Long road ahead to ending hunger, malnutrition
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) incorporate zero hunger as one of the 17 targets to be achieved by 2030 for a sustainable future. The criticality of this goal lies in the fact that removing hunger -- and malnutrition -- from the world is intertwined with the other goals such as ending poverty, providing universal quality education and promoting lifelong learning, sustainable economic growth and employment, good health and well-being.
 
Any failure to achieve the zero hunger target by 2030 will result in the other SDGs not being fulfilled and impede social progress in the world.
 
Looking at the progress the world has made so far on eradicating hunger, there has been a global decline in the number of undernourished people from 900 million in 2000 to 775 million in 2013, rising to 777 million in 2015 and estimated to have increased to 815 million in 2016. This recent increase is largely due to the deterioration in the prevalence of undernourishment in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.
 
According to the latest estimates of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the proportion of population that is undernourished in Sub-Saharan...
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Lok Sabha passes bill for stringent punishment in rape cases
A bill that provides for stringent punishment, including death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below 12 years, was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday.
 
The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was passed after a reply by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju. It will replace an ordinance brought by the government in April.
 
Rijiju said that the government should rise to the occasion when the nation feels pained by the incidents of rape on young girls.
 
"This is shameful for the country and pricks the collective conscience of the nation.
 
"New provision proposes that court where rape cases are being taken up should be presided by a woman judge. The statement in the rape cases should also be recorded by a woman police officer," he said.
 
Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai intervened in the middle and suggested the provisions of the amended law must be made available to the public in all regional languages and should be "publicised".
 
The minister agreed to execute his suggestions. He also spoke about the quality of investigation and how it should be improved and talked about the importance of fast-track...

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Deepak Narain

2 months ago

This is a half-hearted legislation. It will not make much dent in the present situation. While the world is talking of marital rape, we are busy only in window-dressing. The punishment should be death within 30 days of the incident and the burden of proof should rest on the accused. He should prove his innocence.

Ill-conceived legislations and poor implementation is encouraging corruption says CWBF
The Indian government should look at all relevant issues in an integrated manner and adopt reforms that not only sub serve interests of some chosen corporates, individuals and political parties but also the interests of the public at large by promoting transparency and accountability, says Justice AP Shah in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 
 
The letter sent by Justice Shah on behalf of the Citizens Whistle Blowers Forum (CWBF), talks of how ill-conceived legislations and their poor implementation are encouraging corruption. It talks specifically of proposed decriminalisation of the Companies Act, Whistle Blowers Act, and Right to Information (RTI) Act.
 
It also highlights how the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has not filed an appeal even after three years against the Sessions Court orders, which suspended the seven years jail term to Ramalinga Raju and Price Waterhouse auditors in the Satyam scam and how PwC is being given government contracts even when found embroiled in several scams.
 
In the letter, Justice Shah, who is also Chairman of CWBF says, "We wish to point out that any campaign against corruption can become effective...
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