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'Over 30,000 refugee families struggling in Jammu'

Between 30,000 to 35,000 families who came to India after partition in 1947 and settled in Jammu are struggling to get statehood rights till date, West Pakistan Refugees Action Committee claimed.

"Between 30,000 to 35,000 families are struggling for voting rights. Besides, our children do not get birth certificates and they are denied jobs as well," Committee president Labh Ram Gandhi, said.

"Our struggle is for the last over 60 years to get citizenship rights. Children are denied jobs... Our three generations are finished," he said.

The refugees claimed that their families are denied benefits of Centrally sponsored schemes and that they are living in bad state of affairs.

These people have always raised their voices in a peaceful manner, but the policy makers are adamant that they hardly know about their problems.

Rights cases:UP,Guj top list of states which paid compensation

Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat have topped the list of states which were asked to pay compensation to victims of human rights violation in the past three years, accounting for 57 per cent of the Rs 30.48 crore recommended by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

According to NHRC documents, Goa ranks at the bottom of this list along with Arunachal Pradesh, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Chandigarh.

The NHRC recommended a total of Rs 30.48 crore in 1,330 cases from 2008-09 to 20010-11 with the last fiscal topping the list by awarding 19.37 crore in 580 cases, the documents said. Rs 6.32 crore were recommended in 399 cases in 2009-10 while Rs 4.78 crore in 351 cases in 2008-09.

The NHRC has received a total of 2.56 lakh complaints during the past three fiscals out of which a whopping 1.56 lakh complaints were from Uttar Pradesh, the documents said.

"There is an increase in the recommendation of compensation in the past three years. We have also increased the compensation…

Premature deaths by noncommunicable disease high in India: WHO

India ranks very high among the nations struck by the rising wave of "premature deaths" caused by noncommunicable diseases, mainly heart and blood ailments, the WHO said in its latest report.

The report said that the diseases like cardiovascular, cancers, chronic respiratory, blood pressure and diabetes are an offshoot of growing affluence of the middle classes as well as worsening health conditions among people below poverty line.

"Exposure to the four main behavioural risk factors that contribute to NCDs - tobacco use, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets, remains high worldwide and is increasing in the majority of low - and middle-income countries," said Ala Alwan, WHO's Assistant Director General.

India is placed in the "lower middle" income group.

Barring Afghanistan, India is worst affected by what are often described as NCDs (non-communicable diseases) in South Asia with around 38 per cent of premature deaths of males and…

Poor countries lead in mother, child spending

Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Nepal and some of the world's other poorest countries helped lead the way over the past year as UN member states began meeting their unprecedented pledge of more than USD 40 billion for maternal and child health, a new study of the spending says.

The spending report is being released at a high-level event chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has made raising money for the health of mothers and their children a pet project.

"By and large, the commitments made have been met," said Dr. Julio Frenk, chairman of the fundraising effort and dean of the Harvard School of Public Health.

Frenk, chairman of the World Health Organization's Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and a former health secretary of Mexico, said he was especially pleased to see that some of the poorer nations are taking on more financial responsibility for their development needs.

Those countries are "moving away from the paternalistic to a framework for …

'Over 5.50 cr families identified as BPL in rural India'

Over 5.5 crore families have been identified as below poverty line (BPL) in rural areas in 2002 census, except in six states and union territories, which have not yet finalised there BPL lists, Parliament was informed.

"States and UTs have identified 550.821 lakh (5.50 crore) rural families as BPL under BPL Census 2002," Minister of State for Planning Ashwani Kumar said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.He said six states and UTs -- Kerala, Orissa, Sikkim, Tripura, Puducherry and Lakshadweep -- have not finalised their BPL lists.

The minister said it is too early to identify the BPL population as per the BPL Census of 2010, as the Socio-Economic Census is still underway.

"For the urban areas, the Socio-Economic Survey for identifying BPL families has not been conducted so far," Kumar said.

As per existing data based on the 2002 Census, Bihar has the highest number of BPL families at over 1.13 crore, followed by Uttar Pradesh (1 crore) and Maharashtra (45lakh).


Nearly half the farmer households in debts: Report

Nearly half the farm households in the country are facing debt burden, according to a government report. A National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) report on 'Indebtedness of Farmers Household' has reported that of 89.35 million farmer households, about 43.42 million (48.6 per cent) were indebted.

Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar told Parliament last week that according to the report, indebted farmers had a liability in cash or kind of Rs 300 or more at the time of the transaction.
The number of indebted farmer households was highest in Andhra Pradesh -- 49.49 lakh or about 82 per cent of the estimated farm households in the state.

Other states with high concentration were Tamil Nadu (74.5 per cent), Punjab (65.4 per cent), Kerala (64.4 per cent), Karnataka (61.6 per cent) and Maharashtra (54.8 per cent), the minister said.

To relieve farmers from institutional debt burden, the government has implemented Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme (ADWDRS), 2008, Pawar ad…

'Many slum, civic body-run school kids have worms'

A high percentage of intestinal worms has been found among children living in slums and those in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD)-run schools, according to a survey.
Soil-transmitted helminths, commonly known as intestinal worms, are the most common infections worldwide affecting the most deprived communities.
Worm infestations lead to a chronic condition that harms health, nutrition and development of children.
An 18.86 percent of MCD-run school children were found to have helminths. Slum children infested with the parasite were 18.79 percent, while 9.91 percent children of Delhi government schools were found to be carrying worms.
The highest prevalence of this worm was found in northeast Delhi at 26.7 percent, while 25.4 percent children of central Delhi were infested with it, said the study.
"In India, the burden of disease caused by soil-transmitted helminths is enormous. Although these helminths can infest all members of a population, the most vulnerable groups are pre-chil…

One in two Indian employees considering to change current job

One in two Indian employees is considering changing his present job with young workers most likely to quit, as robust economic growth of the country promises more job opportunities, a survey by human resource consulting firm Mercer has found.

The survey, which was conducted among more than 2,000 workers in India, found that 54 per cent are seriously considering leaving their organisation at the present time, a substantial 28 per cent jump from 26 per cent in 2004.

Women are leading the exodus game as 58 per cent are considering leaving, compared to 53 per cent of men.

Around 66 per cent of workers of age 24 and below are seriously considering leaving current job, the survey said.

"As the economy improves further and new job opportunities emerge, employers risk losing valued talent and also face productivity and morale issues among workers who continue to be with the organisation," Mercer Consulting India Managing Director Nishchae Suri said.

Suri added, "The business co…