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'Love commandos' help Indian couples

'Love commandos' help Indian couples | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In India, "love" is still considered by many to be a dirty word with most marriages arranged by parents along religious or caste lines. But a group of "love commandos" are increasingly stepping in to protect Cupid and his targets.

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What Women’s Health Initiatives in India Can Teach Us All

What Women’s Health Initiatives in India Can Teach Us All | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

With almost 200 million people living in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, a state more populous than the entire country of Brazil, the sheer breadth of exciting, new ways to improve maternal and child health is enormous.

 

With all of those people and increased investments in health research and service delivery along with a growing economy, imagine how much information and knowledge can be shared when it comes to finding solutions for some of the most challenging women’s and children’s health issues.

 

But also imagine how complicated it must be to find the right people with the right information to learn from to scale up these programs....

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Reasons to Be Optimistic About India’s Economy

Reasons to Be Optimistic About India’s Economy | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Perhaps the main reason to be optimistic on India is that virtually all the reforms introduced under prime ministers Narasimha Rao and Atal Behari Vajpayee, which raised the growth rate to 8-9 per cent, remain in place: policy paralysis has not meant policy reversals. Besides, the savings rate remains above 30 per cent of gross domestic product; and the earlier reforms-led productivity rise should continue to assure gains from these savings.

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India: Who Cares if the Rupee Keeps Falling?

India: Who Cares if the Rupee Keeps Falling? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
There is nothing inherently good or bad about a currency going up or down, an economist argues.

 

As the Indian rupee continues to fall in global markets, many respected analysts contend that the weakening currency signals the failure of the economic policies of the Indian government. 

With all due respect to these eminent economists and others in the media who have been opining in a similar fashion, the charge that the rupee’s misfortune principally reflects the government’s policy failures cannot be decisively established on the basis of the evidence at hand....

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Poverty tours: A learning experience or simply gawking?

Poverty tours: A learning experience or simply gawking? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Kennedy Odede, the executive director of Shining Hope for Communities, decried poverty tours of slums.  "Slum tourism turns poverty into entertainment, something that can be momentarily experienced and then escaped from," he said. "People think they've really 'seen' something -- and then go back to their lives and leave me, my family and my community right where we were before."

 

I decided to see for myself. When I was in New Delhi over the winter, I signed up for a walking tour in Paharganj, a neighborhood near the train station...

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Free bicycles help keep Indian girls in school

Free bicycles help keep Indian girls in school | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The daily trip to high school was expensive, long and eventually, too much for Indian teenager Nahid Farzana, who decided she was going to drop out. Then, the state government gave her a bicycle.

 

Two years later, she is about to graduate from high school and wants to be a teacher.

 

The eastern state of Bihar has been so successful at keeping teenage girls in school, the bike giveaways have spread to neighboring states. Now the Indian government wants to expand it across the country in hopes it might help improve female literacy.

 

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Unfair bilateral trade in the spotlight

Unfair bilateral trade in the spotlight | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Activists say global trade rules increase corporate power at the expense of developing countries, a claim highlighted by TCI's plan to sue the Indian government

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Global climate treaty may demand more carbon cuts from 'poor' countries

Global climate treaty may demand more carbon cuts from 'poor' countries | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Old divisions between developed and developing countries in who should lead the fight against climate change should be laid aside, according to ministers from some of the world's poorest countries and European representatives meeting on Tuesday.

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Tears and Broken Glass as India's Largest Transgender Festival Closes

Tears and Broken Glass as India's Largest Transgender Festival Closes | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Simultaneously dehumanized as both good and bad luck omens by conventional Indian lore – hijras are often shoved to the edges of Indian society with few resources for earning money outside of begging (“mangti”), offering blessings on auspicious occasions (“bhadai”), and prostitution (“pun”). Even the act of making love for hijras remains debatable in Indian society as a crime.

 

So, at the conclusion of the Koovagam Festival, when legions of hijras dress in bright white and weep real tears as part of a ceremony mourning the death of Aravan, the warrior who Hindu god Krishna married after taking female form – it’s not difficult to connect those tears with the real life trauma that haunts their community outside of mere ritualistic play.

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India Ink: 'Dystopian Future' Draws Problem Solvers to Mumbai

India Ink: 'Dystopian Future' Draws Problem Solvers to Mumbai | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The landscape of the city and its challenges become a subject of discussion at seminars and exhibitions in Mumbai.

 

India’s commercial capital, it seems, can’t stop talking about itself. The main topic: How to prevent the future from being as dystopian as many fear it will become.

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These problems and many others – always referred to in seminar-speak as “challenges” –make Mumbai the source of endless fascination for academics and policy analysts, from India and around the world

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What Britain's Foreign Aid Buys

What Britain's Foreign Aid Buys | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In 2006, Britain's foreign aid agency began funding India's national "Reproductive and Child Health Programme." British taxpayers have since spent £162.2 million on the scheme, with the goal of reducing "disparities in access and use of essential reproductive and child health services," according to the Department for International Development (DflD).

 

This sounded benign enough until the Guardian reported this week that the British-funded program has "forcibly sterilized Indian women and men"—a practice India supposedly left behind in the 1970s.

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The BRIC Countries

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For some time now, Brazil, Russia, India, and China have been grouped together under the acronym BRIC.

 

What are the demographic profiles of these "BRIC" countries that are increasingly looming large in the global consciousness?  While they to not quite fit the profile of more developed countries (MDCs), the BRIC countries are notable for how rapidly they are closing the gap in many metrics. 


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The BRIC countries are among the top 10 riches countries in the world and this article shows data supporting the idea that by 2050, These countries will pass the top 4 countries due to their booming economies. As the countries continue their upward climb they will be closer to securing their place atop of the richest countries list.

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Watch out India, Here Comes Oprah (Again)

Watch out India, Here Comes Oprah (Again) | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

India, brace yourself. You will soon be served up and scrutinized by America’s Midwestern housewives (actually by almost all of America’s housewives). There’s no escape. Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey is again turning her attentions, and cameras, on the subcontinent.

 

Oprah examines the private lives of Indian women, has a tete-a-tete with Indian royalty and visits the Taj Mahal....

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India to host alternative International AIDS Conference

When stakeholders from across the world converge at Washington next month to participate in the International AIDS Conference (IAC) to share their experience and evaluations and to influence both popular and official perceptions and practices for curbing HIV/AIDS, India will host a parallel event for those who cannot make it there.

 

The event will be organised inKolkata by Durbar Mahila Samanway Samiti (DMSS) — an umbrella organisation of over 65,000 sex workers of West Bengal in collaboration with the Global Network of Sex Work Project (NSWP).

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India to make foreign aid more transparent

Amid off-and-on allegations about corruption and bureaucratic delays in dispensing funds to foreign countries, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has initiated a host of steps, including the setting up of a central aid agency, to inject greater transparency and swiftness in delivery systems.

 

“We believe in providing total transparency in all our operations. It’s a fact that in the last four-five years India has emerged as one of the big donors among developing countries for less developed and smaller countries,” Krishna told IANS in an interview.

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How India Sees the U.S. Presidential Race

With the U.S.-India relationship in solid shape, India will be watching the U.S. presidential race for how the outcome will affect policies on China, Pakistan, and other issues crucial to Delhi.

 

The Indian chattering classes have always shown a keen but general interest in the U.S. presidential campaigns. With expanding Indian stakes in the United States, there is growing awareness of how political developments within the United States can affect Indian interest...

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A Conversation With: Maldives President Mohammed Waheed Hassan

A Conversation With: Maldives President Mohammed Waheed Hassan | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In an interview, the new president of the Maldives criticizes his predecessor and says he is committed to democracy.

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Fed by Indians, Monkeys Overwhelm Delhi

Fed by Indians, Monkeys Overwhelm Delhi | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The monkey population of Delhi has grown so large and aggressive that overwhelmed city officials have petitioned India’s Supreme Court to relieve them of the task of monkey control.

 

The reason is simple: People feed them. Monkeys are the living representatives of the cherished Hindu god Hanuman, and Hindu tradition calls for feeding monkeys on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

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Thousands of Myanmar Rohingyas Struggle for Refugee Status in India

Thousands of Myanmar Rohingyas Struggle for Refugee Status in India | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The stateless ethnic minority group has suffered generations of persecution, which has roots in British colonialism.

 

A large number of Rohingya have fled to neighboring countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh, and several thousand have entered India through Bangladesh.

 

The Rohingya presence in India is not officially documented, as they have not officially registered with the government’s foreigner offices. Only 1,800 Rohingyas have registered with the United Nations, while several thousand are estimated to be living in India.

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As India's Parliament Turns Sixty, Politicians Celebrate Democracy

As India's Parliament Turns Sixty, Politicians Celebrate Democracy | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The Indian Parliament celebrated its 60th anniversary on Sunday, with a daylong special session that included addresses by the prime minister and president of the country.

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Drug-Defying Germs From India Speed Post-Antibiotic Era

Drug-Defying Germs From India Speed Post-Antibiotic Era | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

A new type of superbug that scientists warn is spreading faster, further and in more alarming ways than any they’ve encountered!

 

Researchers say the epicenter is India, where drugs created to fight disease have taken a perverse turn by making many ailments harder to treat.

The germs -- and the gene that confers their heightened powers -- are jumping beyond India.

 

More than 40 countries have discovered the genetically altered superbugs in blood, urine and other patient specimens. Canada, France, Italy, Kosovo and South Africa have found them in people with no travel links, suggesting the bugs have taken hold there.

 

Drug resistance of all sorts is bringing the planet closer to what the World Health Organization calls a post-antibiotic era.

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Doctors Without Borders Pull Back in Kashmir

Doctors Without Borders Pull Back in Kashmir | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Médecins Sans Frontières shut down its operations in the Kupwara district of Kashmir last month and will significantly reduce its activities in the valley as a whole, cutting a staff of 100 by more than half.

 

“The reason that we left Kupwara district really is because of the necessary downscale in our operation,” said J.J. Fisher, the project coordinator for MSF Holland in Kashmir, who said that the group was trying to conserve resources for medical treatment in case of an emergency. “We do see there are still needs in the area to be met. It’s not that we’re saying that everything’s perfect in Kupwara district. But sometimes we have to make difficult decisions.”

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India, South Africa to expand cooperation in IT, power and tourism development - Economic Times

India and South Africa, whose ties have acquired a "robust and dynamic" character, today decided to expand cooperation in a number of fields like power, IT, health, tourism and infrastructure development.

This was stated by President Pratibha Patil after talks with her South African counterpart Jacob Zuma, who hailed her state visit as "significant".

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Does India Deserve the Government it Has?

Does India Deserve the Government it Has? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Are voters to blame for India's number of politicians with criminal pasts?

 

Victor Hugo wrote Les Misérables 150 years ago. Among various issues, Hugo was exploring morality, justice, and how we can never really escape our past. Today, however, in India, it seems that some of us can indeed escape our past, and perhaps even our future....

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India, Japan pledge to promote more cooperation in energy sector

India, Japan pledge to promote more cooperation in energy sector | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

India and Japan on Monday decided to intensify cooperation in energy efficiency and conservation sector as well as environmental issues....

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