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Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India

Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The Innovative WaterWheel helps Indian women transport water more efficiently from the nearest water source, drastically improving communities and family structures.
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India PM warns of ‘consequences’ over Italian marines

India PM warns of ‘consequences’ over Italian marines | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
India’s prime minister demanded on Wednesday that Italy return two marines accused of killing a pair of fishermen last year or “there will be consequences”....
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diplomacy is the way forward. http://www.unn.edu.ng
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India’s Policy Towards Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

India’s Policy Towards Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Although CEE remains a secondary direction for India’s foreign policy—mainly because the country sees more opportunities in other parts of the world, especially those rich in energy or strategically located—there is still substantial untapped potential for stronger cooperation. However, given India’s serious domestic challenges, global ambitions and already overstretched diplomacy, the future shape of these relations will largely depend on initiatives originating in the region. Keener interest on the part of CCE countries and better coordination of policies towards India between individual countries in the region would certainly help to position these countries better vis-à-vis their larger Asian partner.

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Wide room for manoeuvre will certainly open after the adoption of the India-EU free trade agreement in 2013

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India wakes up to child malnutrition ‘shame,’ begins to make progress

India wakes up to child malnutrition ‘shame,’ begins to make progress | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Finally, signs of progress after India realizes economic growth alone not enough to curb malnutrition.

 

Stung by the realization that it faced a child malnutrition crisis worse than in most African countries, India is finally waking to the scale of the problem.

Progress is slow and political will patchy, but there are signs that a new approach to fighting malnutrition is beginning to reap dividends.

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The Unspeakable Truth About Rape in India

The Unspeakable Truth About Rape in India | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

India has laws against rape; seats reserved for women in buses, female officers; special police help lines. But these measures have been ineffective in the face of a patriarchal and misogynistic culture. It is a culture that believes that the worst aspect of rape is the defilement of the victim, who will no longer be able to find a man to marry her — and that the solution is to marry the rapist.These beliefs aren’t restricted to living rooms, but are expressed openly. 

 

The volume of protests in public and in the media has made clear that the attack was a turning point. The unspeakable truth is that the young woman attacked on Dec. 16 was more fortunate than many rape victims. She was among the very few to receive anything close to justice. She was hospitalized, her statement was recorded and within days all six of the suspected rapists were caught and, now, charged with murder. Such efficiency is unheard-of in India.

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India's Lower House Votes to Support Foreign Investment

India’s lower house of Parliament voted in a raucous session on Wednesday evening to support the government’s decision to allow Walmart and other major retailers to set up shop here.

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Le CIO suspend l’Inde - affaires-strategiques.info

Le CIO suspend l’Inde - affaires-strategiques.info | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Mardi 4 décembre, le Comité International Olympique (CIO) a décidé de suspendre l’Inde du mouvement olympique. En cause, l’ingérence du pouvoir politique dans le processus électoral du comité national olympique indien.

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Is India's Rising Billionaire Wealth Bad for the Country?

Is India's Rising Billionaire Wealth Bad for the Country? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The Forbes list of richest Indians, released last week, is full of businessmen and women from “rent-thick” sectors: real estate, construction, infrastructure, media, cement and mining. These are sectors in which the government continues to play a large role, in the form of licenses and other forms of control, and in which there’s a presumption of a government-business nexus – or collusion, to use a less flattering term, according to Ms. Gandhi and Mr. Walton.

 

Why might this be important? According to research, there is a positive correlation between economic growth and the wealth of self-made billionaires, while there is a negative correlation between growth and inherited wealth. It’s impossible to establish a conclusive cause-and-effect relationship, but the finding is at least suggestive of the fact that economies populated by those whose wealth is self-made are more dynamic than those that rely on the perpetuation of existing economic elites and their descendants.

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India: Which Open Spaces Should Mumbai Protect?

India: Which Open Spaces Should Mumbai Protect? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In Mumbai, a metropolis teeming with more than 13 million people, activists and ordinary citizens alike lament the dearth of places to get a simple breath of fresh air. A new study demonstrates just how scarce open space is: a mere 6 percent of the city is reserved for it, and of that area, approximately 60 percent is neither developed nor accessible to the public...

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The Lessons of the China-India War

The Lessons of the China-India War | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
This month marks the 50th anniversary of China’s military attack on India, the only foreign war that communist-ruled China has won.
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Indian government caves in to demands of marchers on land reform

Indian government caves in to demands of marchers on land reform | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Tens of thousands of poor Indian farmers marching on Delhi to press their right to land have called off their protest after the government bowed to some of their demands.

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India: Govt mining policy destroying India's rich biodiversity

India: Govt mining policy destroying India's rich biodiversity | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The government's mining policy is destroying the country's biodiversity and tiger habitats, an NGO on Sunday claimed and sought a relook into the 'massive' expansion plan of coal fields in forest areas.

 

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Megacity Kolkata joins WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities

Megacity Kolkata joins WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

On the International Day of Older Persons, WHO welcomes Kolkata, India as the 105th member of its Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. Kolkata is the first city to join from WHO’s South-East Asia Region. Other member cities include New York, La Plata (Argentina), Canberra and Geneva.

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India's top court makes gay sex illegal again

India's top court makes gay sex illegal again | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

India's Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out a 2009 ruling by a lower court that had decriminalized gay sex, in a major setback for the cause of gay rights in the world's largest democracy.

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Epidemiology: Can Big Data From Epic Indian Pilgrimage Help Save Lives?

Epidemiology: Can Big Data From Epic Indian Pilgrimage Help Save Lives? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
A team of doctors, epidemiologists and quantitative analysts are at the Kumbh Mela, a gathering of up to 100 million religious pilgrims in India, to study when, where and how they fall ill.
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India Takes Aim at Poverty With Cash Transfer Program

India Takes Aim at Poverty With Cash Transfer Program | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
On Jan. 1, the government began depositing pension and scholarship payments directly into the bank accounts of about 245,000 people — to prevent corrupt officials from diverting the money.
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In the wake of the Delhi bus rape, what is the future for India?

In the wake of the Delhi bus rape, what is the future for India? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The gang rape and murder of a young woman last month has sparked furious protests in India – and given voice to an emerging political class.

 

"The moment they climbed into the unlicensed private bus driven by their attackers the good and the bad elements of India's ongoing transformation collided...."

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A clear analysis of the sharp contrasts and visible and invisible borders in contemporary changing India.

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Darjeeling Tea Growers Get Geographical Indication Protection from E.U.

Darjeeling Tea Growers Get Geographical Indication Protection from E.U. | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
In a decision this year, the European Union agreed to phase out the use of “Darjeeling” on blended teas. Now, just as a bottle of Cognac must come from the region around the French town of Cognac, a cup of Darjeeling tea will have to be made only from tea grown around Darjeeling.
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Geographical indications seem to be emerging as a way for Global South to protect typical products in Global Northern markets

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China, Vietnam and India Fight Over Energy Exploration in South China Sea

China, Vietnam and India Fight Over Energy Exploration in South China Sea | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

China and two of its neighbors, Vietnam and India, were locked in a new dispute on Tuesday over energy exploration in the South China Sea, a signal that Beijing plans to continue its hard line in the increasingly contentious waterway.

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Nestlé investit 50 millions de francs en Inde

Nestlé investit 50 millions de francs en Inde | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

La multinationale vaudoise va affiner sa connaissance des consommateurs indiens et des ingrédients de la cuisine locale.

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With An Army Of Vaccinators, India Subdues Polio NPR

Despite poverty and poor sanitation, the world's second-most populous country is eradicating polio, which has afflicted India for millennia.

 

From Delhi, NPR's Julie McCarthy reports on how India is eradicating the disease.

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India: In Haryana, Hundreds Protest State's Response to Rape

India: In Haryana, Hundreds Protest State's Response to Rape | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Activists said the system protects attackers and vilifies victims.
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Is it a Good Time to Be a Girl in India?

Is it a Good Time to Be a Girl in India? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

It’s one of the best times to be a girl in India’s history, according to a government release earlier this year. The number of girls in schools has increased. The maternal mortality ratio has dropped. The government has carved out more money for women’s welfare measures in the budget. And for the first time, women outnumbered men in the number of literates added to the country in the last decade.

 

And yet, as the first International Day of the Girl Child was celebrated on Thursday, news of a string of rapes in a northern state, and the response to it from both low-level governing bodies and high-level politicians, highlights India’s scuffled steps toward girls’ rights and gender equality.

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The Economist's debate: As economic growth slows, is India losing its way?

The Economist's debate: As economic growth slows, is India losing its way? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
As economic growth slows, is India losing its way?
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India’s Rich Benefit From Schools’ Affirmative Action

India’s Rich Benefit From Schools’ Affirmative Action | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

India’s caste-based affirmative action policy has transformed the taint of “backwardness,” as those of means benefit from a program meant to uplift the less fortunate.

 

Some rules forbid the wealthy — or “creamy layer” — from taking advantage of quotas, but those rules have not been implemented in many states and are widely ignored in others.

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