in a report by UN chief Antonio Guterres that details an "alarming" level of harsh reprisals and intimidation against those who cooperate with the United Nations on Human rights issues. The ninth annual report of the Secretary-General details the level of retaliation against Human rights defenders on a country-by-country basis, including allegations of killing, torture,

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Centre bans 328 combination drugs in setback for pharma companies

ory board. The health ministry on Wednesday said the board had found there was “no therapeutic justification for the ingredients contained in 328 FDCs and that these FDCs may involve risk to Human beings”. It said it was prohibiting the “manufacture for sale, sale or distribution for Human use” of the 328 FDCs with immediate effect. It did not name the drugs or give any brands.

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'Uneducated, unmarried women have less access to mobiles': study -Karishma Mehrotra

in Internet usage. The study, by Harvard’s Evidence for Policy Design (EpoD), combined quantitative data from two sources: Financial Inclusion Insights (45,540 respondents in 2016) and India Human Development Survey (26,607 ever-married women in households that own a mobile in 33 states in 2012) and combined it with interviews in five states to understand the dynamics for this study. The Harvard Kennedy School study is among the first to f

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