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Starving in India: The Forgotten Problem

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Ashwin Parulkar
Starving in India: The Forgotten Problem
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These days, Indian policymakers are debating how to create a vast new food entitlement program. There is talk of poor households struggling to cope with high food prices and malnourishment among their children.

What you don’t hear much about, however, is the most tragic and outrageous consequence of India’s failure to feed its people adequately: starvation deaths. ... Read more about Starving in India: The Forgotten Problem

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Energy ring best option to solve regional needs

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Shahiduzzaman Khan
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Energy demands in South Asia are growing at rate of over 6.0 per cent a year - a pace that is far in excess of the region's capacity to meet. The fact that a sizeable section of the population does not have access to electricity makes energy security a daunting challenge for the countries of this region. ... Read more about Energy ring best option to solve regional needs

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India records world-beating green energy growth

India records world-beating green energy growth
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 Increase of 52% to $10.3bn in 2011 was based on strong solar performance

India's transformation into a cleantech powerhouse moved up a gear in 2011 when it racked up investments of $10.3bn in the sector, a growth rate of 52 per cent year on year that dwarfed the rest of the world's significant economies.

Solar investments led the growth with a seven-fold increase in funding, from $0.6bn in 2010 to $4.2bn in 2011, just below the $4.6bn invested in wind during the year, according to figures released yesterday by analysts Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). ... Read more about India records world-beating green energy growth

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Tribal Districts Show Heavy Forest Degradation

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Nikita Mehta
Tribal Districts Show Heavy Forest Degradation
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India’s forest cover decreased by 367 square kilometers between 2007 and 2009, and it was primarily tribal and hilly regions that were to blame, according to the biennial forest survey released last week by the Ministry of Environment and Forest. ... Read more about Tribal Districts Show Heavy Forest Degradation

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BANGLADESH: Selling the toilet idea

Abdul Malik, a 35-year-old rickshaw puller from Dhaka, shares a communal toilet
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BANGKOK, 14 October 2011 (IRIN) - By some measures, Bangladesh is modernizing rapidly - one in two residents now owns a cell phone. However, when it comes to basic sanitation, progress is clogged.

While some point to obstacles of funding and a lack of political leadership, others say toilets, despite their long-established health benefits, have an image problem.
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Scientists find superbugs in Delhi drinking water

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KATE KELLAND
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A gene that makes bugs highly resistant to almost all known antibiotics has been found in bacteria in water supplies in New Delhi used by local people for drinking, washing and cooking, scientists said on Thursday.

The NDM 1 gene, which creates what some experts describe as “super superbugs“, has spread to germs that cause cholera and dysentery, and is circulating freely in other bacteria in the Indian city capital of 14 million people, the researchers said. ... Read more about Scientists find superbugs in Delhi drinking water

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India's population hits 1.21 billion

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India's new national census puts the population at about 1.21 billion people, or 17 per cent of the world population, the census commissioner says.

The increase of 181 million over the last decade is near what officials had estimated, C. Chandramauli said Thursday. While it is a 17.6 per cent increase from the 2001 census, population growth is slower than the previous count that showed 21.5 per cent growth. ... Read more about India's population hits 1.21 billion

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Malaria, Downpours And Drought: Report Predicts Major Climate Changes In India By 2030

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NEW DELHI (AP) — A new report says India could be 2 degrees Celsius (3.8 F) warmer than 1970s levels within 20 years — a change that would disrupt rain cycles and wreak havoc on the country's agriculture and freshwater supplies, experts said Wednesday.

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