Thursday, April 28, 2011

Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate Social Responsibility

Education - India's Development Challenge

The Azim Premji Foundation Initiative in developing education and developing a economy based on knowledge will go long way in India's Development.
The Corporate Initiative is the way forward in developing this world and making it better place.

Azim Premji pledges Rs10,000 cr for schools project

Other big companies should also show their commitments in developing the country.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Healthcare - Stillbirth - India's Development Challenge

India Development Challenge Health

The sorry state of maternal care in India has come to the media attention once again. A recent Lancet study noted that India has the highest number of stillbirths in the world, accounting for a little under a quarter of the global total.

Significantly, the study pointed out that around 45 per cent of these can be prevented by timely medical attention. The District Level Household Survey (DLHS) conducted in 2002-04 estimated that stillbirths occurred in 1.7 per cent of all pregnancies for currently married women in the age group of 15 to 44 years in the three years preceding the survey.

In the next round, DLHS-3 for 2007-08 estimated stillbirths at 1.3 per cent of all pregnancies. However, as the survey respondents were in the age group of 15 to 49 years, the estimates of the two rounds are not strictly comparable.

In six states – Bihar, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal – the share of stillbirths to total pregnancies exceeded 1.7 per cent. And in Delhi, Mizoram, Himachal Pradesh, Lakshadweep and Goa the share was 0.5 per cent or less.

Age, education and wealth showed correlation with the incidence of stillbirths — girls less than 20 years of age had the highest share of pregnancies resulting in stillbirths. However, there was a sharp drop in the share of stillbirths when the woman had 10 or more years of schooling, also the highest wealth segment had the lowest incidence of stillbirths. Clearly, access to timely health intervention improves with education and wealth.

With an increase in wealth and educational levels, the incidence of abortions increases, not just induced but also spontaneous abortions. The latter technically refers to miscarriages that naturally occur. At an aggregate level, spontaneous abortions account for 4.7 per cent of all pregnancies while induced abortions account for 1.8 per cent.

Though the DLHS report said, “The observed relatively higher level of spontaneous abortion could be due to reporting of induced abortions as spontaneous abortions.” This ambiguity makes interpreting of the results of the survey difficult. In Goa, Manipur, Delhi and Assam the share of induced abortions exceeds 3.5 per cent while Haryana, Delhi and Tamil Nadu stand out with the share of spontaneous abortions exceeding seven per cent of all pregnancies. If induced and spontaneous abortions are taken into account, Haryana, Delhi, Manipur and Tamil Nadu rank at the top. Haryana, therefore, has the dubious distinction of being the state with the least share of live births to all pregnancies.

It goes without saying that pregnancies that do not culminate in live births take a toll on the physical and psychological health of women. Also the limited access to safe health care from qualified health professionals creates more risks. According to the Family Welfare Statistics 2009 of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, abortions were responsible for eight per cent of maternal deaths between 2001 and 2003, the latest period for which data are available. Timely and reliable health intervention – whether it is for safe contraceptive methods or during pregnancy – is vital for reducing the burden on women’s health in India.

Indian States Development Scorecard is a weekly feature by Indicus Analytics that focuses on the progress in India and the states across various socio-economic parameters India has the world’s highest number of stillbirths, with mothers-to-be lacking timely and reliable medical attention

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Jaitapur protests fast turning into anti-nuclear storm

Jaitapur protests fast turning into anti-nuclear storm

Monday, April 18, 2011

Debt: Obama Plays Down S&P Outlook Change - CNBC

Debt: Obama Plays Down S&P Outlook Change - CNBC

  • When Credit Rating Agencies Downgrade other it is their economic acumen and financial models unfortunately when they take shot at US then it become political.

  • It will not work much, US may buy some time before it it is really discredited and corrupted but TIME of US is gone.

  • US must shape up, clean up and shut up if they want to servive.

  • All super power was destroyed because of their arrogance before. There will not be any exception. Their is no other way out than cleaning the toxic from system, if toxic is not cleaned, dooms day is not far away. The police of US for dis crediting S and P is not in its favor but no one will trust rating agenciea and they should not be trusted.

  • Soon ---------------- JUNK BOND........................ US TREASURY............. STATUS JUNK

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Education - India's Development Challenge

India’s Development Challenge

Enrolment in primary schools plunges 2.6 million in 2 years

1. It is a lesson in misplaced enthusiasm. While the Centre has been busy tom-tomming its efforts to send more children to school, enrolment in primary classes across the country has, in actuality, dropped since 2007. Between 2008-09 and 2009-10, enrolment in classes I to IV in Indian schools dropped by over 2.6 million.
The biggest setback was witnessed in Uttar Pradesh, where admissions plummeted by over a million in the last two years, according to the latest data released by the ministry of human resource development.
Thousands of students, including girls, from hundreds of villages in the district have to cover a distance of over five kilometres to reach their primary and secondary schools.

2. As per the records of education department, the girls of 381 villages have to cover a distance of more than five kilometres to get education of upper primary level while the girls of 963 villages cover this distance to get secondary-level education.

Schools still remain distant for girls


The records state that 1,062 villages have primary schools while the kids of 109 villages have to cover a distance of 1-3 km to reach their primary schools.
The girls of 320 villages and boys of 198 villages travel 3-5 km to reach upper primary schools.

'Only 12 of 100 kids in civic schools reach Std X'

The Centre may have implemented the Right to Education Act, aiming for a 100% literacy rate in the country, but the ground reality in the state is rather disheartening.
According to a survey conducted by a non-government organization, of every 100 students admitted to a municipality school, only 12 reach Std X. Clubbed with the high dropout rates, the educational course in civic schools is also highlighted with the abysmally low pass percentage.
"Every year, the Bombay Municipal Corporation spends around Rs 40,000 on each student. Still, 15 of the 24 wards in the city showed an alarming rise in the number of students who have dropped out of school this year," said Nitai Mehta, founder and trustee of Praja Foundation that conducted the survey over the past three years. "What about the development of these children?"
"One of the major problems lies in the fact that most BMC schools are only till Std VII. Almost 1,242 such schools exist in Mumbai as compared to 42 schools which have classes till X. As a result, most of the children do not study beyond that level," his is another reason why students drop out of schools after class VII," said panelist Farida Lambay, founder of NGO Pratham.

Rural kids voice their disappointment over lack of schools in their vicinity

CHENNAI: B Nagaraj (12) and P Munniaraj (11) saw trains for the first time on Sunday. As the first members of their families to journey beyond their home in Gulati village deep in the reserve forest at Denkanikottai in Krishnagiri district, both boys are here on a mission: to talk about how the lack of infrastructure in their village makes it impossible for them to attend school.
Twelve-year-olds N Nagavijay and M Pandian from Thovakudu village in Ramanathapuram and Mandavaikuppam village in Villupuram respectively travel a distance of six km and eight km each to reach school everyday. While Nagavijay dropped out last year because of the distance, activists convinced him to go back this year. "It is unbearably hot during the summer and inconvenient for us to walk six km during the rain with our bags on our backs. I go to school because my parents say I need to work hard and study, become successful and serve my land when I grow up," he said.
Until class V, P Chitra (15), from Kadamanravu village in Kodaikanal district, attended a state-run residential Adi Dravidar school which operated out of a group house where teachers would come in for an hour. "I dropped out for a year and was admitted to class VI at a higher secondary school 35 km away from my village. While children my age were in classes VIII and IX by then, I was stuck in a lower class. I could not cope with the lessons. Also, the food served in the afternoon would have worms in it, so I dropped out," she said.

Only 57 per cent children going to school: RTE Act report

The euphoria over the spurt in India's literacy figures has all but overshadowed the poor progress of the Right to Education (RTE) Act in its first year.The landmark law, mandating free and compulsory education for all children, was enforced from April 1 last year.

But a reality check shows that even as the gross enrolment ratio is an astounding 98 per cent at the primary school level, actual attendance of students in schools is far lower.Another area of concern is the large number of "out of school" children. Government data shows that at present, over 81.5 lakh children don't go to school and are a difficult segment to reach out to.

Educationist Vinod Raina, who was involved in the drafting of the RTE Act, said: "While the gross enrolment ratio stands at 98 per cent, attendance in schools is only about 57 per cent. A lot needs to be done if children are to be actually put into school.

"Kapil Sibal focuses on bringing GER to 30%

Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education which is presently hovering at a mere 13%, a whole 10% below the world average.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Unveiling French hypocrisy - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Unveiling French hypocrisy - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

  • Hypocrisy............this is truth about all .................. when women and first women goes naked it is their human right, but when women decide to cover it is explotation. Truth is that, French and their values.........the so called great values want everyone to get naked ............ don't cover it is not your right. Only right is go naked........... shame on such people.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

India's Development Challenge

India's Development Challenge - Safe Drinking Water

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Gambling with the planet - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Gambling with the planet - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

  • Quran Surah Rahman Ayah 7- 9 “And the Firmament has He raised high, and He has set up the Balance (of Justice), In order that ye may not transgress (due) balance, so establish weight with justice and fall not short in the balance.” Quran Surah Rahman: Ayah 7-9:

  • Allah has created this world in balance and justice but our deeds dis-balance it. These deeds vary from personal life, our social behaviors, our economic and political activities. If we see at the financial crisis world is in, I think it is just because of two things “Greed” and”virtual financial product”. Financial world created virtual economy and product which does not exist, known as “Derivatives” traded on them, not only traded but also gambled on them and everyone now feel the hit. I believe in sharing in risk. Today people wants to transfer the risk, this will never work. What we are in “Financial Crisis” is ultimately result of not sharing the risk but transferring it to other. This is because we transgressed our limits on balance and justice. If we want to change, we need holistic approach to change our lives, then and then only justice and peace can come to the world. Almost aII the commentators have interpreted mizan (balance) to mean justice, and '...set the balance" to imply that AIIah has established the entire system of the Universe on justice. Had there been no harmony and balance and justice established among the countless stars and planets moving in space, and the mighty forces working in this Universe, and the innumerable creatures and things found here, this life on earth would not have functioned even for a moment. Look at the creatures existing in the air and water and on land for millions and millions of years on this earth. They continue to exist only because full justice and balance has been established in the means and factors conducive to life; in case there occurs a slight imbalance of any kind, every tract of lift would become extinct. but weigh things equitably and skimp not in the balance.

  • *8 *8 That is, "As you are living in a balanced Universe, whose entire system has been established on justice, you also should adhere to justice. For if you act unjustly within the sphere in which you have been given authority, and fail to render the rights of others, you would indeed be rebelling against the nature of the Universe; for the nature of this Universe does not admit of injustice and perversion and violation of the rights. Not to speak of a major injustice, even if a person fraudulently deprives another of an ounce of something, by giving him short measure, he disturbs the balance of the entire Universe.-This is the second important part of the Qur'anic teaching that has been presented in these three verses. The first teaching is Tauhid and the second is justice. Thus, in a few brief sentences the people have been told what teaching has been brought by the Qur'an which the Merciful God has sent for the guidance of man."

  • 7th April One More Shock

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Waiting for Change

Struggle is on " Baapu fought for Swaraj....... and Suraj......... both are distant dream" After 60 years of independence the government want more time to enact a law which will clean up Government. How many files for proseculation are pending with PMO and How many more are with Governers. This must go ...........

  • We Want Change..........

  • Clean and Transparent Governmet...........

  • Accontable Government.............

Dear Baapu the fight for Swaraj ............ and Suraj............. will continue...........

Baapu............JP.................Now Anna............

Anna we are with you...........for for Swaraj and Suraj..........

We are for change...........

Anna our soul and heart are with you.

Goverment Media ............Government Spokesman

Another 60 years ........... Government Want..........

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

India’s Development Challenge – Corruption

India’s Development Challenge – Corruption

No one is talking in big way on this issue of corruption as prime issue facing the Country. Those who called themselves as torch bearer of future of India and clean society are not making it big issue. Media’s role in making issue to non issue and non issue to issue is what is happening. When ever it comes to the talking of corruption in the government, ruling party always has only one point, we have most non corrupt PM. Agreed…… me the results. The saying goes like this “Man is known by the company he keeps.” The companions of the most non corrupt PM are as below

This is long list. On the nuclear issue…………..the Vote of confidence is owned………..there is secret in it ………… No confidence……. Is confidence……. IPI Pile project discarded ………………….. Mr. Mani Shanker Aiyer was removed as …………. Ex minister of petroleum Decisions on India’s Cabinet is taken ………….. many more consideration are there. Government must come to power ……….. and should remain in power…… we have clean PM. He has job to be completed………… of his masters voice…………. Let us unite as nation ………… against corruption………….. Against injustice…………. “For the sake of nation for bright future of the nation” --------- 9% and above growth in GDP is not guarantee of development……. Sustainable………. Ethical…………and Justice ……..