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MAKING SPACE FOR HER IN LITIGATION
In small towns, there are only a few lawyers who take up cases of violence
against women, but Flavia Agnes and a legal group in Maharashtra, Majlis, set
out to tackle the problem. Over the past 20 years, there have been several legal
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM DAILY DEVELOPMENT NEWS …
SRI LANKAN NGO PROMOTES LEGAL AWARENESS
A Sri Lanka-based organisation is improving public awareness on equal access to
justice as well as social, economic and cultural rights. The organisation also
works on human rights, democracy and minority protection.
PAKISTANI ORGANISATION EMPOWERS WOMEN THROUGH TRAINING
Rozan, an Islamabad-based organisation, uplifts the status of Pakistani women
and children by providing counseling, training and working on their emotional
health and well being. The NGO strives to improve the life of women.
NO CURBS ON POLICE ATROCITIES IN SRI LANKA
With complaints of police torture reaching a crescendo in Sri Lanka, the
country’s infirm Human Rights Commission (HRC) is formulating proposals for a
change in the prosecution procedure which lets the police go scotfree.
MINISTERS TAKE STOCK OF NARMADA AGITATION
An NGO reports that a team of ministers from the west Indian state of
Maharashtra have visited the site of the Narmada controversial dam project for
the first time. The ministers took stock of the education, health,
rehabilitation and human rights abuses in the area.
CABLE ON THE BLINK AS PAK OPERATORS CHALLENGE BAN
Pakistan is facing an information blackout after the country’s cable operators
Sunday blanked out private and international channels, including CNN, BBC and
Fox, in protest against the government ban on Indian television channels.
UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN GET A THRUST IN SOUTH INDIA
South India based - Society for Development of Women and Children - which
consists of social workers, nutritionists and educationists, provides health and
educational facilities to rural women and children. It focuses on rag-pickers
and other under privileged children.
LITTLE EMPOWERMENT FOR AFGHAN WOMEN
The fall of the Taliban is still to bring about changes for women in
Afghanistan. Girls’ schools are burnt and women are bartered. Even capital city
Kabul is not safe enough for women as traditions and long-held beliefs refuse to
WTO DEAL OVER DRUGS FOR POOR NATIONS
A deal to provide cheap versions of life-saving drugs to the world’s poor was
finally agreed to after a strong appeal from AIDS-ravaged countries in Africa.
Sharp differences between rich and poor nations over drugs had put the World
Trade Organisation meet in jeopardy.
NEPAL NGO STRENGTHENS VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS
A Nepal NGO is involved in strengthening local voluntary organisations through
intensive participatory trainings and by developing linkages with governmental
and non-governmental institutions.
SETTING THE INDIAN AGENDA AT WTO
An Indian research organisation says the government should protect the food and
agriculture sector in the WTO talks. Also, the country should push for an
amendment in the TRIPs agreement over patents relating to biological materials
and traditional knowledge.
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FEATURED SIGN OF LIGHT …
SLUM RESIDENT IS TOPPER IN IIT ENTRANCE EXAM!
It’s a university where less than 1% of its applicants get accepted; most
hopefuls don’t even apply and those that attempt it get tons of extra coaching.
Girijesh Gupta recently topped those IIT MSc (Physics) entrace exams, which
shocked many considering that he lived in the slums, came from a very poor
family and didn’t have any professional help. Instead of staying at the college
dorms, he’ll continue living in the slums with his family.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM DAILY DEVELOPMENT NEWS …
PAKISTAN LAUNCHES BRAIN GAIN DRIVE
Sparking a debate among academia, the Pakistan government is initiating measures
to revive higher education, including an ambitious US $57 million to employ 300
foreign professors in public universities.
COMMUNALISM FIGHTERS LONG FOR PEACE
‘The Hoot’ speaks to editors of Indian activist magazine Communalism Combat. The
magazine has completed a decade and has been at the forefront of sensitising
politicians and building bridges between various communities.
CAMPAIGN AGAINST ADULTERATED MILK IN PAKISTAN
A consumer rights organisation in Pakistan has launched a campaign to stop the
sale of adulterated milk, after research by a hospital revealed the presence of
harmful pathogenic bacteria in both raw and pasteurised milk in Pakistani
WIRING UP A KNOWLEDGE REVOLUTION IN RURAL INDIA
An IT project in southern India is empowering low-caste village women, helping
them net information on everything from grain prices and cataract operations to
the Iraq war.
OBSCENITIES KILLING BANGLADESH FILM INDUSTRY
Bangladeshi movies have hit such a vulgar low that last week artistes and
moviemakers, despite being arrayed on opposite sides, went on a three-day
strike, demanding an end to obscenity in films.
THE COST OF WATER PRIVATISATION
Indians are paying a heavy cost for the privatisation of water to multinational
companies. Environmentalists and campaigners have started a movement to create
awareness amongst people and to make water companies pay up for ecological
damages and social displacement.
PAKISTAN SCRIPTS A NEW TEXT TO SPUR LITERACY
To improve its abysmal record on World Literacy Day, the Pakistan government has
drawn up a new blueprint, which includes the establishment of 270,000 literacy
centres by 2005, stipends to schoolgirls through post offices, and a massive
private initiative for non-formal education.
AGHAN NGO EMPOWERS WOMEN THROUGH RADIO
Development organisation, Afghan Women’s Network, is reaching out to rural women
by producing radio programmes and training them in communication. The programmes
focus on women’s rights under the new Afghan constitution.
WHY ARE INDIAN FARMERS ANGRY WITH GM COTTON?
South Indian women farmers make a film, Why are Warangal farmers angry with Bt
Cotton? This powerful film documents the trauma of four cotton farmers who used
GM seeds, manufactured by US multinational Monsanto, and suffered severe losses.
WATER-RELATED RESOURCES ON ASIA
Barefoot College has compiled resources on development efforts in the field of
public water supplies.
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