India’s “environmentalism of convenience” threatens forest-dwellers’ rights

India has a rich history of environmental justice movements, particularly on the part of forest-dwelling communities protesting colonial-era forest laws and development projects. The tradition gained momentum with the Chipko movement in the 1970s, in which indigenous Adivasi women in the Tehri Garhwal district of Uttaranchal state asserted their rights over trees to prevent them…

Human Rights Group Decries ‘Gendercide,’ 200 Million Girls Killed by Sex-Selective Abortions

A 2011 study by Dr. Sunita Puri of the University of California at San Francisco found that 89 percent of immigrant Indian women who became pregnant with girls during the study period had abortions. None, however, who were pregnant with boys aborted them.  The participants identified influence from their husbands and mothers-in-law as “sources of…

Provide info even if it’s available on official website: SIC to PIOs

The State Information Commission (SIC) has directed all Public Information Officers (PIOs) to provide information sought under J&K RTI Act 2009, even if such information is available on the official website. The SIC issued the directions in case of Imityaz Ahmad who was denied information for several months. An Information seeker Imtiyaz Ahmad Rather of Dursuma district…

Baxter-Supported Community Partnership in India Launches Mobile Health Application to Expand Healthcare for Women and Children

DEERFIELD, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) and the Baxter International Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, continued to advance access to healthcare through a recent collaboration with World Vision India to develop a mobile health application. In addition, Baxter and its foundation made financial and in-kind donations valued at nearly $25 million in 2015 to…

Model Gujarat’s ‘urban lag’? State’s 41% households have internet access, as against all-India average of 49%

Gujarat may be claiming to have provided the widest internet coverage compared to the rest of India through the state-sponsored Gujarat State Wide Area Network (GSWAN). However, a recent Government of India survey shows that access to internet in the state’s urban areas is just to 41.3 per cent of its households, which is far…