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‘Leprosy Free’ Orissa isn’t so:  leprosy rate rises!

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‘Leprosy Free’ Orissa isn’t so: leprosy rate rises!

BHUBANESWAR: Leprosy is on the rise in Orissa! The number of leprosy patients has risen in the state since 2006.The irony is that in 2006-2007, the sate government had declared Orissa (Odisha) leprosy free! Now, it is estimated that about 3 in 20,000 people here have the dreaded disease. State Leprosy Welfare Federation president Duryodhan […]

Nitish slams Centre’s  sly GM seed ploy

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Nitish slams Centre’s sly GM seed ploy

Patna: The Indian government’s moves to facilitate multinationals at the cost of the Indian farmer, while mouthing ‘Make in India’ slogans is often criticized. Now, the environment minister plans to unleash genetically modified mustard seeds in India, it is learnt. The Bihar government opposed the use of GM seeds, and is suspicious of the centre […]

Arsenic in water may give your child pneumonia: study

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Arsenic in water may give your child pneumonia: study

[DHAKA] A new US-supported study carried out in Bangladesh has linked low or moderate exposure to arsenic in drinking water is a risk factor for pneumonia in under-five children. This study is significant for India as well, because it shares the groundwater arsenic contamination problem. Findings of the study, jointly conducted by the International Centre […]

Nepal agitation affects fruit juice consumption in India

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Nepal agitation affects fruit juice consumption in India

NEW DELHI: The Madhesi agitation in Nepal may affect fruit juice drinkers in India. The Nepalese politicians living in the areas along the Indo-Nepal border have stopped the movement of vehicles along it in protest against certain provisions of the new Nepal Constitution. So goods can’t be moved from Nepal to India and vice-versa until […]

Stop the Siang river dams, Arunachal tribes ask Centre

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Stop the Siang river dams, Arunachal tribes ask Centre

ITANAGAR, Arunachal Pradesh – The centre appears to be gung ho about imposing huge hydel projects on the hilly regions, and exploiting the people of Arunachal Pradesh to the fullest. If the UPA government tried to do this slowly, quietly marking fertile lands and villages to drown, the NDA or rather BJP government has no […]

To save River, School razed, Kids at a loss

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To save River, School razed, Kids at a loss

They came with bulldozers and broke down the school walls, even as children wept. That’s how an anti-encroachment drive on the banks of Harmu rivulet, that passes through Ranchi town went, on the day before Teacher’s day. For the 100 odd kids studying at this government school, it’s feels like an end to their school […]

Chinese dragon devours world’s forests for fancy chairs

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Chinese dragon devours world’s forests for fancy chairs

While China clamps down on logging within its borders, illegal Chinese loggers are merrily felling the world’s forests  for the sake of teak floors and fancy chairs, says a report on ‘global post’. In late July, 153 Chinese nationals were handed life sentences for illegal logging in Burma’s northernmost Kachin state, a region abundant with […]

Island paradise degrading fast: local govt. alarmed!

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Island paradise degrading fast: local govt. alarmed!

[THIRUVANANTHAPURAM] Kerala: The local government in Lakshadweep is alarmed on learning about a scientific report of sea erosion degrading the Lakshadweep Archipelago, known as India’s island paradise. The administration announced steps to reduce dependence on fossil fuels on the islands and conserve its coral reefs. Lakshadweep with its 36 islands forms the northern part of […]

Hindustan Unilever and the Crorepati Club

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Hindustan Unilever and the Crorepati Club

MUMBAI: When Srirup Mitra, 33, a category head at Hindustan Unilever, took home more than a crore (ten million rupees) in annual salary last year, he wasn’t all that unique. Hindustan Unilever has about 169 executives who drew eight-digit salaries (100,00,000 +) last year, six times more than its closest rival ITC’s 23 crorepati employees, and half […]

UK-India ‘teaching assistants’ programme

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UK-India ‘teaching assistants’ programme

NEW DELHI: The British Council, the UK international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities and various schools across India are organising a week-long series of events around school education. The ‘Schools Week’ began with the launch of the British Council’s ‘Generation UK India Teaching Assistants Programme,’ followed by a School Award Ceremony at Hotel […]

BSF wild cow chases crash Bangladesh beef economy

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BSF wild cow chases crash Bangladesh beef economy

It’s heart-warming news for the fellows who want to ban the beef trade. Now BSF jawans have to chase cows as well! The Bangladesh beef industry is tottering, thanks to the Indian government’s new found obsessive love for cattle.   Some 30,000 Indian soldiers guarding the border with Bangladesh have an extra job under Prime […]