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Archive of entries posted on June 2011

The other growth story

The prevalence of malnutrition in India is among the highest in the world. Given its impact on health, education and productivity, persistent undernutrition is a major obstacle to overall growth, especially among the poor. Following the World Health Organisation (WHO) Child Growth Standards, malnutrition is generally measured by three parameters — stunted (low height for age), underweight (low weight for age) and wasted (low weight for height).

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Update and Invite from struggling contract workers of Chhattisgarh

1. Justice TP Sharma of Chhattisgarh High Court rejected the bail of Bhagwati Sahu, Janpad member and trade union leader of Ambuja – Holcim on 21st June. Interestingly the son of another High Court judge was engaged by the company to file an objection. The judge concerned is also one of the two judges hearing [...]

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Ping pong bail in Chhattisgarh

Raigarh-based environmental and RTI activist, Ramesh Agarwal and
Gare-based (a village about 35 Km from Raigarh) Harihar Patel,
acupuncturist, were arrested by the Raigarh Police on 28 May 2011 on
the charge of defaming Jindal. According to Raman Agarwal, Ramesh
Agarwal’s son, the lower courts rejected bail twice, the first time
without citing any reason, and the second time, on technical grounds
that a third person named in the FIR, Rajesh Tripathi, is still at
large, and that Ramesh Agarwal had failed to mention in his bail
application that he had applied for anticipatory bail in the
Chhattisgarh High Court. Agarwal was chained to his bed for 2 days,
an act considered as illegal by the Supreme Court of India.

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An Appeal to the Parliament to Repeal the Sedition Law

Please sign the petition at: http://www.petitiononline.com/pucl/petition.html A recent Convention organized by People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL) and participated in by other Human Rights organizations heard accounts of widespread and systematic misuse of the sedition law across India. All forms of democratic struggles – from farmer’s agitations to citizens protesting against state policies – have [...]

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Binayak Sen attends the Planning Commission Panel on Health

From the Business Standard: Binayak Sen, who was charged with sedition until recently, today attended the first meeting of the working group on health at the Planning Commission and made a strong pitch for addressing nutritional needs of the people. Sen was appointed as one of the members of the group, following his release from [...]

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