COMMENT: 2015 has been declared the year for global action on development. The post-2015 agenda aims to fill the gaps in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is far more ambitious than ever before. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: On World Health Day, India will launch its expanded immunisation programme – Mission Indradhanush – that targets to vaccinate 90% of India’s 2.7 crore children against seven life-threatening diseases by 2020. Continue reading
ISLAMABAD: Unicef warned Pakistan that the lack of toilets in the country lead to stunted growth as over 40 million people in Pakistan do not have access to toilets, forcing them to defecate in the open. Continue reading
KATHMANDU: On a freezing night three years ago, 13-year-old Susmita Kami sneaked out of her husband’s house and did not stop running until she reached her parent’s doorstep in Nepal’s remote northwest. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: Making a strong pitch for passage of a pending legislation against child labour, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi said on Sunday history “won’t forgive” the MPs if they fail in the task. Continue reading
BADALAMJI (NEPAL): On a wet and windy morning, Nepalese housewife Bhumisara Upadhyay (photo) is out visiting pregnant women, on a mission to slash newborn deaths in the Himalayan nation with a simple tube of gel.
Upadhyay is among thousands of volunteers at the front line of a campaign that has dramatically cut neonatal mortality in a country where nearly two-thirds of babies are born at home. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The first 1,000 days of life, between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday, are recognised by child development professionals as the critical window of time for influencing lifelong health and intellectual development. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: About 77% of girls aged between 15 and 19 in India have been subjected to sexual violence by their spouses, according to a report by UNICEF which said more than half of the girls in the age group faced physical abuse at the hands of their parents.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report titled “Hidden in plain sight” said violence against children is so prevalent and deeply ingrained in societies that it is often unseen and accepted as the norm. Continue reading
“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has some tough calls to make. My main recommendation is to get their players to play county cricket,” Vaughan wrote in his column for ‘Daily Telegraph’ here. Continue reading
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has taken a stern view of Andhra Pradesh government not complying with its directions to ensure drinking water and separate toilets for girls and boys in schools and directed the state’s Principal Secretary to appear before it and explain the exact position.
Earlier in May 2014, a bench of justices Dipak Misra and V Gopala Gowda said these provisions are essential for basic human rights that enhance the atmosphere where the education is imparted. Continue reading