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Wealth in waste? Using industrial leftovers to offset climate emissions

[The Conversation] More than a billion tonnes of potentially toxic, bleach-like waste is produced and piled in landfills every year, with often devastating effects. And yet most people haven’t even heard of these “alkaline wastes”. We want to change this. Our research has identified nearly two billion tonnes of alkaline residues that are produced in the world each year, most ...

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Displaced Burmese in India: Life As a Refugee

By Ninglun Hanghal Delhi (WFS) – Moving images and stories of tired and anxious families, crossing over from Hungary into Austria and Germany, have occupied the front page of newspapers, hogged air time and gone viral online over the last few days. In fact, according to media reports, the world is facing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, ...

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Why women home-based workers are bargaining for better rights and protection

[By Shalini Sinha|WFS] Delhi – Fatima is a whiz with the needle and thread. She has been doing intricate embroideries since she was very young, having learnt the skill from her mother and aunts in her hometown in eastern India. When she came to Delhi after marriage, she decided to take up this work to lend support to her plumber husband ...

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Caste – India’s curse

[By Mari Marcel Thekaekara|New Internationalist] It’s been a nasty, brutish week. On the heels of 2 little girls being raped, India awoke to another horror story: just outside Delhi, 2 Dalit children, aged 9 months and 2.5 years, were cold-bloodedly burnt to death in a ghastly tale of revenge and caste hatred. To settle scores from an older feud, some ...

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The Force Is Certainly Not For Women

By Taru Bahl Delhi (WFS) – Aruna Bahuguna is not a woman to be trifled with. Apart from being the first female chief of the prestigious National Police Academy in Hyderabad, where she oversees the training of future police leaders, she has held several important posts and been conferred with state honours, including the Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service ...

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Breaking Down India’s Internal Barriers

[By Shashi Tharoor] NEW DELHI – Of the many economic reforms crying out for immediate implementation in India, the most obvious is the long-pending Goods and Services Tax. So why have India’s politicians failed to enact it? The need for a GST is virtually indisputable. As the billionaire Steve Forbes recently wrote in his eponymous magazine, “Outsiders are amazed that ...

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Shiv Sena’s brand of politics: Nothing patriotic about it

[By Narendra Kaushik] New Delhi: When Bal Keshav Thackeray nee Bal Thackeray launched Shiv Sena in 1966 through a massive rally in Shivaji Park he had several things going for him. There was anger simmering against what Thackeray then called ‘Yandugunduwalas and lungiwalas’ (read South Indians) who dominated in white collar jobs over ‘Marathi manoos’ in the megalopolis. Thackeray himself had built ...

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I paid a bribe: how some citizens are fighting corruption from the bottom up

[Daniel Hough] How can policy-makers most effectively tackle corruption? The question is hardly new and over the years it’s one that many have given plenty of thought to. Building up a consensus on what works and why it works has proven difficult, and this has perhaps contributed to the enthusiasm for a novel, and democratic, frontline in an ancient fight. ...

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Dadri lynching sparks outrage, but in which direction?

[By Narendra Kaushik] “Don’t soldiers die every day on the border or in Jammu & Kashmir? Does anybody talk about their deaths? Why then make a mountain out of Akhlaq’s death?” asks Rajiv Kasana, a youth in Shahpur, a Gurjar village neighbouring Bishara, angrily accusing the media and Samajwadi Party of building tension in the region. Mohammad Akhlaq (50) was ...

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Women journalists and the never-ending harassment

[By Narendra Kaushik] Delhi: Kavita, the editor of Khabar Lehariya, the weekly in Bundeli, Bajjka, Bhojpuri, Awadhi and Hindustani dialects, has become conscious of a number of things since January this year when Saddam alias Nishu (22), a boy from Sonbhadra District, began stalking her and her team on phone. Kavita has come to realise that Nishu could harass her and four of her colleagues because ...

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