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An invisible humanitarian crisis in India -Harsh Mander

-The Hindu The state and the rich and middle classes remain indifferent as millions slip into chronic hunger and intense Poverty India’s labouring poor have largely disappeared even from the inner pages of newspapers and from television screens. It is as though, after the country has gradually unlocked and most migrants have returned home, the wrenching distress of mass hunger and sudden unemployment that racked their lives has somehow passed. The reality...

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A unique online event during August 9-10, 2020 to celebrate the diverse cultural traditions and heritage of India's indigenous people

-Press released by Lok Samvad Sansthan (Jaipur), Rupayan Sansthan (Jodhpur) and All India Media Conference (AIMC), dated August 2nd, 2020 Jaipur: A two-day virtual streaming of infotainment educational event for ‘Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Diverse Cultural Traditions of India’ will be held through a webinar during August 9-10, 2020 from the desert museum of Arna Jharna, Jodhpur. Please click here to register yourself for the webinar/ event. On the occasion...

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In its letter to Shri Hardeep Puri, civil society activists and eminent citizens press for 100 days of guaranteed employment for each individual worker in urban areas

-Press release by Peoples' Action for Employment Guarantee, dated 29th July, 2020 The present Covid -19 crisis has brought to the fore the importance of MGNREGA in providing employment to rural workers as well as to those urban workers who due to lack of employment opportunities in urban areas were forced to migrate back to their villages. The Central Government is planning to launch an urban employment guarantee (UEG) programme at...

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The majority cannot afford a balanced diet -Madhura Swaminathan

-The Hindu Even millions who are above the Poverty line do not have access to healthy or nutritious food in India New analysis from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows that hundreds of millions of people in India above the international Poverty line of $1.90 purchasing power parity (PPP) per person per day cannot afford a healthy or nutritious diet. This analysis confirms the fact that the problem of poor nutrition...

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Ensuring delayed marriage requires concerted efforts to keep girls in school for longer -Sheila Vir

-The Indian Express A well-educated woman’s chances of making informed decisions and exercising greater agency in the household is monumental in breaking the cycle of Poverty, ill health, as well as malnutrition. India’s Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) stands at 122 as per the latest Sample Registration System (SRS) bulletin from last year — a significant decline from an MMR of 556 in 1990. A parallel decrease in the prevalence of child marriage...

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