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In this article, Tushaar Shah remembers Verghese Kurien and his remarkable contribution in forming the dairy cooperative, Amul, India's most trusted and loved brands

India's dairy cooperatives today present a rare success story. This story is best represented by Amul which is today one of India's most trusted and loved brands, and also one of its most valuable, comprising a Rs.12,000 crore farmer-owned business. This extraordinary revolution was spearheaded by Verghese Kurien, who passed away on 09 September 2012.

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The National Dalit Watch examines the existing policy and disaster response or preparedness regime from the point of view of equity considerations

The National Dalit Watch (NDW), an effort spearheaded by the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights has prepared a number of  reports on rampant caste discrimination and the urgent need for protection of human rights, particularly Dalit human rights during disaster situations. 

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This briefing paper on the state of urban water bodies, conservation and management in India, has tried to bring out the threats to the urban water bodies in India

Urban water bodies are encroached, full of sewage, garbage or just filled up and built over these days. This briefing paper by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on the state of urban water bodies, conservation and management in India, has tried to bring out the threats to the urban water bodies in India. The paper has also reviewed the existing policies, acts and laws to tackle the loss of these bodies of water.

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This paper sheds light on the importance of using Mobile GIS in collection of data in rural Maharashtra.

This paper published in Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering sheds light on the importance of using Mobile GIS in collection of data in rural Maharashtra. With the application of this technology the realities of the field quickly reach the desk of decision makers who in turn make policies that ultimately affect the bottom line of the society.

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The paper states that scanty rainfall especially during the onset of monsoons of 2012, has led to a grim water situation in the country

This discussion paper by Global Water Forum reviews the drivers of groundwater crisis and its consequent impact, in India .

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This paper sheds light on the significant role played by rice and wheat in the Indian economy and its food security policy

This paper by Food and Agriculture Organization sheds light on the significant role played by rice and wheat in the Indian economy, its food security policy and the specific policy measures that were taken during the global economic crisis of 2007/08. It reviews the domestic policies related to marketing of rice and wheat, which also includes holding of public stocks.

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This paper argues that improvement in sanitation is one of the most important goals that countries in South Asia need to achieve, which can lead to improvement in health outcomes

This paper published in collaboration with Public World (London) focuses on the poor sanitation situation in South Asia, which has the highest proportion of people practising open defecation and argues that improvement in sanitation is one of the most important goals that countries in South Asia need to achieve, which can lead to improvement in health outcomes, thus reducing the burden that poor sanitation outcomes can have on the economy and productivity.

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Arsenic in drinking water can impact human health and is considered to be one of the prominent environmental causes of cancer mortality in the world

This paper published in the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment attempts to determine arsenic content in deep tube wells,

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In this paper, authors present the results of an informal evaluation of the economic impact of wells constructed through NREGA in Ranchi district, Jharkhand.

NREGA is widely criticized to be a program that creates 'empty' work for the sole purpose of employment, and does not extend itself to developing assets. This criticism is often made without supporting data, as there has been little research on asset creation through NREGA. The authors of this paper published in Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) present the results of an informal evaluation of the economic impact of wells constructed through NREGA in Ranchi district, Jharkhand.

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This report compares the experiences of farmers trying out new rice-growing technologies in five places where rice has not historically thrived

 

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