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Shyam Khadka, India's representative at the FAO of the United Nations, interviewed by Sayantan Bera (Livemint.com)

culture to less than 10% engaged in farming, was achieved by Belgium, a small country, in 112 years. Today, we don’t have that colonial model of development and manufacturing technology is less Human muscle driven and more automated. Today, it takes an enormous investment to create one job in manufacturing. In India, around 9 million people left farming (between 2001 and 2011) but that is largely due to distress, not because industry is invit

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Hungry India: Are we angry enough? -Patralekha Chatterjee

ne-fifth of Indian children under five weigh too little for their height, and over a third are too short for their age,” according to IFPRI. And every year, when the United Nations releases its Human Development Index, there is much hand-wringing about India’s lowly position relative to its peers, but whoops of joy on finding that Pakistan fares even worse. India now has a National Health Policy, a National Nutrition Strategy. The Niti

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Farmers Shouldn't Have to Die Before the Government Addresses Rampant Pesticide Misuse -Joe Hill

s. The deaths and hospitalisation of farmers in Maharashtra raises to the forefront the question of state government culpability for its negligence in regulating the pesticide sector. The National Human Rights Commission has observed that most farmers in the country are not adequately literate and “are relying on the government agencies for the safe use of agricultural products and the ancillary techniques”. This is not 100% correct. In

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India shocks with vaccine patent -Latha Jishnu

ustry because of the obviousness of the claims made by Pfizer which means Prevnar13 is neither novel nor inventive. In India too, the claim was challenged by pharma firm Panacea Biotech and global Humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). There are several reasons why the grant of patent here is rather curious. In 2014, rival drugmakers Merck and Novartis succeeded in getting the EU Patent Office to revoke Pfizer&rsquo

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CJI praise, advice for rights panel

-The Telegraph New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has asked the National Human Rights Commission and State Human Rights Commissions to move appropriate courts if their directives relating to protection of Human rights and award of compensations are not enforced by the authorities concerned. Addressing the 24th foundation day celebrations of the

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Pesticide Poisoning Kills 18 Farmers in Maharashtra's Yavatmal, NHRC Seeks Report -Varsha Torgalkar

-TheWire.in The Human rights commission has said the farmers’ right to life and livelihood has been violated because of government negligence. Yavatmal, Maharashtra: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), taking suo moto cognisance of media reports that over 18 farmers died due to infection caused by spraying pesticides on their cotton crop in the last three months, has sent notices to t

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Equality denied -Sukhadeo Thorat

mpact on the violence against Dalits in Gujarat. On the contrary, there has been an increase of incidents which the Supreme Court had earlier described as “offences being shockingly cruel and inHumane”. From 1995 to 2015 about 9,926 incidents have been registered — about 473 per year — under the Protection of Civil Rights Act (1955) and the Prevention of Atrocities Act (1989). The annual number of cases has jumped from 212 in 2

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India's new wetland rules threaten to destroy 65% of its water bodies rather than protect them -Nityanand Jayaraman

water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six meters, but does not include river channels, paddy fields, Human-made water bodies/tanks specifically constructed for drinking water purposes and structures specifically constructed for aquaculture, salt production, recreation and irrigation purposes.” Draft rules that had been published for comment in M

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'A rapist is a rapist' even if husband

-PTI The Supreme Court today referred to the European Commission of Human Rights' observation on sexual assault by relatives that "a rapist remains a rapist regardless of his relationship with the victim", while criminalising sexual intercourse with a wife below 18 years. A bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta, however, made it clear that it was not dealing with the question of marital rape of women above the age of 18 y

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Farmers' rights grossly violated due to lack of awareness on pesticide spraying: NHRC -Jitendra

-Down to Earth NHRC has sent notices to Centre and Maharashtra, demanding detailed report in four weeks The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports on how several farmers in Maharashtra’s  Yavatmal district had to be hospitalised during the last three months due to an infection caused by spraying of a pesticide on the cotton crops. Many have reportedly died and condition of several oth

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